Razer Blade Stealth: Australian pricing, specifications and hands-on

Alex Kidman 12 May 2016

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Razer has announced Australian release details for what it calls the "ultimate" Ultrabook, the Razer Blade Stealth.

Razer formally unveiled the Razer Blade Stealth at this year’s CES, and it has been on sale in the US for a little while now. In Australia, though, it’s sat as a "coming soon" product for some time, until today’s formal launch of the laptop range.

Unlike Razer’s more solidly gaming-focused laptops (it is the company’s heritage, after all), the Razer Blade Stealth is an Ultrabook pitched more at a mainstream market, with just a few nods to Razer’s gaming heritage. There’s the Chroma keyboard that can flicker through 16.8 million colours, or the optional (and still to be priced for Australia) external Razer Core External Graphics enclosure which connects to the Razer Blade Stealth via its Thunderbolt 3 port to add additional graphics grunt. Without it, you’re making do with Intel’s HD Graphics 520 solution. That’s solid but unspectacular for an Ultrabook, although Razer’s pitch for the Razer Blade Stealth is that it’s a laptop with more features at the same price point as its immediate competitors at the same pricing.

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The base specification uses 6th generation Intel Core i7 processors with either QHD or 4K touchscreen displays, which are impressively grunty, with many competing Ultrabooks shipping with Core i3 or Core i5 processors, albeit sometimes with even more affordable price points.

We had a brief chance for some hands-on time with the Razer Blade Stealth at its Sydney launch today. It’s a solidly built and largely understated system in design terms, with a very thin profile that still accommodates regular USB 3.0 and USB C ports, as well as full HDMI output. Response in our limited tests was fine, although that multicoloured flickering keyboard is definitely an acquired tasted. Thankfully, like most multicoloured external keyboards, you can switch if off if you prefer.

What's the price? Razer will charge $1549.95 for the entry-level 128GB SSD QHD model; the comparable US pricing for that system is USD$999. After conversion and GST that indicates a roughly $50 price premium over the US price, which isn’t too painful as Ultrabooks go. The 256GB QHD model will cost $1,849.95. The entry level model with the UHD 4K display and 256GB of storage will cost $2,149.95 and the top tier UHD 4K 512GB model will cost $2,499.95.

Those are all direct prices from Razer, as the company has elected not to offer the Razer Blade Stealth through any physical retailers in Australia at this point in time. There’s no sign of pricing on the Razer Core external enclosure for Australia just yet, but in the US it sells for USD$499, or $399 if purchased at the same time as a Razer Blade Stealth laptop. That should equate after conversion to around $750, bearing in mind that the Core enclosure is just an enclosure for an external graphics card, which you’d have to price separately.

ModelRazer Blade Stealth
Display12.5in
Resolution2560x1440 or 3840 x 2160
Weight1.25kg'
Camera2MP Webcam
ProcessorIntel Core i7 i7-6500U 2.5GHz
Memory8GB
Storage128/256/512GB
Battery45Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
SoftwareWindows 10
Price$1549.95/$1849.95/$2149.95/$2449.95

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