Headphones with 7.1 surround sound, but above all it is light with its 250 grams. And to satisfy a maximum of fans, it will be available in two versions.
Razer Kraken X , the gaming helmet for less than $60. One headset, but two versions , Razer unveils its new wired gaming headset Kraken X. A version for PC and another for console. The first is rather classic in black, and the second takes black and blue colors. It is designed to be comfortable with its 250 grams , making it one of the lightest on the market . It has 7.1 surround sound, like all Razer headsets from now on.
Thanks to universal connection in 3.5 mm jack it is compatible with all platforms , whether it is your PC, but also on the console side with PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and other mobile devices.
The Razer Blade family of laptops includes three models: the Blade Pro 17, the Blade 15 and finally the Blade Stealth 13. The number corresponds, you guessed it, to the size of the screen.
Each one corresponds to a different need, but keeps the same DNA and a fairly similar design. So it's a Razer Blade Stealth 13 laptop that's in our hands. A model intended for players, but also and above all for professional users looking for mobility.
The Razer Blade Stealth 13 laptop has an Intel Core ™ i7-8565U processor, an Intel UHD 620 (basic model) or NVIDIA GeForce® MX150 graphics part 4 GB (Graphics model) and 8 GB or 16 GB of memory DDR4. For the storage part, it is entrusted to a 256 GB SSD (M.2 SATA or PCIe).
It is therefore equipped with an Intel Core ™ i7-8565U processor (4 cores and 8 threads) and a graphics section including the Intel UHD 620 supported by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 4 GB GDDR5 card .
We have no less than 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory at 2133 MHz and an M.2 PCIe SSD of 256 GB .
The cardboard box of this laptop is all black, very basic and even frankly very ordinary. But hey we don't care. Inside we find framed in black foam, a black box, branded with the Razer snake, containing the Blade Stealth 13 laptop in question.
On the side is a box in which you will find the charger, received in American socket for our part.
We will see below that it is a US version with QWERTY keyboard.
At the bundle level we will find:
There is no denying, this Razer Blade Stealth 13 laptop plays in elegance and sobriety. All dressed in black, he will undoubtedly please the target clientele, the professionals.
No fuss, no extravagance, only a discreet logo placed on the top of the laptop will note that we are at Razer's. The chassis is in CNC milled monochrome aluminum with an anodized black finish.
The 13 ″ Full HD screen is very good, and Razer even took care to individually calibrate these screens at the factory. Which should mean excellent color rendering. At the back we discreetly find the Razer logo, black on black.
Let’s go to the left and right side of the laptop where all the connectors are located. And it will be fast, it's so light. All in all, this is limited to a Thunderbolt ™ 3 port (USB-C ™) serving as a power port, a USB-C 3.1 port also serving as a power port and two USB 3.1 Type ports. -AT. Without forgetting an audio jack.
The keyboard is backlit and you have the option to choose the color. As you can see, our copy is a US version with a QWERTY keyboard.
Cooling is entrusted to tubular radiators and two small fans that we see (and hear) below the laptop. They have a hard time containing the heat given off.
We recall that our model has an Intel Core i7-8565U processor accompanied by an Nvidia MX150 graphics card .Below we think that it is sorely lacking grids allowing the air to circulate well. And for most observers, it's difficult not to leave fingerprints on the hull.
A webcam sits at the top of the screen, and good surprise, because it is infrared. So certainly, the definition is limited (1280 x 720 pixels), but it remains correct.
But hey you have to be a good player, everything is not negative in this laptop and fortunately. First of all, Razer offers us a magnificent toy in a beautiful setting. The Blade Stealth 13 is rather sober and elegant in a very black livery. The materials used are of good quality, even if we regret that the shell quickly takes fingerprints.
The keyboard is pleasant to use, moreover it is RGB but remains soft and it brings just the right touch of fun. The screen is of good quality, with good brightness and good color rendering, it is appreciable to work well.
We remind you that our Razer Blade Stealth 13 Graphics PC has an Intel Core i7-8565U processor , an NVIDIA MX150 4 GB graphics card , 16 GB of DDR3 memory , a 256 GB M.2 Lite On SSD NVMe , and a battery of autonomy announced up to 13 hours accompanied by a charger of 65 W max.
You have to be honest, the MX150 will have a little trouble accompanying you in games of gourmet video games. This laptop is made for work, games are purely incidental.
Even with 256 GB it may seem light, but with breathtaking performance. Not only will your PC start up quickly, but programs will have no problem opening quickly and being very responsive to give you good productivity.
You know Razer for its peripherals and laptops, but that's not all. Indeed, the brand has announced its first screen intended for gamers. Here is the Razer Raptor 27 . A 27 ″ diagonal monitor that has an IPS panel with a definition of 2560 x 1440 pixels. A screen that was already seen at CES 2019 .
Here you go:
The design is completely in the spirit of the brand with in particular RGB. In terms of technical characteristics, we find a refresh rate of 144 Hz , a gray-to-gray response time of 1 ms and support for AMD FreeSync technology .
In order to polish all of this, the Raptor is certified DisplayHDR 400 , with an announced brightness level of 420 nits (cd / m2). The contrast is announced at 1000: 1 . It also has 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut .
The foot of the screen is quite mastoc and has only a vertical movement, even offering the possibility of placing the screen at 90 ° . His movements are limited and it's a shame. For fans of lighting it has an RGB system . The latter is notably taken care of by Razer Chroma and the cables are neatly stored thanks to a homemade solution of cable grommets cut in the foot.
If a few years ago Razer focused only on peripherals for players, the manufacturer now offers a much more complete range of products, including laptops under the standard Blade.
Designed for players wishing to take advantage of a machine that is both powerful and easily transportable, the different models in the range quickly made their mark on the sector and we invite you to discover the Razer Blade 15 Advanced today - Edition 2018/2019.
Boasting an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16 GB of RAM and a GTX 1060 Max-Q, the model of the day comes with a 15.6 inch Full HD screen with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. Everything is built around a chassis only 16.8 mm high for a weight of 2 kg.
A machine clearly attractive on paper, appearing at a price of around 2250 € and coming to compete directly with models such as the Asus Zephyrus or the MSI GS65 Stealth. A high and justified price? Response after a good week by his side.
The Razer Blade 15 is delivered in a box as thin as its chassis. Inside, the PC comes with the following elements:
DESIGN & ERGONOMICS
Razer is used to taking care of the design of its products and the Blade range is no exception to this rule. From the first grip, this new 15.6-inch model seduces with its exemplary finishes and its particularly elegant look.
Far from the "gaming" style that is usually found in competition, the Razer Blade 15 opts for much more sober lines, not unlike the design of notebooks generally reserved for office or professional use.
With dimensions of 355 x 235 x 16.8 mm and just 2kg on the scale, the laptop joins the range of laptops stamped Nvidia Max-Q , offering an ideal compromise between portability and performance. For this new edition, the manufacturer nevertheless stands out from the competition by integrating a 15.6 inch screen in an aluminum chassis with dimensions similar to that of a 14 inch laptop . A great feat, which is due in particular to the particularly thin borders of 4.9 mm. Visually, it's rather stunning!
A little more in details, we start with the outside of the chassis. On the upper part, we find the brand logo inlaid (and backlit) in the center of a panel showing the traditional color codes of the brand.
At the rear, two supports bring excellent stability to the machine while slightly raising it so as not to obstruct the metal grilles dedicated to the ventilation of the laptop. A fairly rare choice on gaming models, since these vents are generally positioned on the sides and not on the back. We will come back to this a little later in this presentation.
At first glance, the construction of the Blade is particularly solid. The PC perfectly resists possible twists and the whole inspires a real feeling of confidence. The screen can be easily opened with one hand without the assembly sliding onto his desk. It may sound silly, but it is ultimately rarely the case on such light and compact models.
On the connection side, we find the same elements as on the previous version of the Razer Blade. We notice :
A rather well supplied connection where we appreciate the presence of a Thunderbolt port facilitating the connection to one or more external monitors , but also the possible addition of an external graphics card . In addition, all of these connectors are cleverly positioned toward the rear of the chassis to prevent contact with your mouse.
We can nevertheless regret the absence of a memory card reader as well as that of an Ethernet port for players wishing to avoid possible latencies in WiFi .
When you open the beast, you come face to face with the impressive Razer Blade 15 IPS panel and its keyboard with fully customizable Chroma backlight. With such finesse, we obviously forget the presence of mechanical switches and here we will have to settle for chiclet keys with a particularly short stroke. Obviously, it is far from ideal for chaining hours of gaming on your favorite FPS and we will always recommend investing in a good gaming keyboard, like a Corsair K63 Wireless if you do not not want to clutter you too much.
Under the keyboard, the imposing trackpad offers a nice surface for use and above all excellent responsiveness. Nothing to say about that side, it works very well and you get used to it very quickly.
Finally, on either side of the keyboard two speakers complement the equipment of the Razer Blade 15. As often, we should not expect miracles on this side but it helps out without any problems if you don't have your gaming headset handy.
A 144 HZ SCREEN CUT OUT FOR GAMING
For this new generation of Razer Blade, the laptop is equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS panel, with, as explained above, particularly thin borders on the top and sides of the chassis. A major advantage compared to certain competitors, since we take advantage here of a beautiful display surface without having to carry around a juggernaut in his backpack.
Our version of the day is equipped with a Full HD matte IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 px and a refresh rate of 144 Hz . Equipment consistent with the rest of the machine configuration and which should allow you to enjoy your favorite games in excellent conditions and above all with perfect fluidity.
Note that a 60 Hz version is also offered by Razer, always in Full HD resolution.
If we unfortunately did not have the opportunity to pass the screen under a colorimetric probe, the whole is convincing. If it is obviously a purely subjective opinion here, the colorimetry seems particularly faithful to us and both the games and the films should put you in awe.
Last important point to emphasize about the screen, it is not compatible with Adaptive-Sync Nvidia G-Sync technology. A bit of a shame, especially for a model capable of a higher than average refresh rate.
RAZER SYNAPSE SOFTWARE
Like most Razer products, the Blade 15 is compatible with Razer Synapse software. From there, you can configure some options of the laptop as well as the Chroma lighting integrated into the keyboard.
The first "Personalize" tab allows us to modify the assignment of the keyboard keys, as on most USB models offered by the brand. There are many categories and actions and it is obviously possible to create your own macros.
In addition, the keyboard is compatible with HyperShift functionality , allowing you to assign an alternative shortcut when the mode is activated. A good point for MMORPG players for example.
From the "Lighting" tab, you can choose between several Chroma effects. We find the usual effects and it is also possible to adjust the brightness of the lights on two different levels depending on the type of power supply (battery or mains). The software also gives us access to the Chroma Studio , to individually configure the color and effect of each of the keyboard keys. What delight RGB fans.
Finally, the "Performances" tab, which as the name suggests allows you to adjust certain options directly related to the responsiveness of the Razer Blade 15 . It is thus possible to opt for a Balanced or Gaming mode depending on its use, but also to manually adjust the speed of the fans.
Finally, on this same page you can switch between a display at 60 Hz or 144 Hz (more greedy on autonomy).
Blade models are often offered in different configurations and care should be taken to check in detail the different references currently available in the sector. The manufacturer sometimes retains identical model names from one generation to the next, this is an even more important point to watch out for.
Our Razer Blade 15 of the day has the following components:
On paper, the laptop displays characteristics similar to that of a mid-range desktop PC and its Full HD resolution allows it to run the vast majority of titles in entirely correct conditions. The machine is also very comfortable for daily office tasks, especially if you are the type to multiply the tabs in Chrome and other complementary applications.
The 8th generation i7 processor also makes the machine perfectly comfortable on slightly heavier tasks, for image editing or video editing for example. We thus obtain a score of 4814 on PC Mark 10, and almost 1000 points on CineBench. On the side of 3D Mark Time Spy, count 6072 points for the CPU and 3766 for the GPU.
Only its internal storage of 512 GB can frustrate some players in the busy Steam library. We would have liked to find in parallel a more traditional HDD of 1 TB for example, so as to store without constraint all its titles but also its media.
To get a better idea of performance, we tested the Razer Blade under several more or less current games and especially more or less greedy. The results are up to our expectations, with a machine capable of exceeding the fateful threshold of 60 FPS without great difficulty. Note that in practice, the GTX 1060 Max-Q offers performance 10 to 15% lower than that of a GTX 1060 "desktop".
COOLING, TEMPERATURES AND NOISE LEVELS
In office use, the Blade 15 benefits from particularly silent operation and perfectly controlled temperatures. The machine does not heat up and in most cases remains inaudible, making its use particularly pleasant.
On applications a little heavier, and especially during gaming, the Razer's laptop is also doing more than honorable. By opting for the “ Balanced ” mode from the Razer Synapse software, it is entirely possible to chain the hours on your favorite tracks without necessarily having to wear headphones. Temperatures also remain quite adequate, unlike many competitors. You can always come and add a laptop cooler , but we don't think this is necessary here.
When you switch to "Gaming " mode via Synapse, the fans are much noisier, for a gain of FPS often negligible. Here, it is impossible to enjoy your games without using a helmet with good passive insulation and we do not necessarily recommend this option. To get a better idea of these noise pollution, don't hesitate to take a look at our presentation video.
Finally, let's end with autonomy. If we always recommend playing your games with your laptop connected to a power outlet, the Blade 15 does pretty well with its battery since it is possible to use it for 5 to 6 hours during office use. Once again very correct results, confirming the great versatility of the machine.
Obviously keep in mind that these values may vary widely depending on your use, the screen brightness, its refresh rate or the backlight effects.
We will be able to use the Blade very well to take lessons during the day and then come and plug it in once back home for a few gaming sessions . Allow about 1h 30min to fully recharge its battery.
Particularly well built, the Razer Blade 15 clearly has something to appeal to players looking for a compact machine that is powerful enough to enjoy all of its games in very good conditions.
Comfortable on most of the current titles, we benefit from a good fluidity thanks to its IPS 144 Hz panel while maintaining noise pollution and controlled temperatures by opting for the "Balanced" mode . The manufacturer clearly succeeds.