Razer Blade Stealth i7-7500U, Late 2016
Average of 13 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the Razer Blade Stealth i7-7500U, Late 2016
The new Blade Stealth is aggressively priced compared to most high-end ultrabooks on the market. Even when ignoring the $899.99 entry model with a Core i5 CPU, the $999.99 model is more affordable than many ultraportables like the HP Spectre, Lenovo Yoga 910 and Asus ZenBook 3, while packing better hardware. Dell has a competing $999.99 XPS 13 model but still can’t match the Razer Blade Stealth on hardware.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Razer is renowned for gaming systems, but this isn’t one. There’s no dedicated graphics processor. Instead, all the work is done by a brand new Intel Kaby Lake i7 processor. That’s right, even the basic model has an i7, but don’t get too excited – it only has two cores, and in our tests it performed to a similar level as the i5 in the MacBook Pro. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, and the built-in HD Graphics 620 GPU is enough for 4K video playback and light gaming.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Stuff TV
The combination will put a significant dent in your bank balance, sure, but when a dedicated gaming PC will easily set you back £800, and most ultrabooks start around the same amount, it’s not bad value.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
The Razer Blade Stealth is an accomplished little laptop that can sidle up to the flashiest ultraportable laptops without seeming like the weird gamer kid in the corner. It’s slim, it’s moody, and you can tweak its personality with the multi-colour keyboard backlight: pink on black is a strong look. Its 4K screen is stunning if you don’t mind ultra-energetic Adobe RGB-style colours and while battery stamina isn’t amazing, it roughly matches the new MacBook with OLED touch panel. It’s a shame the cost of making this a home gaming laptop with the Core attachment is quite so high, but the Razer Blade Stealth convinces as a pure and simple ultra-light style laptop too. Black is back for everyone tired of brushed aluminium and “rose gold”. We’d recommend buying the cheaper version than we’re actually reviewing unless you absolutely need loads of ultra-fast storage and a 4K display. While the Quad-HD version loses the immense colour saturation, it’ll still look sharp across 12.5 inches and at £999 is a solid deal.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
The Stealth has plenty going for it. It looks great, is thin and light and squeezes every last ounce of power out of its CPU. However, this comes at a cost. Battery life, screen size and noisy fans are all drawbacks that are hard to justify in a market so full of exceptional alternatives.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
Source: Tab Times
The Razer Blade Stealth has treated me very well, but we can’t deny it is not necessarily for everyone. Its attractive design, solid build quality, good overall performance and stunning display make it a great computer for the professional or student who needs performance and portability.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
The Razer Blade Stealth offers an intriguing prospect to the well-heeled gamer who wants a light, capable ultrabook for the day and aa gaming machine by night.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/08/2016
Source: Gear Open
At the highest end is a 4K version of the notebook available with 16GB of RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD storage. That version of the notebook will run users $1,999.99 USD. Or you could go all the way up to the most powerful gaming-ready desktop-replacement notebook from Razer in the Razer Blade Pro for quite a few dollars more.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2016
Above are charts provided by Razer showing three configurations for the Razer Blade Stealth. It’s actually available in five different configurations in all. The least expensive version of the notebook with 4K display is in the gallery above, as are the two least expensive versions with WXGA+ (1440 x 900 pixel). At the highest end is a 4K version of the notebook available with 16GB of RAM and 1TB PCIe SSD storage. That version of the notebook will run users $1,999.99 USD. Or you could go all the way up to the most powerful gaming-ready desktop-replacement notebook from Razer in the Razer Blade Pro for quite a few dollars more.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/24/2016
The Razer Blade Stealth is a good Ultrabook, maybe even a great one -- but middling battery life continues to hold it back from being the ultimate ultraportable laptop that Razer wants it to be.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
Source: Stuff TV
It’s enough of a featherweight to take on the move, with battery life to last all day (longer with the optional backup charger), but turns into a graphics god when you get home and hook up to the Core external GPU. The combination will put a significant dent in your bank balance, sure, but it beats the alternative. A dedicated gaming PC will easily set you back £800, and most ultrabooks start around the same amount - so the Blade Stealth actually works out as pretty good value.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/21/2016
Sure, I might prefer a Dell XPS 13, but there's an iconoclast lurking inside me. That contrarian part of my brain loves this laptop. If you relish buying products are just a little different than the norm, Razer's second Blade Stealth is worth scoping out.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: Computer Shopper
If you're in the market for a new slim-but-powerful laptop with a touch screen and full-size ports, the updated Blade Stealth is hard to argue against, particularly if you like flashy, colorful keyboards. That's doubly true if you also want something that can do double duty as a serious gaming rig when paired with the Razer Core external graphics box and a serious gaming graphics card.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
The New Razer Blade Stealth is stylish, thin, and faster than before, with a measurably longer battery to boot. It's an all-around upgrade—there's no reason to buy the previous model now (except perhaps for a slashed price)—and there are more configuration options available if you'd like a ton of storage and a 4K display. If you want something that's thinner and more elegant, and you don't mind paying more money, the Asus ZenBook 3 is gorgeous and about as powerful as the Stealth, though it lacks the higher screen resolution and "fun" additions.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
The Razer Blade Stealth includes a Core i7 processor and high-res touchscreen even in its lowest-end configuration; it has more ports than other 12-inch laptops and a fun Chroma backlit keyboard. It's bigger and heavier than 12-inch laptops from Apple, Asus and others. The thick bezel around the screen feels dated and configuration options are limited.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% features: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
The $1,249 Razer Blade Stealth hovers on the brink of greatness. It's a simply gorgeous piece of machinery, accented by a lovely quad-HD display and a tantalizing Chroma keyboard. Then there's the Kaby Lake processor and integrated graphics, which deliver a 1-2 punch of overall performance and graphics prowess with a relatively speedy PCIe SSD. The optional $399 Core graphics amp can complete the package, by transforming the Stealth from a sexy productivity machine into an unadulterated gaming beast.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 95% emissions: 88%
CommentIntel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series). Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
7500U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.7 to 3.5 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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Razer: Razer USA Ltd. is an American hardware manufacturer founded in 1998. The focus is on gaming devices as well as accessories; traditionally computer mice. The products were often named after fables or animals. However, Razer also offers laptops under the series name "Blade".
There are reviews on the Razer Blade series since 2013, but not overly many. The market share in the laptop market is low and the ratings are average (as of 2016).
82.85%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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