In the past five CES shows, Razer has been winning Best of Show awards like it’s a formality. This time, at CES 2016, it’s no different. Razer unveiled the Razer Nabu Watch, the Razer Stargazer and their latest Best of Show product for Best PC, the Razer Blade Stealth. In the market of Windows 10 touchscreen netbooks, the weight falls on the PC makers to make their product outshine the rest. Since this is Razer we’re talking about, you’re probably expecting a netbook that plays games using laptop-grade graphics cards such as an NVIDIA M Series something-or-other. But what if you were told that you could instead use full size desktop level graphics cards of your choosing?
Before we dive into the gaming aspect, lets appreciate what the Razer Blade Stealth is at its core. Coming in at 0.52 inches thin and 2.75 pounds light, the Razer Blade Stealth sports an aircraft grade aluminum chassis and a 12.5-inch touch display. Models will incorporate 6th gen Intel® Core i7 processors, PCIe SSD’s and 8 GB of dual-channel memory. Clearly there’s a lot of power to behold in the Razer Blade Stealth’s sleek build. Via Thunderbolt 3, it will even house the latest in USB connectivity, USB-C, which delivers transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps.
The Razer Blade Stealth endeavors to look as good as the power held within. Its touch display comes in two variants, an Ultra HD 4K with 3840 x 2160 resolution and a Quad HD with 2560 x 1440. The Ultra HD 4K version even touts 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB color gamut. Look down from the screen to find a keyboard with individually backlit RGB keys that can display up to 16.8 million colors. A multitude of lighting effects are available through Razer’s own peripheral customization software, Synapse. That’s a lot of beauty, power and flare for a netbook housing Intel® HD Graphics 520. Don’t worry about the graphics just yet because all we covered was just all of the latest nooks and crannies stuffed into an otherwise flashy and powerful travel companion.
Want to add some next-gen PC gaming power to the Razer Blade Stealth?
Enter the Razer Core, a chassis for expanding the graphical horsepower of the Razer Blade Stealth. Connecting to the Razer Blade Stealth via Thunderbolt 3, the Razer Core grants you 4 USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet port, and fancy Chroma lighting on the Razer Core chassis itself. Most importantly, the Razer Core can house full-length, double-wide PCIe desktop graphics cards for driving the graphics of the Razer Blade Stealth.
Being able to power a gaming laptop with a full-sized graphics card gives the Razer Blade Stealth owner tons of flexibility. On top of that, the Razer Core makes it easy – allowing you to swap in and out compatible graphics cards without having to restart the Razer Blade Stealth. Slide out the internal chassis, make your swap, plop in a couple of screws and you’re done.
The Razer Core has the power to make the Razer Blade Stealth the only PC you ever need. By itself, the Razer Blade Stealth a sleek and powerful travel companion with the sort of keyboard you expect to see on a gaming laptop. With the Razer Core, the Razer Blade Stealth docks and becomes a versatile gaming desktop solution. While the Razer Blade Stealth’s keyboard has the Chroma functionality of a gaming keyboard, I would sooner connect an external gaming keyboard to the Razer Core, when in this “desktop” scenario. Razer showcased the Blade Stealth and the Core in this full desktop scenario at CES as we saw here.
It truly is an exciting combination if you’re looking for a simple gaming desktop solution with an option to have a netbook to take around as you need. A true all-in-one solution for the PC gamer has arrived. The Razer Blade Stealth is available now at Razerstore.com, starting at $999. Look into it for yourself here. The Razer Core’s price hasn’t been announced yet but it plans to start shipping in the first half of 2016.
Razer Blade Stealth:
- 12.5 in. IGZO 16:9 aspect ratio, capacitive multi-touch display
- QHD (2560 x 1440)
- 128 GB / 256GB PCIe SSD options
- UHD (3840 x 2160)
- 256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options
- Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Dual-Core Processor (2.5 GHz / 3.1 GHz)
- Intel® HD Graphics 520
- 128 GB / 256 GB PCIe SSD options (QHD display models)
- 256 GB / 512 GB PCIe SSD options (UHD display models)
- 8 GB 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)
- USB 3.0 port x 2 (SuperSpeed)
- Built-in webcam (2.0 MP)
- Chroma anti-ghosting keyboard with individually backlit keys
- HDMI 1.4b audio and video output
- Built-in stereo speakers
- 3.5 mm headphone/microphone combo port
- Built-in array microphone
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
- Compact 45 W USB-C power adapter
- Built-in 45 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
- 0.52 in. / 13.1 mm (Height) x 12.6 in. / 321 mm (Width) x 8.1 in. / 206 mm (Depth)
- 2.75 lbs. / 1.25 kg
- Connection to PC via Thunderbolt™ 3 using included 40Gbps cable
- Supports single double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card
- GPU max dimensions – 5.98 in. / 152 mm (Height) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Width) x 12.20 in. / 310 mm (Length)
- GPU max power support – 375 W
- USB 3.0 port x 4 (SuperSpeed)
- Gigabyte Ethernet (10/100/1000)
- Chroma lighting (2 zones)
- Built-in 500 W power supply
- 8.6 in. / 218.4 mm (Height) x 4.13 in. / 104.9 mm (Width) x 13.38 in. / 339.9 mm (Length)