Razer Blade Stealth

Discussion in 'Systems' started by limeypete33, Mar 22, 2016.

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  1. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

    Hey guys, I really need some input from some existing Razer customers to help me make a decision.

    I am in the market for a new laptop, I am looking to stretch my budget to the $1,300 or so area but I have these requirements:

    - Hi res screen
    - Decent battery life (browsing/chatting online ~5/6 hours)
    - USB C charging (my phone charges using USB C so I like using the same charger)

    I am coming from a 2015 Chromebook Pixel (don't laugh - that laptop was awesome, pity about ChromeOS!).

    So really it is between the Razer Stealth with the 4K screen and the Dell XPS 13. But I know I would be taking a big performance hit going for the Dell.

    My questions to the Razer collective are as follows:
    - How is the build quality? Browsing the forums it looks like a lot of complaints about fan noise, bulging cases etc. I am really OCD so I will really struggle to have to live with a product that isn't near perfect.
    - How is the Razer support? I am worried I can't even find a phone number to call to talk to someone.
    - Do the chunky bezels around the screen detract from the experience? I love the idea of the 4K screen but I worry about it being a bit strange with a big black border around it.
    - What is the realistic battery life going to be going for the 4K version - not streaming video, just typical browsing with the screen on mid brightness or so?

    I really appreciate your help - I love the look of the Stealth, I am just wary of taking a risk going for something I have never seen in person before, and from a company I have only ever bought the occasional peripheral from.

    Many thanks
     
  2. Totally anecdotal, but mine is perfect as far as I can tell. It feels really well-made! I don't love the feel of the keyboard or the click action on the touchpad, but I've dealt with far far worse on Windows laptops.
    I actually had a good experience. I was dealing with some driver failures (due to a particular combination of video editing plugins that were trying to use the GPU in ways it wasn't meant to be used), and the person I got in touch with via their support contact form was really knowledgeable and prompt.
    It doesn't jump out at me, but that's probably subjective. The display itself (4K version) is amazing, especially after calibrating it.
    I'm pretty OCD about keeping things plugged in and charged, so I don't really have a handle on the battery life, sorry!

    I'm still probably in the honeymoon period, but I'm really happy with the machine so far. I hope this helps.
     
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  3. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

    Wiki Brown - thank's so much that's a real help. How long have you had yours? Are you saying you would recommend it?
     
  4. I've had it since the beginning of February. I would definitely recommend it based on my experience so far.

    My basis of comparison is a really janky Lenovo business laptop with the worst TN panel display ever, and a 3 year old MacBook Air.
     
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  5. spider2k

    spider2k Member

    get the non 4k. the battery life is terrible and its not worth it on the smaller screen.
     
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  6. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

    Do you have the 4K? Just how terrible is terrible? LOL
     
  7. spider2k

    spider2k Member

    i do. ill test it when i get time
     
  8. Gnawpurpz

    Gnawpurpz New Member

    I have had the stealth since February 24. 256GB non 4k screen. The computer has had no major issues just some hiccups when I was running some games without the update to fix the lagging while the computer was plugged in charging. The black border doesn't bother me so much as the computer is black so it kind of blends in with the casing for me. I can get a solid 5 hours of battery with low power settings. In reference to the build quality I have never owned a windows laptop that I actually liked to touch. Pretty comparable to the macbook on build quality minus the keys and touchpad. I originally purchased the RBS for school and personal gaming and it has been doing everything perfectly. Maybe Razer fixed all the issues with the second shipment of computers because I have not experienced some of the horrible things other people have. Also, I contacted support about a situation I was having. Prompt responses and no real issues or complaints about support. They addressed and fixed my issue within 2 days of contact. All computers will have their own problems and its mainly up to you to decide if you can outweigh the good with the bad.
     
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  9. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

    Gnawpurpz - that's really great info thanks a lot!
     
  10. Where or how did you find a tool/function to calibrate the display? I think i tried the default one in windows 10 and got a warning of some sort.
     
  11. mdaly001

    mdaly001 Active Member

    I had the non-4k model. Battery life was consistently at least 5.5 hours. I say go with the non-4k. That will keep your price down and you will not regret it. It was a superb laptop, good build quality with awesome sound. Sooo fast as well.
     
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  12. In response to the original poster's questions.

    I've found the build quality of my unit to be pretty good. Like Wikipedia Brown, one of my major complaints is in the trackpad, I haven't messed with the settings much, but i feel it just doesn't work that smoothly. Nothing terrible, but probably around avg or slightly worse than avg due to it jumping around and some difficulties with dragging things around. Other issue may be with the noise coming from the a/c adapter. Though on the forum I do know there have been many users with more serious concerns as well.

    Regarding Razor support, they've been very responsive. Had an issue causing my computer to freeze that was resolved by updating the wifi drivers.

    The bezel doesn't bother me, but my last laptop is ~8-9years old and also had a large bezel. So my response is very biased.

    Regarding battery life, I rarely use this for extended periods of time on battery, but I believe my usage would be in the 3.5-5hr range for casual usage.
     
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  13. PastelGraywatchsharp937

    PastelGraywatchsharp937 Active Member

    You can get an XPS 13 Iris for $1200 (they had a $400-off coupon) with a faster CPU/GPU than the Blade. I'd get the XPS 13 if you can find a deal on the 6560u.
     
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  14. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

    Yeah I am really on the fence about the screen - it would be really interesting to see a side by side in terms of battery. If it is about 20% or so less battery performance I can probably live with it. If it's more, I would be a bit more concerned if it was more than that.
     
  15. DiMadre

    DiMadre Member

    I'm in the same boat. I like the Stealth, but reading these horror stories on these forums holds me back from ordering. You shouldn't be comparing the quality with something from Dell. If you really care about quality and support you should not go for the Stealth.
     
  16. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

    Thanks for this! Do you have the 4K or non-4K?
     
  17. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

    I almost just went for it! Dell had $450 off the i7 model, but I double checked the ports and it isn't the latest with the USB type C connector. I know it isn't a big deal for most people but I really like the charging through USB C for some reason! Thanks for the tip though. That machine is lovely.
     
  18. PastelGraywatchsharp937

    PastelGraywatchsharp937 Active Member

    Try this link: http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-935...&acd=1230922025336014&ven3=878603249376040644

    See if the coupon code VL145QS734VVRM still works.
     
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  19. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

    Yeah I know - that's what concerns me. But having said that in a lot of the reviews I have read, the laptop feel is really nice, and so the potential is to have a really high quality product. It just sounds like their manufacturing process is still finding their feet hitting higher quantities and more occasionally than is acceptable, a sub-par product leaves their line. But it sounds like support tends to resolve most of these so... I am still straddling this fence! lol
     
  20. limeypete33

    limeypete33 New Member

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