The Razer Blade Stealth, a 12.5-inch ultrabook made its debut earlier this year, back in January. And just about seven or eight months later, the small but powerful device got its first major upgrade.
The ultrabook now has twice the RAM and internal storage, fifteen percent larger battery, and a newer, more battery efficient and potent CPU chip. With a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $999 on the cheapest variant and $1,799 for the most expensive, the price tag is a real deal for this tiny, thin, sturdy and well-built laptop.
Among its main features one can find a beautiful, high-resolution touch screen display, a keyboard with backlighting in 16.8 million colors, well built 0.52 inch thin and 2.84-pound aluminum body.
According to CNET, the old sixth generation Core i7-6500U processor (courtesy of Intel) has been upgraded to the newer and faster seventh generation Core i7-7500U processor.
A Razer Blade Stealth for every wallet
Exact RAM and storage capacity varies depending on which variant one purchases; the cheaper $999 model has less RAM and smaller SSD than its more expensive brothers.
With a modest 128GB drive and 8GB of RAM, it should suffice for those with minor needs and wallets. This variant has a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel Quad HD display, according to The Verge.
The option that steps up in the Razer Blade Stealth hierarchy, and likely the one most consumers will get, features an SDD that’s four times as large, with 512GB of space available. The amount of RAM, however, remains at 8GB; the display is also the same. This one costs $1,399, or $400 more expensive than the above.
And the maxed out Razer Blade Stealth, with its more impressive price tag of $1,799, features twice the RAM at 16GB, and twice the storage of its immediate predecessor with a fast 1TB PCIe SSD. The display has also been generously upgraded to a 4K 3,840 x 2,160 touchscreen display.
The thin and lightweight body for which the laptop is named, Blade Stealth, as it’s a smaller version of Razer’s Blade laptops, also remains consistent across variants, as also does the keyboard. Even at its least impressive offering, the Razers are excellent and reliable for a quality Windows 10 ultrabook.
The laptop is currently available for purchase from Razer’s San Francisco store, the online razerstore.com, with Amazon and Microsoft’s online stores coming soon. It will ship across the United States in October, with the rest of the world following a month later in November.
For the user’s gaming needs: the Razer Core is also upgraded
For an extra 499 dollars, with a $100 discount, if bought along with a Razer Blade Stealth ultrabook, customers can purchase a Razer Core and give the device the graphical power of a more traditional desktop computer, making it better suited as a gaming computer.
If playing games at the best settings possible with no (or minimal) performance issues are what the user wants, the highest spec Razer Blade Stealth, with its 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD, might be considered, according to PC Mag.
In particular, the added storage capabilities are beneficial, as games — especially the so-called AAA (Triple A) games — grow larger and more sophisticated as time passes.
The Razer Core is an external GPU enclosure (or external graphics amplifier) that can be plugged into the Razer Blade Stealth to give it the horsepower of desktop GPUs.
The Core also saw an update, along with the laptop it’s meant to be paired with, with added support for the latest and greatest Radeon 400 (from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) and Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 graphic card series.
About Razer Inc.
Founded eleven years ago by a team of engineers and marketers composed by Robert Krakoff, Matthew Thompson, and Min-Liang Tan, Razer Inc. specializes in creating and selling products targeted towards gamers.
The company originally came to fruition when the founding team wanted to develop and then market the first high-end mouse, specifically designed for gaming: The Boomslang.
By 2011, the company had released the Razer Switchblade, a portable gaming device which was supposed to function as a regular Windows computer in micro-size.
Now, the range of goods varies from various PC peripherals, such as keyboards and microphones, to laptops and tablets, all for gaming. The company’s products are known for their naming scheme, generally based on venomous animals and predators.
The few title exceptions are named after blades (Razer Edge, Razer Blade Stealth) or other concepts, such as their Chroma line of peripherals.
Source: The Verge