We Reviewed and Compared the Razer Blade 15 versus the Razer Blade Stealth 13 in terms of Gaming Performance, Display Quality, Price, Battery Life and more.
Above you can see the Ranking with the Results and below you can find the in-depth reports about each Razer Gaming Laptop.
Ranking First: Razer Blade 15
- Best Gaming Performance
- Bright Full HD display
- Good battery life & Low weight
At IFA 2019 in September, Razer re-released the compact Blade Stealth 13, which had only been overhauled at the beginning of the year.
Because the CPU was changed to Intel Ice Lake, the Mercury White version does without the GeForce MX 150, which was only added in January, in favor of a CPU TDP of 25 watts, whereas the other two GTX variants even get Turing’s Max-Q with the GeForce GTX 1650, but the CPU can only consume up to 15 watts.
With a weight of just under 3.3 lbs, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is currently the only 13.3-inch notebook with GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q in this class on the market; alternative models offer a maximum of a GeForce MX 250 or the iGPU of a Ryzen APU.
In return, the $1400 expensive notebook is in a class in which the first models with GeForce RTX 2070 are already available. Thus, gaming notebooks that are much faster in games are available even for significantly less money. They are just not as ultra-compact.
All three variants rely on Intel Ice Lake in the form of the Core i7-1065G7 with the strongest iGPU of the 11th generation for the time being. A dedicated GPU is omitted in the Mercury White model.
Because its waste heat is thus omitted, Razer allows the processor a permanent 25 watt consumption (Config-Up-TDP), in the other two models it’s the conventional 15 watts.
The Razer Blade Stealth 13 Mercury White is supposed to offer up to 10 hours of battery life in combination with the built-in matt and 13.3 inch Full-HD display with 100 percent coverage in the Adobe RGB color space (calibrated).
Like the other two models, it offers 16 GB LPDDR4-3733, but only half as much hard disk space with 256 GB on the PCIe-SSD (M.2). Mercury White doesn’t differ from the two GTX models in all other points.
Their sales argument, apart from the 512 GB SSD, is the use of a mobile GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q based on Turing with 4 GB memory.
Optionally, there is a UHD display with touch functionality, which is also calibrated ex factory and covers 100 percent in the Adobe RGB color space. Razer hasn’t made any statements about the battery life of both variants yet.
Razer has installed the new hardware in a housing that is 0.5 mm thicker than its three predecessors, with the connections remaining unchanged.
Charging is once again done via the USB type C connector on the Thunderbolt 3 port and not via the proprietary connector known from the larger Razer blade variants.
What’s new is that Thunderbolt 3 is no longer realized via an additional chip, but directly via the chipset of the Ice Lake CPU and offers Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).
The Blade Stealth 13 with GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q also brings performance profiles in the Synapse 3 software suite. Besides “balanced”, “energy saving” and “gaming” are present.
It remains the case that neither the software nor Razer will reveal which profile does which in detail when asked. But ComputerBase has measured again.
“Balanced” allows the CPU 25 watts for a few seconds, permanently it is 12 watts. “Energy-saving” is with short term 15 and permanently 9 watts below, “Gaming” with short term 35 and permanently 15 watts slightly above.
In the long run, Razer allows the CPU in the GTX models only 15 watts, this value is the only one that is communicated. Not without reason: In the Mercury model without GTX, the CPU is allowed 25 watts in the long run, in order to be able to better use the integrated G7 graphics unit in particular.
In the GTX model, on the other hand, it’s not necessary to go over 15 watts in games because the CPU can usually supply the graphic card with enough data in this way.
In return, the GeForce GTX can help 10 watts more budget to more performance.
However, the lid at a maximum of 15 watts leads to the Core i7-1065G7 acting significantly slower in applications in Razer Blade Stealth 13 than in other notebooks in which it can take up more power. In the Lenovo Yoga C940, for example, it’s permanently 25 watts in the “performance” setting.
In return, Ice Lake even falls behind the Core i5-7200U with two cores from the Kaby Lake generation with 9 watts in Stealth 13. So, if you want CPU performance in applications, you’re in the wrong place with the GTX model.
Even if the profile description suggests otherwise, “Gaming” isn’t necessarily the best setting for gaming.
In general, the differences in the titles are small, but in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, “Power-saving” is even consistently in front in the end, because the throttled CPU obviously doesn’t brake yet and instead the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q can benefit from a few more watts.
The following benchmarks show the measured values including frame times in detail. Besides Shadow of the Tomb Raider, F1 2019 is also used. Both games were tested in Full HD, VSync was disabled. In each case the preset “Ultra High” was used, with Tomb Raider SMAAT2x was also activated, with F1 2019 TAA and 16x AF.
The following table shows which GPU was used in which model. Every notebook was tested in the profile intended for games (“Gaming”, “Performance”, “Turbo” etc. pp.).
With the GeForce GTX 1650, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 positions itself, not surprisingly, at the end of the test field, which so far only includes models with stronger GPUs.
Despite ultra-details, which also demand the only 4 GB graphics memory, the titles remain well playable.
Interesting is the comparison with a GeForce GTX 1650 for desktop PCs, which has less shaders, but remains 20 to 30 percent faster together with a Core i9-9900K.
The comparatively low clock rates of the mobile Max-Q version, which has been trimmed for the most efficient operation, are decisive.
Also worth a look is the MSI Alpha 15 with mobile Radeon RX 5500 (4 GB), whose detailed test is still pending: Together with the Ryzen 7 3750H, this notebook is between 40 and 50 percent faster in the two tested games.
The next faster mobile GPU from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, is, however, in the Razer Blade 15 Base Model and is 80 to 100 percent ahead of the GTX 1650 Max-Q.
For the first time, the editorial staff also tested Red Dead Redemption II on a gaming notebook. The test results are currently still without comparison, but give an impression of what the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is capable of in this title.
The low possible details and a mix of “medium settings” were used. More details can be found in the screenshots. The integrated benchmark was used.
If the notebook is powered by the battery, the performance in games drops by a good 30 percent: 29 instead of 45 FPS are still possible in F1 2019. The Razer Blade Stealth 13 doesn’t show any strongly fluctuating FPS, as other mobile computers like to show in battery mode. Playing is still possible with it.
Fan noise levels
The CPU, which is capped at 9 to 15 watts package power, can be permanently cooled well in the Razer Blade Stealth 13, even at very low noise levels.
A maximum of 32 decibels is measured 40 cm in front of the display hinge in “gaming” mode, in the other two it’s only 30 decibels.
In games, on the other hand, it gets louder and the profile makes no difference here: 41 decibels are reached in all three modes. The value is ultimately on the level that many gaming notebooks aim for in standard mode.
The behaviour of the fans in “idle” mode under Windows is convincing, but here it rarely attracts attention. However, the fans usually remain quiet when surfing the net or navigating in the browser.
The matt 13.3-inch display with Full HD and 60 Hertz shines with an average of 414 cd/m² (black value 0.35 cd/m²) very brightly on request, with a maximum of 447 cd/m² in the middle of the screen.
The homogeneity is still good with a maximum of 13 percent deviation, the minimum brightness is 11 cd/m² and thus turns out comparatively low.
The contrast is an average of 1,194:1 and the color temperature is around 7,000 Kelvin.
Overall, the display can thus be described as above average, especially the optional high brightness and contrast stand out. The Razer Blade Pro with a 17 inch screen only achieves an average of 300 cd/m², which is missing brilliance in some titles.
The battery life of the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is impressive. The combination of a “U-CPU”, 53.1 Wh battery and 13.3 inch display at 200 cd/m² allows almost nine hours of battery life in the video test; in the office benchmark it is still a good seven hours. The GTX model is charged via a 100 watt USB type C power supply.
The Razer Blade Stealth 13 remains a slim, very well-processed Ultrabook in the GeForce GTX version available at the end of 2019, which makes a clear class leap in gaming performance by switching from the GeForce MX 150 (384 shaders, 64 bit, Pascal) to the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q (1,024 shaders, 128 bit, Turing).
Compared to the full-grown gaming notebooks with RTX 2060, 2070 or 2080, the Blade Stealth 13 is still weak on the chest, but in its class (13.3 inches, under 3.3 lbs weight) it currently stands alone.
The fact that the GeForce GTX 1650 in the desktop or the MSI Alpha 15 with mobile Radeon RX 5500 are significantly faster doesn’t change this. The Razer Blade Stealth 13 is taken out of the competition by the form factor.
The mobile GeForce GTX 1650 (Max-Q) will, as long as these notebooks are available, get a strong adversary with the mobile AMD Radeon RX 5500, which only the mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has been able to compete with so far.
So it’s only a question of time until Nvidia will also follow with a super model. A review of the MSI Alpha 15 will come in the future on Techtesreport.
Fortunately, the Razer Blade Stealth 13 doesn’t have any tangible disadvantages apart from the price, which is still lower than the Razer Blade 15. The only downside could be the low performance in applications compared to pure CPU iGPU notebooks with Core i7-1065G7.
Display, keyboard and touchpad, as well as workmanship and choice of materials, are convincing in return.
Although the Razer Blade Stealth 13 is ranking behind on second vs the Razer Blade 15, it is still a great Gaming Laptop, with a much lower price, so if you are on a budget, this might be the Gaming Laptop for you!