The new Blade Stealth is Razer’s virgin foray into the cutthroat ultrabook market, and it’s an admirable attempt by a company more renowned for its gaming products than for lifestyle technology peripherals.
If I had to sum up the Razer Blade Stealth in a sentence, it would be “the ultrabook for the gamer who is all grown up”. Its gorgeous 4K touch-screen display is a visual treat and it’s incredibly light and portable, weighing in at just above one kilogram. Its technical specifications are also top of its class, boasting an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM and an amply spaced solid state drive that’s quickly becoming the norm in any ultrabook worth its salt.
An underrated factor of the Razer Blade Stealth is its compact size, especially when you’re jetting between cities. I appreciated how the ultrabook could comfortably fit on the postage stamp-sized tray in economy class without being impeded by the fully reclined airplane seat in front of you.
Despite its lightweight nature, the Razer Blade Stealth feels well-made, probably due to the aerospace-grade aluminium the company used.
The triple-headed snake logo that glows like a hummingbird on the front of the laptop might put off some people but it can be easily switched off in its settings. A minor annoyance I had was the tactile feel of the keyboard, which lacked the reassuring clacking sounds that I was so used to on my previous ultrabooks. But for those who like their silence, the keyboard is that and more. After all Razer’s keyboards are some of the best in the business for good reason.
Nicholas Ferguson, Razer’s regional public relations manager, tells me that its criminally low price (starting at $1,499 for the base model, which is a steal for its specs) is because the company is just trying to cover costs with the Razer Blade Stealth. So if you’re in the market for an ultrabook that punches above its weight, you should seriously consider purchasing one.