The Razer Blade Stealth was at all times supposed to be a non-gaming machine from an organization that calls itself a “life-style model for players.” Or at the least, it is a pc that would mix in at a enterprise assembly as a substitute of screaming, “I’m a gamer, have a look at all these loopy lights!” A 2018 replace to the machine that went on sale as we speak has a tone-on-tone emblem on the again that appears rather less consideration grabbing than the bright-green Razer emblem from earlier than, and it doubles down on the earlier mannequin’s ultraportable credentials with slimmer bezels.

However the largest enhancements are literally in efficiency. The brand new Razer Blade Stealth is available in three configurations at $1,399, $1,599, and $1,899, and the highest two add discrete graphics (NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 4GB of GDDR5 reminiscence). The entry-level spec nonetheless simply has built-in Intel HD Graphics 620. The second-tier spec with the MX150 (and a further 8GB of reminiscence over the bottom spec, bringing it to 16GB 2133MHz) is just $200 greater than the bottom spec, making it a tempting improve for players.

The true get together begins with the highest spec, which replaces the 13.Three-inch FullHD show with a 4K touchscreen in the identical measurement. Each show choices have 50 p.c smaller bezels than final yr’s mannequin at four.9mm, they usually help 100 p.c of the sRGB colour house. The $1,899 spec additionally has 512GB of flash storage; the 2 decrease configurations have simply 256GB, and the highest spec has quicker storage, too.

All three configurations have Intel’s Eighth-gen Core i7-8565U processor, a Thunderbolt Three port with exterior GPU help, a USB-C Three.1 Gen 2 port, two USB-A Three.1 ports, and a headphone jack. Additionally they have the identical dimensions: zero.58″ x 11.99″ x 7.27″.

Battery life varies, although. To enhance battery life, Razer ditched per-key RGB lighting in favor of 1 zone for the entire keyboard. The corporate guarantees 13 hours for the bottom mannequin, 11 hours for the mid-tier one, and eight hours for the 4K unit.

The keyboard may need misplaced an RGB lighting characteristic, however Razer claims it’s in any other case improved—particularly, that it is “optimized to really feel punchier and extra responsive.” The touchpad can be bigger and affords Microsoft Precision help.

The opposite large new characteristic right here is an IR Net digicam with Home windows Howdy help, a primary for Razer laptops. The press launch asserting the laptop computer states that “Razer additionally retained the best Net-camera placement on the high of the display to keep away from awkward photographs.” This can be a direct dig at some competing laptops with webcams beneath the display, just like the Dell XPS 13.

All in all, the up to date machine looks as if a greater deal than earlier than for customers who need a sort-of-gaming-laptop that is transportable and blends in—the transfer from the inexperienced Razer emblem to the tone-on-tone emblem alone improves issues. It is at all times good to see gaming laptops that do not look ridiculous, even when the graphics efficiency right here isn’t sturdy sufficient to run demanding video games on the display’s 4K decision.

Razer is accepting orders on the brand new Stealth beginning as we speak.

Replace: A earlier model of this text acknowledged that Razer doesn’t provide a longterm safety plan for laptop computer purchases, however that assertion has been eliminated. Razer launched RazerCare late final month.

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