The Razor blade stealth (RZ09-01962E12-R3U1)’s unprecedented entrance into the mainstream laptop space late 2016 was a welcomed surprise and for customers. Best reasons being for ushering in top notch build quality, sharp screen and the world’s first individually backlit keys.
- Has smart individual key backlighting, great graphics premium body finish and has the new Kaby lake Intel processor. (RGB-Chroma backlit keyboard illumination.
- Keyboard keys have shallow keystrokes; Battery life could do better. Dim lit screen discourage use outdoors.
- The Stealth is sleek, thin and an Ultraportable book. mid-ranged laptop that gives you bang for your buck. Check the Razor blade stealth (RZ09-01962E12-R3U1) at Amazon.
DESIGN AND FEATURES
A brief history reveal three generations within which the Razor Blade company has graced the laptop scene with its charm; seeing in play the evolution of Razor Blade Stealth 14 (2013), the Razor Blade Stealth 14 (2014) and the Razor Blade Stealth (2015) all with compact design and stellar features. The new 2016 Razor blade stealth (RZ09-01962E12-R3U1) is a remarkable new fresh taste from the game maker company – a welcomed leap from gaming into PC user market.
The Razer Stealth has a magnificently crafted aluminum thin 0.52” CNC aluminum chassis, 12.5″ QHD Display Touchscreen Ultra-book (2560×1440 pixels) with a green Razor logo at the back of the screen like all other models. Now the 2016 Blade version allows you to switch the logo light off at your discretion, quite a nice touch. Also, the Display Touchscreen is also available in 4K (3840×2160 pixels). Both displays – IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) are touch-enabled with quality wide viewing angles and better color saturation.
The previous model, the Razor Blade Stealth (2015), shares some similarities to this new one: From the look alone a slight difference in size is noticeable. The new model measures 0.52 by 12.6 by 8.1 inches (HWD) and weighs 2.9 pounds. Similarly, the older is version (0.52 by 12.6 by 6.1 inches, 2.81 pounds) slightly lighter in comparison and less deeper to give way for battery room. In a broader sense, the competition also offer thinner ultraportables like the Asus ZenBook 3 (0.47 by 11.65 by 7.53 inches, 1.97 pounds) and the HP Spectre 13 (0.41 by 12.8 by 9.03 inches, 2.45 pounds).
The screen is also a 2560 x 1440 (IGZO) resolution display which offers excellent graphics. This is a notable change from the previous version’s TN. Naturally; a laptop from a gaming expert company has to have great graphics. And this Stealth certainly does but that obviously doesn’t do you any favors in price. Graphics cards are expensive but fortunately this laptop wasn’t made specifically for gaming. Even so, with the Intel HD Graphics 620 the ultra-book has the potential of becoming a gaming laptop.
We tried a few games such as the Blood Alloy Reborn which played well with this laptop at 50 fps with 1080P resolution. So we can say that is pretty good. Also walking Dead Shown Rainbow Six Siege played well at 720P with 30fps.
If the graphics on the laptop don’t please you and you need the boost, the Razer Core external graphics card enclosure is available on the laptop. It was designed to allow Razer laptops to bump up their power by accessing stronger desktop graphics processing.
For great general performance a laptop ought to have a good data transfer system. The Stealth prevails here with seamlessly fusing through the optional Razer Core via the Razor has a history of minimizing on ports, just like Apple if you ask me. So this Stealth is no exception to that.
On the right side, there is a single HDMI 2.0a and USB 3.0 port. The left side also has the second USB 3.0 port, the New Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB Type-C) port for enhanced graphics and connectivity and a microphone/earphone combo. The USB Type-C also doubles up as a power port, handles Thunderbolt, Displayport and USB 3.0. The Thunderbolt option really caters for the lack of multiple ports on-board really, considering you can connect it to a dock for any other connection you might need. The USB-Type –C port is the port used to enable the external dedicated Graphics Card Housing called the Razor Core.
Another thing worth mentioning is the indicator light at the front of the laptop. It changes color accordingly: pulsating white when the laptop is in sleep mode, red when battery is low, green when laptop is on ad surprisingly off when screen lid is open.
As with all performing laptops there is an underlying secret and for the Stealth it is the new Intel Kabylake processor. A Windows 10 Operating System coupled with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD powers this mammoth to life and the SSD flash drive allows for quick starts and shutdowns after completing your work for the day.
It has a Dual core processor but this time with a clock speed of 2.7 GHz with a 3.5 GHz turbo boost. But CPU can be manipulated to become a Quad-core unlike the Dell XPS 13. None of its competitors have a high resolution touchscreen Core i7 in it and some of them don’t even have 8 GBs of RAM.
If you’re going to spend about $1,000, some of them might just give you perhaps a Core i5, 4GB to 6GB and sometimes 8 GBs of RAM, and at most you might get a resolution of 1080P. But the Razor blade stealth (RZ09-01962E12-R3U1) beats all its competitors being thinner and lighter at 2.7 pounds, and only 13.2 mm thick. It highly portable and it’s easy to carry – is absolutely phenomenal.
Performance is great with the Razor Blade Stealth. It adapts well with multi-tasking and a number of tabs, up to 17 tabs opened can still play without lag.
Razer Chroma Keyboard with 16.8 million color options that stand out and make it a novelty to behold. It doesn’t have much practicality to it but for sure turns a couple of heads if you’re looking to show off a little. This is a cool feature but you can always opt to switch it off or better yet advance it the more using the Razor Software that comes with the laptop.
With this option (Chroma Configuration) and the Razer’s Synapse software you’re able to connect some games and allow the individual key strokes to give off certain array of colors when they are touched. Besides that you can sync music playing with the color setting so that the keyboard sort of dances to the beat with lights. Of course all this comes at a price, which is at the expense of the battery life. So, while the backlighting is not completely a must have, there is no denying it is astounding.
Something also interesting is when holding down the Fn key, the hot keys light up so there’s no mistaking that you’ve touched them, even when you’ve touched them by mistake. This kind of makes it easy to type without looking at the keyboard if you haven’t mastered the art.
The trackpad is also great. Razor chose the buttonless which is blameless choice too. It covers wide and is tall leaving little space between it and the laptop’s edge – makes it hard to miss, so you can use it without looking.
The bottom is adorned with two rubber feet; one strip running from left to right at the top and another at the bottom. The front rubber foot is considerably higher than the bottom to incline the keyboard closer to the user in a way. Also gracing the bottom are two air-intakes on the left and right side, much similar to its brother the Razor blade Stealth 2015.
Other similar features to the 2015 version include position of power button, speakers alongside keyboard, camera above screen and screws at the bottom panel among others. To be specific about the speakers, they are loud and audible enough – something not so many ultrabooks have grasped. Video chatting is easy as the TPM 2.0 Camera work well the dual speakers to give you a great user experience.
Battery life and Camera
Now usually the Razor Blade can give up to 9 hours of battery life but depending on usage can vary from between 7 to 8 hours. Camera – is a 2MP webcam front facing TPM 2.0 Camera
Razor blade stealth Specs
|Processor||7th Gen Intel Core i7-7500U Dual-Core Processor with Hyper Threading|
|2.7GHz / 3.5GHz (Base/Turbo)|
|RAM||Dual-channel onboard memory 16GB LPDDR3-1866MHz (Fixed)|
|Internal Storage||512 SSD(PCIe M.2)|
|Display||4K (3840 x 2160) 100% Adobe RGB | 12.5″ IGZO display 16:9 aspect ratio|
|LED backlight | capacitive multi-touch | Up to 170° wide viewing angles|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1|
|Input devices||Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys|
|Camera||Built-in webcam (2.0MP)|
|Battery||9 hours run-time|
|Dimensions||12.64 x 8.11 x 0.52 inches|
|Operating system||Windows 10 (64 – bit)|
Things I loved
The Razor blade stealth (RZ09-01962E12-R3U1) offers two types available at the buyers discretion: QHD Display Touchscreen Ultra-book (2560 x 1440 pixels) and 4K Display (3840 x 2160 pixels), something only know to a few laptops in the industry.
It is smaller and lighter than Apple’s MacBook Air which is a quality that could win you over if you travel constantly or bag packing as a student.
Things I disliked
Keyboard keys have shallow keystrokes which can be nagging if you’re a first time user. But it takes a while to get used to them after which you should be fine. Stealth probably wanted to stand out in a way and chose the keyboard to do that.
Battery life could do better as it dies down shortly after 7 hours of life. The QHD or 4K Display is largely to blame for that. Also, with a screen brightness of 290 nits, it is somewhat dim lit and discourages use outdoors.
Before making a final choice, looking at the Razor Stealth from a distance and noticing its thin form, you know there are a couple of things that have been sacrificed going intentionally for an ultrabook this thin: The small battery and shallow keystrokes. But if you have no qualms dealing with these two weaknesses, you just might be fine. So if you’re willing to plunge in deep with this model, do so with our Editor’s Choice blessings.
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