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Razer Blade Stealth vs. Huawei MateBook 13: The two fastest 13-inch Ultrabooks available

Razer Blade Stealth vs. Huawei MateBook 13: The two fastest 13-inch Ultrabooks available
Razer Blade Stealth vs. Huawei MateBook 13: The two fastest 13-inch Ultrabooks available
The new MateBook 13 has an unlikely competitor because of its full-power 25 W GeForce MX150 GPU. It's unquestionably faster than the average Ultrabook, but can it beat the $1600 Razer Blade Stealth?

Though the Huawei MateBook 13 isn't marketed as a gaming laptop, it actually carries the same core components that power the newest Razer Blade Stealth for similar gaming performance. In fact, it's one of the only three subnotebooks (MateBook 13, Blade Stealth, and MSI PS42 Prestige) to use a full-power 25 W GeForce MX150 GPU instead of the slower 10 W MX150 variant.

Is one model objectively better than the other?

Chassis Quality

The Blade Stealth has the upper hand in terms of rigidity. Its base is less prone to flexing all while being thinner and just as light. It's almost 20 mm wider, however, due to the disparity in display aspect ratio (16:9 vs. 3:2).

CPU Performance

The Whiskey Lake-U Core i7-8565U processor performs faster and more stably on the Blade Stealth when subjected to prolonged stress as shown by our graph below. Expect 8 percent more CPU performance on average from the Razer even though both are equipped with identical processors.

GPU Performance

Both laptops have the same 25 W GeForce MX150 GPU. The Razer, however, has double the GDDR5 VRAM (4 GB vs. 2 GB). The extra memory doesn't impact gaming performance very much since the MX150 will more likely be bottlenecked by its narrow interface bandwidth and number of CUDA cores first before being bottlenecked by VRAM.

Fan Noise 

Both laptops remain silent during low loads like browsing or video streaming. When under heavier loads, however, there are pros and cons to each. The MateBook 13 is able to stay quieter for longer before its fans begin revving. Meanwhile, the Blade Stealth is quieter when full-on gaming.

Display

The 16:9 Blade Stealth has two display options (1080p matte or 4K UHD touchscreen) whereas the 3:2 MateBook 13 is fixed at 2160 x 1440 touchscreen. The former is preferable for multimedia and gaming while the latter is better for word processing, presentations, and general office work. The Razer display is also brighter with more accurate colors out of the box as well since each unit is factory-calibrated before before reaching the customer.

Battery Life

Battery capacity is 26 percent larger on the Blade Stealth when compared to the MateBook 13. Perhaps not coincidentally, battery life is 25 percent longer as well.

Ports

The Razer comes out on top by a wide margin in this particular category. Not only does the Blade Stealth have multiple USB Type-A ports, it also has Thunderbolt 3 to top it all off. The MateBook 13 is limited to two USB Type-C ports only and AC adapter recharging is limited to just one port.

Conclusion

Razer's laptop is the stronger model of the two. It's got more port options, slightly faster performance, cooler temperatures when gaming, quieter fans when gaming, longer battery life, a brighter display, and an RGB keyboard all without being any heavier or thicker.

The catch, however, is price. Users will be paying $1600 for the Blade Stealth (256 GB SSD, MX150, 16 GB RAM) versus $1300 for the MateBook 13 (512 GB SSD, MX150, 8 GB RAM). The costlier investment may be worth it especially for power users who want an Ultrabook with longer legs. Here's hoping that Razer solves some of the issues we found on an early unit.

See our full reviews on the Blade Stealth and MateBook 13 for more details and benchmarks.

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Huawei MateBook 13 i7 GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø581 (538.98-696.8)
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø627 (623.29-676.66)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
175 Points ∼80%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
174 Points ∼80%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
651 Points ∼15%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
650 Points ∼15%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
11555 Points ∼36%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
9175 Points ∼28%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
3726 Points ∼9%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
3586 Points ∼9%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
3873 Points ∼64%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
3616 Points ∼59%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
3704 Points ∼31%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
3645 Points ∼30%
Productivity
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
7281 Points ∼75%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
6575 Points ∼68%
Essentials
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
8382 Points ∼76%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
8373 Points ∼76%
Score
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U
4344 Points ∼56%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
4219 Points ∼54%
304.6 mm / 12 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.3 kg2.89 lbs286 mm / 11.3 inch 211.1 mm / 8.31 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1.3 kg2.87 lbs
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Chi Mei CMN8201, IPS, 13, 2160x1440
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Sharp LQ133M1JW41, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.2 (22, 21.2)
57.6 (29.2, 28.4)
Response Time Black / White *
32 (18, 14)
34 (17.6, 16.4)
PWM Frequency
22730 (24)
Screen
Brightness middle
366.6
429.8
Brightness
360
403
Brightness Distribution
93
89
Black Level *
0.39
0.32
Contrast
940
1343
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.76
1.08
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.19
3.96
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.53
1.21
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.2
1.3
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.23 99%
CCT
6271 104%
6452 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63.2
61.4
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.6
96.3
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Huawei MateBook 13 i7
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
Noise
off / environment *
28.6
28.4
Idle Minimum *
28.6
28.5
Idle Average *
28.6
29
Idle Maximum *
28.6
29.1
Load Average *
34.2
42.8
Witcher 3 ultra *
43
41.4
Load Maximum *
47
41.6

* ... smaller is better

Huawei MateBook 13 i7
8565U, GeForce MX150, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 2160x1440, 13
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
8565U, GeForce MX150, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
3.5
6.7
Idle Average *
7.5
8.6
Idle Maximum *
12.4
9.4
Load Average *
64.2
64.1
Load Maximum *
65.7
64.1
Witcher 3 ultra *
52.5
63.7

* ... smaller is better

Huawei MateBook 13 i7
8565U, GeForce MX150, 41.7 Wh
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
8565U, GeForce MX150, 53.1 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
925
1230
WiFi v1.3
457
571
Load
53
131
Blade Stealth opened to maximum angle
Blade Stealth opened to maximum angle
MateBook 13 opened to maximum angle
MateBook 13 opened to maximum angle
Blade Stealth. Matte panel with thicker "chin"
Blade Stealth. Matte panel with thicker "chin"
Blade Stealth. Darker matte aluminum chassis with sharper edges
Blade Stealth. Darker matte aluminum chassis with sharper edges
MateBook 13. Narrower chin with glossy edge-to-edge glass
MateBook 13. Narrower chin with glossy edge-to-edge glass
MateBook 13. Matte aluminum chassis with rounder edges and corners
MateBook 13. Matte aluminum chassis with rounder edges and corners
Blade Stealth. Note the larger trackpad and Arrow keys. RGB backlight included
Blade Stealth. Note the larger trackpad and Arrow keys. RGB backlight included
MateBook 13. Note the fingerprint reader. White backlight only
MateBook 13. Note the fingerprint reader. White backlight only
Blade Stealth. Symmetrical cooling solution not unlike most gaming laptops
Blade Stealth. Symmetrical cooling solution not unlike most gaming laptops
MateBook 13 has an "inverted" positioning for the fans and heat pipes
MateBook 13 has an "inverted" positioning for the fans and heat pipes
Blade Stealth has the narrower side bezels
Blade Stealth has the narrower side bezels
MateBook 13 bezels are about 1 to 2 mm thicker
MateBook 13 bezels are about 1 to 2 mm thicker
Blade Stealth surface temperatures when gaming
Blade Stealth surface temperatures when gaming
Blade Stealth surface temperatures when gaming
Blade Stealth surface temperatures when gaming
MateBook 13 surface temperatures when gaming
MateBook 13 surface temperatures when gaming
MateBook 13 surface temperatures when gaming
MateBook 13 surface temperatures when gaming
Blade Stealth system monitor when running Witcher 3
Blade Stealth system monitor when running Witcher 3
MateBook 13 system monitor when running Witcher 3
MateBook 13 system monitor when running Witcher 3
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Allen Ngo, 2019-01-30 (Update: 2019-01-20)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.