- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Processor: Quad-core Intel 10th Gen 1065G7 (Speed from 1.3 GHz to 3.9 GHz)
- Display: 13.3″ FHD Matte (1920 X 1080), 100% sRGB, 4.9mm slim side bezels, individually factory calibrated
- Graphics: Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics & Nvidia GTX 1650
- Memory: 16GB LPDDR4 3733MHz dual-channel onboard memory (Fixed)
- Touchpad: Glass touchpad (Microsoft Precision Touchpad)
- Connectivity: Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™), power port, 4 lanes of PCI Express
USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, power port
2x Type-A USB 3.1
- Audio: Stereo, 4X Speakers + Smart Amp
- Dimension: Height: 0.6″ / 15.3 mm
Width: 11.99″ / 304.6 mm
Depth: 8.27″ / 210 mm
- Power: Compact 65W USB-C power adapter
Razer Blade 13-inch (late 2019) Pros & Cons:
- Best 13-inch 1080p gaming laptop
- Premium build quality and top-notch trackpad
- Very Low fan noise
- Amazing Battery life
- Type-C with thunderbolt support
- Expensive Machine
- Not the fastest CPU on the market
The Razer Blade Stealth 13-inch Review:
This is the razor blade stealth 13-inch for late 2019. And this one is interesting because you know when they first announced the stealth years ago and I said look it’s a 13-inch gaming Ultrabook and let’s be frank it was not. It was your usual 15-inch while Ultrabook CPUs with integrated graphics and no, that’s not a gaming laptop.
And then they moved it up and you got invidia MX150 graphics which is a really low-end GPU, still not really gaming but a little more often most ultrabooks not all and now we have something really interesting. Intel 10th generation CPU inside and we have the option with the NVIDIA GTX 1650 max-q graphics inside. So, that’s the same graphics you’d find in something like the Dell XPS 15 and the Lenovo ThinkPad x1 extreme 2nd gen for 2019.
In other words, 15-inch slim in like mobile workstation kind of laptops and even entry-level gaming laptops too. So they put this in a 13-inch laptop. How does it do? we’re gonna find out now.
There are a couple of different configurations of stealth from the end of 2019. So, the one that we have is the max model with that GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics inside and that one is $1,800 with a full HD display 60 Hertz. There are no fast refresh display options here. If you want to get it with the 4k touch screen and at $200. So yes it is an expensive laptop, it’s a pretty unique laptop though so we’ll give it a pass for the moment on that.
There’s also a model that has Intel iris plus graphics. No dedicated graphics what so ever. And iris plus is pretty exciting, it comes with the Intel 10th gen CPUs and it really ups the ante gets close to. But still not quite there with the MX150 a lot of pomp. So that has only Intel iris graphics, has the same Intel 10th gen i7 CPU but it’s given 25 watts to work with and said 15 watts in our unit. Because there’s a less thermal constraint, there we’ll get into it a little bit more. So that one’s an interesting one at $1500.
Certainly not a gaming laptop but nice and powerful. And there’s a lot to be said for the stealth in terms of its build quality it’s just a very nice premium laptop and then there’s still the Intel 8th gen with NVIDIA MX 150 graphics available which again does push above the Intel iris+ graphics. So it’s still an appealing option and it’s only $1,300.
Now, so it’s so worth considering if you’re not looking for something that actually is a gaming or video editing laptop in an impossibly small onlY 13- inch form factor. Now that we’ve got that out of the way what was I talking about with those CPUs, so the Intel 10th generation isolates CPU the core i7 same model is available in two different power envelopes. As always with CPUs, you can give them more wattage but they’re usually limited because heat becomes an issue all that sort of thing.
So the iris+ graphics model doesn’t have to share any power envelope or any thermal Headroom with a dedicated GPU. So it can go for 25 watts, so in theory, you’ll get a little bit more CPU performance if you’re typically doing CPU dependent tasks more so than gaming. Then it’s certainly worth a look and you get that little Intel iris.
So our model has the 15-watt quad-core CPU inside so it’s not so different from whiskey Lake but it’s a 10-nanometer processor and instead of 14 nanometers. Which is what we had in whiskey Lake and the past several generations of ultrabook CPU, so what that really gets you is a bit better battery life and better thermal. There’s the advantage there, in terms of performance it’s a bit faster but it’s not night-and-day faster. Still yeah there’s that so when you have the GTX 1650 in here obviously you’ve got a lot of thermal constraints going on and to a certain extent some power constraints.
This comes with a 100-watt adapter it’s like the baby version of the usual black razor brick and that’s the max you can deliver over USB C. Which this one plugs into so what you’re going to notice right away. And something a trader clued us into and there’s still some driver issues and stuff going on with this, it’s not the most stable laptop at launch but there are some benchmarks like Cinebench r15 that sometimes actually show low CPU performance because it’s triggering the dedicated GPU when it shouldn’t. Particularly r20, which doesn’t even look at the GPU at all that happens for Cinebench r20 so it gets to be a little hazy if you’re calling on the GPU with what you doing for work then the CPU will be less performant.
Basically they down power to avoid thermal issues or in fact the CPU runs quite cool a lot of the time we were using. We’re seeing in seventy-five eighty degrees centigrade even when it’s working hard doing something like playing well Tomb Raider. Of course, you do have different power settings you can choose from, you can go for performance mode, balanced mode at their low power consumption mode.
Razer has a couple of different profiles and the high-performance setting does make a difference there. So while CPU temperatures are nice and relatively low the fans on this are really not loud it’s pretty impressive lis quiet even if it is working hard. When I was playing shadow with the Tomb Raider and the CPU and GPU utilization was pretty high on this it’s relatively speaking a quiet laptop and everyday productivity you’re just not really gonna hear the fans. Speaking of playing something like the shadow of the Tomb Raider that’s what’s so miraculous.
This is the first 13-inch Ultrabook we’ve seen that can do this all by itself without using an e GPU you like the Razer core. It actually works, I played Shadow of the Tomb Raider on medium settings at 1080p and you can see the frame rates we’ve got some sample footage going there for nice gaming and typically around 45 frames per second. If you drop it down to low then you can get 60 frames per second so shadow the Tomb Raider is a very demanding recent title if you’re playing something that’s a bit older but still kind of you know like Borderlands 2 or something like that.
A little bit older but still pretty demanding you can actually set the quality up to medium sometimes even high and play at 1080p which is amazing, also for video editing it makes all the difference in the world. So for those who are budding YouTubers aren’t you just like to edit your drone footage or whatever the GPU really kicks in with those Quad cores in something like Adobe Premiere and it can cut your times in half for exports which is really sweet. If you’re playing something that’s really CPU intensive like say Civ 6. Well then it’s going to perform like any other Ultrabook out there pretty much, it doesn’t really help you that you have this awesome GPU.
So when you’re buying the stealth think about what it is you want to do if you do actually want to have gaming going on in your 13-inch laptop. Obviously the GTX 1650 max-q is it. If you just want to do old titles casual gaming the MX150 older generation will do just fine and the iris plus is almost as good as that and it’s more for people who are looking for an ultrabook that’s well equipped with the beautiful build quality.
All that terms of build quality are pretty much the same chassis that we’ve seen a little minor change on it but it’s your usual CNC aluminum unibody design. It’s beautiful looking if you go with the GTX version you’re gonna get it in matte black and if you go for the Intel iris model you’re gonna get that nice mercury white look. It has a chroma backlit keyboard but it’s not RGB perky, it’s single-zone backlighting so you can pick from any color in the world but you can only have one color at a time and that is the same power to Microsoft precision trackpad is always raised or does a good job with that.
I’m back to the keyboard again you know I’ve never really loved rays or keyboards even though I’ve owned a blade 15 but I’m either I’m gonna use two they are getting a little bit better. It’s still very low travel but the tactile feel to me seems a little bit better than it did before.
In terms of the rest of the specs Ram is soldered onboard, we have low powered DDR4 now and 16 gigs of ram. So that’s fast for him 3733 megahertz and AM that 2 NVME SSD. There’s a single slot inside and the capacity is gonna vary depending on which model you order. Our GTX file comes with a 512 GB SSD ports on this well they’re symmetrical those unnecessary symmetrical in function.
We have two USB seaports only the one on the right supports Thunderbolt 3. It’s full 40 gigabits per second works with the Razer core. The one on the left is USB see Gen 2 and so you’ll probably use that one on the left of the charger as well we have two USB ports which are nice to see because as 13-inch ultrabooks gets smaller and lighter we often see things like USB ports go out.
The window and then you have to use Donnell’s so at least not here and of course, you have a headphone jack no micro SD card slot, no HDMI that’s it. Some of you will need adaptors for things like that.
Sound on this is pretty good, it’s still a 13-inch Ultrabook so we’re not talking a whole lot of base here but the stereo separation is really impressive. We have stereo speakers but you’ve got two drivers on the left and on the right surrounding the keyboard and firing upwards sort of like a MacBook Pro design. Some it’s really actually quite pleasant to listen to if you are doing something like gaming where the separation can help you figure out who’s coming from where you don’t happen to be wearing headphones typically.
The razer offers very nice displays this time. We have that 4k touchscreen option again which is two hundred dollars additional otherwise you can get a matte Full HD display and it’s a very nice display. It’s your typical full srgb coverage fairly well-calibrated from the factory. I have no complaints and I do enjoy a touchscreen on a smaller laptop you might say 4k is overkill but if you’re doing photo editing it can be handy requires less zooming in to see the detail that sort of thing. So it’s nice to have.
When it comes to heating noise like I said you would think the GTX 1650 would be a total disaster and hereby but thanks to the vapor chamber cooling. The two heat pipes which are pretty decent on this adequate ventilation and also the fact that there’s some obvious throttling for power and for thermals on this and so the CPU never really gets that high mean really they seem they’re more thermal Headroom.
In my opinion, even the GTX 1650 really has more Headroom than where they’re running at that well they update it with more future biases to let it get a little toasty. Or maybe that set is really relatively speaking not hot to the touch I mean the HP specter x360 late 2019 model with the OLED display that we’ll be reviewing soon gets a lot hotter to the touch so does the Dell XPS 13 with Intel tenth generation CPUs. So that’s the nice part for those who are buying this and you’re primarily looking in it for productivity.
This is not something that is going to get hot and part of that is their great cooling and also Intel tenth generation 10 nanometer CPUs just don’t get as hot. They also have a better battery life so despite the performance that we’re seeing in here if you’re using it for productivity kind of work a streaming video that sort of thing and the GTX is not getting called in very much for work.
Well, battery life is actually not so much different than the MX 150 outgoing model that’s still available which is really impressive. So anywhere from seven to nine hours of light and productivity work if you’re pushing it hard if you’re doing Premiere Pro for example unplugged well you’re gonna get shorter battery life. No kidding!! Are you trying to do blender renders but really for those kinds of activities typically one likes to plug the laptop in to get full performance. Anyway, it’s a fifty-three-watt hour battery and like I said this 100 USB sea-based charger that comes with this. If you go with the intel iris model would be a 65-watt charger.
Taking off the bottom cover is pretty easy as long as you have a Torx t5 screwdriver you removed the visible screws while we’re looking here notice we got the little ventilation grills for the fans along here. As well and there’s also in the back edge behind the display overhang and as always they do a nice job with the rubber strips over here so this raises it up a little bit more in the back so you get a little better airflow so comes right off pretty easily once you unscrew the screws in.
Here is our battery, should you need to service it in the future vapor chamber style cooling system that we’ve seen on the blade 15 and it’s good to see that they have four screws for each one of these no tripod heatsink. So even pressure is the idea there two fans for your CPU and your GPU there’s our m2 SSD person I’ve seen them not use a Samsung SSD this is a light on its labeled there but the speeds own are quite good and there’s our socket Intel Wi-Fi card that’s Wi-Fi-6 ax 201.
Ram is soldered on 16 gigs. I wish you get with this and that’s all it will ever be so that’s the Razer Blade stealth 13 for late 2019 with the GTX graphics inside so it is a wonder and it is the first 13-inch gaming ultrabook. Obviously you’re gonna be a little CPU bound with some games particularly if they are more CPU dependent but for something like a video editing or doing some blender work on the go where you really don’t want to have a 15 or a 17-inch laptop. This one is a pretty good standard I like to see them let it push yourself a little harder in terms of it giving it a little bit more thermal room to play and stuff like that but still it’s pretty impressive.