RAZER Book 13 Review

In this article, I give you my Razer Book 13 review with specs included.

This is a razer review but don’t be fooled, this is actually not a gaming laptop this is one of razer’s first productivity-oriented laptops and it’s called the razer book 13. so there’s a lot of razer blade stealth 13 dna in here but there’s no dedicated gpu why pay for something you’re not going to use right for those who really just want a laptop for productivity and also it’s going to have better battery life and the charger is going to be smaller all those sorts of things and the display quality is pretty nice we’re going to look at it now so clearly this is a good looking piece of hardware we have the cnc anodized aluminum chassis and the mercury white finish and the build quality is excellent on this and the lines are really clean too i mean it holds its own against the macbook pro which is an obvious competitor to this as well as the dell xps 13. and it looks good on just about anything including our black desk if you’ve been watching our reviews for the past several months you’ve noticed our new black surface here and this is made by our sponsor the flexispot vicky vici electric standing desk so we’ve actually reviewed their bigger workstation size desk and this one is a smaller desk you know they’re perfect for a home office kind of thing so it raises the electric motor that’s very fast and very quiet up to a little over four feet high and it goes down to a standard 27 point something inches low down it’s easy to put together that’s the new thing with this one five minute assembly they say and it’s pretty much true let me tell you the last one that we reviewed took a long time to put together this one’s very easy also very sturdy one inch thick table top is held up to us throwing a bunch of laptops on there and all that sort of thing and it’s around 250 dollars not bad now back to our review though it might not be a tiny gaming laptop performance is still important it’s not just about good looks at least i hope so anyway right and we’ve got that here that intel 11th generation 4 core ultrabook cpus you can give it the core i5 or core i7 and intel iris xe graphics and it has vapor chamber cooling which you might almost think is overkill but then you say hey intel no it’s not they tend to run hot so it performs in the range where you would expect against its peers but it’s at the top of the pack and i believe that would be totally due to the cooling even running benchmarks not in high performance mode using the razer synapse software it scores very well by the way that performance mode is there it didn’t make a huge difference in benchmarks and day-to-days but you’ve got if you need it another nice thing is this is a 16 by 10 aspect ratio 13.4 inch display you might say hey this sounds like the xps 13. and in fact we’ve gotten similar sharp panels being used here sharpening the manufacturer you have full hd matte full hd touch which is what we have and a 4k display option as well being the most expensive and having the shorter battery life if you go with that 4k option this full hd touch panel is gorgeous and it is in fact just pretty much identical looking to the xps 13 we have with the same panel on board so it’s 1920 by 1200 resolution a little bit taller thanks to the aspect ratio the reflectance is really well controlled on this and the color calibration these are color calibrated from the factory is definitely better than the xps 13s which is your typical a little too blue a little too green from the factory and none of the calibrations that were built in with the xps were as close to being spot on as this contrast ratio is very high and this thing is very bright we’re talking around the 550 knit area so you can see this pretty much in any sort of lighting it might not be a gaming laptop but it does have razer chroma perky rgb backlighting so you can either go with a staid chill color if you like or you can program every key to have a different color and there’s spectrum cycling and lighting effects and all that sort of thing if you want to do that and you can show that with the razer synapse software that’s on board the keyboard itself and much like the chassis is pretty much stealth like razor blade still and that means the key travel is really short on this and there’s not a lot of tactile feel i’ve never been a huge fan of their keyboards they’re not atrocious or anything like that but i’d like a little more feel resistance that sort of thing the trackpad is a microsoft precision it’s very large they always have some of the best trackpads in the industry so certainly i like that for sound we have four speakers in a stereo configuration up firing surrounding the keyboard like the macbook pro design there and it sounds pretty good it’s better than the xps 13 speaking of competitors uh but it’s still really not macbook pro level just yet but it’s not bad and it has smart amp technology when it comes to ports the story is really good and this would be the selling point versus the xps 13 which is relegated just usbc thunderbolt ports on board we do have two thunderbolt 4 slash usbc ports here and yes you can use the razer core for those who do want to add dedicated graphics when you’re sitting at your desk we also have a usb a port so you’re not consigned to dongle life immediately a full-size hdmi 2.0 port a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack of course and a micro sd card slot so that’s pretty nice compared to the macbook pro or macbook air and the dell you just you don’t need dongles it’s or docs or anything like that to get basic functionality going here with your peripherals it’s intel evo certified so that means it has intel wi-fi six and we have bluetooth 5 on board long battery life is part of the requirement an instant wake from sleep which is true now when it comes to battery life this will depend on which display you go for the full hds will obviously have better battery life and razor says basically you’ll take a three hour run time hit if you go with the 4k display we have the full hd display they claim up to 14 hours maybe if you set the brightness really dim and you’re doing almost nothing but in our use case when we set brightness to 150 nets and do a mix of productivity tests streaming video a little light photoshop work i was getting about nine hours of battery life that’s not bad at all the 65 watt charger is very compact compared to the razer blade stealth for example because that has to support the dedicated graphics unit in it it’s a lot smaller carry and lighter so let’s talk about temperature we’ve already said performance is good well again performance is in part good because temperature is well controlled we have that vapor chamber cooling on board and the surface temperatures on this get warm certainly if you’re pushing it but not burning hot i mean it probably is possible in the summertime to get it burning hot but so far in winter time here in fairly warm texas actually not burning hot fannoids is about average and cpu core temperatures are pretty good when pushing it really hard where we usually see the cpus and these hitting the 90s centigrade we’re more like in the 80s here so it’s well done definitely it’s performance oriented even if it’s just a non-gaming laptop as ever with razer laptops just unscrew the visible torx t5 screws and lift it up no irritating plastic edge clips there are two clips towards the center here but they’re not much work and nicely done here a little extra reinforcement in this area and here we have the internals the battery taking up most of the space inside as is typical with ultrabooks here’s our m.2 nvme ssd if you want to upgrade it yourself there are ssds up to 2 terabytes in capacity it’s compatible with both nvme and sata 3 ssds our vapor chamber baby vapor chamber cooling is pretty wild to see this in an ultrabook and the two fans right here so that’s a lot of cooling no wonder it well it has pretty decent performance in terms of thermals the wi-fi card is soldered on board right here it’s intel wi-fi six card and that’s about it other than the two speaker modules that are up firing that flank the battery as they do on most laptops ram again is soldered on board 8 or 16 gigs so that’s the razer book 13 with its chill mercury white lid and the logo that’s not bright razor green right i it’s a very nice laptop you know it’s pretty light under three pounds 1.34 kilograms it’s powerful the cooling is very good on this and i like the display options which are better looking than the razer blade stealth we have them both in houses you can see side by side nicer displays a little bit maybe geared towards professionals who might be doing photo and video editing and all that sort of thing versus the xps 13 i think it’s a win just for all the ports you get here oh and the upgradable ssd on this one it’s pretty nice versus the m1 macbook pro 13-inch well or even the air you know the deal that the m1 macbook pro and air are going to be the coolest running longer even longer battery life machines you get bigger bezels on those there’s that and there’s no touch screen option and it also depends on whether you need windows since the m1 and macs are not going to run the x86 version windows.

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