BLADE STEALTH 13 2020
Inside, it’s full of capable components, including Intel’s Core i7-1065G7 quad-core processor, the Nvidia GTX GeForce 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe-based SSD.
Unlike most other game-ready machines, this one features a Thunderbolt 3 port for faster data transfer as well as support for Razer’s Core X Chroma external GPU enclosure. What’s more, this model has the arrow keys in the right position.
In previous iterations, the up arrow was between the forward-slash and shift buttons, making its position vulnerable to creating both types of problems. These are the tiny things, okay?
Pros (Blade Stealth)
Premium, compact design
Gaming chops, 120Hz display are unique at its screen size
Good battery life
Improved keyboard layout
USB Type-A and -C ports (two of each)
Support for Wi-Fi 6, Windows Hello
Cons (Blade Stealth)
Performance won’t match larger gaming laptops
No dedicated video-out ports
The screen is still a full HD screen, but now has a fixed refreshing rate of 120Hz. Razer claims that it is the highest rate of refresh on a 13-inch laptop that makes sense because there are hardly 13-inch gaming alternatives.
The GPU does not always reach the 120Hz mark, but it is a blessing for many online games to be able to resolve 60 frames a second (e.g. fps).
The quality of the screen is strong, sharp and vibrant, and the thin bezels complete the contemporary design.
In a more affordable model there is also a 4 K screen option, but I don’t suggest paying for the price jump because the 4 K doesn’t fit a 13-inch screen.
Blade Stealth has already switched to Intel’s ten-generation Core processors last year, but in the 2020 version it will lift the ante from an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, a GeForce GTX 1650 to a GeForce GTX 1650, which would be a core i7-1065G7 CPU. As you can see in the below segment, this is a small power boost.
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Ultimately, the $1,799.99 starter package offers you a Core i7-1065G7 cpu, a Max-Q GTX 1650 Ti, 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB SSD, a full HD 120Hzen monitor (at 3,733MHz, clocked faster than previously).
All parts, except the display which has the upgraded 4 K touch screen, are included in the above mentioned more expensive model for $1,999.99.
I prefer simplicity to connect different or better components with 4 K resolution from an SKU with a different screen choice.
Many gamers may consider a boot drive of 512 GB limiting, but it is especially fair to include in a 13-inch laptop.
Touchpads on Blade laptops are continuously one of the best on any laptop on Windows, and maybe the only touchpad on Apple’s Mac Books which I could bring up against. Also, with a sturdy frame, as high as the metal chassis and incredibly smooth paneling.
The selection of the port is the same as the model of last year. To the left side there is a USB Type C port, a USB Type A port and an audio jack pair.
Using DisplayPort-over-USB, the USB-C port on the left allows video out (with a compliance dongle) and can also be used to load the device.
On the right side, the USB-C and USB-A connectors, but no audio jack, almost exactly are mirroring on the left. However, Thunderbolt 3 is supported by the right-hand USB-C interface.
I appreciate every small laptop with both USB-A and USB-C. (This port, too, is able to charge a laptop). The Blade Stealth supports Wi-Fi 6 and Windows Hello is supported on the monitor, as it was in the previous version.
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Testing performance: ready to be used (Blade Stealth)
First of all, we have Blade Stealth 13 from last year (1.799 $as tested) to check how the new GPU stacks.
The Apple MacBook Pro (1,799 US-Dollars as tested) and Dell XPS 13 (1749,99 US-dollars as tested) are now available as two of our favorite 13-inch ultra-portable general-use devices.
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is here the true, but still more compact, game laptop compared to its 15-inch counterparts and has high value
Productivity, Storage, and Media Tests (Blade Stealth)
The Processor of Blade Stealth is fairly well performing here, not a powerhouse but capable enough for everyday tasks.
Those are more than necessary, so it is not worth worrying if the Stealth is cutting it off for working-day multifunctioning irrespective of where it is in the ranking here. Furthermore, its cumbersome storage guarantees a quick boot and load times that helps to use and play generally.
Battery Rundown Test (Blade Stealth)
After the laptop is fully charged, it was setup in power-save mode (instead of balanced or high-performance mode) and make a few more battery-contracting modifications in preparation for our unplugged video round-down check.
We loop a video – a locally stored 720p file of the same “Tears of Steel” movie with screen brightness set at 50 percent and volume set to 100 percent before the program finishes. (We also turn off Wi-Fi, placing the laptop on airplane mode.)
The 2020 Blade Stealth ‘s battery life is fine, even if it doesn’t top the diagram. You will accept some GPU and high-refresh GPU compromises, and even with that, 10 hours of battery life is good enough for most of your day, and a slight improvement on the 2019 model.
If battery life is your main priority, which would be understandable for this category, the XPS 13 leads this particular lot handily.
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A Capable Gamer, and an Excellent Ultraportable (Blade Stealth)
In design or performance, Blade Stealth 13 2020 is an improvement on the past model. The former has been refined with features such as a high-refresh monitor and a more comfortable keyboard while the overall muscle is around the same or only a little better than the previous one.
Since we have already been major fans, it is easy to suggest an improved one. This is not an Editor’s Pick for creativity, as it’s mostly based on the same design but is one of the best smaller ultra-portable screen on the market and the only one that doubles as a versatile laptop.