2020 Razer Blade Stealth GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Laptop Review: Like the 2019 Version, But Done Right
We didn’t particularly like either of the 2019 options in terms of performance, but the 2020 version addresses those concerns upfront to be the fastest Blade Stealth you can get. The differences become even more pronounced if comparing the 2020 version to the MX150-powered 2018 version. Certain Ultrabooks may offer faster processors like those with the hexa-core Core i7-10710U or Zen 2 CPU, but none come close to the gaming potential of the Blade Stealth. The GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q makes the system unique in its 13-inch size class.
If you want to game, then we recommend the cheaper 1080p 120 Hz SKU instead of this 4K 60 Hz SKU. Ghosting is too noticeable here and most titles are not going to run well at such a high native resolution. The GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q will pair better with the 1080p120 panel as a result. If you do a lot of spreadsheet or CAD work, however, then the 4K option may be of more value.
With that in mind, we can’t help but feel that the 2020 Blade Stealth is a slap in the face to users who bought the 10 W Core i7 2019 version. Razer could have simply skipped the 10 W Core i7 entirely and offered this 25 W version in 2019 instead. Such an approach would have simplified the Blade Stealth lineup as well. Now, buying a model has gotten awfully confusing with all these different 10/25 W Core i7 CPU and Max-Q GPU options to keep track of.
There is no direct alternative to the Blade Stealth at the moment. It’s the fastest 13.3-inch Ultrabook you can get for gaming so long as you are aware of the fan noise and very warm surface temperatures that entail.