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The upscale Razer Blade Stealth is a surprisingly good ultrabookThe updated Razer Blade stealth keeps the color-cycling backlit keyboard, but adds better battery life and updated components.
One of the unexpected surprises for me earlier this year was the Razer Blade Stealth. This was a high-end, 12.5 inch laptop from Razer, a company best known for gaming laptops and accessories. But rather than another highly designed gaming system, the Stealth was a pure ultrabook. Now, we've got an updated version of the Stealth with a new low voltage core i7 and better battery life. At the same time we also have increased competition from the excellent second generation of Apple's 12 inch MacBook as well as 12 inch Windows laptops like the new Asus ZenBook 3. But despite the more competitive landscape Razer is still the price king when it comes to premium ultrabooks The 999 base model is a really great value with the same, better than HD touch display and Core A7 processor adds more expensive configurations, including the one we tested, which had more RAM and hard drive space. One of the stand out features is Razor's signature chroma backlit keyboard. It's an under the fingers light show unmatched my anyone else. It's basically a backlit keyboard that can display millions of color combinations in a wide variety of patterns it's a fun little show off feature but can also be distracting if you're actually trying to get some work done. Unlike most 12 inch laptops Tops, you actually get really USB ports here not just a single USB c for charging but it's also down to big side for 12 inch laptop closer to the 13 inch MacBook Air than the 12 inch MacBook. Still the Razer Blade stealth is a well made high design laptop and a really good value. [SOUND] [MUSIC]