I've had a couple of people ping me over the last few weeks wondering when Razer would finally make the latest version of the Blade Stealth available to Australians.
The answer: they're available right now.
If you're wondering what the difference is on the base level, it's mostly an upgrade from the last generation Intel Skylake CPU and integrated GPU to Kaby Lake. Here's the full specs of the latest models, which became available through the Razer store from 2:00 PM AEDT:
- Razer Blade Stealth QHD (2560x1440) 70% Adobe RGB (128GB SSD (PCIe M.2) , 256GB SSD (PCIe M.2) and 512 SSD(PCIe M.2)) OR Razer Blade Stealth 4K (3840x2160) 100% Adobe RGB (512GB SSD (PCIe M.2) and 1TB SSD (PCIe M.2))
- 12.5" IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, with LED backlight, capacitive multi-touch, up to 170° wide viewing angles
- 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Dual-Core Processor with Hyper Threading 2.7GHz / 3.5GHz (Base/Turbo)
- Intel® HD Graphics 620
- Windows® 10 (64-Bit)
- Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.1)
- Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C™)
- USB 3.0 port x2 (SuperSpeed)
- Multi-point touchscreen interface
- Built-in webcam (2.0MP)
- HDMI 2.0a audio and video output
- Built-in stereo speakers
- 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
- Array microphone
- Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
- 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
- Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
- Keyboard, Trackpad, backlighting and fan control are Razer Synapse configurable
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
- Compact 45W USB-C power adapter
- Built-in 53.6Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
- 0.52” / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6” / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1” / 206 mm (Depth)
- 2.84 lbs. / 1.29 kg
Simply put, it's the Macbook Air/Macbook Pro for the PC crowd. The Razer Blade Stealth will also support the Razer Core external graphics enclosure through the USB Type-C connector, although that's not directly available in Australia as of yet. (And you'll have to own a spare graphics card to power the whole thing.)
Other important bits worth knowing: the promised battery life has jumped up to 9 hours now courtesy of a larger battery, while the HD Graphics 620 is sufficient to play older games like CS:GO or Diablo 3 at decent frame rates (provided you stick to 720p or lower resolutions).
If you were looking forward to Apple refreshing the Macbook Air line and came away wanting, the Razer Blade Stealth might be worth a look. The baseline model with a 128GB SSD and the 2560x1440 screen is available from $1500, while the model with a 4K screen and 1TB of storage will set you back $3000.