We’ve covered the Razer Blade Stealth before on IQ, a good-looking portable notable for its ability to plug into an external graphics enclosure — the Razer Core. What this add-on gave you was the ability to slave in a full-length, double-wide PCIe graphics card via a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 connection. It turned the laptop into a desktop-rivalling gaming rig.
So it’s good news that the Razer Blade Stealth has just received two significant upgrades. First, the new model comes equipped with a quad-core 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8550U processor. Paired with 16GB of dual-channel memory, the CPU can tick along at a zippy 4GHz thanks to Intel® Turbo Boost Technology.
The new processor can handle video editing, multitasking, VR, Mixed Reality and 4K video playback, whilst also helping to deliver improved battery life. Up to 10 hours claim the specs. It makes the laptop perfect, says Razer, for “professionals, students and creative enthusiasts to stay productive anywhere.”
The rest of the specification is equally as striking. The Razer Blade Stealth rocks a 13.3-inch Quad HD+ (3,200 x 1,800 pixel) touch-enabled display; the chassis is milled from aircraft grade aluminum; while connectivity options include a pair of USB 3.1 ports, a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C connection, HDMI 2.0 audio and video output, a headphone jack and built-in stereo speakers.
Laptop by day, desktop by night
But the appeal of this laptop is tied to the external graphics enclosure. While the onboard Intel® HD Graphics 620 chipset is capable for most tasks, the updated Razer Core V2 can take gaming (or workstation) performance to a whole new level.
Redesigned to support an expanded range of taller graphics cards, the Razer Core V2 can host NVIDIA GeForce 10 series and AMD Radeon 500 series GPUs. Plug the enclosure into the Razer Blade Stealth’s Thunderbolt 3 port and this ultra-thin portable gains the superpowers to match a bulky desktop tower for gaming speed.
Crucially, you don’t need to use the Razer Core V2 to make the most of graphically-intensive games like Assassin’s Creed: Origins or Star Wars: Battlefront 2. The enclosure will also allow power users to connect an NVIDIA Quadro GPU to create a high-performance workstation for professional graphics work.
Built for gaming and productivity
Like the Stealth itself, the Razer Core V2 is cut from a block of aluminium and includes four USB 3.0 ports plus a Gigabit Ethernet jack to support whatever peripheral (gaming keyboard, mouse, Wacom tablet) you need to plug into it.
The 13.3-inch QHD+ Razer Blade Stealth (with an Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB of storage) is on sale now (£1699.99), while the Razer Core V2 retails for £499.99.