Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Whiskey Lake) Laptop Review (Page 9)

| Dec 2, 2019 at 8:15 pm CST
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: RazerModel: RZ09-02812E71-R3U1

Here are key points about the Razer Blade Stealth.

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What's Hot

Extremely high-quality construction: While Apple's products are traditionally known for their excellent construction, the Blade Stealth 13 has the same high-quality construction quality. The feel of the notebook is very nice, and you can immediately feel that this is no cheap notebook made up of plastic and lesser materials.

Beautiful display: The matte 13.3" display is really breathe taking. Colors are extremely vibrant, and the display isn't dim. One of the benefits of the glossy displays out there is the perceived sharpness and color saturation, but in this case, we see pretty much the same high levels of quality in the colors. Perhaps the custom individual factory color calibration has something to do with this.

Versatile: The notebook is small enough to fit in many smaller cases, but it's also extremely thin and doesn't have any of the downsides with regards to the performance we see when most vendors want to reduce thickness. The notebook also has a discrete GPU, so if your programs use GPU acceleration, this will do better than other notebooks without discrete graphics.

What's Not

Price: The price of the Blade Stealth is quite high. Even when it launched, it was $1,500, and now it's closer to $1,200, but it's still pricey compared to other notebooks with these specs.

Final Thoughts

The Blade Stealth 13 is a stunning little 13" notebook, with great performance mainly because of the cooling solution. The construction and size and weight of the unit are also excellent. The notebook is well balanced and gets the job done.

Battery life is okay, slightly better than some other notebooks in the charts considering its smaller size. The software is pretty well done, but we would have liked more BIOS options. One thing that was a bit odd and took some getting used to was the position of the power button. When we went to hit delete, we instead would hit the power button instead, but we think Razer knew this would happen and doubled required pressure and increased delay to 300ms specifically for the power key/button to prevent accidents. It's that level of detail Razer puts into its notebooks that make them worth their price.

Overall, this is an excellent notebook with decent specifications and is pretty much best in class. However, it's not cheap.

Last updated: Dec 3, 2019 at 06:11 am CST

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The Bottom Line

With its excellent size to performance ratio, beautiful display, and exceptional build quality, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook is an excellent buy.

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