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The Razer Book 13 in Review - Should You Buy the Notebook?
With the Razer Book 13, Razer brings a notebook onto the market for the first time that is explicitly aimed at business users. So far, Razer's Blade series has primarily focused on gamers who occasionally do office work on their notebooks. However, the devices from the Blade series are not real business laptops. That's why we take a closer look at the Razer Book 13 and examine what advantages the notebook has to offer in everyday work. We'll tell you more in detail in this article.
The most important properties at a glance
Our test device is 29.6 cm wide, 19.9 cm deep and 1.5 cm high. Overall, the notebook weighs 1.4 kg. The display measures 13.4 inches and offers a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels. A quad-core processor from Intel worked in our test model - the Intel Core i7 1165G7 with a base clock of 2.8 GHz and a Turbo Boost of up to 4.7 GHz. The CPU is supported by 16 gigabytes of RAM. Our model also has a 256 GB SSD hard drive for data and applications.
Slim notebook with elegant design
The Razer Book 13 has a rather angular design that looks simple but elegant. The silver housing is made of anodized aluminum, which proves to be very robust. The reflective Razer logo was placed on the display lid as an eye-catcher. The surface feels pleasant and testifies to the high quality of workmanship of the device. At 1.4 kg, the Razer Book 13 is one of the lighter notebooks on the market. Due to its thickness of 1.5 cm, it is also easy to transport and is therefore ideal for mobile work.
That is rare - a notebook display in 16:10 format
The touchscreen is an anti-reflective 13.4-inch WUXGA IPS display with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels. The slightly higher aspect ratio is particularly suitable for displaying text documents or browser windows. With a pixel density of 168 dpi, the screen content is displayed clearly and sharply. Considering the price, it could use a few more pixels. Thanks to the 100% sRGB coverage, the monitor is also well suited for image processing. The maximum brightness is around 550 cd / m² in a very good range, so that the laptop can also be used outdoors without any problems. The display is also very suitable for office use.
Here is a brief overview of the other performance values of the display:
- Measured gamma: 2.2
- Contrast at maximum brightness: 1678: 1
- Native white point: 6300 K;
- Black at maximum brightness: 0.23 cd / m2
Attention business users and casual gamers!
The performance also leaves nothing to be desired. The 4-core processor Intel Core 7 1165G7, which works with up to 4.7 gigahertz, is responsible for this. There is also 16 GB DDR-4 RAM, which can be expanded to up to 32 GB. Office work, video streaming or the playback of music can also be carried out at the same time without any problems. Current games can also be played in HD with medium or in Full HD with low graphics settings.
However, since only the integrated Intel Iris XE graphics chip was built into our test device, no comparisons should be made with the manufacturer's blade models when gaming. Nevertheless, Intel's Iris-XE chipset offers a very good performance compared to other integrated graphics chips. The pre-installed Windows 10 Professional operating system starts up and reacts very quickly with the NVME SSD hard drive. Nothing stands in the way of productivity here. The only disadvantage is that the storage space is very tight at 256 GB. You may have to retrofit here.
In terms of noise development, the notebook is largely silent in idle mode. It remains relatively quiet even under full load. The temperature at the bottom never exceeds 50 degrees.
Keyboard, speakers and camera
The backlit keyboard is convincing in terms of layout, pressure point and key travel. Typing feels very pleasant after a short period of getting used to it, even with longer texts. The integrated touchpad proves to be responsive and precise and is - measured on the case - quite large.
The keyboard is flanked by two loudspeakers on the left and right, which deliver a pretty good stereo sound for a notebook. However, the bass is a bit weak, which is why we recommend the use of headphones or external speakers for uninterrupted music enjoyment. The built-in boxes are easily sufficient for video calls.
The quality of the integrated webcam leaves nothing to be desired either. The picture is clear, bright and rich in contrast. So you are well prepared for every business meeting. The recording quality of the microphone also convinced us. It's definitely better than the XPS 13's.
Connections and battery
Two Thunderbolt 4 ports can be used for charging or display transfer. There is also a USB-A-3.1 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a micro SD card reader and an audio jack. Despite the handy format, there is a lot to offer here. Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6 are available for wireless data transmission. In view of the business orientation, however, a LAN connection or a smart card reader would have been nice.
Let's take a look at battery performance. The notebook lasted up to 13 hours with a medium screen brightness with a mixture of surfing and video streaming. That corresponds to almost two working days - absolutely great! Thanks to the latest Thunderbolt 4 technology, the battery only needs about one and a half hours to be fully charged.
The device also has 3 energy modes: balanced, battery-saving and high performance. The high-performance mode is super impressive, especially when you take a closer look at the clock rates. Here the notebook increases the CPU clock speed up to 3.8GHz for a short time, only to level off at a steady 3.5GHz. The crazy thing is that the balanced mode is pretty much the same performance and still uses less battery power. Still, we like that Razer differentiated a bit between the modes. The battery-saving mode lowers the clock rates by around 500 MHz, which is still not bad when you consider that the Core i7 1165G7 continues to clock at over 3 GHz.
Our conclusion on the Razer notebook
The Razer Book 13 WUXGA impresses with a robust housing, a bright display and powerful hardware and software. Only the display resolution and connectivity could be a bit higher due to the office orientation. In return, the comfortable size and the excellent battery life prove to be almost unbeatable, especially for mobile work. If you are looking for a chic notebook with a lot of power for office use and occasional gaming, the Razer Book 13 is the right companion.
Very good performance values
Missing LAN port and SD card slot
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