THE GAMER’S ULTRABOOK?

Razer Blade Stealth

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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.

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