THE GAMER’S ULTRABOOK?
Razer Blade Stealth
HWM | JUNE 2016 So Razer now has an Ultrabook. The Razer Blade Stealth is truly a compact, ultra-portable notebook, with a 12.5-inch display, low-power 15W Intel processor and no discrete mobile GPU. Oh, it's only 13.1mm at its thickest and weighs just 1.25kg.
It is also one solidly-built notebook. For starters, it's constructed entirely out of CNC-milled aircraft-grade aluminum, which successfully conveys a premium quality feel and ensures there's zero flex to the keyboard. However, while not quite a grease magnet, the notebook did pick up some blemishes in a short period of time, and the gorgeous matte black finish will still show off dust and other stains rather clearly.
The 12.5-inch QHD touchscreen display is quite outstanding, with bright, vibrant colors and deep blacks. The display took to walls of blackon-white text and National Geographic photo galleries with gusto, and viewing angles were excellent. The touchscreen panel comes in handy while surfing the web, and is a nice bonus feature for a notebook at this price point. With that said, this is also a glossy display, so you do need to turn up the brightness to mitigate reflections in certain cases.
Another thing we like is ample port connectivity. The Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port – here's where you would plug in the Razer Core external graphics enclosure – already supports charging, data transfers and video output, but Razer has also included two additional Type-A USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and a full- sized HDMI port.
Then there are the speakers, which face upwards on either side of the keyboard. They're fairly large for notebook speakers and can run quite loud, though clarity is a bit lacking with some distortion at high frequencies even with the volume slider set in the middle.
The Blade Stealth relies on a Killer Wireless-AC 1535 module for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, and supports a maximum throughput of up to 867Mbps over two spatial streams. But the best part is that it supports MU-MIMO, although you'll still need a compatible router and other MU-MIMO devices to take full advantage of the benefits (MU-MIMO lets the router serve multiple devices all at once, which translates into shorter wait times).
The Thunderbolt 3 port interfaces with the optional Razer Core external graphics dock.