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Hello Insiders! To commemorate finally acquiring Well-Known Member Status (yayyyy!), I decided to start a thread about a topic that's been on my mind for a while: Razer Blade Stealth vs Alienware 13. I was debating on whether to post or not, but my funny friend Detective_Chimp encouraged me to, so here I am. This is to promote a clean, fair discussion. I realize posting this on Razer's forum obviously introduces bias, but I digress, let's try and stick to the facts here.
STEALTH v. 13
So why these two machines? Gamers have always had to choose 2 between: power, portability, and 'upgradability.' Desktops are powerful and easy to upgrade but not portable at all. Big 'desktop replacement' laptops have specs that match desktops and can be upgraded, but they are only half-portable. Thin ultrabook type gaming laptops have a good amount of power and are easy to travel with, but have components that are soldered onto the motherboard so obsolescence with time is inevitable.
Enter external desktop graphics enclosures. Currently the Blade Stealth and the Alienware 13 are the only gaming laptops on the market small enough to be truly portable while having the ability to connect to desktop graphics cards. Connecting to an eGPU enables users to perpetually upgrade their graphics, arguably the most important component for gaming. This keeps your gaming notebook relevant and future-proof. You can now have all 3: power, portability, and upgradability.
Why am I not giving desktops more consideration? Well if cost wasn't an issue, I think we're at the point where purchasing a laptop is almost always the better choice. Laptops can almost do everything desktops can. You can read about my ideas on this here: Build Pc or wait for Razer blade 14/Core
If you're wondering, yes, I checked the House Rules before writing this and the only one that might be a problem is the rule about 'Promotion of Competitors.' However, this is not meant to be a promotional thread and so I caution against interpreting it as such. Instead, this thread is for intelligent conversation: No h8, just gr8 d-b8 with my m8s.
Let's dive right into it. I made this chart comparing the details of both machines. I highlighted specs (in green) which I think are clear winners. The rest may be up to interpretation.
[Razer Blade Stealth and Core]
[Alienware 13 and Graphics Amplifier]
Some things not explained in the chart deserve to be mentioned. I chose middle-ground configurations because I think these are probably what most people end up buying. In addition, I wanted to get their prices as similar as possible. It is interesting to note that if you start a live chat with a Dell/Alienware representative, you can usually haggle them enough to give you a 10-15% off discount on their laptops. Combined with the other various discounts and rewards, this particular 13 build actually costs less than the Stealth.
The Alienware Graphics Amplifier uses a proprietary connector and is often discounted to $200 from $300. The Razer Core's connects via the Thunderbolt 3 port but its price has not be released yet. It has been speculated on Insider to cost ≈250-$500.
Obviously the Stealth is much thinner and lighter than the 13, but keep in mind that the latter can have all-day battery life, 16GB of RAM, and a discrete internal GPU. Alienware is known for making upgradeable laptops, meaning the CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD, and just about every other component can be removed by the user and replaced or upgraded just like a desktop. However, they recently made the switch from MXM chips to BGA (which received a lot of backlash), meaning the CPU & GPU are now soldered onto the main board.
Which machine reigns supreme? Is there a clear winner? Each good for different situations? Both suck in your opinion? Do you think connecting gaming laptops to desktop graphics will become the new trend? Let me know below in the comments.
A THANKS TO RAZER
I didn't know where else to put this, so I just tacked it onto the end here. You can safely skip this section if you want to move on to the discussion. I just wanted to say thank you to Razer for being awesome. During college up through grad school, I was surrounded by MacBooks (you're not going to want to miss this one bmoconno). In my graduating class, 27 students used MacBooks while 3 used PCs. Something like this was my everyday reality:
For those of you who have read this far, I commend you. On a separate note, the swag and sales were amazing last year!
Thanks for a wonderful year. Thanks to everyone contributing on Insider. Thanks to the community and the Cult of Razer.
I'm looking forward to another year of shenanigans.
RΛZΞR Δ LΨFΞ