Razor on Wednesday officially unveiled the Blade Stealth, and aptly named laptop with some impressive specs and a very competitive price. Contained inside a sleek aluminum chassis, Razer says the Blade Stealth is a device designed to disrupt the PC market through a “direct-to-consumer” model, which means Razer plans to sell the computer in premium configurations at a cheaper price.
No matter which configuration you choose, the Blade Stealth will offer a 12.5-inch touchscreen display in both 4K and Quad HD variants; buyers also get the latest 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor (2.5GHz / 3.1GHz), PCIe SSD support, 8GB of dual-channel system memory and Windows 10. The Blade Stealth also includes a USB-C port, wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), and Bluetooth 4.1. Oh, and the Blade Stealth also comes with individually backlit keys, which is a nice touch.
However, it’s in the graphics department where the Blade Stealth takes a different approach. As a primary work computer, the Blade Stealth includes an Intel HD Graphics 520, which will be perfectly fine for everyday use. For gaming, however, users will want to plug-and-play with an external graphics enclosure, the Razer Core. Razer says the Razer Core can accommodate “virtually every popular desktop graphics card from both AMD and NVIDIA,” giving Blade Stealth buyers great flexibility.
In addition to allowing users to easily swap out graphics cards, the Core comes with four additional USB 3.0 ports and Ethernet connectivity, so you can plug in different peripherals. If you’re a gamer, the Blade Stealth strikes a nice balance for everyday use at school, and down-to-business gaming at night.
The Blade Stealth is currently scheduled for a January release, and will start at $999; the Razer Core, meanwhile, hasn’t been priced, though it’s set for an early 2016 release.
In a separate announcement, Razer also unveiled the Stargazer, a webcam aimed squarely at the streaming crowd. When I talked to Razer a few weeks ahead of CES, the company talked quite a bit about its support for the streaming community, which is the main reason the Stargazer was created.
Powered by the Intel RealSense SR300 camera, the Stargazer is capable of streaming at 720 at 60 fps, or 1080p at 30 fps; additionally, the device sports an automatic noise cancelling dual array mic, and a feature known as “Dynamic Background Removal,” which eliminates the need for green screen setups. The new feature will work with popular streaming software like OBS and XSplit, too, so the Stargazer can be easily integrated into your current setup.
Finally, Razer said the Stargazer will support Windows Hello, which means users can unlock their computers with their pretty face, launch apps with gestures, and even play games that track facial expressions.
The Stargazer will be available in Q2 or next year, and retail for $199.