Wednesday, September 4th 2019

Razer unveils the World's First Gaming Ultrabook - Razer Blade Stealth 13

Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced their new Razer Blade Stealth 13 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics - the World's First Gaming Ultrabook. Powered by Intel's new 10th generation processor, the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 delivers true gaming performance packed into an amazingly thin 15 mm chassis weighing only 1.3 kg.

"Razer is constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible, by designing laptops that utilize the most powerful components in the smallest chassis" says Brad Wildes, Senior Vice President of Razer's Systems Division. "We did it with our original Razer Blade, which led the trend of slim gaming systems, and now we're doing it again with our Blade Stealth, pioneering a new market for powerful, small-footprint laptops."
Razer Blade Stealth 13 - GTX Model (Full HD & 4K)
Powered by a GeForce GTX 1650, the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 provides a spectacular gaming experience while also capable of rendering 3D models on the go. To optimize battery life, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 GTX Models feature NVIDIA Optimus technology to ensure the right balance between power and productivity.

The Razer Blade Stealth 13 GTX Models come in two variants - Full-HD or 4K UHD touch display - both of which are equipped with the latest Intel 10th Gen Core i7-1065G7 processor and a 512 GB PCIe SSD, complete with Razer's signature tone-on-tone matte black finish.

The Full-HD model's display features a matte finish with Intel's Lower Power Display Technology (LPDT) to help further extend battery life, while the 4K UHD model features a glass panel with touch integration. Both panels are custom calibrated and cover 100% of the sRGB color space.

"The new Razer Stealth brings gaming to consumers who want extreme portability by bringing the power of the Turing architecture and GTX 1650 graphics to a 13" laptop," said Kaustubh Sanghani, Vice President and General Manager at NVIDIA. "We're extremely proud of our collaboration and this GTX laptop is a testament to Razer's impressive design ingenuity."

Razer Blade Stealth 13 - Mercury White
The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 will also be available in a stylish Mercury White edition, equipped with a higher-powered Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor at 25 W. The 10th gen processor comes with Intel's latest Iris Plus graphics, providing users with more rendering prowess in either creative suites or casual games.

The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White sports a 256 GB PCIe SSD and a Full-HD matte display, all wrapped in a stylish tone-on-tone Mercury White finish. The Full-HD display is custom-calibrated for color accuracy, covering 100% of the sRGB space, and flanked by ultra-slim bezels for a gorgeous out-of-the-box experience.

Uncompromising performance meets unlimited versatility
All three models of the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 have received a few subtle upgrades under the hood as well, further cementing its position as a true gaming Ultrabook. Featuring 16 GB of LPDDR4 RAM for moving seamlessly between tasks, up to 512 GB of fast PCIe storage that can be upgraded, and top-of-the-line connectivity options such as USB-C Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 for connecting in any environment, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is as powerful as it is versatile.

More great features carried over from the previous generation include a customizable single-zone Razer Chroma RGB keyboard, a Windows Hello IR camera for easy and secure access, and a large glass trackpad with Windows Precision Drivers.

From the powerful Razer Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White model with its 25 W Intel Core i7-1065G7, to the fully-loaded Razer Blade Stealth 13 armed with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, available in both Full-HD and 4K UHD variants, there is now a Razer Blade Stealth 13 built for any desire.

Pricing and Availability
The new line of Razer Blade Stealth laptops will start at $1,499.99 USD / 1,679.99€ MSRP and will be available starting at the end of September 2019 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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29 Comments on Razer unveils the World's First Gaming Ultrabook - Razer Blade Stealth 13

#1
bug
True gaming performance, really?
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#2
Valantar
No matter the amount of throttling, this is great. About time we make some use of the power efficiency gains from recent years to get some decent gaming performance in ultralight laptops.
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#3
Joss
Uncompromising performance meets unlimited versatility
What a bunch of crap.
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#4
TheLostSwede
Joss, post: 4110249, member: 152251"
What a bunch of crap.
It's normally called PR and Marketing...
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#5
notb
bug, post: 4110237, member: 157434"
True gaming performance, really?
Subjective.

Anyway, it's likely the best laptop for gaming you could buy in this form factor. At least from the "global" brands.

For some, like me, it's fast enough. RTRT is the only reason I'd be willing to spend more.
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#6
bug
notb, post: 4110307, member: 165619"
Subjective.

Anyway, it's likely the best laptop for gaming you could buy in this form factor. At least from the "global" brands.

For some, like me, it's fast enough. RTRT is the only reason I'd be willing to spend more.
That's just it: the form factor is antithetic to gaming. But hey, if they can sell this, kudos.
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#7
lZKoce
What I liked about the concept of the original blade was the "Switch" board on the right. I thought it was genius to have the mouse pad on the right side (where the numpad normally is) and not in the middle how all "regular" laptops have it. I understand it would possibly cause problems to left-handed people, but at the time I was thinking how no one else had done that. When they cut it, the Blade looked less interesting to me.
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#8
Valantar
lZKoce, post: 4110329, member: 102554"
What I liked about the concept of the original blade was the "Switch" board on the right. I thought it was genius to have the mouse pad on the right side (where the numpad normally is) and not in the middle how all "regular" laptops have it. I understand it would possibly cause problems to left-handed people, but at the time I was thinking how no one else had done that. When they cut it, the Blade looked less interesting to me.
Wasn't that just the 17" version? There's no room whatsoever for something like that on a 13.3" laptop

bug, post: 4110318, member: 157434"
That's just it: the form factor is antithetic to gaming. But hey, if they can sell this, kudos.
Why would it be? The form factor is antithetical to power hungry, high end components, sure, but not all gaming needs to be high end. Stuffing more performance into smaller boxes is one of the main advantages of technological progress.
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#9
bug
Valantar, post: 4110338, member: 171585"
Why would it be? The form factor is antithetical to power hungry, high end components, sure, but not all gaming needs to be high end. Stuffing more performance into smaller boxes is one of the main advantages of technological progress.
Because it can't fit a battery worth a damn. And while gaming doesn't need high-end, it certainly needs above average parts. Small, cramped together keys are not a boon for gaming either.
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#10
Joss
Valantar, post: 4110338, member: 171585"
but not all gaming needs to be high end
All gaming needs a properly sized monitor, quality keyboard/mouse/controller, quality sound, intimacy of surroundings, and all this screams desktop. This is gaming; everything else is a poor substitute.
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#11
Fleurious
Interesting.... was very close to getting the previous stealth for the mrs.
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#12
yakk
This or Chromebook+Stadia on the road... Hmm...
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#13
TheLostSwede
lZKoce, post: 4110329, member: 102554"
What I liked about the concept of the original blade was the "Switch" board on the right. I thought it was genius to have the mouse pad on the right side (where the numpad normally is) and not in the middle how all "regular" laptops have it. I understand it would possibly cause problems to left-handed people, but at the time I was thinking how no one else had done that. When they cut it, the Blade looked less interesting to me.
This might be something for you then.
https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/04/asus-gaming-laptops-300hz-displays/
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#14
Mephis
Joss, post: 4110349, member: 152251"
All gaming needs a properly sized monitor, quality keyboard/mouse/controller, quality sound, intimacy of surroundings, and all this screams desktop. This is gaming; everything else is a poor substitute.
So the Nintendo Switch is obviously terrible for gaming, right? And about all those people that think they game on phones, obviously they aren't really gaming.
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#15
Khonjel
I mean if we're being pedantic water ring game is gaming too:

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#16
AnarchoPrimitiv
I've never been big on Razer (I don't dislike them though), but seeing as I absolutely loved my Aorus X3 plus v7 and Aorus discontinued the model, I was hoping that this Razer 13 might have been a worthy replacement but I'm not so sure.

First, I always want greater than 1080p resolution (save your arguments concerning 1080p having enough pixel density on such a small screen) on my laptops, though 3840x2160 is definitely overkill for a 13" screen. That's where my Aorus X3 was perfect as a nice midway point between those two ends with its 13.9" 3200x1800 resolution screen (yeah, I know the X3's 13.9" screen makes it practically 14" so "why not look at the Blade 14?", but I would prefer to go smaller if possible). I do like that the razer is thinner (14.8mm vs 22.9mm) and slightly lighter (1.28kg vs 1.8kg), but the battery is approximately half the capacity (53kwh vs 94kwh) and I imagine the 4k screen will definitely tax it. I never considered the earlier stealth 13's due to the MX250 gpu (the Aorus X3 came with a gtx 1060), but the gtx 1650 makes it more alluring, though it would have been nice to see a 2060 max-q (not sure if such a small Chassis could handle the thermals). And doesn't Razer solder the RAM in these laptops? I used my X3 predominantly for work and pretty heavy content creation on the road so the first thing I did to it was upgrade the RAM to 32GB, so if that's not an option on the stealth 13 that might be an instant deal breaker..... Bummer.

I just really wish that Asus would make a ZenBook 13, S13, or 14 with a stronger discrete gpu than the mx150/250 or Intel UHD 620. What would be really cool would be a zenbook 13/13s/14 with a Vega pro 20 gpu and even a zen 2 mobile processor. That and increase the resolution above 1920x1080, basically take the 15. 6" ZenBook and shrink them.

... Wow, what a rant...
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#17
Valantar
Joss, post: 4110349, member: 152251"
All gaming needs a properly sized monitor, quality keyboard/mouse/controller, quality sound, intimacy of surroundings, and all this screams desktop. This is gaming; everything else is a poor substitute.
That is some serious nonsense. This is an ultraportable laptop. Size and weight are paramount, but the good thing here is they've crammed some impressive performance into that package. I've long since sworn off laptops over 1.5kg due to how much of a hassle they are to carry, which until recently has meant iGPUs only or terrible entry level dGPUs. Pretty much useless for even light gaming. This on the other hand could manage to do it all: deliver a perfectly adequate gaming experience (obviously not as a primary PC for an enthusiast, but perfect as a portable secondary machine) while maintaining portability. Will it deliver an inferior gaming experience to a kitted-out desktop? Obviously. But so what? Good luck bringing your desktop traveling, on holiday, on quick visits to friends, and so on. Different use cases require different equipment, and arguing that one is universally superior is myopic.
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#18
Easo
It is almost like people commenting do not understand the concept of ultrabooks.
This performance for the form factor is indeed really good. What else do you want?
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#19
notb
bug, post: 4110318, member: 157434"
That's just it: the form factor is antithetic to gaming. But hey, if they can sell this, kudos.
But why? It's just a PC.
If this one is "antithetic to gaming" then is MSI GF62 antithetic to using Excel? Because I don't get the argument at all.

You have some other suggestions for things that don't go well with gaming? Wearing a suit? Being vegan? :-D
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#20
Joss
Mephis, post: 4110407, member: 186806"
And about all those people that think they game on phones, obviously they aren't really gaming
I've already answered that
This is gaming; everything else is a poor substitute.
as usual most of you don't read posts, you just search to feed your prejudices.
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#21
notb
Joss, post: 4110349, member: 152251"
All gaming needs a properly sized monitor, quality keyboard/mouse/controller, quality sound, intimacy of surroundings, and all this screams desktop. This is gaming; everything else is a poor substitute.
That's just elitist and sad.

Do you even have fun while gaming? I mean: fun from the game itself, not from properly sized monitors etc?

BTW: would you say that proper eating is only when a famous chef makes you an exquisite dish using the best quality ingredients? Or does home-made curry also count?
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#22
bug
notb, post: 4110739, member: 165619"
That's just elitist and sad.

Do you even have fun while gaming? I mean: fun from the game itself, not from properly sized monitors etc?

BTW: would you say that proper eating is only when a famous chef makes you an exquisite dish using the best quality ingredients? Or does home-made curry also count?
Stop it. Gaming is supposed to be fun. If you're squinting at a tiny screen, constantly missing keys while at the same time keeping an eye out for battery level, the fun kinda goes out the window, doesn't it?
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#23
notb
bug, post: 4110744, member: 157434"
Stop it. Gaming is supposed to be fun. If you're squinting at a tiny screen, constantly missing keys while at the same time keeping an eye out for battery level, the fun kinda goes out the window, doesn't it?
No, it doesn't. Maybe you just don't like games as much as you think?
Did you notice that I replaced "gaming" with "games"? Think about it. ;-)

Also, you seem to concentrate on comparing these laptops to gaming machines (be it desktop or mobile).
But is these really a real choice for most people? Most people use notebooks. And if they move a lot, they buy the most mobile kind.
Do you really expect them to buy a second machine for the occasional gaming - even if they liked the comfort and quality it would provide?
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#24
bug
notb, post: 4110751, member: 165619"
No, it doesn't. Maybe you just don't like games as much as you think?
Did you notice that I replaced "gaming" with "games"? Think about it. ;-)
I've enjoyed games for 20+ years, tyvm. Never on a small screen, never on a laptop.
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#25
notb
bug, post: 4110754, member: 157434"
I've enjoyed games for 20+ years, tyvm. Never on a small screen, never on a laptop.
How big was you screen in 1999?

Moreover, how far is "I've never enjoyed games on a laptop" from promoting a general idea that laptops suck for gaming? Which you do. It's not the first time.
I don't think I would enjoy having sex with a man, but clearly half of the population does. Who am I to judge?
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