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Razor Book 13 Review: A sober ultrabook in admirable form

Razor Book 13 Review: A sober ultrabook in admirable form

Teja Wu’s air is when you look at Razor’s book 3. Apparently, its one-piece aluminum shell is strongly reminiscent of a particular MacBook Pro. However, the book is monolithic with 13 flat surfaces and four elegant rounded corners.

Once not customized, here we use a very sober design in one part of the razor. © Digital

The opening is made with one finger. Be careful, the hood is magnetic, so you need help. When opened, the book 13 reveals a 13.5-inch screen with very thin bezels, which, by our calculations, bring up more than 90% of the space.

The keyboard located between the two speakers is made up of white keys. It can obviously be customized thanks to the RGB backlink and Razor Synapse software. In addition, the razor will adjust the backlight to suit the game you are playing to clearly differentiate the chroma keys and their function.

The razor recognizes software applications and changes the keyboard backlight.  © Digital

The razor recognizes software applications and changes the keyboard backlight. © Digital

Decent size, touchpad is responsive and we have no problem making various gestures of Windows 10. Dragging is also easily implemented.

Connections are distributed on each side of the chassis, with the Thunderbolt 4 port, HDMI port and microSD card reader on the right. On the left, there is a second Thunderbolt port, along with a USB port and a combo microphone / headphone jack.

© Digital

© Digital

The network area is provided by the Intel AX210 chip, thus providing WiFi 6 (2400 MB / s) and Bluetooth 5.2 for the Razor book. The webcam has a definition of 720p and Windows Hello is compatible with its infrared applications. The quality of this webcam is desirable, but the face recognition for opening your session works without any hindrance.

The cooling of the Ultrabook is provided by two fans located on either side of the chassis. Underneath, there are two large openings to ensure the supply of fresh air, and hot air is extracted in the section at the hinge level.

The openings for the fans vary with the rest of the design.  © Digital

The openings for the fans vary with the rest of the design. © Digital

After 15 minutes of encryption on the handbrake, we noted a maximum temperature of 44 C above the keyboard. At the latter level, the temperature peak is located in the center – we can guess the presence of two fans. The touchpad is cool in all conditions with 32 C.

Ventilation does not seem optimal.  © Digital

Ventilation does not seem optimal. © Digital

Although we do not misunderstand Razor Book 13 from a thermal perspective, it is based on sinful noise pollution. Even when we are not using the system, the ventilation is active most of the time, despite the low noise level, which is still annoying. Simply browsing the internet or watching video should generally be possible without ventilation. After 15 minutes of encryption, the ventilation was increased to 50 cm from the keyboard with 37 dB. So this is a very audible breath; We are definitely far from the hassle of a computer Gaming, But the phenomenon must be taken into account.

Small scaling, lots of seals: DIY enthusiasts don't like the razor.  © Digital

Small scaling, lots of seals: DIY enthusiasts don’t like the razor. © Digital

Tearing the razor book 13 is not a problem. Once the 10 torque screws have been removed, you must loosen the two lugs on the back of the touchpad and finally slowly lift the shell and unscrew the third lug on the motherboard.

The potential for evolution of the Razr Book 13 is slim because only the battery and SSD are removable. We also notice that the seals are fitted at the level of all the screws that can be replaced. Apparently, Razor doesn’t really want to put your fingers inside the 13th of your book.

Our test Razor Book 13 is powered by an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with quad hyper threaded cores reaching 4.7 GHz. The whole thing comes with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD.

Remember to enable performance mode on the Razr Synapse to take full advantage of the Core i7-1165G7.  © Digital

Remember to enable performance mode on the Razr Synapse to take full advantage of the Core i7-1165G7. © Digital

The Intel Core i7-1165G7 is now a well-known processor because the Razr Book 13 was the seventh engine that passed into our hands. As our tests progressed we noticed that its performance mainly depended on the systems used by the manufacturer. So in the Acer Swift 3x, it gets the code of 74, in the HP Specter x360, it only peaks at 49. The Razr Book 13 gets the code of 68 with its Core i7-1165G7, the management software for running the performance system on Razr’s Synapse.

Differently, the Razor Book 13 is based on symmetric mode, which controls the processor to a DDP of 20 W, while the Razor is projected at 35 W DDP. It is necessary to switch to performance mode to get the latter. Our index has evolved from 60 in balanced mode to 68 in performance mode. This is especially beneficial for highly multitreaded applications.

Two of our games are reserved for PCs not reserved for gamers, Overwatch And Diablo3, Razor Book 13 does it with c. Under Diablo3 While the full specs are set to maximum in full HD, the average is 63 fps Overwatch 68 FPS with minimum set details.

Version 13 of our book offers a touchscreen IPS panel that displays 1920 x 1200 px. As we saw just above, 90% thanks to the 16:10 design and excellent borders.

90% aggression rate and 16:10 format is commendable.  © Digital

90% aggression rate and 16:10 format is commendable. © Digital

Under our investigation, the IPS team was of good quality. Therefore, the delta power is below 3 with 1.3 measurements. This is slightly lower than the average of PCs tested with 1450: 1 – nothing dangerous, and therefore – the temperature is just above the best video quality (6550K) measured at 6721K. The rearrangement of the panel also averaged 23 ms. Despite its glossy finish, the Razor Book 13 has a low reflectivity of 25.1%. Therefore the anti-reflective treatment used by the razor is of very good quality. A polished tile without treatment usually gets 50% value, while a good matte tile can be up to 15%.

The brightness of the panel is above average (352 cd / m²) with measurements of 452 cd / m². Note that Book 13 is equipped with an ambient light sensor.

From left to right, gamma curve, color temperature and delta e.  © Les Numerix

From left to right, gamma curve, color temperature and delta e. © Les Numerix

The speaker never crossed the lock key.  Shift.  © Digital

The speaker never crossed the lock key. Shift. © Digital

It was a good idea for the razor to place its speakers close to the keyboard, which eliminates the need to cover them with your hands while typing, or even rely on a stand for sound quality. Don’t be fooled by the size of the grills, as the speakers occupy only a third of them. Listening, the sound is perfect, the bass is not as usual, the high quality is no longer there. The deviation is highly marked throughout.

Headphone output tracking can accommodate headphones.  © Digital

Headphone output tracking can accommodate headphones. © Digital

On the other hand, the Razor Book 13’s headphone output is 230 MVRMS with a high output level, which is great for tracking headphones. Deviation and dynamic range are average, below is the crossstock.

The razor book 13 measures 29.5 x 19.8 cm, is slightly smaller than the A4 sheet and is 1.5 cm thick. It weighs 1.38 kg at our size and its 65K charger with its main cable weighs 309 g. Apparently, with such measurements, Razor Book 13 fits into any bag. However, we regret having a main cable, and would have preferred a module type charger, especially since the charger is so compact.

The charger is compact and the mains cable is very low.  © Digital

The charger is compact and the mains cable is very low. © Digital

Powered by a 55 Wh battery, the Razr Book 13 achieves 8 hours and 47 minutes of autonomy with our standard protocol (Netflix under Chrome is bright with a brightness of 200 cd / m², and headphones are plugged in at 50%). A convenient autonomy that you can extend a little more by switching to energy saving mode in Synapse software to get all day.

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