Battery Life and Pricing

The score of exactly 6 hours in our web browsing battery test places the Razer Blade Stealth in the above average category for battery life compared to the group of the notebooks we compared it to.

However, with a reasonably large 53.6 Whr battery, we would expect to see the Blade Stealth last a bit longer. Compared to the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, which lasted 11% longer, but has a 14% lower capacity battery, the Blade Stealth is a bit disappointing in the battery life department.

That being said, we conduct our battery life at an aggressive screen brightness of 180 Nits and use the more resource heavy Google Chrome browser, so a score of 6 hours likely means it will get users through a full workday in standard productivity workloads.

Pricing

Compared to other flagship thin-and-light notebooks such as the 2018 Dell XPS 13, the pricing for the Razer Blade Stealth is competitive. The entry-level Blade Stealth with an Core i7-8550U, 16GB of memory, and the QHD+ touchscreen is a high-end configuration in the XPS 13 line. At $1499, the Razer Blade Stealth is $100 less than the comparable option from Dell.

However, I would very much like to see some lower spec and lower cost options coming from Razer on the Blade Stealth. In particular, I think a 1080p screen option coupled with the already fantastic industrial design would make for a compelling combination.

Overall, I leave my time with the Raze Blade Stealth a bit conflicted. In some ways, I think this is the notebook that Apple should have made a while ago as the evolution of the MacBook Air.  While a bit thicker than the Air was, the design of the Blade Stealth is a great compromise between thickness and usability. 

My personal opinions on the keyboard and trackpad make this a notebook that isn't right for me. Input devices are usually a personal preference though, so if you can find the opportunity to try out a Blade Stealth in person, I'd recommend giving it a try. 

For those of you who can get past the input device issues, the Razer Blade Stealth is a great option. For the rest of us, I hope that Razer takes some of their peripheral pedigree into the next generation of Blade Stealth notebooks and fixes the issues to create a truly desirable product. 

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