Once I reviewed Razer’s debut Blade Stealth ultrabook two years in the past, I believed it will usher in a wave of imitators. Small, smooth, with an all-metal chassis that rivaled Apple’s most interesting MacBooks, it was among the finest laptops I’d ever used.

And now? Properly, not a lot has modified. I’ve been utilizing the Blade Stealth’s most up-to-date revision for a bit now, and whereas there are actually some glorious options, Razer’s machine (available via Amazon) stays close to the highest of the pack. There’s nonetheless room for enchancment—significantly the battery life—however it’s a powerful machine.

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Appears may be deceiving

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The brand new Razer Blade Stealth’s chassis affords some refined enhancements over its predecessor’s.

It’s tempting to put in writing off the most recent Blade Stealth as an incremental replace. Internally, that’s actually the case—we’ll discuss efficiency later. However even a surface-level look provides the looks that not a lot has modified. It’s nonetheless the identical Blade aesthetic Razer’s used for the final 5 or 6 years now—black aluminum chassis, rounded corners, glowing inexperienced emblem on the again—simply shrunk down a bit. 

This newest Blade Stealth is technically bigger than its predecessor, although—or no less than, the display is. The precise laptop computer dimensions are the identical as earlier than, stretching 12.6 x eight.1 inches, and barely a half-inch thick. However the previous 12.5-inch display has been changed by one which’s 13.three inches. 

It’s barely a distinction, however I complained that the earlier Blade Stealth had ugly bezels round all 4 sides of the display—a trait that was significantly noticeable positioned subsequent to Dell’s smooth, virtually bezel-free XPS 13 line. These bezels are mercifully smaller on the brand new Blade Stealth, making an already lovely machine look even higher. And but, they’re simply massive sufficient to suit the webcam within the conventional top-center area additionally, which is a rarity on an ultrabook.

The one draw back? There’s no 4K choice. The previous 3840×2160 IGZO touchscreen has been changed by one which’s 3200×1800. Observe: I say “draw back” with a good quantity of sarcasm. Colour copy is top-tier, and with screens this small it’s uncertain you’re going to note the lacking pixels. Nonetheless, a trade-off has been made.

I believe it pertains to battery life. That was the opposite huge grievance with the unique Blade Stealth, which solely lasted 5 hours, 37 minutes in our rundown take a look at.

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