Blade Stealth for College?

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Battery Life?

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  1. I'll be a freshmen at Tennessee Technical University in a few months and upon my endless hours of research on laptops, I came across the Razer Blade Stealth. Now, as a gamer, I'm definitely operating under the assumption that I would eventually be purchasing a Razer Core, but as a student, I have some concerns that pertain to the fact that this is, after all, an ultra-portable laptop. Here are a few questions that I specifically am curious about to get the discussion rolling:
    -What kind of battery life is it getting with constant, moderate use (the kind a student would experience during long school days)? *QHD Model
    -Is the dual core processor and 8GB RAM enough to get the job done in more intensive tasks? (Computer Science Major)
    -Is the keyboard big enough for long periods of use, or does it become cramped after a while?
    -Is the screen big enough for light multitasking?

    Any input at all is more than appreciated here, I'm hard pressed for time (orientation on the 20th!) and I am still feeling less than decisive. My other option is to get the Razer Blade 2016 but I will have to wait until very close to the time that school starts to purchase that. Input on that device in regards to student life is more than welcome as well. Thanks!
  2. gaykob7

    gaykob7 Well-Known Member

    Well the screen of the stealth is only 12.5 , so I guess you won't be able to do multitasking as good as on a 24 monitor
    Personally I'm not a big fan of typing on small keyboards, but I guess it depends on your typing style
  3. bearda

    bearda Active Member

    Have you thought about plugging in a monitor and keyboard when you're back in your room (and does your budget/available space support it)? That might alleviate some of the screen size and keyboard concerns. I tend to prefer smaller laptops and just dock them when I'm not on the go.

    I spend a LOT of time looking at code and having a good screen that can show a fair amount of context at a time is hard to beat. Unfortunately, unless you get a monster of a machine you're not going to get that in a laptop, and if even if you do that you're not going to want to lug it around.

    I don't know what your comp sci curriculum is like, but that vast majority of the time I use a glorified text editor. Every so often I start a compile job, but as a student it's doubtful you'll be working on any project so large that even the simplest machine will take a while to build. A dual core processor and 8GB of RAM will probably be fine.
  4. jwan830

    jwan830 New Member

    You can't game with just Stealth alone though. Why not the Dell 7559 or even Zenbook pro if your budget can stretch a bit more?
  5. ArianaK

    ArianaK Member

    Your concers have also been on my mind for a while now, so, if you decide to go with the Stealth could you tell me how you experience it? And if you don't, well, could you tell me why, this'll probably give me some extra information to consider.
    Good luck making a decision!
  6. bearda

    bearda Active Member

    Depends on priorities. Doesn't the Dell weight about twice the RBS?
  7. I will definitely be docking the laptop when I'm at home so you make a great point there. As far as gaming goes, I currently only play League of Legends, CS:GO, and Hearthstone, all of which will run fine on the integrated graphics. I do plan on expanding that list once I have the Core but until then I'm perfectly content. Portability is a huge concern for me. I have definitely considered the Dell 7559 but the size of that laptop in concerning. The Zenbook Pro is also a good option but the GTX 960m is overkill for the games I play now and won't get the job done for the games I want to play. That leaves me with either the Razer Blade Stealth + Core or another thin and light with at least a GTX 970m (best option being the Razer Blade 2016). Also, thanks for the input about what I'll need for Computer Science!
  8. JeremyLWK

    JeremyLWK Active Member

    Battery life: According to the link here, The 4K model got a 5 hours 30 minute battery life, and the QHD model you were expecting to get will definitely have a higher rating. Just be careful of what power hungry apps you're using, and don't do a Chroma rainbow in your class lmao.

    Processing Power: Dual Core Processor and 8GB RAM is enough for most simple tasks. However since you're a CSM student like me, you'll definitely be handling virtual machines, virtual development environments, Android/Windows emulators, and sometimes even heavy computing tasks and that will definitely slow your computer down a lot. The dual core i7 may suffer a little bit from this. But on the bright side, thank goodness you've got an SSD to compensate a little.

    Keyboard: I've been using a 13 inch Macbook with Retina display and so far typing was fine for me. But for extended periods of typing, I'll just go home and do my assignments on my desktop using my Blackwidow Chroma lol. The same can't be said for your Blade Stealth as I've never used it before, sorry lol.

    Screen: The 12 inch screen is definitely not suited for split screen. In order to make it easier, you'll have to play around with the scaling option in Windows, but then again you're making things a lot smaller. Best if you got a separate monitor back at home to help out with your multitasking.

    I would also like to recommend that you'd better stay away from the 128GB option and go for the 256GB option. In CSM, you'll end up installing shit tons of IDEs and apps to help you get the job done and barely even enough to carry more than 5 games in them along with all your personal files. I'd recommend you to get an external storage to dump all your "use later" files in there. Preferably get an external storage that is cloud compatible if you want to access your data files in there anywhere.

    The Blade Stealth is a great option, but the storage limitations are extremely "meh" for my standards. Which is why I got myself a gaming desktop instead and use a Macbook outside instead. I've pretty much given up on gaming outdoors. Its always the decision between heavy, powerful, mass storage laptop versus the light, long life, low storage laptops. I guess our SSD and CPU's haven't reached their prime in this era yet.
  9. coolkid2169

    coolkid2169 New Member

    I have used my RBS for 2 months now, and from my experience, the battery life is mediocre. On normal use like watching YouTube or browsing the web, it lasts between 4-6 hours. When I play games like Team Fortress 2, it lasts about 2-3 hours depends. Battery life is not that great, but the RBS is still an excellent ultra book.

    I would say the Intel Core i7 and 8GB of RAM is ok to get job done in more intensive task. Not the best, but ok.

    The keyboard can get cramped a little bit when you first use it, but you will eventually get used to it. At home, I use my BlackWidow Chroma, so for me it's fine.

    With 12.5 inch screen, I'm afraid it's not big enough. You can open 2 windows at once side by side, but that pretty much it. Too much overlay wouldn't be good.

    I would recommend the RBS if you don't mind the battery life and annoying keyboard. I would recommend you to get QHD version unless you do some heavy editing, because 4K screen reduces battery life dramatically and it will cost more. The QHD screen look stunning enough for me, or for a programmer.
  10. nathanvollmer

    nathanvollmer Member

    I'm a computer science major working on a Google Summer of Code project on my RBS. I've noticed that compiling large projects like Blender takes a while (around 10 minutes). Other than that, this laptop is a powerhouse compared to many other ultrabooks, and works well for computer science. The 8GB of ram is enough to do basic video editing/server hosting/virtual machine stuff. The NVMe solid state is great for if your code hits disk a lot. If you're into the computer graphics side of CS, this laptop might be a little under powered without the help of the razer core.

    Battery life is a balance between a Macbook air and a Razer Blade. It's not amazing, but it'll definitely get you through a class or two. I typically plug mine in while I'm in class since my university has plugins available. The charger is also really small and compact, so bringing it around isn't much of a chore. It charges fast too.

    The keyboard is essentially as large as a dell desktop keyboard, except for the missing number pad on the side. It doesn't have a home or end button which can be really helpful for writing and editing code, but the fn+arrow keys are set up to essentially do the same command.

    The screen resolution is high enough to multitask (I have the QHD version), although I occasionally feel cramped when I'm multitasking. Occasionally I'll have CMD/Terminal on the left and an IDE like sublime on the right, although for Visual Studio I usually still need the entire screen.

    Overall I like this laptop. I've had a couple overheating issues, so I recently got a fan controller which seems to be helping.
  11. chi_el_no_id

    chi_el_no_id New Member

    Have you faced any freezing issue that has been complained about? I'm looking to buy a QHD RBS but I'm afraid of it freezing on me when I'm in class taking notes or working on a project, and requiring a hard restart.
  12. JeremyLWK

    JeremyLWK Active Member

    Man, modern laptops with an SSD would never freeze nowadays.
  13. DaanBlankie

    DaanBlankie Active Member

    Well you can use itforcollege but it would be a bit much. I mean you can also buy a 300 dollar laptop
    However I really support you getting a blade because they're awesome
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  14. chi_el_no_id

    chi_el_no_id New Member

    Well I'd rather spend 300$ less and get this over a new macbook (already have an older one) and I need something for video editing and pushing live streams for my PS4 gaming. Plus I loved the RBS when I tried it out last month, just didn't buy one yet because of all the posts about the skylake chips freezing. I shall go for it though! Cheers :D
  15. Thanks for all the input guys! I wonder if anyone has received the Core yet? What kind of performance are you seeing out of that and is there any noticeable throttling because of the CPU?
  16. bearda

    bearda Active Member

    Everyone with one of the original preorders already has one, and it seems like the second set of orders is just about to ship. There are a couple people who have post initial impressions, but there should be a lot more by the beginning of next week.
  17. coolkid2169

    coolkid2169 New Member

    No never
  18. AsianPlay

    AsianPlay Member

    I was thinking about getting this for college but I feel that might be a social turnoff in a way ^^"
  19. wesley27

    wesley27 Active Member

    I was considering this and after months of research, ended up looking at 3 laptops for college. I'm also going to be a freshman, at UMD, with a major in Computer Science.

    I was originally turned off from the stealth because it's so small. Sure, it's an ultrabook and portable but it's very small and I don't think I want to deal with a screen that small. As a programmer who works on game projects all the time, I have to use multiple windows at once and from reviews, it sounds like that'd be terrible on a 12.5" screen. Also, The battery isn't as good as it should be. The new 2016 Blade 14 gets 5-6 hours with normal use. That's barely less battery than the stealth, with infinitely more power.

    So anyways, I turned to the normal Blade 14. I haven't bought it yet, but I'm going to. I made a thread here for people to help me discuss and choose the best laptop between the three I had narrowed it down to. I'd encourage you to read through it, I got lots of good feedback about all three of the laptops.
    Laptop for college - Razer Blade, Dell XPS 15, or MacBook Pro
  20. Currently have this laptop for college, very useful because it is light and you don't really even notice it in your backpack. Unfortunately the battery life is pretty bad. With battery saver in and using it moderately you should get from 4.5-5.5 hours out of it. The keyboard does feel weird because the keys aren't as deep as other laptops keys but you will get used to that. Honestly this is one of the best laptops I could buy. Perfect for bringing to school and then plugging it in the razer core at home to game! Amazing.
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