Razer Blade Stealth 13 Inch 2019 (8565U, MX150) Laptop Review

The Stealth 13 inch is considered as the more portable and cheaper version of gaming notebooks from Razer. This series was firstly introduced back in the 2016 and people seems to love it pretty much mainly because of its portability and its relatively cheap price. However, this notebook is cannot be considered as a truly gaming device considering how less powerful its graphic card is. This time, they add of decent Intel I7 Whiskey Lake CPU, but they end up by pairing it with 150MX graphic card. You probably know that 150MX is meant only for multimedia usage and not for truly gaming. In fact, you can do of gaming but you need to connect the external GPU for this case.

For anyone who don’t want to buy and using of an external GPU, then you would be disappointed here. I have tried of several games and the performance is not promising at all. Fortnite for example is playable at the lowest setting while Overwatch could be played only in medium setting. Both of these games are not so demanding and mean you know how less powerful the card is. Let’s take a look at it further and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

The Stealth’s new design is seen of improvement and it’s on good way here. The chassis is now slimmer and sleeker than before. Compared to its predecessor, you are not going to find something difference or unique, but you get to take a look on how small and light the chassis is. It’s measured for around 8.3 x 11.9 x 0.6 inches and coming with weight for 2.91 pounds. For users who want to have a business companion with gaming capable, then this is probably one of the best options to afford nowadays. The design is sleek and won’t make you shame at all for showing it in front of your friends.

In term of build quality, everything looks pretty nice here. The chassis itself is built from CNC aluminum and then covered in entirely black matte design. I feel the finishing surface as smooth and very comfortable to touch it. It leaves the fingerprint mark nicely although sometimes I am still able to track some of them. Like I said before, the build quality is impressive. There is less flex in both of lid cover and keyboard deck. As for the connectivity, you have of Thunderbolt 3 port which fully supports of external display, charging, and plugging your external GPU. There are other couple of standard ports like USB 3.0, HDMI, audio jack, and few other stuff.

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Display and Keyboard

Razer Blade Stealth 13 Inch 2019 2 The display quality is something that Razer should be proud of here. The 13 inch IPS panel manages to cover of 99 % of SRGB and 72 % of AdobeRGB. The color accuracy looks accurate and pretty much dependable even for video and photo editing. As for the brightness, it’s measured for more than 300 nits and should deliver a good experience even for outdoor usage. This is not the first time, Razer puts a good display and the previous Blade itself features a similar and decent display. This could be a consideration for taking and replacing your old laptop.

Moving into the keyboard support, you will get a pretty decent typing experience here. The keyboard features a nice key stroke and means you don’t really need to put so much power for pressing the keys. This case works wonderfully during our travel where we sometimes feel lazy to type at this moment. The backlit support works incredibly well although its manual setting is inferior to its gaming laptop, but at least considered as better than any traditional notebook.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:16:25

Razer Blade Stealth 13 Inch 2019Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8565U Whiskey Lake Up To 4.6 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA MX150 2GB GDDR5
Display Size13.3 Inch IPS FHD
OS Windows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 256GB SSD

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Performance and Battery

The hardware configuration is pretty decent and it’s coming with Intel Whiskey Lake CPU. Many of manufactures are started to ship their system with this newer CPU included of ASUS with their Zenbook UX433 and Razer with Stealth 13. In term of performance, the I7 8565U processor runs so similar to i7 8550U from Kaby Lake R generation because both of them are featuring almost identical CPU design. We just notice in Whiskey Lake, the CPU clocked in boosted mode are slightly higher and means we can get of overall better performance as return. It’s paired with MX150 card and should mostly run of older games in good performance, but not for modern AAA games in 2018.

Streaming movies, editing document, and browsing through the internet will get you a decent battery life. Razer promises of 11 hours of battery life during the marketing but make sure to expect of 9 hours and 45 minutes of usage for most all of time. I have tested it for several times and getting 11 hours is hard. 11 hours might be possible if you get its base model, but the one I have right now will offer less battery than what they said. Well, 9 hours is not a bad time to finish every single thing on the go without worrying for charger.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:16:25
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Final Thought

Do you think the Stealth 13 2019 as an overprice product? Well, its depend on how you look at it. You probably know Razer always puts of decent price for their products and mostly because of their big brand name and the quality, but you might think it as quite difference because our market is now more competitive. You will be able to afford a similar machine with better hardware specs at the same price level. Take a look at Zenbook Pro 15 which has of GTX 1050 and the Gigabyte Aero 15 2018 with GTX 1060 Max-Q. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind to share your opinion plus comment below and make sure to check our latest article.




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