The Best Ultrabook of 2019? Razer Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White Review


so this is the new Razer Blade Stealth 13
and I know what you might be thinking to yourselves Eber didn’t you just review
this about a month ago that is true but this is a different model it’s the base
one that comes with the 25 watt version of Intel’s amazing.i SiC CPUs which is
the 1065 g7 I was actually kidding about that amazing part because yeah it’s it’s
pretty terrible I the naming scheme is is trash now if you recall watching my
full in-depth video on the blade stealth with the GTX 1615 max Q graphics card
one of my biggest concerns with that notebook was that Razer was using a 15
watt version of the Khorasan processor which significantly affected its a CP
performance under a full multi-core load it only reached 2 gigahertz and that
also affected gaming performance so ever since then I’ve been actually waiting to
get my hands on this notebook specifically the one that comes with the
25 hour chip to see what kind of performance improvements can we expect
in fact is it can be better than the top-tier specs GTX 1650 max key model
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for you alright so first step I do want to quickly go over these spec
differences between this base model and the top-tier spec GTX 1650 max Q variant
so the cpus are the exact same except for their TDP memory still remains the
same and 16 gigabytes running at 37 33 megahertz
unfortunately storage is cut in half and razer does not have the option to
upgrade within their site although it is user upgradeable this mercury white
model does not come with a discreet graphics card and the price fifteen
hundred US dollars which isn’t cheap but if you compare to the competition from
Dell HP or even a sir it’s actually pretty good now from a physical
standpoint there isn’t anything new with this mercury white model it still
maintains the same footprint as D GTX Berrien
I’m actually really digging this silver finish it isn’t pure white like the XPS
13 – and one that we checked out recently it
Matt and interestingly enough it doesn’t show fingerprints as bad as the black
model the key caps however are white and I’m still debating whether or not if it
goes along with the solar chassis but when you’re in a dark room the lighter
finish does reflect the colors exhibited by the display and it looks gorgeous
it’s certainly photogenic if you were to ask me the keys themselves are okay
they’re not the best in the market right now
I think the Lenovo x1 carbon takes the crown with that because it’s got solid
feedback when you’re typing on it this I mean I really wish the razer improvises
on their next-gen Blade notebooks because it’s the same exact setup that’s
found on my blade 15 notebook so yeah it’s it is what it is the trackpad is
one of the best on a Windows based notebook it features Windows position
drivers and it surprised at the actual footprint because for a 13-inch notebook
it is pretty big especially when compared to the XPS 13 from Dell and
even HP Spectre x-360 the IO remains the same just like the gtx 1650 model so you
get two USB Taipei’s two USB type C’s that are also Thunderbolt 3 compatible
and an audio jack the blade stealth 13 comes with a tan DP IPS display I love
the fact that it’s a matte screen versus glossy screens that you’ll find on other
notebooks thin aligned notebooks specifically so this will definitely
help you with travel needs because you don’t have to worry about reflections or
whatnot this is definitely gonna cut that significantly and it’s a very color
accurate panel as well in terms of upgradability it’s the same layout as
the GTX 1615 max Q model so the only thing that you can upgrade is to storage
unfortunately memory is soldered on to the mainboard but if you pay close
attention to this area of the mainboard you’ll notice that that’s where the 1650
max Q is housed on the top-tier spec model so it’s interesting to see that
they’re so using the same layout just that now you have two fans just cooling
and that isolates CP which is probably why they decided to go with that xx
powered version because they have that thermal Headroom now battery life on
this base model is good but not great especially when compared to the GTX 1615
max Q model as you can see it only lasts maybe 10-15 minutes longer than the
top-tier spec model which actually goes to show how efficient and videos
optimist technology is with that 1650 graphics card and now the moment that
you’ve all been waiting for is this 25 one core i7 1065 g7 compared
to its 15 watt sibling well the numbers do make a lot more sense now taking a
look at Cinebench r15 there’s a 30% improvement in the multi-core test the
XPS 13 tune 1 still remains the fastest in this test single core performance
didn’t really improve by all that much and that makes sense since these
notebooks didn’t have an issue running at 3.5 to 3.9 gigahertz but the whiskey
lake core i7 85 65 you on the older model was the fastest switching over to
our 20 the story changes completely the 25 watt ice-like cpu on this blade
stealth dominates this test it’s 40% faster than the GTX model moving on to
some real-world tests starting with blender running the BMW benchmark this
health continues to surprise me guys it’s once again 40% faster than the GTX
model and close to 30 percent faster than the XPS 13 tuned one notebook
unfortunately running DaVinci Resolve studio on these notebooks is a little
bit of a challenge because we tried rendering the exact same project that we
use for all of our benchmarks on the I select notebooks but particularly with
notebooks that do not have a discrete graphics card and it just wouldn’t work
I think it’s more of an Intel Quick Sync optimization issue with resolve and the
giving hakuren hardware because with the GTX scenary 50 model and the MX 115
model and basically other you know systems that run a discrete graphics
card it runs perfectly fine so I think maybe Blackmagic has to do something
with optimization it’s certainly not Razer’s fault but yeah if you’re planning
on running DaVinci Resolve on this notebook which first of all I would not
recommend because it’s not an editing notebook it’s something to know however
I did run Adobe Premiere Pro and I expected to be slower than the GTX model
since it is missing a discrete graphics card after all so this test certainly
favors that model but when you compare to the XPS 13 this blade is 14% faster
interestingly enough when you compare this to the whisky Lake models between
the MX 150 GPU it’s relatively close to wrap things up
we have Corona add-in for 3ds max and this Razer blade once again shines with
flying colors leaning this test so overall b2
version of the core i7 i6 CPU on this blade is certainly the fastest that
we’ve tested among other notebooks and I didn’t expect it to be that fast
compared to the XPS 13 2 & 1 featuring the exact same CPU with the
same TDP now that has to do with how well Razer was able to sustain clock
speeds on this notebook at 2.8 gigahertz under a full multi-core workload now I
do want to bring up something important that is when you hit this with a full
load right off the bat clock speed show up to 3.5 3.7 gigahertz but temps reach
93 C and then it down clocks it to 2.8 gigahertz while maintaining temperatures
around 70 C now can you actually game on this notebook well you can’t really
throw anything intensive since the iris plus graphics is really meant for light
gaming loads at 1080p at the lowest possible settings titles like rocket
league csgo overwatch run pretty well and it’s a significant improvement over
UHD graphics from last gen also for some reason 3dmark Cloud Gate refused to run
on this notebook I tried everything I could to diagnose that issue but I was
out of luck so to conclude this baseline Razer blade stealth surpassed my
expectations especially in terms of its CPU performance because it really is one
of the fastest that we tested so far and I really wish if the gtx 1650 model had
the exact same configuration but that isn’t the case so it’s it’s really weird
to have two different versions of the processors on both these notebooks and
it’s kind of ironic because you’re spending 300 ollars more to get that
1650 graphics card but you’re not getting the best CP performance on that
model then again this isn’t a gaming laptop after all because I think Razer’s
really targeting this towards others thin and light notebooks in the
competition especially from Dell HP Acer so I wouldn’t say that this is a great
primary notebook I think this would be more of a supplementary notebook that
would go along with your desktop PC or if you’re someone just looking for a
clean simple laptop that has really good CP performance pretty good battery life
and something that looks like I don’t know a MacBook Pro then why not I think
the price is pretty justifiable although I am pretty bummed about the fact that
Razer doesn’t give you the option to upgrade storage on their site but I
want to invite someone who might actually consider switching to this
blade notebook from his Lenovo x1 carbon or not I don’t know if that’s gonna
happen maybe not maybe yes I don’t know but I’m gonna invite Mike over because
he’s gonna he’s he has some thoughts about about this laptop so why don’t we
when we get him on board so I was never a Lenovo ThinkPad user I always use the
Sony vials but after the last year of using the x1 carbon I absolutely love
this thing would I switch to the Razer that there’s a couple of benefits going
in the Razer’s favor first of all this screen is so much better than the one I
have right now on my x1 carbon in addition to that the form factor is a
little bit smaller the keyboard is nowhere near as good as the x1 carbon
and at the same time I’m really not a big fan of the the white keyboard now
from a performance standpoint I actually prefer the Razer device the reason for
that is if I need to have something that’s a little bit more adaptable
before I want to play I don’t know sieve or something like that at the airport
this is capable of it whereas the x1 carbon completely shits the bed but as
somebody who has a high powered desktop and just want something that’s portable
a good battery life would I even think about getting this it would be on my
list but I would still go towards the x1 carbon just for all of its benefits oh
okay I’m doing the sign-off again here we go I’m Michael with Harvard Canucks
uber is once again behind the camera he’s smiling at me right now because you
know what I’m gonna screw this up you can find a couple of other videos from
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57 thoughts on “The Best Ultrabook of 2019? Razer Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White Review

  1. hey…..can you guys please review the new hp spectre with ice look too. I'm super interested to see how it compares with the xps 13. Also there has been a ton of confusion regarding the trackpads being precision……can you please confirm that too. Great video, thanks!

  2. Razer's biggest problem right now is their asinine and needlessly complicated SKUs. Let me get the finish I want, on the laptop I need.

  3. I just wish manufacturers would use the U series much more or at all in their gaming laptops. It's just better than a throttling and boiling 9750H. Yes, it's not a good choice for something like a RTX 2080, but it should pair just fine with a 1660Ti. Allow us to chose 7/15/25 configuration according to out needs. I'd run mine 25w while gaming all the time and while on battery, 7w will do just fine.

  4. i built in the mini-ITX metalic gear case and it was AMAZINGGG… other than the shallow cable management, right side. I wonder if they improved that in their V2 model

  5. Msi Prestige 14 with 10710u hexacore 25W CPU would perform way better than this. Waiting for a review of that laptop.

  6. If Razer only changed their logo, their profits would probably go up 10%. When you're trying to make your logo as discreet as possible on the back of your laptops, you should probably ask yourself if there's a bigger issue. I mean it looks like a lower back tattoo from 1998. Ugh, I l really hate that logo.

  7. As someone who wants to use this laptop for game development/programming, with the occasional gaming when I’m not at home on my PC, which one should I get?

  8. I think the late 2020 model is the one to wait for. Tiger lake will DOUBLE the GPU performance, be more efficient battery life, and have higher CPU clock speeds. I'd skip 1st gen 10nm

  9. So instead of installing a USB 4g lte stick in call it razer 3 phone. Better call blackberry see if they are working. Full power plug in mode compared to power saving mode. Why can we not put CPU and GPU into one chip with ram like intel nuc vr. Support 64 bit new OS how fast can it compile Linux from source?

  10. Can't you switch the TDP on the GPU-equipped version of the device? I'm pretty sure that Hardware Unboxed reviewed one of these, and that they could switch between 15W and 25W on theirs.

  11. My Lenovo laptop with Ryzen 5 3500u and Vega 8 gpu that I upgraded to 20GB RAM and 1TB Nvme M.2 SSD is still less than half the price of this Razer. That comes with back-lit keyboard also and fingerprint reader.

  12. The Dell XPS 2-in-1 has the same CPU at the same TDP and the same size battery, yet it lasts 3 hrs longer. Why…?

  13. I really dislike how reviewers say a laptop is bad or good based on what they want it to do even if its not the what the laptop was designed to do. Please explain what its design focus was and if it performs well at those points. Especially nearly all youtube laptop reviewers just compare laptops video editing performance.. are you a video editing review channel or a hardware review channel?

  14. If "you are just looking for a clean simple laptop that has really good CPU performance and really good battery life".

    Are you seriously suggesting that laptop for that reason? Come on man, for a channel that has 1.27M subscribers, a recommendation with that reasoning is pretty poor. If you want to give your personal opinion of course you have the right to do it but if you're trying to come off logical in suggesting this then that's not really accurate. There are plenty of other decent laptops that would be half the price of his thing that could be both equally good as a second device or a "clean/simple laptop".

    Not everyone can spend € 2000 on a second device or just for a "clean/simple laptop". I think not just you but many of these tech tubers lose sight of how much of a factor the price is when it comes to these things. But I have faith in the majority of the people watching this that understand the value of products.

  15. I have the GTX version. The cpu will run at 25w as long as the dgpu is not active. Run the Cinebench tests again with the GTX version but first configure Cinebench to utilise the igpu within the Nvidia control panel and you'll get the same Cinebench scores as the Mercury white model. When the dgpu is active it only then throttles the cpu to 15w.

  16. Why is that obsession with thin laptops, nobody complauns about termothrotling or this product is oriented to people who does not know anything about computers

  17. Sounds like there needs to be driver/software optimization. I feel the 1650 version is the better buy because of the unrivaled flexibility. If you need it to be 13 inches and can handle the price.

  18. Dissapointed on Razer. I have the RBS MX150 2019 early model bought on December 2018 and I had lots of issues: battery, power management, loose usb-c ports, sound crackling. Their support is poor at best. It took 1 month to be accecpted for repairs and it is still in repair shop. Stay away from Razer. Instead, buy something more reasonable and save some money.

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