Gaming peripheral and system maker Razer shows up at CES 2016 this week its smallest, cheapest Razer Blade laptop yet. The Razer Blade Stealth is Ultrabook sized, but with the optional Razer Core it can deliver desktop-level performance. They're calling the Razer Blade Stealth the "Ultimate Ultrabook", and the specs fit the moniker. A mere 1.3cm thick and weighing only 1.24kg, Razer has packed the best bits that will safely run inside the smallest version of the distinctive aluminium Razer Blade housing yet.
Depending on the configuration, those bits include an Intel Core i7-6500U dual-core processor running at 2.5 or 3.1 GHz, SSD drives from 128 to 512 GB, 8 GB of dual-channel system memory and either a 2560 x 1440 QHD or 3840 x 2160 30cm UHD multi-touch indium gallium zinc oxide display.
And the keyboard lights up, thanks to the power of Razer Chroma technology. Each individual key can do its own thing. I'm a big fan of this.
The integrated Intel 520 graphics chip should be enough to handle most modern games at low settings or better, which is great for the Ultrabook form factor, but Razer is a gaming brand, so they have prepared a little something to help boost that performance. It's a box!
This is the Razer Core, and it is a box built to house up to a double wide full-length graphics card of the desktop variety. It's got four USB ports, a high-speed ethernet port, and two different light-up areas to ensure folks know this is a Razer product.
The Razer Core sits on your desk with a Thunderbolt cable hanging off of it. Plug that cable into the Razer Blade Stealth and it instantly begins to supply data, electricity and graphical power to the Ultrabook. Suddenly those product shots with the generic rainbow pattern become product shots featuring Fallout 4 wallpaper, because marketing.
Plug an external mouse, monitor and keyboard into the Razer Core and suddenly that Ultrabook is a 4K gaming system. A 4K gaming system with only 8GB of RAM, but still impressive.
What's most impressive about the Razer Blade Stealth however, is the price. Since Razer is selling the system in their own online and offline shops when they launch in January (the Microsoft store begins selling them in February) they can keep the price relatively low compared to the competition — the Razer Blade Stealth starts at just $US999 ($1398), with the highest-end version ringing up at $US1599 ($2238). There's still no price on the Razer Core, though since its just a box with connectors and cooling it shouldn't be too expensive.
"Before today, gamers needed a portable system for everyday work and a separate desktop computer to power their PC games at the highest level possible," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO via official announcement. "For the first time ever, there is no need for two separate systems. The Razer Blade Stealth offers the portability of an Ultrabook with the scalability to play hardcore games with desktop graphics performance thanks to the Razer Core."
The Razer Blade Stealth is now on sale at the US Razer website, with shipping starting January 29. The Razer Core will ship in the first half of 2016. Unfortunately it is not yet in the Australian Razer store, but hopefully it is only a matter of time. I leave you with system specs.
Razer Blade Stealth:
- 12.5in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
- QHD(2560 x 1440)
- 128GB / 256GB PCIe SSD options
- UHD(3840 x 2160)
- 256GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options
- Intel Core i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
- Intel HD Graphics 520
- 128GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
- 256GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
- 8GB Dual-Channel System Memory (LPDDR3-1866MHz)
- Windows 10 (64-bit)
- Wireless-AC(802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
- Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
- USB3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
- Built-inwebcam (2.0 MP)
- Chromaanti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
- HDMI1.4b audio and video output
- Built-instereo speakers
- 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
- Built-inarray microphone
- TrustedPlatform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
- Compact45 W USB-C power adaptor
- Built-in45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
- 0.52in. / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6 in. / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1 in. / 206 mm (Depth)
- 2.75lbs. / 1.25 kg
- Connectionto PC via Thunderbolt 3 using included 40Gbps cable
- Supportssingle double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card
- GPUmax dimensions — 5.98 in. / 152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Width) x 12.20in. / 310 mm (Length)
- GPUmax power support — 375 W
- USB3.0 port x 4 (SuperSpeed)
- GigabyteEthernet (10/100/1000)
- Chromalighting (2 zones)
- Built-in500 W power supply
- 8.6in. / 218.4 mm (Height) x 4.13 in. / 104.9 mm (Width) x 13.38 in. / 339.9 mm (Length)