Razer dares to do an experiment and equips his Ultrabook with a dedicated graphics card. The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is the first ultrabook ever to feature a GeForce that is supposed to enable smooth Full HD gaming. Our curiosity was correspondingly great whether the Stealth 13 would live up to its claim and what that means for battery life, temperature and cooling.
For our test, we were given the Razer Blade Stealth 13 in the version with a Full HD screen, which is currently available for 1,999.99 euros. For us anyway, the more sensible option, because the variant with a 4K screen with a display size of 13 inches is pretty nonsense anyway. On the one hand, the built-in GTX 1650 with 4K resolutions is hopelessly overwhelmed when gaming, on the other hand, the extreme pixel density makes little sense on the display.
The only 1.4 kg light Stealth 13 is chic, in any case, regardless of the displ ay variant. The Uniboy housing made of CNC aluminum makes a high-quality and robust impression. The matt black design is discreet through and through and gives the Stealth 13 the flair of a stylish work tool rather than a gaming machine. Except for a Razer Chroma single zone RGB lighting of the keyboard, of course adjustable via Synapse software, any blingbling has been avoided and that's a good thing.
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With its compact dimensions of 304.6 x 210 x 15.3 mm, the keyboard naturally does without a number pad or other additional keys. But it is extremely pleasant to use with good key feedback and low trigger pressure. The Microsoft Precision Touchpad is quite sensitive, but can be operated quickly and is pleasantly large, since it uses the entire distance from the space bar to the lower edge of the case surface. This ensures precise operation.
For the connections, pretty much everything you need is available in a modern design. In addition to the power connector for the compact external power supply, there is a Type-C connector, two USB 3.1 ports and a combo headphone connector. Not much, but completely sufficient for operation on the go. A LAN port is not available due to the housing thickness, but there are Intel Wireless-AX 201 and BlueTooth 5 on board.
When it comes to the interior, Razer has at least sparked something with the back burner for the CPU. The built-in Intel Core i7-1065G7 Quadcore with 1.3 GHz is not exactly a work monster. When it comes to complex applications, for example from Adobe, the performance gets pretty tight. With a meager 438 points in Cinebench, it is still quite a bit lower than older darlings like the i5-8300H. This is more than sufficient for normal office use and games are usually not too CPU-hungry anyway.
Also on board are fast 16 GB DDR4-3733 from SanMax, permanently mounted and not interchangeable. A 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD is used as the drive, which gives the games and applications a good leg. There are no other drives. The display is a 13.3 “Full HD panel with good overall display quality.
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The highlight of the Stealth 13 is the built-in GeForce graphics card, an innovation in an Ultrabook. It is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4 GB RAM, quasi the smallest card of the current Turing series with little power consumption, which of course benefits the battery performance together with the CPU. The card is roughly on the level of the previous GTX 1050 Ti for notebooks.
Of course, this is not a performance monster, but it is sufficient for smooth gaming with Full HD resolution. For most titles, the 30 fps are handled quite loosely, with cuts in the details from medium to high, the maximum 60 fps of the display are quite feasible. Due to the smaller display, some aspects such as anti-aliasing or shadows can be reduced without any noticeable impairment of the display quality. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, for example, we achieved a solid 40 fps with maximum settings in the benchmark.
If you are now afraid that the Stealth 13 will get too hot or too loud with a dedicated graphics card, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Even in game mode, the fans were barely audible except for a slight noise. The temperature of the case and keyboard remained at a comfortable level at all times, without turning the Stealth 13 into a mobile hotplate. The CPU with its meager 25W power consumption doesn't generate much heat anyway and the graphics card stayed below 65 degrees at full load. The battery performance is correspondingly good. Except for the somewhat meager performance of the CPU, a well thought-out and sophisticated system overall.