Handsome, well-built ultrabook

The Stealth ultrabook's screen displays rich colours.
The Stealth ultrabook's screen displays rich colours.PHOTO: RAZER

Razer's new Stealth ultrabook boasts excellent build quality and a flashy keyboard

Razer has overhauled its Stealth ultrabook. Its design is now similar to the Razer Blade gaming laptop, though the Stealth - with its 13-inch display - is more portable than the 15.6-inch Blade.

It comes with slimmer bezels that measure just 4.9mm thick at the sides, though the bottom bezel is still fairly chunky.

Razer has also toned down its logo. The flashy backlit version on the lid has been replaced by a plain, colourless one. It makes the Stealth appear more professional, more grown-up if you will.

Thanks to the narrow bezels, it is more compact. But it is actually a tad thicker than the previous version. Its 1.3kg weight, though, is typical of a modern ultrabook.

The extra bulk is perhaps due to its new GeForce MX150 graphics chip. While it is an entry-level model, it has more graphical horsepower than laptops with the usual integrated graphics solution from Intel. Users should have no issues running popular game titles such as Overwatch or Fortnite, especially at a lower resolution.

And if you need a more capable graphics chip, the Stealth comes with a Thunderbolt 3 port to connect to an external graphics card enclosure, such as the Razer Core. This enclosure can host a high-end desktop-class graphics card to provide the 3-D gaming performance required for more graphically intensive games.

Clad in black anodised aluminium, the Stealth is sturdy and barely yields under pressure.

It looks handsome, until you put your hands on it. It smudges so easily that it is covered with fingerprints and other grease marks within minutes of handling it.

Thankfully, the keys are less susceptible to grease than the rest of the laptop. They offer decent tactile feedback, though they are shallow with little travel. The keyboard feels sturdy with barely any flex.

However, it does feel slightly cramped because of the speakers at the sides. Some keys, such as the Backspace, are shorter than usual.

The speakers are decent, though they can sound strained when set to the maximum volume.


    PRICE: $2,479.90

    PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-8565U (1.8GHz)

    GRAPHICS: Nvidia GeForce MX150 4GB GDDR5

    RAM: 16GB

    SCREEN SIZE: 13.3 inches, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

    CONNECTIVITY: Thunderbolt 3 port, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A, audio jack

    BATTERY: 53.1 watt-hour


    FEATURES: 4/5

    DESIGN: 5/5




    OVERALL: 4.5/5

As expected of a Razer laptop, it comes with Razer's Chroma keyboard backlight feature. Each key can be individually configured to display your preferred hue using the preloaded Razer Synapse software.

It has an enormous touchpad that takes up the entire height of the palm rest, reminiscent of those on Apple laptops. It feels silky smooth, thanks to its glass surface.

Razer says the Stealth's display supports 100 per cent of the sRGB colour space and comes calibrated out of the box.

It certainly looks very nice to me. The colourful wallpaper that was set as the default on my review set shows off the screen's rich colours. Viewing angles are very wide with minimal colour shift. There is also barely any reflection because of its matte nature.

Battery life is excellent, with the Stealth lasting eight hours in the video-loop battery test with the screen brightness set to maximum.

The only downside is its price, which, at almost $2,500, puts it in the premium category. But to some users, its build quality, excellent display and flashy keyboard may be worth it.

•Verdict: An ultrabook that offers a dash of gaming, excellent display and lots of battery life.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2019, with the headline 'Handsome, well-built ultrabook'. Print Edition | Subscribe