Razer laptops have all the time seemed like gaming machines, even after they have not been. The Razer Blade and Blade Professional embrace high-end graphics playing cards from Nvidia, and match that with matte black designs accented by a neon inexperienced triple-snake-head emblem and a extremely customizable multicolored keyboard lighting system.

In different phrases, typical gaming laptops.

The identical aesthetic prolonged to the Razer Blade Stealth ($1,224.98 at Amazon.com), a slim MacBook-like Home windows laptop computer that skipped the gaming parts, however saved the ready-to-frag look. If you happen to did not dig the Razer design, it was a disgrace, because the Blade Stealth was a well-made, premium-feeling laptop computer that managed to supply high-end parts, like a Core i7 CPU and enormous SSD laborious drive, at a reasonably cheap value.

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The most recent model of the Stealth takes a few large steps ahead (and perhaps one step again). The 2017 replace to the Razer Blade Stealth now is available in an understated matte grey, and even the snake-head emblem has been rendered in a delicate tone-on-tone distinction with the grey lid. No extra neon inexperienced. Misplaced within the transition, nevertheless, is the multicolored lighting system, changed by a easy white keyboard backlight.

The display screen additionally will get a lift from 12.5 to 13.three inches. The decision on the brand new contact show truly drops from 4K (three,840×2,160) to a mere three,200×1,800 pixels, which is greater than sufficient for a 13-inch laptop computer and may assist battery life.

The grey Stealth begins at $1,399, £1,349 or AU$2,199 for a seventh-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. A 13-inch MacBook Professional with the identical specs, minus the touchscreen, comes out to $1,999, £1,899 or AU$2,999. Bigger laborious drives are the one step-up choices supplied and the configuration examined right here had a 512GB SSD for a complete of $1,599, £1,549 or AU$2,499.

The Razer Blade Stealth subsequent to a 13-inch MacBook Professional.

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And if you happen to simply completely, utterly cannot stay with out the traditional Razer multicolored Chroma keyboard, there’s some excellent news. You will get the identical specs for a similar value within the previous black-and-green coloration scheme, with the total million-plus-color keyboard backlighting system. (An alternative choice — a few configurations of final yr’s 12.5-inch, 4K model are additionally on the market at a slight low cost proper now.) 

Razer Blade Stealth (13-inch, 2017)

Value as reviewed (US, UK, Australia)

$1,599, £1,549, AU$2,499

Show measurement/decision

13-inch, three,200×1,800 contact show

CPU

2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U

Reminiscence

16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz

Graphics

128MB Intel HD Graphics 620

Storage

512GB SSD

Networking

802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth four.1

Working system

Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit)

A decolorized keyboard

The backlit keyboard was some of the notable options of the Razer laptop computer line. Taking a lot of its DNA from the Chroma gentle options constructed into most of the firm’s keyboards and different equipment, it supplied a blinding array of coloration choices, taking thousands and thousands of doable colours and arranging them in a collection of patterns, from cool to distracting to only plain trippy.

And you may nonetheless get that rainbow impact within the black model of this laptop computer, however the extra serious-looking grey model has solely a white backlight. The depth of the sunshine is adjustable, as are parameters for turning it off or on relying on wall versus battery energy, or when the laptop computer hits a sure share of battery life.

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