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Razer Blade Stealth: The 4K Ultrabook with actual desktop-grade gaming

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If you want high-performance gaming, you'll need a top-end desktop rig, right? Wrong.

Razer has just unveiled a seriously powerful – and seriously svelte – Ultrabook designed to offer impressive gaming heft, but minus the usual compromises.

The Razer Blade Stealth boasts high-end specs, but eschews a dedicated GPU – normally an integral component for any gaming laptop.

Instead, Razer is peddling a graphics enclosure, the Razer Core, which lets users install a fully fledged desktop-grade graphics card.

The Blade Stealth plugs into the desktop enclosure using a USB-C connection, offering up powerful at-home gaming.

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And then when you’re on the move again, you’ll only lose out on the graphics potential.

Razer says the Razer Core can accommodate “virtually every popular desktop graphics card” from both Nvidia and AMD.

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,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer’s co-founder and CEO. “For the first time ever, there's no need for two separate systems.”

The CEO continues: “The Razer Blade Stealth offers the portability of an Ultrabook with the scalability to play hardcore games with desktop graphics performance, thanks to the Razer Core.”

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There are four configurations: a QHD display with 128GB/256GB SSD options, and a UHD display with 256GB/512GB SSD options.

Razer Blade Stealth specs

Here’s a quick rundown of the priciest Razer Blade Stealth variant specs:

  • 12.5-inch IGZO 16:9 touch display (3,840 x 2,160 pixel UHD panel)
  • 512GB PCI-E SSD
  • Intel Core i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5/3.1GHz)
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 8GB Dual-Channel RAM (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
  • USB 3.0 ports x 2 (SuperSpeed)
  • 2-megapixel webcam
  • Chrome anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
  • HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Built-in array microphone
  • 45Wh battery

So the specs are on point, but does it look any good? Fortunately, yes – it takes plenty of cues from its bulkier predecessor, the Razer Blade.

Crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium, The Blade Stealth measures 0.52-inches thin and weighs just 1.2kg.

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That means the chassis is thinner than both the Dell XPS 13 and the 13-inch MacBook Air.

Speaking to TrustedReviews, Razer’s Kevin Sather said: “We wanted to take on the likes of Dell and Apple”, describing the Stealth as offering the “highest quality materials and meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship”.

What’s more, the Razer Blade Stealth starts at a competitive price of $999, rising to $1,599 for the top-spec version.

Razer told us it hadn’t completed battery life testing just yet, but that the Stealth will offer a minimum of six hours – and it's targeting even more.

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Are you tempted by the Razer Blade Stealth? Let us know in the comments.

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