Razer Blade Stealth (QHD +): the full review 2020

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    Razer Blade Stealth (QHD +): the full test
    Launched during the last edition of the E3 video game show in Los Angeles, the new Razer Blade Stealth is now available in two screen sizes (and two image definitions), 12.5 inches (4K or 3840 by 2160). pixels) or 13.3 inches (QHD + or 3200 by 1800). It is this second version that we received in review, announced at the price of 1600 euros. The price of a very good ultraportable at Dell, Asus, Acer and others! The first version (12.5 inches QHD) had almost won us over, let's hope that the switch to a bigger screen was successful.

    Razer Blade Stealth QHD +

    One of the main complaints that we could have made against the first version of the Blade Stealth was … the thickness of the edges of its 12.5-inch screen. A problem, a solution! The brand with the three snakes has planed them around a 13.3 inch slab (always tactile and shiny) within the same case. The weight does not move an iota (1.31 kg for the 12 inch, 1.32 kg for the 13). In the end, only the thickness increases more “significantly”: 1.5 cm on this 13 inch against 1.31 cm on the 12 inch model.

    Razer Blade Stealth QHD +

    The case retains its very good design, its robust materials (aluminum alloy) and its connections. As a reminder, it consists of three USB sockets (2 x 3.0 and 1 x Thunderbolt 3 compatible USB Type-C), a full-frame HDMI video output and an audio connector.

    Razer Blade Stealth QHD +

    Still no wired network socket, however, it will continue to go through Wi-Fi n / ac for connections to the Web.

    Razer Blade Stealth (QHD +)

    Finally, in terms of comfort of use, there is the good keyboard with separate keys (which requires a little time to be tamed), which remains equipped with a customizable multicolored backlight system. We also reconnect with pleasure with the touchpad, whose sliding surface offers (good) sensations and precise scores.

    More pixels, less brightness …

    As on the 12.5 inch model, Razer uses an IGZO panel (Sharp technology) offering better color rendering than traditional IPS panels.

    Razer Blade Stealth QHD +

    After a passage to the probe, this 13.3 inch screen unfortunately turns out to be a little worse than that of the 2016 Stealth cru. It is less bright (256 cd / m2 against more than 370 previously) and very slightly less contrasted (1040: 1 against 1152: 1).

    Razer Blade Stealth QHD +

    Clearly, in the dark or in dimly lit places, everything is fine. But, as soon as you want to use the machine in sunny places, whether it is placed on a table or on your lap, it turns out to be very complicated. You always have to play with the angle of inclination of the panel to drive out the light parasites. In summary, this screen cannot claim to obtain the average according to our rating criteria.

    No matter the screen size, the cocktail of components is the same

    We mentioned in the introduction, the hardware configuration housed under the keyboard has not changed between the 12.5 inch model that we reviewed late last year and this 13.3 inch. We find the Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16 GB of memory and the 256 GB SSD. The Intel chip, in addition to ensuring that Windows 10 and the usual programs run well (surfing, office, a little image retouching), manages all the graphics. But as the definition of the screen is revised upwards, the graphics controller is not very comfortable when it comes to running our review programs (especially games). This explains why the “Performance” rating plummets!

    Enjoying the lareview fashionable 3D games, whether traveling or at home, will not be in the ropes of the Stealth… And to take advantage of (fairly) old titles, you will have to lower the image definition by 720p (1280 by 720 pixels) and place the cursor of the graphic details on “Medium” to hope to reach 45 to 60 images per second.

    Good point all the same, running games or programs that consume enough resources does not make the fans of the machine roar. Yes, you read that right, there are several of them – exactly two – that never purr louder than 33 dB (noise identical to that emitted by the 12.5 inch model).

    With such a dissipation system, ensuring optimal cooling in the bowels of the machine is a breeze, but strangely, it does not really feel outside! The 13.3 inch model suffers from the same concern as its little brother. We found spikes at 49 ° C under the machine and up to 36.6 ° C on the palm rest. Note that at this precise location, the temperature always remains fairly high, whether the machine is active or not. Convenient for winter, more disturbing in summer.

    The higher definition penalizes endurance

    We have carried out our traditional autonomy reviews (continuous video and so-called “versatile” use) and here too the results are decreasing. At least, on the video playback review where we go from endurance of more than 7.45 on the 12.5 inch to 5.40 on the Blade Stealth 13.3 inch. Because in versatile autonomy, on the other hand, the two machines make almost similar times: almost 5:40 in both cases. By combining the scores obtained in autonomy, this Stealth misses the average of a hair.

    The verdict of the review

    Razer Blade Stealth (QHD +)

    With its larger and better defined screen, the Razer Blade Stealth (QHD +) had all the cards in hand to compete with the MacBook and other high-end ultraportables current. Its faults (average brightness and endurance, some heating problems) cost it the few points that would have made the difference. We expected more from this beautiful machine.

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