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Razer Blade Stealth... QHD or UHD?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by bmoconno, Jan 19, 2016.


Is UHD worth the extra money on a laptop that doesn't have a discrete GPU?

  1. Yes!

  2. Nope.

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  1. bmoconno

    bmoconno Well-Known Member

    I'm excited to see that the $999 Blade Stealth is back up for pre-order (shipping Feb. 12th), but now I'm wondering if I should pony up the extra money to get the better screen.

    I don't expect that I'll actually do much gaming on it, since I think the Core will utilize the display ports on the GPU which will be hooked up to a large monitor anyways.


    P.S. I'm guessing we'll need to wait for a teardown, but I'm also assuming that the SSD will be able to be upgraded later on... even if it is a difficult/tedious process.
  2. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    I am going for a now. the SSD was a big question for me... ended up pulling the trigger on the 256 QHD
  3. Justinpac

    Justinpac New Member

    While I'm glad that Razer is giving us multiple display options, I think they have been making a bad move by pushing for high DPI displays on such small screens. by "pushing for" I mean that the blade 14 and blade stealth only offer 512 GB of storage for their higher resolution counterparts, which is ridiculous because games are only playable on the lower resolution displays (without artificially lowering the resolution) and one is severely limiting their game library with only 256 GB of storage.

    At 12.5 inches you'll barely notice a difference between QHD and UHD. What you will notice is money you're missing from your wallet, shorter battery life, drastically lower frame rates, tiny text from unoptimized 3rd party applications like Origin, and whirring fans (to dissipate heat from driving that 4k display, seen on previous notebooks such as the Radius 12: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2493934,00.asp). I have a Razer blade 14 (2014) with a QHD+ display and I encounter all these problems. I only game on an external 1080p monitor, otherwise I have to lower the resolution of my display which results in a blurry image.

    Personally, I'm probably going to buy 256 GB QHD blade stealth. I resent being constrained to such a small storage space (probably gonna have to buy external storage which is just one more thing to carry around), but I see UHD as having far more disadvantages than advantages for a gaming PC at this time. Ultimately it feels like compromising, but the stealth and Razer Core combination is the best gaming solution for me right now.
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  4. bmoconno

    bmoconno Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input, @Justinpac, that's about what I was figuring also. I'm probably going to order my Blade Stealth this weekend, so if anyone else has anything to say... let yourself be heard! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2016
  5. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    I'm voting for yes, not because 4K is practical at that size, but because the 4K version is 100% color accuracy, and the other one is 70% for some reason...
    If they were both identical in color accuracy I'd say you should go with the lower resolution one.
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  6. Depends on the monitor you are playing on.
    You won't see a difference on the small one, but on a big screen you can clearly see the difference.
    Also 4K is the present and future.
  7. Ur2eZ_4_Me

    Ur2eZ_4_Me Active Member

    Since the internals are the same, especially when using a core, both models will be able to output in 4k, so the small 12in screen will be the only one relevant to the resolution. In that case, 4k isn't even close to worth it unless your job/hobbies need 100% adobe RGB.
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  8. Mh, ok. Thanks for the info!
  9. skygunner27

    skygunner27 Active Member

    4K is going to be a serious bottle neck for a dual core i7 or a single external gpu regardless of using the Stealth's display or external 2K+.....especially with most 2014-2015 first person shooters at max settings w/o AA.

    2560x1440 pushes my 2-Way Titan X SLI hard....with great results. It's going to be difficult playing at the same resolution with a single 980ti(already waiting for Core) for my Stealth.

    All I care about is being able to run Hydro Thunder, Riptide GP 2, Halo Spartan Assault & Halo Spartan Strike from the Windows Store at 1440P with a steady 60 fps.
    I'll use my real pc or the Razer Core for anything demanding.
    My wife already ordered me a Razer Blade Stealth QHD with 256GB. I can't wait!!
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  10. bmoconno

    bmoconno Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies! Like, @Ur2eZ_4_Me said, since the core will have a real GPU it'll be able to drive 4k on my actual monitor so I'm not too worried about that. As you said, @I BronXwaR I, 4K (maybe even 5k or 10k) is the future of gaming, and I'm ready for it with my desktop monitor... I just don't think I need it for mobile. :D
  11. Drag-On

    Drag-On Member

    Thanks for the replies. I was wondering about the same thing regarding the resolution. I hate being constrained to just 256gb because if I want the QHD screen. I really hope the M.2 can be upgraded.
  12. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    I had originally ordered the QHD, think i am going to cancel that order and do the UHD... that 100% color is really key
  13. I think i'm going for the QHD version since UHD doesn't make any sense on 12,5 inch screen. Sure i see the benefits of the higher resolution since i'm using a UHD pc screen BUT i'm using it with a 980 Ti so there's that :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
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  14. bmoconno

    bmoconno Well-Known Member

    100% True Adobe Color would be great if I was into graphic design or something, but most of the work I do on computers involves coding... so I'm not terribly worried about color.

    The rest of the Blade Stealth is solid, so once we get some info on the Core we can decide if we can afford to buy it with a nice GPU then run 4k on our own monitors while docked at home.
  15. bmoconno

    bmoconno Well-Known Member

    NOOOOO!!! I went to place my order for the Blade Stealth QHD 128GB model and it's back to "Notify Me"! Guess the waiting game continues, but at least now we'll be able to hear a little feedback from users who have received their units to better inform our decisions.
  16. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    anybody have confirmation on if the ssd is upgradeable?
  17. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    man i am soo torn on this. I feel like the battery life is too questionable regarding the UHD. no solid answers from razer regarding the differences. I look at the dell and they are saying it was a 40% drop in battery life... that is bananas
  18. skul1008

    skul1008 Member

    Just got my stealth yesterday... Battery life is impressive I got the QHD 256gb.... couldn't be happier with the choice! ordered this sucker on January 7th!
  19. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    Can you post closeup pictures of the chroma keyboard doing the color wave? I'd love to see it in high quality...
  20. skul1008

    skul1008 Member

    I don't think the quality can ever be compared to what it looks like when you are seeing it with your own eyes but here is a few pictures and a video. The best part is how thin it is! its half a dime in size![​IMG][​IMG]
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