The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year was a big hit with many interesting gadgets and technology showcased. But, what might have piqued our attention the most comes from Razer in the form of a new Ultrabook.
Dubbed the Razer Blade Stealth, this new Ultrabook from Razer aims to be the perfect solution for gamers and professionals alike. Not only have they transformed it into a serious workstation through some innovative technology, but it has also had a significant price drop in comparison to Razer’s past laptops.
The Razer Blade Stealth Is truly An “Innovative” Product
It’s obvious who Razer is aiming this new Ultrabook at: both gamers and those who need a powerful workstation for video editing, graphic design, and the like. On the outside, the Razer Blade Stealth looks like an ordinary laptop with a sleek design. However, it’s very different on the inside.
What’s unique about the Razer Blade Stealth is that it doesn’t have the dedicated graphics that you might expect in a laptop like this. Instead, the Razer Blade Stealth only has integrated Intel HD Graphics 520, which aren’t bad by any means, but they’re certainly not good as a dedicated mobile graphics GPU.
Having said that, Razer’s intention is that consumers purchase a new accessory product alongside the Razer Blade Stealth. Dubbed the Razer Core, its single goal is to bring external desktop graphics to the Razer Blade Stealth so that you can have intense visuals on an insanely slim laptop.
The Razer Core is essentially just a product to house a desktop graphics card. It doesn’t actually come with a graphics card, but it does give you the ability to throw in something as powerful as the GTX Titan X into the Core. You would then plug the Core into your laptop, and then the Razer Blade Stealth would use that for all of its graphical needs.
It’s some insanely innovative technology, letting you have the portability and power of an Ultrabook, while giving you an insane performance boost as far as gaming on a workstation goes.
The Razer Core
The best thing about the Razer Core is that it’s designed to have plug-and-play support. In other words, you don’t need to shut off or restart the Razer Blade Stealth every time you want to switch to the GPU inside the Core. It’s able to connect to the Razer Blade Stealth via a Thunderbolt 3 port with a cable that operates at a pretty wide bandwidth of 40GB/s. Keep in mind that, since Thunderbolt 3 isn’t a Razer proprietary connector, it could theoretically be used with other laptops, though we’ll hear more concrete details on that when the product launches.
The Razer Core offer’s just a tad more than that, though. You can also use the graphics card enclosure as a hub for all of your peripherals, as it has a ton of extra I/O ports as well. There are 4 USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, and even HDMI.
Keeping the GPU cool in the Razer Core shouldn’t be much of a problem either, particularly if the GPU has fans built into the unit. The Razer Core doesn’t actually have its own cooling system, but does provide enough airflow so that the GPU can stay cool on its own.
Obviously your mileage is going to vary with the Razer Core depending on what GPU you use inside of it. For instance, a GTX Titan X will let you play Battlefield 4 at maximum graphical settings on that slim Ultrabook, but something like a GTX 970 might not be able to handle that.
Unfortunately, the Razer Core isn’t available to buy right now, with Razer aiming for a launch in March. However, the company’s Razer Blade Stealth is currently available in two options.
Razer Blade Stealth Configurations
The Razer Blade Stealth comes in two configurations. The first has a 12.5-inch Quad HD 2650 x 1440 display, a powerful Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 8GB of RAM, and the aforementioned Intel HD Graphics 520. It has the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, a built-in 2-megapixel webcam, a touchscreen interface, and it’s running Windows 10. This model can come in 128GB or 256GB SSD options. The former storage option will bring the laptop up to a final tally of $1000 while the latter option bumps it up to $1200.
The second configuration has much of the same specifications, the only difference being that it’s sporting a 12.5-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) display. There’s also a fairly significant price hike, with the 256GB storage model costing $1300 dollars and the 512GB storage option costing $1600.
So who is the Razer Blade Stealth for? The laptop itself can be for anyone that needs a powerful machine, as it’s priced very competitively. At just $1200 without the 4K display, the Razer Blade Stealth will be the perfect option for most. After all, many other high-end laptops are priced similarly, if not higher.
However, if you’re a bit more serious about gaming or professional design work, the configuration with the 4K display and bigger hard drive is also for you. The Core will probably be an option you’ll want to look at as well once it launches, as it will provide unmatched graphical power to such a slim Ultrabook. Finally, it seems like the Core is fairly portable, so you could theoretically take desktop-like graphics on the go as well.
Overall, the Razer Blade Stealth is certainly for those who are willing to put an investment in their technology. It won’t be bought by the average consumer; however, it’ll be a treat for those who do decide to snag one.