Hands on: Razer Blade Stealth 13 Review

First impressions

Playing without a graphics card is truly a breathtaking innovation. If the Razer Blade Stealth 13 can produce performance worthy of a gaming laptop, while offering extended battery life, it is very likely that it will become one of the best Ultrabooks on the market.

Key specifications

  • Price of the opinion: £ 1499
  • 13.3-inch Full HD / 4K display
  • Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor
  • Integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • Weight: 1.32 kg

What is Razer Blade Stealth 13?

The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is the basic laptop of the company. It favors portability while offering decent game performance. The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is not a new product, but Razer has confirmed it IF A 2019, he will update his Ultrabooks with brand new gubbins to make it more powerful and more energy efficient.

The biggest change is the integration of the 10th generation of Intel Ice Lake processor. While processor refresh typically only translates into more consistent performance and lower load times, this time is not the case thanks to Ice Lake’s integrated graphics engine.

Razer Blade Stealth 13

The basic Razer Blade Stealth 13 does not include Graphic card at all, relying exclusively on the Ice Lake processor for its GPU growl. Intel and Razer claim that the lack of a dedicated graphics card means that the battery can be lengthened, while suggesting that performance remains constant, whether the Blade Stealth 13 is plugged into the mains or on the go, this which is really a game-changing feature.

At IFA 2019, I explored Razer’s Ultrabook to see if the equally breathtaking features of the Razer Blade Stealth 13 were as legitimate as Intel and Razer say.

Razer Blade Stealth Award 13 – How much will it cost?

The new Razer Blade Stealth 13, featuring the Intel 10th generation processor, will be available from £ 1499. This model will not have a separate graphics card, but will still be able to run some video games with Intel’s integrated Ice Lake graphics.

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If you’re looking for a more powerful version of the Stealth 13, capable of stable performance for AAA games, opt for a more expensive model, priced at £ 1,799, featuring a GTX 1650 GPU. And then, if you want to go from Full HD to 4K, you can opt for the version at 239 €.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 release date – When will it be available?

The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is already available in the United States, but UK customers will have to wait a little longer. Razer suggests that its updated Ultrabook will be available in stores by the end of September.

Preview of Razer Blade Stealth 13 – Play without a graphics card

Game laptops have long had multiple flaws. Performance drops significantly when they are disconnected from a power source, the battery life is limited to a few hours and they usually weigh more than the dumbbell. 39, entry-level at the gym.

Razer has been trying to tackle these problems for a long time with the Blade Stealth 13, opting for underperforming GPUs so that the laptop is as thin and light as possible while still playing.

However, by the very admission of Razer, the Stealth Blade 13 was so modest in terms of performance that it was hard to call it a game Ultrabook. You’re basically limited to such multiplayer titles than Apex Legends and Overwatch, or independent titles that are not. demanding of the GPU.

This should change with the upcoming update of a model incorporating Intel’s new 10th generation Ice Lake processor with an integrated graphics engine. This means that the entry-level Razer Blade Stealth 13 does not need a processor to play, while ensuring high, stable performance.

Stealth Razer Blade

I spent some time playing on the Razer Blade Stealth 13 and the show was quite surprising, as it was making the movie Halo: Remastered Reach, which is coming soon on The Master Chief Collection.

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The frame rate fluctuated between 40 and 60 frames per second. Such a performance is not enough to please the most competitive players, but it remains perfectly playable and looks smooth to the naked eye. Seeing a laptop running a AAA game at this rate without a graphics card is revolutionary – make no mistake.

Razer also claims that the Stealth Blade, which uses Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics, will be able to run Overwatch at 60 fps (although the details are low) and CounterStrike Go at 60 fps (with intermediate details). I can not confirm these numbers, but Razer has disclosed enough information so that I can trust the data.

This suggests that the Razer Blade Stealth 13 will still struggle to run AAA games at 60 fps, but you can upgrade to a GTX 1650 graphics card if you absolutely want to play The Witcher 3 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. However, keep in mind that you will always have to lower the graphics settings.

Razer Blade Stealth Ice Lake

Staying true to the basic Stealth with the Intel Lake 25W processor, however, has a significant advantage, and that’s the battery life. Without a dedicated graphics card that engulfs all juice, Razer says the Stealth 13 baseline will benefit from superior endurance. No exact figure can be confirmed, but I see the reasoning behind this bold statement and I can not wait to see how much extra life the battery can be exhausted.

Razer also said that the new Stealth 13 will benefit from the same performance as when it is plugged. I personally think it’s incredibly exciting because I’m dissuaded from playing games over and over because of the sacrifice performance.

Far from the performance, what has changed with the Stealth 13? Not a lot to be honest, but it’s really a good thing.

In order to accommodate all new gubbins, the Stealth is slightly larger, but only by an increase of a lean 0.5mm. The entry-level Intel Iris Plus Graphics Stealth 13 is now also available in Mercury White and is incredibly beautiful. I wonder if such a color option may look dirty after months of use, but there is no doubt about its beauty right out of the box.

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Thanks to the 10th generation Intel processor, you also get enhanced connectivity with Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3, but Razer has always kept two USB-A ports available for you to easily connect your old devices.

Stealth Razer Blade

Elsewhere, you still get the same quality design, a crisp, colorful display and a fantastic RGB keyboard like the previous Razer Blade Stealth 13, which is truly one of my favorite Ultrabooks currently available.

The only price left for me is the price: at £ 1499, it’s not really cheap, it costs the same price as the previous Razer Stealth 13 model with a discreet Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU.

I still do not see how much performance you get with the new Iris Plus Graphics engine compared to the GeForce MX150, but if the jump is enough and the battery life is really better, then Razer has been faithful to the reality by boasting of having created the world’s first gaming Ultrabook.

Initial verdict

Playing without a graphics card is truly a breathtaking innovation. If the Razer Blade Stealth 13 can produce performance worthy of a gaming laptop, while offering extended battery life, it is very likely that it will become one of the best Ultrabooks on the market.

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