Razer Book 13 drops a 28W Intel processor into a gorgeous 16:10 Ultrabook design that is Intel Evo certified.
Razer Book 13: Specs, and everything else
The Book 13 features a 16:10 anti-reflective, factory-calibrated display that seems not too dissimilar to what Dell uses in its highly praised XPS 13 laptops. There are three display options, including full HD with no touch (and matte), full HD with touch, and a “4K” model also with touch. That design allows for exceptionally thin bezels on all four sides. Indeed, Razer claims they are the “world’s thinnest bezels on any 13.4″ panel.”
|OS||Window 10 Home (64-bit)|
Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) Non-Touch
Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) Touch
UHD+ (3840 x 2400) Touch
Gorilla Glass 6
|Processor||28W 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 (2.4 GHz / 3.8 GHz)|
28W 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 (2.8 GHz / 4.7 GHz)
Vapor chamber cooling
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe|
|RAM||8 or 16GB|
|Storage||Up to 512GB PCIe M.2 (upgradeable to 2TB)|
|Security||Windows Hello (face)|
|Ports||1x microSD card reader|
1x HDMI 2.0 port
2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) (power, 4 lanes of PCI Express)
1x USB-C 3.2
|Keyboard||Razer Chroma w/ per-key RGB backlighting|
Windows Hello infrared camera
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6 Intel Wireless AX 201 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac)|
|Audio||2x upward-facing speakers + Smart Amp|
THX Spatial Audio
|Dimensions||0.60″ x 11.6″ x 7.8″ (15.15mm x 295.6mm x 198mm)|
|Battery life||Up to 14 hours (full HD models)|
Up to 11 hours (UHD)
|Weight||2.95 to 3.11lbs (1.34 to 1.4kg)|
T6 CNC Aluminum, anodized
Where things get really interesting is that the processor. Razer uses the more powerful 28-watt 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 (this is that the first time Razer is offering a Core i5 option). Ultrabook laptops typically have just 15-watt processors, so when combined with Razer’s premium vapor chamber cooling, we should always see some exceptional performance we usually don’t get from 13-inch Ultrabooks.
For graphics, Razer opts for Intel Iris Xe graphics rather than a discrete GPU, which is a pleasant differentiator from the Blade Stealth 13. Those needing some serious graphics are going to be pleased to understand Razer is making its popular Core X eGPU in matching mercury white, too.
The ports also are different. lately, many laptops suffice with just a few Type-C Thunderbolts, but Razer is doing that plus more. There are two Thunderbolt 4 ports, but also a Type-A 3.2 for those that still need one. there’s also a full HDMI 2.0 port and micro SD reader, both of which are exceedingly rare on 13-inch non-business laptops.
Audio features two upward-firing amped speakers with THX Spatial Audio (360-degree sound), which should be adequate for this market.
A full per-key Chroma RGB keyboard allows you to pick your color (including plain white) or specific colors for frequently used keys or macros.
Brad Wildes, senior vice chairman and head of Razer’s Systems business unit, had this to mention about Book 13:
Razer Book 13 is Intel Evo certified
The Razer Book 13 models also are now all Intel Evo certified.
Intel Evo is that the second iteration of Project Athena, but more formalized. to satisfy the standards, the laptop must have a slightly displayed, Wi-Fi 6, 11th Gen Core i5 or i7, Xe graphics, far-field microphones, Thunderbolt 4, and an enormous specialization in battery life. that ought to result in:
- Consistent responsiveness on battery.
- Wake from sleep in but 1 second.
- 9 or more hours of real-world battery life on laptops with a Full HD display.
- 4 or more hours of battery life during a 30-minute charge on laptops with Full HD display.
Razer Book 13 is shaping up to be one killer laptop that appears sort of a cross between an XPS 13 and Surface Book. It could all right to make it our greatest Windows Laptop 2020 list pending our review.
Razer Book 13 price and availability
Pricing starts at $1,199 for the Core i5 model without a slight screen, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage (user upgradeable up to 2TB). That model is out there from Razer.com and RazerStore retail locations worldwide this month (November).
Moving up to the $1,600 model, you jump to a Core i7, touch display, and 16GB of RAM. the highest tier is $2,000 and features that “4K” UHD touch display and 512GB of storage. Those Core i7 models start shipping in November 2020 at Razer.com, RazerStore retail locations, and choose retailers within us, Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and China.
Razer will host a live event at 7:00 PM PDT at the RazerStore in Las Vegas today where Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan is going to be talking about and unboxing the new laptop on the Razer YouTube channel.