Razer Updates Blade and Blade Stealth Laptops

Subject: Systems | September 3, 2016 - 12:10 AM |
Tagged: razer, blade, blade stealth, kaby lake, pascal

The Razer Blade and the Razer Blade Stealth seem to be quite different in their intended usage. The regular model is slightly more expensive than its sibling, but it includes a quad-core (eight thread) Skylake processor and an NVIDIA GTX 1060. The Stealth model, on the other hand, uses a Kaby Lake (the successor to Skylake) dual-core (four thread) processor, and it uses the Intel HD Graphics 620 iGPU instead of adding a discrete part from AMD or NVIDIA.

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The Stealth model weighs about 2.84 lbs, while the regular model is (relatively) much more heavy at 4.1 - 4.3 lbs, depending on the user's choice of screen. The extra weight is likely due in part to the much larger battery, which is needed to power the discrete GPU and last-generation quad-core CPU. Razer claims that the Stealth's 53.6 Wh battery will power the device for 9 hours. They do not seem to make any claims about how long the non-Stealth's 70Wh battery will last. Granted, that would depend on workload anyway.

This is where the interesting choice begins. Both devices are compatible with the Razer Core, which allows externally-attached desktop GPUs to be plugged into Razer laptops. If you look at their website design, the Razer Blade Stealth promotes the Core more prominently, even including a “Buy Now” button for it on the header. They also advertise 100% AdobeRGB color support on the Stealth, which is useful for graphics designers because it can be calibrated to either sRGB (web and video) or print (magazines) color spaces.

To me, the Stealth seems more for a user who wants to bring their laptop to work (or school) on a daily basis, and possibly plug it into a discrete GPU when they get home. Alternatively, the Razer Blade without a suffix is for someone who wants a strong, powerful PC that, while not as fast as a full desktop, is decently portable and even VR ready without external graphics. The higher resolution choices, despite the slower internal graphics, also suggests that the Stealth is more business, while the Blade is more gaming.

Before we go, Razer has also included a license of Fruity Loops Studio 12 Producer Edition. This is a popular piece of software that is used to create music by layering individual instruments and tracks. Even if you license Adobe Creative Cloud, this is one of the areas that, while Audition technically can overlap with, it's really not designed to. Instead, think GarageBand.

The Razer Blade Stealth is available now, from $999.99 (128GB QHD) to $1999.00 (1TB 4K).

The Razer Blade is also available now, from $1799.99 (256GB 1080p) to $2699.99 (1TB QHD+).

Source: Razer

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September 3, 2016 | 04:22 AM - Posted by protoCJ (not verified)

Stealth seems like one of the best ultrabooks if you don't mind the Razer logo on the back. It's a bummer that it's not available in Europe.

September 3, 2016 | 04:27 AM - Posted by protoCJ (not verified)

Wow! They may be trying to release it in Europe after all.
The link redirects to main website, but the price tag seems to be set.

September 3, 2016 | 08:12 AM - Posted by remc86007

That logo is the reason I couldn't justify getting one of these. There is no way I would use this in a professional environment.

September 3, 2016 | 11:56 AM - Posted by Fasic (not verified)

Nooo, just go for apple on back, it do's not matter it is iShit, the most important is that, it has apple on back -.-...fucking morons

September 3, 2016 | 01:17 PM - Posted by protoCJ (not verified)

It's not necessarily about the shape but about the color. If the Razer logo was chroma enabled I wouldn't have any problems with it. It's just that green feels "game'y", not serious.

September 3, 2016 | 08:37 PM - Posted by remc86007

I wouldn't buy an apple laptop either. The Razer logo looks like something marketed toward teenagers, not business people. I just wish they made their Ultrabook's with a more professional logo.

September 6, 2016 | 05:41 PM - Posted by Arne, Reepen (not verified)

You could put a dbrand skin on it.
There are several options that make a Blade Stealth look classy and hide the logo. Maybe not orange carbonfiber, but black titanium or just the matte black maybe?

September 7, 2016 | 12:09 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

See some gaming laptops need to come with a without logo option for professional use so users do not look like clowns! Gaming has a bad reputation(Green Toothed Rednecks) but some professional users need the processing power that a gaming laptop provides. Blame Intel for creating that ultrabook form factor and pushing the Apple style thin and light and useless form factor on the rest of the OEM laptop market! Now power business users must turn to gaming laptops to get the kind of processing power that used to come standard with the regular form factor workhorse laptops of older generations. Ultrabooks killed the workhorse business laptop, and gaming laptop makers would have more sales with logo free gaming laptops that don’t make the laptop’s end user look like a freak!

September 7, 2016 | 04:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You are supposed to buy the workstation grade laptop with the professional series GPU in it instead. It will probably cost twice as much. It is called market segmentation.

September 3, 2016 | 02:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Any chance of reviews for the gaming laptop with the RX 470 inside, Scott?

Also! From AnandTceh's IFA live blog stream!

07:50AM EDT - 'Radeon Prorenderer is designed to work on CPU and GPU, even competitors hardware'

07:51AM EDT - 'The open source implementation means that it is rapidly being adopted'

07:51AM EDT - 'It's also going to be used in Blender'

07:51AM EDT - >Oh hello... in Blender, eh?"(1)



September 6, 2016 | 11:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is it 2,560x1,440 or 4K resolution on a 12.5 inch screen? Is tha resolution useful on that small of screen?

September 6, 2016 | 01:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

no, it's not. FullHD is fine on 13"

September 7, 2016 | 05:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The Stealth is 12.5” at 4K or QHD (I assume this is 2560x1440). The 14" regular model is FullHD or QHD+ (whatever that means). I don't mind high DPI displays, as long as the software supports them properly. I don't know how well Windows 10 handles it these days.

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