Initially introduced just last year, the Razer Blade Stealth is one of the sleekest-looking ultrabooks in the market. However, despite being a productivity-focused laptop, the Blade Stealth still sports Razer’s signature gaming laptop looks. While it’s still a pretty understated design, we imagine some consumers want a laptop that sports a more minimalist look.
Well, enter the new Gunmetal Grey Razer Blade Stealth. Introduced right as E3 2017 was underway, we managed to spend some time with the new ultrabook while we were at the video game trade show. Not only does it have a more professional design now, the new Blade Stealth comes with several neat changes too.
The most obvious change here is the new look. Instead of Razer’s loud green logo, the Gunmetal Grey Blade Stealth comes with a more understated “tone-on-tone” Razer logo. Other than that, the keyboard is no longer an RGB one too; it’s just a simple white backlit keyboard now.
And then we have the new display. Instead of a 12.5-inch 4K display, this new Blade Stealth comes with a bigger – but lower resolution – 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 IGZO touch display. Not only does it sport 100% sRGB color space, the bezels have been reduced quite a bit too. Essentially, Razer managed to cram a bigger display into the same chassis.
Another noteworthy change with the new Blade Stealth is the trackpad: it’s now a Windows Precision Trackpad. In comparison to earlier iterations of the ultrabook, the new trackpad is definitely superior. Not only does it track my fingers more accurately, it’s just a more pleasant trackpad to use overall. Oh, the Blade Stealth comes with 16GB of RAM as standard now too.
Aside from these changes, the Gunmetal Grey Blade Stealth is similar to its predecessor. The keyboard is pretty decent to type on (not as much travel, but very tactile), the ultrabook’s finish is still a fingerprint magnet, and…it’s really just a more refined, professional-looking Blade Stealth. That’s a good thing.
The Gunmetal Grey Razer Blade Stealth is a compelling ultrabook, and gamers who want Razer’s classic design can still opt for the Black model, which is identical to the Gunmetal model. Well, bar the green Razer logo and Chroma keyboard.
But the thing is, Razer laptops are not exactly officially available here in Malaysia. Sure, parallel importers will likely bring in the new Blade Stealth to our market, but not without some markup here and there. This really limits the laptop’s availability on our shores.
Nonetheless, the new Razer Blade Stealth shows that Razer is listening to its fans who want to use its ultrabook in a professional setting. It may be a sign of things to come for the company; perhaps we can expect Razer to focus beyond gaming in the near future.