Razer Blade Stealth levels up with Nvidia graphics, longer battery life

Doris Richards
December 5, 2018

Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer just launched a redesign of the Razer Blade Stealth, its 13-inch ultraportable laptop line. The company is including a more powerful 25-watt Nvidia GeForce MX 150 4GB GDDR5 graphics card.

Razer has released a refreshed Razer Blade Stealth laptop. The previous generation Razer Blade Stealth, which came out early this year, was 0.54 inches tall and 2.98 pounds. The new processor has four cores and eight threads at 1.8 GHz, with a boost to a maximum of 4.6 GHz. Seeing as you can buy a 14-inch Asus VivoBook S with 2GB of discrete graphics, a good chunk of change is clearly being charged as part of the illusive Razer tax - and for its stately design. The company is introducing some fairly major upgrades to the Blade Stealth after a while. A third version of the Razer Blade Stealth costs a whopping $1,899.

The new graphics option comes available to the mid-level Razer Blade Stealth for 2019, complementing an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU, 256GB-to-512GB of SSD storage and 8GB-to-16GB of DDR3 memory at 2,133MHz.

The device is now built with precision CNC-machining of high-grade aluminium, so the build quality of the laptop should feel much better than before, or at least last longer. Razer steps up the stealthiness by toning down the glowing green three-headed snake logo, instead sticking with an unobtrusive basic black that won't stand out in meetings.

Beyond the raw specs, the updated Blade Stealth now comes in a spiffier chassis with 60 percent thinner bezels on the sides, which now measure 4.9mm.

Ports include; Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) for power delivery and with4 lanes of PCI Express, USB-C 3.1 optionally for power again, 2x Type-A USB 3.1, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port. Frankly, even the Nvidia MX150 found in the more expensive Razer Blade Stealth configs is limited to sub-60fps gaming in recent triple-A games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4 at Medium to High settings. What's more, the speaker system dons a "Smart Amp" to ensure that audio isn't muddled when dialing up the volume. It also supports Dolby Atmos to replicate sound in a 3-dimensional space for great immersion. It now utilizes a single-zone RGB lighting system with full key backlighting and 16.8 million color options all powered by Razer Chroma and customizable through Razer Synapse 3 software. Plus, in another first, the new Razer Blade Stealth comes with an IR web camera that supports Windows Hello facial recognition. If it's anything like the touchpad on the 15-inch Razer Blade, that alone is worth getting excited over.

The new line of Razer Blade Stealth laptops will start at $1,399 MSRP and will be available starting today from Razer.com and select retailers in the United States and Canada and coming soon to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Nordics, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan.

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