Razer Blade Stealth Review – 13” Gaming Laptop with GTX 1650
In this detailed review Ill cover both the good and the bad to help you decide if its something you should consider. For the specs theres a 10Th gen Intel i7 1065G7 ice lake, quad, core CPU, Nvidia, GTX, 1650, Max Q, graphics, 16gb of memory in dual channel; a 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD for storage and a 13.3 1080p 60Hz screen. Theres WiFi, 6 and Bluetooth 5 for network connectivity. However, its too thin for an ethernet port, so youll need an adapter. If you want that. Its also available with different configurations such as lower powered, MX150 graphics or 4K touchscreen, you can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The Razer Blade Stealth is made of a solid aluminium unibody with an anodized matte black finish both on the exterior and interior.. The whole laptop feels extremely well built and premium. However, due to the blocky design, the front did feel a little sharp if pressed against on the right angle., The weight is listed at 1.42kg and mine was a little under this. With the 100w Type C power, brick and cables for charging. The total weight increases to just under 2kg, so its quite lightweight., Its also quite portable and on the smaller size, even for a 13 inch laptop, which results in just 6mm thin screen bezels on the sides.. The Stealth comes calibrated out of the box and Ive measured. The colour gamut using the Spyder 5 and got 94 of sRGB 66 of NTSC and 71 of AdobeRGB, so alright results.
At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 440 nits in the center and with a 10101 contrast ratio so above average compared to most other laptops. Ive tested in terms of brightness and contrast., There was pretty much no backlight bleed, but this will vary between laptop and panel.. There was minimal screen flex as the whole. Lid is solid metal and the large hinge runs along most of the base further aiding in stability.. It can also be easily opened up with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution, no problems using it on my lap.. The camera is found above the display in the center, despite the thinner screen bezels and its got infrared for Windows, Hello, support., The cameras. Looking about average and the audio sounds pretty good., I found the keyboard alright to use, though the presses were a little shallow.. There are some sacrifices being made due to the smaller size of the laptop, like the small shift. Key on the right. I personally don't use that one, so I had no problems but worth noting.. The RGB keyboard is just controlled with one single zone, so the effects are limited. Its possible to use the function and F10 and F11 keys to adjust the brightness between 16 different levels or off. If you prefer. Heres how typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect., There was some keyboard flex while pushing down hard, but overall it was quite sturdy and rigid due to the metal build, and I found the letter keys need 58 grams of force To actuate.
The two front facing speakers are found on either side of the keyboard and they sound great. Definitely above average, they get loud enough at maximum volume. Despite the smaller side, however, the latencymon results werent ideal., The glass precision touchpad, is on the larger side, was super smooth to the touch and worked extremely well.. It clicks down when pushed and its got all the usual gestures. Fingerprints show up very easily on both the lid and interior and, despite being a smoother surface, they were more difficult to clean compared to alternatives. On the left from the back theres, a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C: port, a USB 3.1 Type, A port and 3.5mm audio combo jack. On the right theres, a second USB, 3.1 Type, A port and another Type C port.. This one supports Thunderbolt 3 with 4 lanes of PCIe, so we could attach an external graphics enclosure like the Razer Core, X. The back, is just all smooth metal and same with the front, with just a single status LED towards the right. On top of the matte Black lid theres a subtle black razer logo in the center it doesnt light up, so can only be seen if the light is hitting it. Right. Underneath is pretty clean. Just a couple of air intakes towards the back corners for the two fans with some exhausts behind the rubber feet.. It was easy to open up using a TR5 screwdriver to remove the 10 screws and once inside theres the battery down the bottom single M.
2 drive. Just above this towards the right and WiFi 6 card to the right of that., The memory is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be upgraded, so youve got to buy it with the amount you need.. The Blade Stealth is powered by a 53 watt hour battery and was tested with the screen at 50 brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled., While watching YouTube videos. It lasted for 7 hours and 21 minutes with Optimus. Gaming was tested with The Witcher 3 50 minutes in the frame rate dipped from 30 to 20 FPS and after 66 minutes it was unusable at 6 FPS. In total. It lasted for an hour and 21 minutes and took an hour and 50 minutes to charge to full from nothing while powered on.. I didnt have any battery drain during my testing, so the 100 watt power brick seemed to be adequate and it was possible to charge up using the Type C port on either side of the machine.. The Razer Synapse software also allows us to set different key brightness levels when on battery to save power, or even swap it from 60Hz to 30Hz. However, when set to 30Hz, I only got an extra 8 minutes of battery life, which isnt really much when it gets over 7 hours. Anyway. Next lets check out thermals. Inside there are a couple of fans and a heatpipe shared between the processor and graphics.. The Razer Synapse software allows us to swap between balanced and gaming mode or adjust fan, speed.
Ive tested both modes and also with the fans on the default auto or maxed out. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius.. The idle temperatures were looking fine., The gaming results towards the upper half of the graph were tested by playing Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics.. The stress test results shown on the lower half of the graph are from running the Aida64 CPU stress test, with only the stress, CPU option checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark at max settings at the same time to fully load the system.. Realistically, all these temperatures are fine even worst case under combined CPU and GPU stress test were not passing 72 degrees Celsius. There was never any thermal throttling.. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests.. The CPU performance is the lowest in balanced mode, and gaming mode increases the power limit, so it can perform better. Setting the fan speed to maximum changes. Nothing as thermals were not the limitation and undervolting. The CPU helped address the power limitation, so there was an improvement with this.. The GTX 1650 Max Q was always able to run up to its 35 watt limit without issue. Balanced mode capped. The power limit of the CPU to 12 watts, while gaming mode increased this up to 15 watts. Heres, how CPU only performance looked in Cinebench., Even in a CPU, only workload were limited to 15 watts in gaming mode.
That is until we disable the Nvidia graphics. Ive done this through device manager.. Once the GTX 1650 is disabled, the CPU is able to run up to 25 watts in CPU only workloads and perform better. Heres how hot the machine gets in the areas where youll actually be touching. At idle, its a little warmer than the usual 30 degrees Celsius. I see, but not by much., With the stress tests running in balanced mode. It gets up to the mid 40s. With gaming mode enabled its perhaps just a little warmer owing to the increased CPU power limit. With the fan now at maximum speed. It hardly changes and its worth noting that, as the whole body is metal and absorbs the heat, the palm rest area did feel warmer than Im used to for my hands. Heres. How fan noise sounded during these different tests.? It was completely silent at idle. With the stress test in balanced mode. It was still on the quieter side, and this rose just a little in gaming mode., Its louder still maxed out, but this is still noticeably quieter compared to most larger gaming laptops. I test which seem to average above 50 decibels. Ive only recently started. Testing Adobe Premiere so only have limited data at the moment. Heres. How long the Blade Stealth takes to export one of my laptop review videos compared to other laptops., Its only just behind the highest specced XPS 15, not too bad.. Next lets take a look at some gaming benchmarks.
All games were tested at 1080p in gaming mode with the fan at max speed for best performance. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the games built in benchmark tool.. It wasnt possible to run the test at ultra settings due to the 4gb VRAM limit of the 1650 Max Q. But given were only seeing 30 FPS at high settings anyway. Thats, probably not that big of a deal. Battlefield, 5 was tested in campaign mode without RTX and medium settings felt ok. For the most part, however, the low setting preset was able to push us above the 60 FPS sweet, spot. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum or all settings on the lowest possible values, as it doesnt have predefined setting presets. Even maxed out. It was still playing ok with above 60 FPS on average, but for a competitive first person. Shooter like this minimum settings with over 100 FPS would be a better experience. Call of Duty. Modern Warfare was tested in campaign mode and Ive also tested it with the settings either maxed out or at minimum. With minimum settings. It was still easily playable, with above 60 FPS. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature and as a less demanding game. Epic settings was only just a little below 60 FPS with medium settings well above 100 FPS. So a good example of a less demanding game, thats still able to hit high frame rates even on this hardware.
Overwatch is another less demanding game and was tested in the practice range.. Even at epic settings. The 1 low was above the refresh rate of the screen, so it was still playing smoothly with 100 FPS and above achieved at ultra settings and below. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark and as a game that depends primarily on CPU power. The results are down due to the 15 watt CPU, however. Well above 100 FPS was still possible with all settings. Maxed out., Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane and as another primarily CPU heavy game. The results are lower compared to other higher specced gaming laptops Ive tested.. Despite that, though, ultra settings still averaged above 120 FPS, while high settings had a 1 low that was even higher than the screens refresh rate. Ive tested 20 games in total. On this laptop check, the card in the top right, if you want to see more results. Lets, see how this config of the Razer Blade Stealth compares with other laptops use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers.. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider Ive got the Razer Blade Stealth highlighted in red near similarly specced machines.. In this case it was at the bottom, but performing the same as the MSI Prestige 15, which has the same 1650 Max Q, graphics. Although the Prestige has a better CPU., These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.
. This seems to be more of a CPU heavy test, so its now slightly behind the Prestige 15, with better CPU and the Blade Stealth is now slightly ahead of the Lenovo L340, which also has a quad core CPU, but the higher powered 1650 granted that one uses Single channel memory., The Battlefield 5 results were interesting well at least compared to the MSI Prestige 15, which was performing significantly lower for some reason in this test.. In any case, the performance isnt too much below the 1650 laptops., Although Ive only compared a few games at max settings as weve seen, the Razer Blade Stealth is definitely playing most games perfectly fine at 1080p. You just need to drop down to low to medium settings. In most cases. Honestly, this is quite impressive. You need to keep in mind that this is a 13 inch laptop, most others at this size max out with the MX250., It would be possible to improve performance with an external GPU. Let me know if youd be interested in seeing that tested in a future video. Now for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike and Timespy from 3DMark just pause. The video. If you want a detailed look at these results. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage.. The 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD was performing great for the reads, but the writes werent much better than SATA speeds. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time.
At the time of recording in the US. It looks like theres a sale on the config Ive tested here., Its 1500 USD down from 1800 USD.. Interestingly, this is the same price as the version without the 1650 graphics so might as well just go for the superior version with Nvidia GPU. If youre after the 4K touch screen version, though youre looking at 2000 USD.. Meanwhile, here in Australia were looking at 3300 AUD for the configuration Ive tested here, while the 4K version is 400 AUD extra, definitely not cheap, given the specs but thats going to be expected as a thin and light package. Thats packing in this amount of performance., With all of that in mind, lets finally conclude with the good and bad aspects of the Razer Blade Stealth 13 gaming laptop.. Overall, the build quality and design is very nice. Its made out of a solid block of metal and feels extremely high quality., The obvious major downside is the price tag for this money. You could easily buy a more powerful gaming laptop even from within Razers own lineup, if youre willing to go just two inches larger to fifteen.. This means that the viability of the Blade Stealth is really going to depend on how much you value the smaller size and portability thats. What youre paying for a small machine that still has some power to it.. Some people, myself included, are happy to spend more for less performance for a more portable system that still gets the job done.
Thats exactly why I have a 12.5 laptop for travel.. The battery life was excellent. Despite the smaller 53 watt hour battery, the touchpad was very nice to use Type C charging on either side was nice to see, and the presence of Thunderbolt was also good.. The IO selection was a little limited, but with Thunderbolt you could use a nice dock or dongle.. Thunderbolt also gives you the option of using an external GPU enclosure and, although, by default, the CPU power limit is capped at 15 watts. If you disable the GTX 1650 graphics, it will instead run up to 25 watts, which will be ideal with the eGPU setup.. It would have been nice if it could just instead detect the 1650 graphics arent being used and do this automatically but thats the way it is.. Otherwise, the only other things I didnt really like was the warmer feeling metal body once you load it up, but thats. Just due to the metal chassis, absorbing the heat and the front feeling, a little sharp was only a problem if youre rubbing your hands along the front edge.. Let me know what you guys thought about the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel, consider getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.