Yeah, gaming on PC is great and all, but what if you want to, you know, accomplish other stuff too?
Today, Razer has announced a brand new line of ultrathin laptops that are, rather interestingly, hyper-focused on productivity over gaming. Dubbed the Book 13, Razer’s much-requested foray into portable computing solutions for busy professionals and college students seems to be aimed at “go-getters, side-hustlers, and spirited entrepreneurs of today’s mobile world”, at least according to the official press release.
The mercury white Razer Book 13 pioneers an entirely separate line from the company’s more gaming-focused, and similarly thin, Blade Stealth. It boasts the first Intel Evo certification for a Razer device, a quality stamp which entails features like all-day (alleged) 14-hour battery life, instant wake, modern standby for uninterrupted email and notifications, and a fast charge that should go from zero to 4 hours of use time in under 30 minutes of charging.
Coming in at only 0.60 inches thin and weighing right around 3 pounds, the Book 13 is supposedly 10 percent smaller than Razer’s smallest laptop offering, the beforementioned Blade Stealth. This, along with a sleek CNC build with aluminum chassis, should make the Book 13 ridiculously easy to lug around to classes and meetings. That’s not to mention the given durability that should come along with such manufacturing standards.
As you know, the Book 13 wouldn’t be a proper Razer product without signature Chroma RGB integration, and rest assured, it’s here in spades. You can customize different illuminations for programs and macros via per-key programs through Razer’s Synapse 3 software, and it should be a nice contrast over the Book 13’s white keyboard finish.
On the processor front, the Book 13 will be available in up to an 11th gen Intel Core i7 CPU, which will measure in at up to 2.8GHz and 4.8GHz turbo clock speeds. This is at the top end of the Book 13 line, but there will also be a lower tier i5 configuration for people who don’t necessarily require that kind of horsepower. Regardless, both the i7 and i5 setups will be equipped with Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics solution.
Razer says that the Iris Xe is a big step up from previous generations of Intel’s integrated graphics, and while the Book 13 is primarily situated to utilize Iris for productivity purposes, you should still be able to run most modern games on the side with “decent framerates”. And if you do choose to partake in some gaming, the Book 13 has vapor chamber cooling, a thermal regulating hardware feature that Razer is bringing over from its gaming laptops.
In terms of memory, the Book 13 will have up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM, as well as 512GB of PCIE SSD storage that’s user-upgradable up to 2TB. A 13.4 inch custom calibrated display (FHD+ Non-Touch, FHD+ Touch or UHD Touch), ultra-thin bezels and Gorilla Glass 6 rounds out the package.
Additionally, to round out the productivity side of things, the Book 13 will be equipped with Wi-Fi 6 capability and a whole bunch of dongle-free ports that should make presentations and plugging in for work especially simple. This includes IO like HDMI 2.0, a micro-SD card reader, 2 Thunderbolt 4 USB-C power ports, a USB 3.2 Type A port and a 3.5MM jack for headphones and microphones.
Also, if you’re intent on additionally using the Book 13 for more intense gaming, you can plug it in to Razer’s Core X eGPU for increased graphical performance. Overall, this fresh Razer venture seems like a solid offering for fans who want a little less gaming and a little more practicality, and I should have some hands-on impressions to publish very soon.
Razer’s Book 13 pricing starts at $1,199.99 for the base i5 FHD+ Non-Touch model, rises to $1,599.99 for the i7 FHD+ Touch model and ends at $1,999.99 for the i7 UHD Touch edition.
On that note, Razer will be hosting a live event at 7 PM tonight, November 5, at the RazerStore in Las Vegas, wherein CEO Min will be unboxing the Book 13. You can watch it below:
This article only touches the surface of the line’s basic specifications, but you can check out all the specific configuration details on Razer’s website, where the Book 13 is currently up for pre-order. Razer’s new laptop should start shipping out to customers sometime later this month.