The razor blade stealth is always designed to be a non-gaming machine of a company that calls itself a "lifestyle brand for gamers." Or at least, it's a computer that can merge into a business meeting instead of screaming "I'm a gamer, look at all the crazy lights!" The application of 2018 on the device that was on sale today has a note-on-note logo on the back that looks a little less attention grabbing than the bright-green razer logo of earlier, and it doubles down on the latest model & The ultra-thin member with slimmer bezels.
But the biggest improvements are actually in performance. The new razor blade stealth comes in three configurations at $ 1,399, $ 1,599, and $ 1,899, and the top two add discrete graphics (NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory). The entry-level speck has just integrated the Intel HD graphics 620. The second-level spec with the MX 150 (and an additional 8 GB of memory over the base spec, bring it to 16GB 2133 MHz) is only $ 200 more than The base spec, it's a tempting upgrade for gamers.
The real party starts with the top spot, which replaces the 13.3-inch full display with a 4k touchscreen in the same size. Both display options have 50 percent smaller bezels than the previous year model at 4.9 mm, and they support 100 percent of the SRB color. The $ 1.899 spec also has 512GB of flash storage; The two low configurations have only 256GB, and the top spec has a faster storage, too.
All three configurations have Intel's 8th-core Core i7-8565U processor, Thunderbolt 3 port with external GPU support, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port, two USB-A 3.1 ports, and a 5mm headphone jack. They also have the same dimensions: 0.58 "x 11.99" x 7.27 ".
Battery Life Variant, though. To improve the battery life, Razer ditched per-key RGB lighting in favor of one zone for the whole keyboard. The company holds 13 hours for the base model, 11 hours for the mid-one, and eight hours for 4K camera.
The keyboard may have lost a RGB lighting feature, but razor clamps it is differently improved – specifically that it is "optimized to feel panther and more responsive." The touchpad is too big and offers Microsoft Precision support.
The other great feature here is an IR web camera with Windows hello support, a first for Razer laptops. The press release announcing the laptop states that "Razer also retained the ideal web-camera placement at the top of the screen to delete awkward shots." This is a direct dig at some laptops with webcams below the screen, like the Del XPS13.
All in all, the updated device looks like a better deal than before for consumers who want a brand of gaming laptop that is portable and blended in the stroke of the Green Razer logo to the note-on-note logo alone improves things. It is always good to see gaming laptops that do not look ridiculous, even if the graphics performance here is not powerful enough to run the required games on the screen 4k resolution.
Razer is still essentially a gaming brand, though, and this product is a bit out of place in its lineup. This is partly because Razer does not offer long-term service packs like Apple's AppleCare or Dell's Premium Support Plus, which may feel necessary for a priced laptop that can barely be user-serviceed.
Razer is accepting orders on the new stealth starting today.
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