Razer Adds “Budget” Blade Stealth, Non-Touch Display Model
Since we posted about the Razer Blade Stealth initially, Razer has quietly added an Intel Core i5-7200U version to their Blade Stealth ultrabook lineup, in addition to their Intel Core i7 varieties.
BLADE STEALTH CORE i5: WHAT’S DIFFERENT
This “budget” laptop is $100 cheaper than the next model up, a similar unit with a QHD touchscreen, 8GB LPDDR3-1866MHz memory, a 128 GB (PCIe M.2) SSD, but with an Intel Core-i7 i7-7500U processor instead. Unlike the other models, the Core i5 version is the only one without a touchscreen.
All in all, the specs between each model of the Razer Blade Stealth are pretty much identical. You still get a super thin and super light ultrabook which measures 0.52” in thickness and weighs only 2.84 lbs. You get the 12.5″ Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) display and is powered by the same 53.6Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. It boasts of having 15% larger capacity than previous gen models, so you’ll be able to work up to 9 hours on a single charge.
The keyboard is powered by Razer Chroma and features backlighting on each individual key. If you scroll to the bottom of the page here, you’ll be able to play with the lighting effects. There’s wave, spectrum cycling, breathing, static, reactive, and ripple effects to try for your enjoyment.
If you’re squeamish about the Intel HD Graphics 620, the Core i5 version is still compatible with the Razer Core to utilize external desktop graphics. However, with a price tag of $499.99 USD, you’ll be wondering if you should just spend the money on a desktop set up.
SHOULD I BUY IT?
It all goes back to what you’re buying this laptop for. If you’re looking for gaming, a high-end Blade Stealth model might still not be better than a gaming laptop with a better graphics card. If you’re looking for a portable and lightweight machine that can handle a day’s worth of work, this might be the ultrabook for you.
The Razer Blade Stealth Core i5 model can be yours for only $899.99 and can be found here.
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