When it comes to PC gaming, you’re always going to get the best performance out of a big and powerful desktop. If you want to run games at the highest, eye-melting settings you need a tower that can fit all the graphics cards and coolants and glowing doodads. But if there’s one manufacturer that can make a laptop with as few gaming sacrifices as possible its Razer. And the most recent redesign of the Razer Blade Stealth is the closest they’ve come so far in an ultraportable.
A gaming laptop’s priorities are always going to be a little different than a traditional laptop. But even before you get to the games the Razer Blade Stealth impresses as a more professional-looking PC. The smaller bezel makes the 13.3-inch (with 1080p and 4K options) pop more. It’s a little thicker but features a flatter shape for the black anodized aluminum body. The keyboard still lights up but the Razer logo itself is now a much more tasteful etching rather than a neon green brand billboard.
The biggest change with the Razer Blade Stealth though is how it handles graphics options. The reason why ultraportable laptops can’t run intense games that well is because the hardware itself can’t fit the discrete graphics cards they require, relying instead of weaker integrated Intel graphics. Before you could plug Stealth laptops into Razer Core external graphics boxes. And that’s still the case with the lower-end version of this year’s model. But now if you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can get a Razer Blade Stealth with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics processor.
It’s not the strongest processor on the market but the MX150 is definitely a noticeable improvement. Our sister site PCMag was impressed by performance with recent AAA games like Far Cry 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. And even with these performance upgrades the Razer Blade Stealth actually manages to have a longer, USB-C powered battery life.
For more on the 2019 Razer Blade Stealth check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on Razer check out the Razer HyperSense force feedback system and the Razer Raptor monitor.
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