Razer decided to do a minimal amount of change to their previous edition of the Razor Blade Stealth and stand its ground against some of the most popular and well-known notebooks like the Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch), Microsoft Surface Laptop and Dell XPS 13. Let’s check it out then.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.8 GHz
- GPU – 6 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
- Memory – 16 GB
- Screen – 13.3-inch QHD+ IPS (3,200 x 1,800)
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It features an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of razor-sharp NVMe SSD. It houses enough power to handle your everyday surfing, word processing and media consumption tasks pretty easily despite its small stature. And by any chance, if you are one of the game fanatics you can connect the Razer Core with it- an external graphics doc where you can connect all your shiny graphics cards. Although gaming in this tiny machine is not really recommended.
- Design – For a 13-inch notebook it looks svelte. The CNC aluminium chassis, the slick build and the neon green three-headed snake design- all add to the beauty of this lady. This, in fact, is one of slimmest notebooks among its competitors at only 14 mm (0.55 inch) standing just after XPS.
- Display – The stunning 13.3-inch QHD+ display is one of the biggest USPs of this Blade. The panel brightness is excellent at 335 nits. The colour coverage is pretty high as well at 120% (sRGB) exceeding the 13-inch category average of ~85%. There barely can be any complaints against the display.
- Price – Now rather than considering the high price tag as a drawback I consider it as an indispensable feature of the Razor Blade for ensuring the quality. I mean it’s not a very easy task to invest one and a half thousand pounds for a 13-inch netbook.
- Battery – The divine QHD+ display does take its toll on the battery backup. While surfing the internet over the Wi-Fi Razer Blade could stay awake for only as long as 5 and a half hour. That’s way behind the category average of 8 hours of the 13 inchers.
- Keyboard – While the keys are generously spaced and are lit by the lucrative Razer Chroma RGB lighting they do feel somewhat shallow. With a maximum travel distance of 1.2 mm (1.5 mm is ideal), the typing experience is surely not very comforting and you’d need some time to get accustomed.
The Razer RZ09-02393W31-R3W1 is undoubtedly one of the smartest and most rewarding choices under the £1500 mark. Somewhat low battery backup can be an issue though. But that’s a tradeoff between the longevity and the crisp visuals if you ask me. But other than that it’s a fine 13-inch notebook. Recommended.