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Razer’s putting a full-fat GPU in the Blade Stealth ultrabook

The new Razer Blade Stealth is now the most powerful ultrabook money can buy.



Razer Blade Stealth GTX 1650

The new Razer Blade Stealth is now the most powerful ultrabook money can buy.

Razer, manufacturer of high-end, thin-and-light gaming laptops, also makes an ultrabook. Unlike the Razer Blade, Blade Pro, or the newly-announced Blade Studio – which costs over four grand – the Razer Blade Stealth is not really a gaming machine. It’s more like a MacBook Air in gaming fancy dress.

Well, that’s not entirely fair. You’ve always been able to pair the Blade Stealth with a Razer Core external GPU dock and a full-sized graphics card, but that’s not entirely portable. Then, late last year, Razer refreshed the Blade Stealth with an Nvidia MX150 discrete GPU. That’s not exactly a beefy chip, but it’s more than capable of playing esports titles at a decent clip.


Today, though, the Razer Blade Stealth looks a little different. As part of its latest refresh – to include the 10th generation Intel Core i7 processors – Razer has also managed to cram a proper discrete GPU into the Blade Stealth: the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650.

Anyone who’s following the GPU market knows that the GTX 1650 is still the bottom of Nvidia’s product tree. It’s a general improvement over the last generation’s GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti, based on its latest Turing architecture, but it doesn’t include dedicated RTX cores for real-time ray tracing. Those only kick in on the RTX 2060 and above. But for a thin-and-light laptop that’s only 15.3 mm deep and weighs around 1.4 kg? A GTX 1650 is huge. A GTX 1650 is a monster of an upgrade.

Otherwise, on the spec front, the new Blade Stealth comes with a 10th gen Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a light-up Chroma keyboard.

Razer Blade Stealth Mercury White

Three variants of the latest Razer Blade Stealth are available. Two of them come in classic Razer black and green; one with a 1080p non-touch display, and the other with a 4K touch-enabled panel. The third is in a stylish chrome and silver colour, called “Mercury White”, which is only available with a 1080p non-touch screen, a 256 GB SSD, and without that all-important GTX 1650 GPU.


The biggest shame is that you can’t get the most grown-up colour – “Mercury White” – with that GTX 1650 graphics card. Why can’t people who want stylish, professional-looking laptops also have a discrete GPU, Razer?

No information on pricing is available yet, but given the previous generation started at £1300 with no GPU, and £1500 with that weedy MX150 on-board? The new Razer Blade Stealth with GTX 1650 will probably cost more.

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