Razer Blade Stealth 2017
Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to take a look at Razer Blade Stealth 2017 Review. Most people when they hear Razer think of the gaming peripherals and the gaming laptop giant. Well, they also make an ultraportable. This is kind of exciting for a lot of people that know about this product because when it launched it was a great product, but the display bezels were extra thick. So, let’s get started-
You have also the black version, so, if you’ve seen Razer Blade Stealth before, this is nothing new. There is also a gunmetal grey version that’s only available in the 13.3-inch variant which is really nice. This device is still a fingerprint magnet, so you’ll probably have to wipe this down a few times. The Razer Blade Stealth comes in at 2.93lbs. it’s very light and portable and at .52-inches thick, it’s very thin.
Turn to the left-hand side, you have HDMI 2.0 and a USB 3.1 port. Move on to the right side, you have a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, another USB-A port and there is a USB type-c full thunderbolt three specifications with the four PCIe lane dedication. That is going to be for an EGPU, the Razer Core. The really nice port selection here. The bottom side, you have two ventilations for the fans. One’s intake, one’s exhaust that is to help cool the Intel Core i7-7500 processor that is the latest Kaby-Lake version, 7th generation.
The biggest change here for 2017 is the display. For me, it just looks normal but that is a 50% bezel reduction, and how Razer achieved that is pretty simple. This device still does have a 12.5-inch 4K model, which is still available in the market. This version is 13.3-inches, so, of course, all they did was put a bigger display panel in there, which then made those bezels 50% smaller.
For me, like I said, it just looks like a normal laptop. These aren’t thin bezels at all by 2017 standards, but they look really nice. Now, this is also a QHD display, so it’s 3200 x 1800 resolution.
Now, looking at the colour calibration, it’s a very good, this is 98% SRGB or 77% Adobe. This display is not the brightest in the world, we’re talking about a little bit over 300-nits. It’s fine for gaming indoors, not something you really want to use outdoors.
It is glossy but on the scale of one to 10 of glossiness I’d say it is about an 8, it’s not the most glossy display. it’s also a touchscreen so not something you’re gonna use all the time. You can’t use a pen with it but if you like having touch and that ability to do it, it’s actually a very nice touch display. The touchscreen is very responsive and it also has smaller bezels than its predecessor.
You have a regular size keyboard which is really nice. It is only 1-millimeter of travel which is on the shallow side if you don’t know about keyboard buttons. 1.2-1.5mm is usually what you aiming for, for a laptop 1-millimetre is on the shallow side. Having said that, the actuation on here and the feel of the keys, their response, is very good. So, I’m kind of torn on this keyboard.
It’s one of those, it’s very shallow, so as you’re typing your fingers are gonna bounce back quickly. But, overall it’s really nice to experience, you have really nice backlighting here. You get that Chroma backlighting with a whole range of brightness displays, so you can configure that however, you want including on power or AC.
When it comes to the gunmetal grey model, you don’t get the chroma option, so it’s just gonna be backlit with white keys. So, that’s one of the main difference there.
It’s a very good touchpad. It’s very smooth and I love the feel of it. The click is pretty good too, takes a little bit of effort but you can do taps. You do have right and left click, not dedicated buttons but they are zones works very well. The precision drivers are excellent on this, I’m so happy to see Razer getting on board with that.
Processor & Memory: –
The Razer Blade Stealth runs Windows 10 Home 64-Bit and has Kaby-Lake i7-7500U with 16 gigabytes of RAM. It will crush any kind of media consumption, work or school stuff that you throw at it. Video editing on 1080p footage will be pretty decent if you have an external drive. 4K footage is going to be gnarly, but it’s an Ultrabook.
It has a 256 gigabytes NVMe PCIe SSD of which about 198 gigabytes are available to the user. This version is the 1TB version but you can also get it in 512GB or 256GB. It’s running an HD 620, the integrated graphics chip from Intel.
I have done some test on this laptop, the CrystalDiskMark test score is a 1585 MB/s rear and somewhat disappointing 308 MB/s on the Write. It did an 8333 on the multi-core score of the Geekbench 4.1.1 test. It has Intel HD graphics 620 and it did 19,955 scores on the OpenCL test of the Geekbench 4.1.1.
This is really not a gaming machine. You can play less intensive games such as League of Legends not too bad, work pretty well but if you want “Triple A” games on this definitely invest in the Razer Core.
It has Bluetooth v4.1 and it has Killer Wireless 1535 reception was excellent, the range was flawless.
The Razer Blade Stealth sports a 2.0-megapixel front-facing webcam. It’s 1280 by 720 at 30 frames per second. It’s okay and it’s not the best I’ve ever seen. It’s certainly not the worst I’ve ever seen. It certainly can get the job done if you’re doing a skype or doing a video conference, this will be no problem as far as usability is concerned.
You also have top firing speakers, looks very much like a Mac, it’s been considered a black Mac by many people. I love this design, these speakers are very good, I’m very happy with them. Not tinny at all, you get some pretty good bass there. Of course, you can use this for gaming, you’ll probably end up using dedicated headphones.
The Battery size remains the same at 53.6 Watt hours, but I’m getting less battery life. Running the same loop, as usual, It’s clocking in a little over seven hours. Still very good, but it’s about 40-minutes less than the older version. And I think it’s just because the screen is bigger, there’s just a larger surface area to light up.
Overall, with the new Razer Blade Stealth 2017, I think they did a great job on it, it’s pricey. But I think it’s going to be a very popular device. It has the similar build quality as before. The 13.3-inch display has very good colour accuracy and the bezels are finally smaller, but I could be brighter. The RGB Keyboard is spaced comfortably, but the keys do have a shallow stroke. The trackpad is glass again and tracking software is much improved this year.
Inside, the Kaby-Lake CPU and the HD 620 are quietly cooled and deliver strong performance for an Ultrabook. The 16 gigabytes of RAM is soldered on. The included SSD isn’t super fast, but it is replaceable. And the 53.6 Watt-hour battery will last around 7 hours.
So, should you get this thing? Honestly, if just bought the Old Razer Blade Stealth, I feel bad for that because this one is so much better. It is a lot more expensive, there’s that, but if you’re looking for an Ultrabook and you can afford this thing, this one’s really good.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Razer Blade Stealth 2017||__||Rs NA|
|Razer Blade Stealth 2017||$ 1599.99|
|Killer Wireless-AC (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1)|
|BODY||Dimensions- 0.52″ Height x 12.6″ Width x 8.1″ Depth|
|DISPLAY||Size & Type- 13.3″ QHD+ (3200 x 1800) / 12.5″ 4K (3840 x 2160)
IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, with LED backlight, up to 170′ wide viewing angle
|CAMERA||13.3″ – 720p
12.5″ – 2.0-MP
|PROCESSOR||OS- Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Intel Core i7-7500U Processor with Hyper Threading 2.7GHz / 3.5GHz (Base/Turbo)
|MEMORY||16GB RAM dual channel onboard memory LPDDR3-1866MHz (fixed)
Up to 1TB SSD (PCIe M.2)
|PORTS||Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
USB 3.0 Port x2 SuperSpeed
Multipoint Touch-screen Interface
Anti-Ghosting Keyboard with Chroma backlighting
HDMI 2.0a audio & video output
|SECURITY||Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embeded|
|SOUND||Built-in Stereo Speakers
3.5mm headphone/microphone jack
Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Plus Edition
7.1 Codec Support
|POWER||Compact 45W USB-C Power adapter
53.6Wh Rechargeable Li-Po Battery