Razer as we all know has always been the type of brand that loves high performance hardwares. Everything on their line up of tech includes gaming laptop that perform at the best of their level. This time, they have come up with their new Razer Book 13 that is totally meant for productivity and long lasting battery life. Sort of trying to replace the legendary MacBook Air.
But the question is can Razer compete with Apple in this sphere of pulling out a laptop for productivity?
Let’s find out.
Certainly previous attempts have been made, such as the original Razer Blade Stealth. But the style was still meant for playing games and it seemed entirely unprofessional due to the glowing green logo. Another effort was the Razer Blade Studio, which was much more geared towards artists and professionals in graphics, video and gaming and was incredibly expensive.
Razer Blade targets there Book 13 towards a more general audience who wants a laptop for general use. It’s really not meant for gamers at all. Even for creators, this laptop is more or less going to be useless. With that, we see that the Razer Blade Book 13 is now more affordable, and it can be a great pick for work or office related jobs. Because the laptop is also pretty small, portable and has a long lasting battery life.
Razer Book 13
|Displayq||13.4 inches, 60 Hz, touch with Gorilla Glass 6, anti-reflective coating, 3840 x 2400 resolution|
|CPU||Intel 11thth Gen Ice Lake i7-1165G7 CPU, Q-core 2.8 GHz (4.7 GHz with Turbo boost)|
|GPU||Intel Iris Xe Graphics (28W)|
|RAM||16 GB LPDDR4|
|Intel Wireless-AX 201 Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports & Connectivity||2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port, HDMI 2.0 port , headphone and mic jack, 1 USB-A 3.2|
|Battery Life||55 Wh, 65 W charger|
|Size & Weight||11.6” W x 7.8” D x 0.6” H, 1.40 kg, 3.09lbs|
The design of the Razer Book 13 is pretty nostalgic, as it resembles the Razer Blade Stealth. If you put both the laptop side by side, one could easily mistake this Book 13 for Razer Blade Stealth as they both look exactly the same.
However, one difference we find between the two is the size and weight. The Razer Book 13 is definitely much smaller and it only weighs around 1.40 Kg.
The overall laptop design is more or less very minimalistic and very much compliments to those who are looking for a laptop with a minimalistic design. It’s clean, sleek and very thin, having a height of only 0.6 inches.
The build quality is just amazing. It is very sturdy and it’s made with aluminium. When you actually touch it, you can literally feel the quality of the body. It’s great and very light to carry it on your hands.
While, the lid can be lifted with a single finger and the hinge is also very strong. This makes it much much comfortable to use the screen for touch purposes.
The bezels of course are also very thin which was somewhat expected. There is a tiny webcam located on the top of the bezel which is hardly noticeable.
The main portion of laptop includes a good sized keyboard and very huge trackpad that makes the laptop look very premium. On the sides of the keyboard, you will find two thin columns of speakers with the power button located right on the top right.
Overall, the design of the laptop is amazing and it really feels like you own a premium laptop. You could say, this is a MacBook Air but the Razer Blade version where you get that sturdy, bold minimalistic look.
At the first glance the keyboard exactly looks like that of the Razer Blade Stealth.
However, if you actually look closely, you will find that there are some minor differences.
The first prominent difference you will find is that of the delete key which is located next to the power button. This somehow can be annoying for many pep who are used to using the delete key located on the top left corner.
The overall keyboard however, is great to type on. I love the way how they fit just perfectly within the size of the laptop and how big they are. They are extremely comfortable to type on.
It’s not at all the type of keyboard where you actually have to get used to some things. It’s pretty much a perfect keyboard.
But the best part about the Razer Book 13 is the Trackpad because they have just doubled the size and it covers a large middle portion of the laptop.
While using the trackpad is so smooth as you can think. It’s very accurate and the gestures are pretty precise as well. Just like the Apple MacBooks, you can click anywhere you want on the trackpad. A thing that windows laptop should have implemented years ago but I am quite happy that they finally learn’t something from Apple laptops.
As regarding the display itself, the screen measures 13.4 inches diagonally — not the conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, but the wider 16:10 aspect ratio. The company Sharp’s has made their UHD+ display. All and all, it’s a nice panel with slim bezels and there is no backlight bleeding.
The standard of the picture quality itself is stellar; this screen looks excellent, not just for its edge-to-edge coverage but also for its bright colours and it looks sharp and clear. The maximum brightness I could get from the screen was about 385 nits of brightness.
Another thing to note about the laptop is that when you lift the lid off the laptop, the laptop will elevate itself slightly and create a slight tilt for a comfortable keyboard typing experience. This is all done through creative engineering which is really great to have.
There are three screen options: full HD (1920-by-1200-pixel) non touch, full HD touch (as seen on our test unit) and 4K touch (3840-by-2400-pixel).
As normal for our tests, I compared the benchmark results of the Razer Book to those of four other laptops in their class.
|RAZER BOOK 13||Intel Core – i7 – 1165G7 2.8 GHZ||Intel Iris Xe Graphics||16 GB/ 256 GB SSD|
|APPLE MacBook Air M1||APPLE M1 CHIP||APPLE M1 CHIP||8 GB/ 256GB SSD|
|MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 3||Intel Core – i7 – 1165G7 1.3 GHZ||Intel Iris Xe Graphics||16 GB/ 256 GB SSD|
|DELL XPS 13||Intel Core – i7 – 1165G7 2.8 GHZ||Intel Iris Xe Graphics||16 GB/ 512 GB SSD|
PCMark 10 and PC Mark 8
|LAPTOP||PC MARK 10||PC MARK 8|
|RAZER BOOK 13||4967||5031|
|MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 3||4225||4984|
|DELL XPS 13||4775||4898|
In the PCMark 10 test, the Razer Book 13 comfortably SCORED above 4500 POINTS , which suggest high productivity and show its value as a multitasking computer for work use.
All these laptops work well with numerous applications and browser tabs open at once and all have fast SSDs that accelerate booting and loading times, as the test PCMark 8 reveals.
Encoding 12 minute 4K Video.
|RAZER BOOK 13||14|
|APPLE MacBook Air M1||18|
|MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 3||22|
|DELL XPS 13||15|
Applying 10 filters to test JPG
|RAZER BOOK 13||129|
|APPLE MacBook Air M1||168|
|MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP 3||161|
|DELL XPS 13||156|
The processor heavy CPU tasks reveal that the Razer, in Handbrake and Photoshop contest, is one of the fastest devices in the group. Although, these laptops can quite compete with gaming laptops or even come close to them, but looking at the current specs, the results aren’t that bad for a laptop with only integrated graphics card. Especially, if you are into photo editing, you won’t have problems with lags.
Since Razer Blade is known for gaming and being a gamer myself, I was curious to know how well does the Razer Book 13 stand against some of the popular games of today.
Here are some of the results that I got after testing the laptop with games like Skyrim, Wolfenstien, Star Wars Squadrons.
Skyrim – 30 – 37 fps at high settings
Wolfenstien Old Blood – 29 – 45 fps at high settings
Star Wars Squadrons – 40 – 47 fps at low settings
You can expect to play most of the games below 60 fps at medium to low settings. However, its hard to get frame rates above 60 fps on this machine.
For gaming, this is definitely not the right laptop and I highly recommend that you should get the Razer Blade Stealth if you really wish to play games and also use the laptop for work.
Overall, the performance of the laptop when compared to other laptops in the productivity sphere is definitely the best in class.
Its got the highest scores, faster CPU, great boot times and you will definitely love the display and the touch screen.
This laptop is made for productivity hence you can expect great thermos and temperatures from the Razer Book 13.
When you normally use the laptop in balanced mode, the temperatures are going to hang between 50 to 60 degree Celsius. Which is pretty neat and cool.
However, when you use performance mode, you can expect to get between 70 to 100 degree C Temps and that’s because the laptop cannot handle power heavy apps.
Therefore, if you are thinking to run games on this laptop, yes the temperature can really spike high unexpectedly.
While normal use of Netflix gives you some audible fan noise that hangs between 0 – 33 dB. Pretty silent.
When you game on it, you can expect the fan noise to throttle and get around 41 – 42 dB noise.
Therefore, the fan noises here are pretty low and silent. Except, when you game on it, the you can start to hear the fan spinning faster and throttling.
Regarding Connectivity, the Razer Book 13 comes with an Intel Wireless AX 201 that can really give you a high speed connection with Wifi and Bluetooth 5. The connection is just amazing and you can get upto 550 Mbps internet speed with this connection.
As I moved away from my router upto 55ft away, I still got speeds over 100 Mbps so you can imagine, the connection is pretty good.
Since, the Razer Book 13 is a minimalistic laptop meaning, they want to follow rules of having less ports therefore, the Razer Book 13 does come with some ports. Those are 1 USB Type A port, Two USB Type C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, a headphone jack and a Micro SD card slot.
You also have a HDMI 2 port on the right side of the laptop which can be used for video output.
For testing the battery. we set the machine in power-saving mode and looped a 2 hour long video for 24 hours. We compared the battery life of Razer Book 13 with the latest MacBook Air M1, Dell XPS 13.
The battery life of Razer Book 13 is amazing. It ran for full 14 hours until shutting down at 14 hours 50 minutes. Which means this laptop is going to last you for a full day. There is no problem with that.
While the Dell XPS 13 also got similar results but beating the Razer by only 7 minutes longer.
The MacBook Air M1 here beats all of the laptops and crazily leading them by lasting almost 15 plus hours longer.
Yes, the MacBook Air M1 Actually got over 24 hours of battery life, getting to exactly 29 hours 4 minutes of battery life from our tests which is just insane.
The Razer Book 13 is an excellent productivity companion if you like the luxurious Razer Blade Stealth 13 build quality and style, but don’t need its game-worthy graphics.
It’s portable, thin and light and has an amazingly beautiful sharp display with dazzling colours that will just light up all your screen. Considering the fact that it also comes with great battery life that will last you for a full day.
Of course, the MacBook Air here still leads of the windows laptops here but I think when it comes to functionality, the ports availability and the fast Wifi speeds and the affordable price point, Razer Book 13 certainly has a good deal here.
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