CES 2016: Hands On With The Razer Blade Stealth And External GPU

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Brad Sams in Hardware with 0 Comments

worw If you are a gamer, you have likely heard of Razer and they brought with them a new machine to CES. The Razer Blade Stealth is an ultrabook that boasts high-end gaming capabilities thanks to an external peripheral called the Razer Core.

The laptop, which has a 12.5 in screen, QHD and UHD display options, up to a Core i7-6500U, the only RAM option is 8GB, and your choice of 128-512GB of storage; the laptop is 0.52-inches thick and weighs in at 2.75 lbs. There are two USB 3.0 ports, one type-c connector with Thunderbolt support; it is this port that connects to the external GPU.

The Core, this is the name of the external GPU box, has a 500w power supply and it supports nearly any GPU on the market; officially Razer says it supports any single card that is full-length and double-wide. The benefit here is obvious, a powerful ultrabook for the road and when you come home, connect it to the GPU for high-end gaming. Of course, it remains to be tested if there is any sort of performance bottleneck with this type of configuration.

In my limited time playing with the machine, the build quality was good but the keyboard was a bit short on travel for my personal preference but I’m sure it’s something you can get quickly adjusted too. Also, because I have been looking at OLED displays and laptops with smaller bezels, the display could be improved a bit and the bezel slimmed down.

The Razer Blade Stealth is available now with a starting price of $999 but the Razer core does not have a price or release date at this time.

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