In recent years, we have noticed the Razer Blade Stealth as one of the most attractive ultra-portable Windows laptops on the market. While Razer isn't the cheapest metal unibody laptop out there, it has integrated premium hardware for its top-end design in the past, giving buyers a great product.
For 2018, Razer updated the Blade Stealth. Although the design has not been revised in this improved version, Kaby Lake Refresh CPUs are installed. The Core i7-8550U is standard here and offers significantly improved performance thanks to the jump to four cores and eight threads. It is a chip that we covered in detail earlier, with more than one flagship that is already thin and light.
The battery capacity remains at 53.6 Wh. However, with the new processor inside, there may be some changes to the battery life. Razer has also increased the storage speed from LPDDR3-1866 to LPDDR3-2133 with the same capacity of 16 GB.
All other aspects of the hardware are the same, including the 13.3-inch IGZO 3200 x 1800 LCD, killer networking equipment, and 256GB to 1TB SSD options.
There are some minor changes to the dimensions of the laptop, but they fall below the 1mm range and the weight remains essentially unchanged. As a result, the beautiful metal case is almost identical to the version I tested in September. Check this review to get my full thoughts on this design.
In a nutshell, the metal unibody construction is solid, well built, and looks gorgeous, especially with the slimmer bezel that was new for 2017. The black model looks fantastic, but there is now an option in red-gray that is just as great and maybe a little more stealthy.
I / O has always been an important selling point for Blade Stealth, so this new model doesn't change anything. You will also receive Thunderbolt 3 and a full-sided HDMI connection as well as two USB 3.0 connections and a headphone jack. That's pretty much all you need, and the laptop is charged via USB-C for added convenience.
No changes have been made to the individually illuminated RGB LED keyboard or touchpad, and both are still very good on this laptop. The trackpad in particular is one of the best I've used in an ultraportable: it works so well and feels great.
The display is also the same. I tested this device again to be sure, but did not report anything new, except for a few minor adjustments to the white balance and gamma correction. The display is still very good, and I think it's great that the high-resolution 3200 x 1800 option is now standard.
Before I looked at the performance of the Blade Stealth, I wanted to briefly mention the price, as the latest Blade Stealth was launched for $ 100 more than the last generation model and for a Core i7, 16 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD has grown from $ 1400 to $ 1500.
Given that the new CPU OEMs only cost a few dollars more than the old one, this seems a little unreasonable, but is still cheaper than comparable high-end laptops like the Dell XPS 13 and HP Specter. In contrast to these systems from Dell and HP, Razer does not have an entry-level model, hence the higher basic price.