Razer Guide 13 overview: Paradise by the keyboard lights

Razer Guide 13 overview: Paradise by the keyboard lights

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Regardless that Razer’s laptops are usually constructed for gaming, we commonly suggest them to anybody in search of a high-performance Home windows laptop computer with MacBook-like design and construct high quality. The Razer Guide 13 takes the Razer design we love however skips the gaming vibe altogether (effectively, nearly) and goals for workplace and faculty use as an alternative. 

Not that you just could not open up a spreadsheet with one of many game-centric Razer Blade laptops. In actual fact, earlier Razer Blade Stealth fashions have been just like what you get with the Guide 13. However that is extra office-friendly, with its 13.4-inch show and a taller, 16:10 facet ratio, quick cell efficiency, lengthy battery life and sufficient connection choices to make working from house simpler. However, like an Apple, it isn’t essentially the very best deal, even in comparison with different premium laptops. 

Like

  • High-notch efficiency
  • Strong construct high quality
  • Stunning show
  • Configurable per-key RGB keyboard
  • Razer Core X eGPU help

Do not Like

  • Reminiscence cannot be upgraded post-purchase
  • Costlier than competing fashions
  • Unimpressive webcam, and no digicam privateness options

The Razer Guide 13 at present is available in three configurations beginning at $1,200, £1,200 or AU$2,200. The bottom configuration has an Eleventh-gen Core i5 processor, built-in Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of reminiscence and a 256GB PCIe SSD. 

The SSD is consumer upgradeable must you want extra storage, nonetheless, the reminiscence just isn’t because it’s soldered on. That is widespread for ultraportable laptops now, however for the Guide 13, it means you may have to purchase the $1,600 configuration I examined to get its max 16GB of RAM. You get a sooner processor and a touchscreen together with that, too. 

The Guide 13 is skinny at 0.6 inch (15mm) and lightweight at about 3 kilos (1.4kg). 

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Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

Value as reviewed $1,600
Show measurement/decision 13.4-inch 1,920×1,200 contact show
CPU 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7
Reminiscence 16GB 4266MHz LPDDR4X (onboard)
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 256GB SSD
Networking 802.11ax wi-fi, Bluetooth 5.1
Connections Thunderbolt 4 USB-C (x2), USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot
Working system Home windows 10 Residence 64-bit (20H2)

By comparability, the HP Spectre x360 14 — a premium pen-enabled two-in-one with a 13.5-inch OLED show, 16GB of reminiscence and a 512GB SSD — is round $1,600, whereas a Dell XPS 13 9310 with 512GB of storage and a UHD-resolution contact show at present runs about $1,550. The Guide 13’s high configuration matches the Dell’s elements however it’s $2,000. Does that make the HP and Dell higher offers? Sure, in the event you’re shopping for by the principle part specs alone. However, the Razer Guide 13 does have a number of further options that is likely to be price the additional cash for you. 

A gaming keyboard in your work laptop computer

The Guide 13’s keyboard has programmable per-key RGB lighting. 

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The Guide 13 has the identical keyboard structure as the corporate’s Blade Stealth 13 gaming laptop computer, which is nearly totally an excellent factor. It is a snug keyboard and I prefer it far more than the Dell XPS 13’s. It does, nonetheless, have small Backspace and Enter keys, which can require an adjustment interval. On the plus aspect, it has an prolonged Shift key on the precise (older Stealth 13 fashions had a small one) and the facility button within the high proper nook requires 120 grams of pressure (the opposite keys want 63 grams) and has a 300ms delay so you do not unintentionally sleep or shut down the laptop computer.  

Past the structure and really feel, you get the keyboard’s Razer Chroma RGB per-key lighting and help for Razer’s Synapse 3.0 software program. With the app, you may configure every particular person key’s mild, create your personal lighting patterns or simply use certainly one of a number of presets. Synapse can be used for remapping keys or creating macros. You may as well use its Hypershift characteristic to arrange shortcuts for doing issues like opening a selected utility, controlling media or triggering a mouse perform. 

Staying linked, no hub obligatory

Thunderbolt 4 ports on each side imply you may cost on the left and proper.

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Since this can be a small, slim premium laptop computer, you is likely to be anticipating to seek out solely USB-C ports and possibly a headphone jack on the Guide 13. It bucks that pattern, although, by together with a full-size HDMI port, a microSD card slot and a USB-A port. It additionally has a 3.5mm audio jack and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 can be found for wi-fi connections. 

Not like a lot of its competitors, the Guide 13 has 4 audio system, and so they sound good for a laptop computer this measurement. It additionally has a four-mic array to assist decide up voices higher for video chats. Sadly, Razer caught with a 720p webcam, which continues to be the usual for laptops, even premium ones like this. The Guide 13 does not have any privateness options for blocking the webcam or muting the mics, however it does have an IR cam for signing in with facial recognition. 

All of the efficiency for productiveness

The three-headed snake emblem continues to be right here, however it’s not shiny inexperienced. 

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Of the three configurations, I might suggest the middle-of-the-road choice I examined. The sooner Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM offers you speedy efficiency for fairly a while. It outperformed different Eleventh-gen Core i7 laptops we have examined just lately, together with the Dell XPS 13 9310 with an identical configuration. And in the event you resolve you want greater than its built-in graphics for gaming or content material creation, the Guide 13 helps the corporate’s Core X exterior GPU field, which is a standalone graphics card unit that may connect for higher recreation efficiency. 

The laptop computer was coengineered with Intel and is a part of Intel’s Evo platform. Which means it is constructed to begin up quick, wake as quickly as you carry the lid and keep updated whilst you’re away. Lengthy battery life can be a should, and in our streaming video check, it ran for greater than 11 hours. Plus, it recharges shortly.

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As with the corporate’s gaming laptops, you are paying a premium for the Razer Guide 13. It is not an excellent deal on paper, and you will get extra pixels, RAM and storage with a Dell XPS 13 or HP Spectre x360 14. So, it isn’t the very best cut price, however you might be getting a wonderful laptop computer. The center $1,600 configuration offers you some headroom for the long run. And though it is missing a few useful options discovered on competing laptops, it makes up for it with distinctive components of its personal.

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer Guide RS

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R20 CPU (multicore)

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer Guide RS

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

PCMark 10 Professional Version

Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer Guide RS

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming video playback battery drain check (minutes)

Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer Guide RS

Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482

Razer Guide 13 (late 2020)

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System Configurations

Razer Guide 13 (late 2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 256GB SSD
Asus ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch) Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 3.0GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Acer AP714-51T Porsche Design Acer Guide RS Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Dell XPS 13 9310 Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,267MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512MB SSD
HP Envy x360 13 (2020) Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (64-bit); 2.3GHz; AMD Ryzen 5 4500U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 512MB Radeon graphics; 256GB SSD

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