Razer Blade Stealth upgrades lock on Whiskey Lake chips and 4K displays

With the thousands of laptops on offer these days, you'd think it would be easy to find that Goldilocks model that covers all the bases while offering a quality build. Machines fitting that exact description aren't all that plentiful, though, so the updated Razer Blade Stealth is a welcome sight.

We'll start with the bigger-ticket items. The main chip in the machine is now a Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U sporting four cores, eight threads, and a healthy 4.6-GHz boost clock. That CPU can be coupled with a GeForce MX150 graphics card with 4 GB of its own memory in the higher-end models. Illuminated pixel grids can now be had in either 1920×1080 or 3840×2160 flavors, both covering 100% of the sRGB color space and color-calibrated from the factory.

The aluminum-framed machine now has a Windows Hello-compatible camera setup as well as a Windows Precision touchpad. The keyboard's RGB LED lighting now has a single zone, though we figure that's not much of a downgrade. A four-speaker array creates pleasant sound waves, and there are two USB Type-C ports, one of them with a Thunderbolt 3 controller attached to four lanes of PCIe connectivity. That port is capable of using external graphics cards, too.

Razer publishes what appear to be fairly realistic battery life figures. The base model with a 1920×1080 display and integrated graphics should go for 13 hours without charging. Adding the GeForce MX150 cuts that figure down to 11 hours. The 4K display option takes its toll and drops on-battery duration to 8 hours.

At least on paper, the updated Razer Blade Stealth seems to tick pretty much every box for a compact laptop and then some. The asking price at the Razer shop is $1399 for a model with a 256-GB NVMe SSD, 8 GB of RAM, and integrated graphics. Stepping up to 16 GB of RAM and the MX150 graphics card puts the price at $1599. Finally, the top-gun Stealth with a 512-GB SSD, 16 GB of RAM, the MX150, and the 4K display sets buyers back $1899. Razer offers a software bundle that it values at $360 with the purchase of a Blade Stealth laptop, too.

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    • cmrcmk
    • 10 months ago

    A 13″ 4K screen just doesn’t make sense.

      • Krogoth
      • 10 months ago

      It is all playing on the whole bigger number = better! marketing trick.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 months ago

      As long as Windows scaling sucks, I agree. If Microsoft can get its head out of its ass, I could see a benefit. I love the high-res display on my MacBook.

        • cmrcmk
        • 10 months ago

        Apple though tries to find a reasonable balance between image quality and performance/battery life. A 13″ MacBook Pro has a 2560×1600 resolution which is about half the pixels of 4K. It still looks very sharp, even to young eyes, but obviously strains the system far less to draw it.

          • Voldenuit
          • 10 months ago

          I “love” how Apple likes to call their 1600p display “4 MP” in the hopes that consumers will confuse it with “4K”.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            I don’t see that at all. I’m looking at the specs page and see this, though.

            [quote<]Retina display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors Supported scaled resolutions: 1680 by 1050 1440 by 900 1024 by 640 500 nits brightness Wide color (P3)[/quote<] [url<]https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/[/url<]

            • Voldenuit
            • 10 months ago

            [quote<]Retina Display. Four million pixels.[/quote<] [url<]https://www.apple.com/macbook-air/[/url<]

            • derFunkenstein
            • 10 months ago

            Definitely not “4MP” in an effort to confuse people with “4K” but w/e. You apparently don’t like Apple and that’s another reason for you.

            also, from that computer’s spec page:

            [quote<]Retina display 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors Supported scaled resolutions: 1680 by 1050 1440 by 900 1024 by 640 16:10 aspect ratio[/quote<] [url<]https://www.apple.com/macbook-air/specs/[/url<]

          • derFunkenstein
          • 10 months ago

          Yeah, and in a way this might do better with a similar screen. Windows seems to be at its best with integer scaling, so a 3200×1800 might be better, because 200% scaling would give it a manageable 1600×900 effective.

    • Chrispy_
    • 10 months ago

    I think my favourite part about the Razer website for the stealth (I haven’t checked it recently) is that they’re calling a machine with Intel IGP a gaming laptop.

    There’s [i<]massaging[/i<] the truth, and then there's that.

    • qmacpoint
    • 10 months ago

    hell will freeze if there is ever a laptop that everyone likes

      • morphine
      • 10 months ago

      When there is, it’ll be “I want this for $200.”

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 10 months ago

        $150. 😉

          • BIF
          • 10 months ago

          $99.99, because it must be under $100.

          Do you all remember when the press was all agog for years before the first sub-$1000 laptop?

          They were anticipating that wet dream for a long time, and as soon as it was announced, with tons of corner-cutting, they were all writing about the next big thing; a sub-$500 machine.

    • Laykun
    • 10 months ago

    Only for gamers edgy enough to get tattoos.

      • BIF
      • 10 months ago

      Tattoos, with shiny fingernails. Still not sure, but I think those hands might belong to an edgy female.

    • Voldenuit
    • 10 months ago

    $1900 for a SKU with a MX150 and a 4K panel… pass.

    Huawei Matebook X Pro is $1500 for a similar configuration (MX 150 and 3.5K panel vs 4K).

    Thinkpad X1 Extreme is only $50 more than the top Blade Stealth SKU right now, with 4K panel and a 1050Ti instead of the MX150.

    Meanwhile, Dell XPS 13 and HP x360 with 4K panels are the same price as the base Stealth with a 1080p screen. All IGP.

    Razer needs to slice $200-400 off their MSRPs to even make a lick of sense. And I’m not even comparing the Stealth to non-ultrabooks from other manufacturers with 1050 and 1060 that can be had for around a grand.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 10 months ago

      Razor is a premium brand where you’re paying more for the brand rather than the value of the parts — other examples include Apple, Lian-Li, Chuckula, Rolex, Morphine–the usual suspects. ;->

        • Voldenuit
        • 10 months ago

        Neither Apple, Lian-li, Chuckula, Rolex or Morphine tend to break after 12 months, though.

          • Neutronbeam
          • 10 months ago

          Sure, but the laptop then transforms into one hella attractive doorstop–a big value add!

    • BillyBuerger
    • 10 months ago

    That right shift placement is terrible.

      • leor
      • 10 months ago

      It’s always gotta be SOMETHING with you people! 😛

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 months ago

        Indeed, but he’s not wrong. 😀

          • leor
          • 10 months ago

          It’s a universal law that things can’t be perfect.

          Thin and light? – Check
          Does it have USB type C? – Check
          Thunderbolt too? – Check
          USB Type A? – Check
          Supports external graphics? – Check
          Good CPU? – Check
          Good screen options? – Check
          Choice of integrated graphics? – Check
          Back lit keyboard? – Check
          WIreless AC? – Check
          Good battery life? – Check
          Tiny bezels? – Check

          How can we screw something up… let’s fsck up the right shift key!

            • Voldenuit
            • 10 months ago

            [quote<]How can we screw something up... let's **** up the right shift key![/quote<] Also, it's a razer.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 10 months ago

            The brand with the most annoying mechanical switches.

        • morphine
        • 10 months ago

        I take it you’re new to TR?

          • DancinJack
          • 10 months ago

          Can confirm I’ve not seen this loer entity before.

            • leor
            • 10 months ago

            This is just some site I stumbled onto in 1999… nothing to see here.

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            Back in the heady days of Scott and I banging out the hits

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 months ago

        Nevermimd no touchscreen or pen support.

          • leor
          • 10 months ago

          I bought the apple pencil for my iPad pro thinking of all the cool shtuff I would draw. After a couple of weeks of messing with it, I never use the damn thing anymore. It was cool and all, but drawing on a screen after 25 years of using a mouse just doesn’t feel natural.

          I also never, ever touch my touchscreen laptops. Why on earth do I want fingerprints on my screen if I don’t have to have them?

            • sweatshopking
            • 10 months ago

            I touch mine constantly, and being a student I use my pen on my surface pro 6 more than my touchpad. Hard to do math without a pen on a pc.
            Depends on your workload, but I wouldn’t buy a mobile pc without touch and pen support now.

      • jihadjoe
      • 10 months ago

      The captions in [url=https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/12/the-razer-blade-stealth-gets-an-overhaul-with-a-4k-display-and-better-graphics/<]Arstechnica's report[/url<] of this are winning!

        • highlandr
        • 10 months ago

        I actually thought to myself: “Tattoos on a hand model for a laptop? Looks like Razer is going for EDGY!”

          • Voldenuit
          • 10 months ago

          But eventually, they, too, [url=https://techreport.com/news/34302/report-microsoft-to-ditch-edgehtml-in-favor-of-chromium<]switched to Chromium[/url<].

      • homerdog
      • 10 months ago

      I never use right shift.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 10 months ago

        I had to stop and think of my keyboard let placement. I’m sure the prtscrn key gets used more than the right shift

      • MOSFET
      • 10 months ago

      There is a SHIFT key on the right side of the keyboard? Huh, well whaddaya know, there is. Never seen it before.

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