Which Razer Laptop Is Right for You? Blade vs Stealth vs Pro
Razer’s laptops are like MacBooks for gamers. They're chic, just as slim, and more powerful than anything that comes out of Cupertino. Plus, these are some of the few gaming laptops that can pass in a business meeting as well as a LAN party. And creative professions looking for something a little less gaming focused should check out the upcoming Blade 15 and Blade 17 Pro Studio Edition laptops, both of which will utilize Nvidia's new Quadro GPUs.
So which laptop in Razer's stable is right for you? Is it the surprisingly potent 13-inch Stealth, the new 15-inch Blade or the 17-inch behemoth that is the Blade Pro? The following guide will help you decide. See how Razer fared on our annual Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands reports. Not looking for a Razer laptop? Then please check out our best laptop and gaming laptop pages.
Editor's Note: We are in the process of reviewing the latest Razer Blade 17, stay tuned for our in-depth impressions.
The Blade Stealth: For Those Always on the Move
Pros: Designed to take on the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and Apple Macbook (12-inch), the Razer Blade Stealth serves up power and speed. Starting at $1,299, this svelte little beauty (2.9 pounds, 12.6 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches) is made of the same stunning CNC aluminum, gorgeous QHD display and captivating customizable Chroma keyboard as its bigger brethren. The diminutive systems pack quite a wallop thanks to Intel's 8th-gen processors.
Razer has managed to squeeze a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU with 4GB of VRAM into the latest version of the notebook. Dubbed the Advanced Model, this iteration of the Stealth starts at $1,499 and can play a number of older or less-demanding titles, but games like Rise of the Tomb Raider or Grand Theft Auto V are pretty much out of the question. However, both versions of the slim stunner can support Microsoft's Mixed Reality headsets including the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset V1000-100 and the Acer Windows Mixed Reality AH101 headset.
You can transform the Stealth into a full-fledged gaming system if you invest in the $499 Razer Core V2, the company's second external GPU and first to feature a dual Thunderbolt 3 internal controller design. But if you don't need all the bells and whistles, there's also the $299 Core X. A stripped-down version of Razer's previous eGPUs, the Core X only has a Thunderbolt 3 port and the power input. However, its bigger chassis accommodates even the largest GPUs on the market.
Pros: Sleek, attractive design | Powerful overall and graphics performance | Great Audio | Solid battery life
Cons: Undersized keys | Runs hot
Key Specs: CPU: 1.8-GHz Intel Core i7-8565U CPU | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU/ Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU | RAM/Storage: 16GB/256GB SSD | Display Size/Resolution: 13.3 inches/1920 x 1080/4K | Colors: Black/Gunmetal Gray/Quartz Pink
The Blade: For Gamers Who Play on the Go
The crown jewel in Razer's lineup, the 15-inch Blade offers an alluring mix of power, portability and longevity that makes it perfect for gaming on the go or settling in for a long quest on your couch. Weighing just 4.6 pounds, and measuring 0.68-inches thick, it's one of the thinnest VR-ready laptops on the market.
We recently reviewed one of Razer's latest configurations to its 15.6-inch beauty. Starting at $2,399, the so-called advanced model comes in a stunning Mercury White all-aluminum chassis. In a first of for Razer laptops, the base model of the laptop also boasts a 1TB hard drive and a Gigabit Ethernet port. But the biggest surprise was the base model's battery life with the system lasting over six hours, putting the base model on a par with Alienware systems.
Ultimately, the Blade is ideal for gamers that don't want a massive desktop replacement taking up valuable space, but still want to play games at high framerates. And if you need it to, the Blade can definitely pull its weight as a productivity machine. And if that wasn't enough, the company is on the cusp of launching its first systems with stunning OLED displays. It's a major step up from Razer's ISP panel and promises richer colors (particularly deeper blacks) and finer details.
Pros: Beautiful, head-turning design | Powerful graphics and overall performance | Solid battery life | Fast transfer speeds
Cons: Dim display | Weak audio | Runs hot when gaming
Key Specs: CPU: 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H CPU | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU/GeForce RTX 2060/RTX 2070 Max-Q/RTX 2080 Max-Q | RAM/Storage: 16GB/128GB SSD + 1TB 5,400-rpm HDD/256 SSD + 2TB 5,400-rpm HDD | Display Size/Resolution: 15.6 inches/1920 x 1080/4K | Colors: Black/Mercury White
The Blade Pro: For Creative Professionals and Gamers with Deep Pockets
Back in the day, the 17-inch MacBook Pro used to be the end-all, be-all for creative professionals. But that system has gone the way of the dodo, leaving a 17-inch hole in many a video editor, music maker and game creator's heart. Fortunately, Razer has the solution with the Blade Pro.
With a starting price of $3,499, the latest Blade Pro serves up a crazy vivid 4K Nvidia G-Sync display along with THX-certified audio. You also get an overclocked Intel Core i7-7820HK processor with 32GB of RAM and a Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU -- currently the most powerful mobile GPU available -- all in a chassis that's 0.88-inches thick and a manageable 7.7 pounds. The system also comes with a pair of lightning-fast PCIe SSDs and a programmable scroll wheel. Keep an eye out for the Blade Pro getting an 8th Gen processor update courtesy of Intel.
With the GTX 1080 and the G-Sync display, you can expect some seriously high framerates minus the unsightly tearing that can sometimes occur when the display fails to keep pace with the GPU. And like its smaller brother, the Blade Pro is more than capable of supporting VR. But outside of gaming, this laptop is made to create, whether it's music, video, gaming or even designing a building. There's also a more affordable iteration of the Pro. Starting at $1,799, this Pro has a GTX 1060 GPU with a Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM and a 1920 x 1080 display. The laptop also switches out the ultra-low profile mechanical keyboard for regular scissor switches.
Razer just announced a revamped Blade Pro (starting at $2,499) with a design that's identical to the Blade 15. In terms of specs you can expect an Intel Core i9 processor with an Nvidia RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU when it launches. Surprisingly, unlike its predecessor, the latest Blade Pro does not have a 4K panel option.
Pros: Slim, attractive chassis | Choice between a 4K Nvidia G-Sync display and 1080p panel with 120Hz refresh rate | Great overall and graphics performance | Excellent sound | 1080p version has a super-comfortable, customizable keyboard
Cons: Expensive | SSD not very fast | Gets hot when gaming
Key Specs: CPU: 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H CPU/2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU/ GTX 1080 GPU | RAM/Storage: 16GB/1TB 5,400-rpm HDD | Display Size/Resolution: 15.6/1920 x 1080/4K | Colors: Black
|Screen||13.3 inches, 3200 x 1800/3840 x 2160||15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080||17.3 inches, 1920 x 1080/3840 x 2160|
|CPU||Core i7-8565U / Core i7-8550U||Core i7-8750H||Core i7-7700HQ / Core i7-7820HK|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620/Nvidia GeForce MX150||GTX 1060 (Max-Q)||GTX 1060|
|Storage||256 - 512GB SSD||256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HHD||256GB SSD + 2TB HDD|
|Size||12.6 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches||14 x 9.3 x 0.68 inches||16.7 x 11 x 0.88 inches|
|Weight||2.9 pounds||4.6 pounds||7.7 pounds|
|Color||Black, Gunmetal Grey, Quartz Pink||Black, Mercury White||Black|