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The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is the Best Ultrabook in its Class

As a seasoned system administrator, I’ve gone through many laptops. Laptops for personal use, business use or business testing. Dell, HP, Lenovo, IBM, Acer, Apple, Microsoft, Google; you name it, I’ve tried it. I recently purchased an early 2019 Razer Blade Stealth 13 as my personal device and it is by far my favorite laptop ever.

Powerful, compact ultrabook.

My Razer Blade Stealth 13 comes with an Intel Core i7-8565U, 16GB of ram, 256MB of SSD storage and a Geforce MX150 graphics processor. Plenty of power for using Adobe Creative Suite for photo and video editing. It also allows me to play light gaming. Of course, it’s way overkill for tasks like managing this blog.

It’s attractive.

I love the sleek design. It reminds me of a Mac book without the shitty operating system price of an arm and a leg. The ultrabook chassis is CNC’d from aluminum. It’s thin yet feels very sturdy but not heavy.

The RGB backlit keyboard is editable featuring 16.8 million colors. You can pick specific colors or color spectrum and the way the lights change. The Razer Chroma can also sync with your Philips Hue bridge and Hue peripherals so that you can immerse yourself in your game or workspace.

Zoned in with superior sound and picture.

The front-facing speakers are a nice touch. Especially when listening to music or watching video. Featuring Dolby Atmos, you’ll experience 3D sound to plunge yourself into your groove.

The 1080p screen is nice, bright and crisp in color. Great for gaming, movies or media editing. There is also a 4K touchscreen option if you so prefer.

You need Thunderbolt 3.

I love that it has a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C port and two additional full-sized USB ports. This is sufficient for all of my laptop peripherals on the go. Alternatively, when I’m home, I’m able to connect my laptop using a Thunderbolt 3 cable on the TB3 port to a Thunderbolt 3 capable monitor. Meaning a single cable allows me to connect my peripherals to the monitor instead of directly to the ultrabook. This charges the laptop and the monitor acts as a docking station. There is no clutter of a monitor cable, power cable or docking station.

Razer has since upgraded the Blade Stealth 13 with a new Intel i7-1065G7 and optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 if you so require. I highly recommend that you check out their laptops. I’m sure you’ll make the switch like I did.

Check out the Razer Blade Stealth 13 on BestBuy.


2019 Razer Blade Stealth 13

8.5

Build

9.5/10

Value

8.0/10

Features

9.0/10

Battery Life

7.5/10

Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Plenty of power for most task
  • Great 1080p screen
  • Dolby Atmos
  • RGB backlit keys
  • Philips Hue Integration
  • Thunderbolt 3 + full size USB ports

Cons

  • Battery life is only ok
  • Could be cheaper in price
  • Arrow keys/Right shift button could be better placed
  • No shortcut button to disable trackpad

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