For the second time lately, I’ve spent a while with a variant of the Razer Blade Stealth 13. At the start of 2020, I reviewed Razer’s first gaming ultrabook with a GTX 1650 GPU inside, turning the almost three-pound system right into a full-fledged gaming system.Now, a yr later, I’ve spent a while utilizing the late 2020 version of the Blade Stealth 13, boasting Intel’s eleventh Gen i7, a GTX 1650 Ti GPU and, my favourite half, a FHD OLED show.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 (OLED) Review

There are definitely some tradeoffs for packing this a lot energy into such a small housing, and I’ll get to that beneath, however the general expertise has been very good. Let’s dig in.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 – Specs

Here are the specs of the Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Late 2020) I’ve been testing:

  • Model: Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Late 2020) (RZ09-0327)
  • Display: 13.3-inch FHD OLED (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: eleventh Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 2.8GHz (12M cache, 4.7GHz Max Turbo)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with Max-Q (4GB GDDR6)
  • Memory: 16GB 3733Mhz DDR4
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Storage: 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Webcam: 720p, Windows Hello compliant
  • Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1
  • Dimensions: 11.99 x 8.27 x 0.6-inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 3.26-pounds
  • Price: $1,999

Razer solely gives two totally different builds of the late 2020 Blade Stealth 13. There’s the $1,999 mannequin I’ve been testing with an OLED show, or the $1,799 120Hz model. Outside of the show variations, you are getting the identical precise construct. In different phrases, it can save you a bit of cash and get an ordinary show with a sooner refresh price, or spend a bit of extra and persist with a 60Hz show, however an OLED panel at that.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 – Design

The finest means, I believe, to explain the Blade Stealth’s design is to say that it is understated. It’s successfully a matte black slab of glass, plastic, and aluminum. But it is a very small black slab that has a premium really feel to it that grows on you the longer you employ it.

Even the usually neon inexperienced Razer brand is murdered out on this Stealth, and it seems to be unbelievable. The solely colour, outdoors of the backlit keyboard, comes from the inexperienced inside two USB-A ports on both facet of the deck. You know Razer was going to determine a strategy to work that inexperienced in there someway, proper?

The Blade Stealth 13 measures 11.99 x 8.27 x 0.6-inches, retaining its title as one of many thinnest gaming laptops I’ve ever examined. To put that into perspective, Apple’s new M1 MacBook Pro (which makes use of the identical design because the Intel model) measures 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61-inches. That’s proper, the Blade Stealth 13 is ever-so-slightly thinner than the MacBook Pro.

To be truthful, it weighs barely greater than the MacBook Pro, coming in at 3.26 kilos versus 3.00 kilos.

That roughly quarter of a pound distinction is not more likely to have a big effect in your every day use if you happen to’re carrying it on a commute or round the home. It’s there, certain, however utilizing each of these laptops facet by facet, I can not actually inform a distinction in weight.

Under the lid is a black keyboard with single-zone RGB lighting and a touchpad beneath it. The show has slim bezels on both facet, measuring simply 4.9mm based on Razer. Along the highest is a thicker bezel to create space for the 720p IR webcam that works with Windows Hello to unlock your PC utilizing facial recognition.

On the left facet, you may discover one of many Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, a USB-A port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the other facet, you may discover one other Thunderbolt 4 port, together with the opposite USB-A port.

Either Thunderbolt 4 port can be utilized to cost the laptop computer’s battery, leaving you with three out there ports to attach equipment and peripherals. Indeed, it isn’t plenty of ports to attach all the pieces you’d doubtless need to game with, however that is one of many tradeoffs for this sort of design. At least it isn’t left with simply two ports like the brand new MacBook Pro, proper?

The OLED panel is reflective, not matte just like the Blade Stealth I beforehand reviewed, so reflections shall be one thing you must cope with. That stated, I did not discover them terribly overbearing or intrusive. The touchscreen portion of the show is one thing I examined, however solely reluctantly. The show is beautiful and the very last thing I wished to do was put my dirty fingerprints throughout it. Alas, for testing functions, I tapped and swiped on it and located no points.

The keyboard is a pleasure to kind on, with every keypress providing simply sufficient suggestions to let you understand it has been registered, after which the keys spring again into place. I do nonetheless want the keyboard had individually lit keys, as a substitute of 1 lighting zone. Another tradeoff for the smaller kind issue, I’m certain. The touchpad beneath it’s a lot aware of gestures and clicks, however I do want it was barely greater.

Razer has really nailed the ultrabook design, even when it is a tad harking back to a murdered out MacBook Pro.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 – Performance and Gaming

Tucked contained in the Blade Stealth 13’s housing is an eleventh Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7, Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti with Max-Q GPU, 16GB 3,733Mhz RAM, and a 512GB SSD. That complete equipment combines to supply sufficient horsepower for video and photograph modifying, in addition to considerably intense gaming periods — so long as you are open to adjusting your settings to accommodate.

Here are the benchmark outcomes for the Blade Stealth 13 (late 2020) in comparison with a GTX 1650 and the Blade Stealth 13 I reviewed earlier this yr.

As you possibly can see, efficiency, general, is not all that spectacular. Yet one other tradeoff you make for such a small design.

That stated, as is normally the case, the benchmarks do not paint an entire image of the general efficiency. While there have been instances when the Blade Stealth 13 appeared to hold or really feel sluggish – significantly throughout preliminary setup whereas putting in a number of video games and updates – in terms of gaming, the Blade Stealth 13 is greater than able to hitting 60 frames per second in most AAA video games.

In truth, I used to be in a position to get 60 FPS in Warzone, and the brand new Call of Duty Black Ops. Of course, neither of these video games have been operating at Ultra and even High settings, however at Medium settings, 60 FPS was inside attain – respectable for the ultrabook kind issue. And to be trustworthy, I did not see a lot of a distinction between even Medium or Low settings. I believe that is partly due to the OLED show.

I’ve a love hate relationship with OLED panels on gaming laptops. I really like them as a result of they give the impression of being clear, crisp and the colours are shiny and vibrant. I hate OLED shows as a result of they make it actually tough to return to an ordinary LCD show.

The audio system are discovered on either side of the keyboard, and provide loads of quantity and depth, even when gaming. The followers, naturally, kicked on the second I launched a game, however by no means acquired loud sufficient that I could not hear what was taking place within the game. In truth, I used to be a bit of shocked by how quiet the followers have been general.

As for the storage – 512GB is not so much, so you may need to have an exterior drive for bigger recordsdata with a view to make room for video games.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 – Battery life

I put the Blade Stealth by our normal battery benchmark check consisting of setting the show brightness to 50-percent, turning off the keyboard backlighting, and all additional wi-fi connections besides Wi-Fi. I then ran PCMark 10’s Modern Office battery check, and it lasted 7 hours and seven minutes earlier than turning off.

That’s adequate for a near-top spot out of the gaming laptops we have examined this yr, and almost sufficient to get by a full day of use without having to be plugged in.

Razer Blade Stealth 13 – Software

Razer makes it recognized that the corporate would not preinstall any additional apps, companies or bloatware on its merchandise. And it is true. Preinstalled on this Blade Stealth was Razer’s Synapse software program that is used to regulate the keyboard lighting, fan pace, and energy modes.

Other than that, solely what Windows consists of in an ordinary Windows 10 set up is discovered on the Blade Stealth out of the field. It’s refreshing to not need to cope with uninstalling random crapware or antivirus packages on a $1,999 laptop computer.

As for Synapse, I nonetheless battle with understanding tips on how to correctly use it. The tabs and classes alongside the highest are merely complicated to me. If you are a seasoned Razer consumer, you may really feel proper at house. However, if that is your first Razer product, there’s going to be a studying curve.

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