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The Razer Blade Stealth gets an overhaul with a 4K display and better graphics

December 4th, 2018


The Razer Blade Stealth was always intended to be a non-gaming machine from a company that calls itself a "lifestyle brand for gamers." Or at least, it's a computer that could blend in at a business meeting instead of screaming, "I am a gamer, look at all these crazy lights!" A 2018 update to the device that went on sale today has a tone-on-tone logo on the back that looks a little less attention grabbing than the bright-green Razer logo from before, and it doubles down on the previous model's ultraportable credentials with slimmer bezels.

But the biggest improvements are actually in performance. The new Razer Blade Stealth comes in three configurations at $1,399, $1,599, and $1,899, and the top two add discrete graphics (NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory). The entry-level spec still just has integrated Intel HD Graphics 620. The second-tier spec with the MX150 (and an additional 8GB of memory over the base spec, bringing it to 16GB 2133MHz) is only $200 more than the base spec, making it a tempting upgrade for gamers.

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Acer Swift 7 review: thinness above all else demands many compromises

November 8th, 2018
Acer Swift 7 review: thinness above all else demands many compromises

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The tech industry is obsessed with making things thin, and Acer is no exception. The company bills the new Swift 7 as the world's thinnest laptop, measuring 8.98mm thick at its widest point. Designed for professionals and frequent travelers, this year's Swift 7 tries to beat its competition by being ultra-thin and by fixing some of the problems found in its older models, like the lack of touchscreen, keyboard backlight, and PCIe SSD storage.

But as devices get thinner, they often have to sacrifice performance, battery life, and other important features. It begs the question: what's the optimum balance of extreme slimness and power? Ultimately, that's up to each user and their individual needs. Acer's Swift 7 makes some concessions that those who value performance won't appreciate, but it's all in the name of thinness—and there are some choices that prioritize that above all else.

Look and feel

The Acer Swift 7 may be incredibly thin, but it doesn't feel fragile. Its 2.6-pound (1.18kg) weight almost betrays its thinness because I expected the device to be much lighter than it actually is. But it's not too heavy, and its weight and dimensions should make it quite easy to carry around.

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