Nowadays there’s a great dilemma between buying a laptop or a desktop computer. We always try to find something portable, we like to be able to move around with our own equipment and at the same time dispose of a high power when we are at home, above all in order to enjoy our favourite games. This balance is particularly difficult to find, especially if we want to dispose of a great portability.
Today we are showing you the Razer Blade Stealth and the Razer Core introduced in the 2016 CES, both of them offer a solution to that issue. On the one hand, we have the Razer Blade Stealth, an ultrabook with 12.5” and 13,1mm thickness. And on the other hand, the Razer Core, an extension of the ultrabook which allows us to add more graphic power to our PC allowing us to connect any graphic card by using the Thunderbolt 3 port from the laptop.
Then, what does the Razer Blade Stealth offer us?
There are two existing models, a basic one with a QHD screen, whose base price is 999,99$ and another one much more advanced with an UHD screen, which has an initial price of 1399,99$. Both models come with an Intel Core i7 processor from the sixth generation (the last generation in the market until the date of the post), which at the same time includes an Intel HD Graphics 520 (able to run the 2015 games with graphic settings at the minimum), 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 12.5” screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a Chroma keyboard. What differences both models are the available disk drive capacities, that is to say, the basic model can use an SSD disk of 128GB or one of 256GB, while the other model can use an SSD disk of 256GB or one of 512GB. Moreover, another difference is the colour saturation that they offer, the QHD model offers a 70% Adobe RGB range of colours, whereas, the UHD offers a 100% Adobe RGB.
Finally, we have the Razer Core, until the moment there is not much known, the company hasn’t revealed much information, especially, until some problems with the “hot swap” have been solved, or the possibility or exchanging the graphic cards with no need to shut down the computer, a new technology that the want to introduce with the Razer Core. What is known is that it will support a huge range of graphic cards, including NVIDIA, as well as AMD, it is also known that it will be connected to the laptop through a Thunderbolt 3 port (USB type-C), it will count with 4 3.0 USB ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port, a think that will allow us to use is as a docking station for the ultrabook, turning it into a desktop computer.
Despite being a very promising laptop, mostly having the Razer Core, we also believe that it has certain shortcomings. Being a 12.5” allows a huge portability but it is true that sometimes this becomes a little inconvenience, especially if we bear in mind its high pixel density which both resolutions offer, we hope that they dispose of models with a bigger size in future versions of the product. The laptop counts with not much USB ports, if we plug a mouse to the computer we only have a free port (without considering the ability of adding external hubs or turning the USB type-C into a regular one). It could be said that it disposes of little RAM memory if we compare it with some competence models which offer similar characteristics, depending on the use that we want to give to 8GB it can fall short. Another problem to consider, could be that you can only play at home, not outside, this is a downside which could be argued if we consider that this laptop is thought for a professional use on the go and for being a powerful graphic machine at home, in order to be able to enjoy our favourite games at its maximum, we can add that the Razer Core doesn’t allow the inclusion of internal hard disks, which is a serious problem if we consider that the computer hard disk shouldn’t be destined for gaming, because in an independent way it isn’t able to run games, despite a possible solution could be using external hard disk drives.