Razer Blade Stealth Has a new Friend
Personal favorite gaming peripheral and system maker Razer shows off it’s smallest, cheapest Razer Blade laptop yet: The Razer Blade Stealth. This Ultrabook sized gaming laptop, with the optional Razer Core, can deliver desktop-level performance in a small, lightweight package.
Razer is calling the Razer Blade Stealth the “Ultimate Ultrabook”, and the specs fit the bill. A mere .52 inches thick and weighing only 2.75 pounds, Razer has packed the best bits that’ll safely run inside the smallest version of Razer’s distinctive aluminium housing yet.
Depending on the configuration you choose, it can include an Intel Core i7-6500U dual-core processor running at 2.5 or 3.1 GHz, SSD drives from 128 to 512 GB, 8 GB of dual-channel system memory and either a 2560 x 1440 QHD or 3840 x 2160 12.5 inch UHD multi-touch indium gallium zinc oxide display. Yes, touch matters!
Also, thanks to the power of Razer Chroma technology the keyboard lights up. Each individual key marches to it’s own color, You can just taste the rainbow. It makes my Razer Anasai tactile keyboard pale in comparison.
The integrated Intel 520 graphics chip “should” be enough to handle most modern games like Kerbal Space Program at low settings or better. Since Razer is a gaming brand, they’ve prepared something special to give you that gaming performance boost. Meet the Razer Core!
This is the Razer Core, and it is a box built to house a double wide, full-length desktop graphics card. It’s equipped with four USB ports, a high-speed Ethernet port, and two different light-up areas, because Razer.
The Razer Core sits on your desk with a Thunderbolt cable hanging off of it. Plug that cable into the Razer Blade Stealth and it instantly begins to supply data, electricity and graphical power to the Ultrabook. It’s just like the the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Which is not a bad thing.
Plug an external mouse, monitor and keyboard into the Razer Core and suddenly that Ultrabook is a 4K gaming system. A 4K gaming system with only 8GB of RAM, but still impressive. Just good luck running minecraft :-p
What’s most impressive about the Razer Blade Stealth however, is the price. Since Razer is selling the system in their own online and offline shops when they launch in January (the Microsoft store begins selling them in February) they can keep the price relatively low compared to the competition; The Razer Blade Stealth starts at just $999, with the highest-end version ringing up at $1,599. There’s still no price on the Razer Core, though since its just a box with connectors and cooling it shouldn’t be too expensive.
“Before today, gamers needed a portable system for everyday work and a separate desktop computer to power their PC games at the highest level possible,” claims Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, “For the first time ever, there is no need for two separate systems. The Razer Blade Stealth offers the portability of an Ultrabook with the scale-ability to play hardcore games with desktop graphics performance thanks to the Razer Core.”
It’s perfect for a gamer on the go such as myself. This is the ideal laptop to blog about games while on the beach, edit and upload gaming videos and then get home, plug it in and game on! For the longest time I’ve been writing via iPad and it’s time for a divorce. Because mobile browsing is in such a horrid state, despite super fast processors, this is all a huge burden for my needs. Sorry Apple, but you suck and we’re breaking up after going exclusive for 6 years.
For more information and purchasing, you can go directly to the Razer Product Page
System Specs for the Hardcore Numbers People
Razer Blade Stealth:
- 12.5in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
- QHD(2560 x 1440)
- 128GB / 256GB PCIe SSD options
- UHD(3840 x 2160)
- 256GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options
- Intel Core i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
- Intel HD Graphics 520
- 128GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
- 256GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
- 8GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
- Windows 10 (64-bit)
- Wireless-AC(802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
- Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
- USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
- Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
- Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
- HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
- Built-in stereo speakers
- 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
- Built-in array microphone
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
- Compact 45 W USB-C power adapter
- Built-in 45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
- 0.52in. / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6 in. / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1 in. / 206 mm (Depth)
- 2.75lbs. / 1.25 kg
- Connection to PC via Thunderbolt 3 using included 40Gbps cable
- Supports single double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card
- GPU max dimensions – 5.98 in. / 152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Width) x 12.20in. / 310 mm (Length)
- GPU max power support – 375 W
- USB 3.0 port x 4 (SuperSpeed)
- Gigabyte Ethernet (10/100/1000)
- Chroma lighting (2 zones)
- Built-in 500 W power supply
- 8.6in. / 218.4 mm (Height) x 4.13 in. / 104.9 mm (Width) x 13.38 in. / 339.9 mm (Length)