Razer Blade Stealth 13 vs Apple Macbook Pro 13 M1: Which One is Better for Editing?

Razer Blade Stealth 13 vs Apple Macbook Pro 13

In this comparison review, we compare the Razer Blade Stealth 13 against Apple Macbook Pro 13 M1 laptop. We’ll see which one is performing better for the price we pay for it. let’s find the better laptop for you all.

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Razer Blade Stealth 13Apple MacBook Pro 13
PROSPROS
Sleek, attractive chassis.
Solid gaming performance.
Powerful THX Spatial Audio.
Excellent performance.
Great battery life.
Solid keyboard and trackpad.
CONSCONS
Poor battery life.No external GPU support.
Just two Thunderbolt ports.

SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLAYRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
Diagonal Size13.3″ OLED Full HD Touch 60Hz display,
13.3″ Full HD Matte 120Hz display
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology
Resolution1680 x 1050, 1440 x 900, 1024 x 640
LCD Backlight Technology
Monitor Features500 nits brightness, Wide color (P3), True Tone technology, 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors, 2560-by-1600 native resolution
PROCESSORRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
CPU11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 Quad-Core Processor
Apple M1 chip 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores with 16-core Neural Engine
Clock Speed
Cache
MEMORYRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
Speed
Technology
Size16GB dual-channel (fixed)8GB unified memory configurable upto 16GB
HARD DRIVERAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
Storage512GB256GB, 512GB configurable up to 2TB
Spindle SpeedSSD
AUDIO & VIDEORAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
Graphic ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q (4GB GDDR6 VRAM)8-core GPU or Intel Iris Plus graphics
Sound3.5mm Combo-Jack,
4 Speakers + Smart Amp,
THX Spatial Audio,
4 Mic Array
Stereo speakers with high dynamic range, Wide stereo sound, Support for Dolby Atmos playback
CameraWindows Hello built-in IR HD webcam (1MP / 720P)720p FaceTime HD camera
OPERATING SYSTEMRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
TypeWindows 10 HomemacOS
CONNECTIONSRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
Ports2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB-A),
2 Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) + Power
Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports with support for: Charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s),
USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s),
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s)
Memory card
COMMUNICATIONSRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
Wireless ProtocolIntel Wireless-AX 201 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) and Bluetooth 5.1802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible and Bluetooth 5.0
Wired Protocol
BATTERYRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
Capacity53.1 WHr58.2 WHr
Cells
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
Width11.99 in11.97 in
Depth8.27 in8.36 in
Height0.60 in0.61 in
Weight3.11 lbs3 lbs
MISCELLANEOUSRAZER BLADE STEALTH 13APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13
ColorBlackSilver, Space gray
KeyboardSingle-zone RGB powered by Razer ChromaBacklit Keyboard magic keyboard
AVAILABLE OPTIONSOption-1
Option-2
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INTRODUCTION:

This is the late 2020 edition with Intel 11th generation U-series quad-core CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics inside. So, as ever the blade is just about unique in being something this small in this light that has reasonably powerful dedicated graphics and now with the 11th gen platform. On the other hand, we have Apple Macbook Pro 13 for comparison. It has the M1 chip which performs really better than any other chips used in the older Macbooks. also, the thermal and fan noise is so much improved. So, let’s see what else is happening inside these laptops.

Razer Blade Stealth 13

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION:

Razer Blade Stealth 13

In terms of the physical design, this looks just like the last generation and the generation before that model and that’s not a bad thing, it’s sort of like Apple and their Macbook. Still, it got CNC aluminum unibody black in color and the Razer snake logo is also black, so no more bright green color makes it look a little more gaming laptop than you might want.

When it comes to the keyboards and the trackpads, the trackpads are Microsoft precision and the keyboards have short travel. I’m not hugely fond of the Razer for typing but it’s not horrible. It is chroma RGB but it’s not per-key or even zone back but it’s a single color, you can choose any single color you like and the whole keyboard will be in one color. For that all, it’s using Razer Synapse software to control it.

Apple Macbook Pro 13

As we all know, design-wise, there is new in this laptop. We can say that it has the same old 13-inch Macbook Pro body as the non-M1. The latest Intel version has 4 Thunderbolt port while this one has only two, that shows how old this design is. You can easily carry this around and also can do hard-core works, that’s the main advantage of this laptop. 

The more enjoyable thing in this Macbook Pro has been the keyboard. Even though it has speed improvement, the smaller footprint, how quiet it runs, and amazing battery life, the keyboard on this Macbook Pro 13 is so much better than the buffer fly switches keyboard. I actually enjoy typing on this laptop. 

DISPLAY QUALITY:

Razer Blade Stealth 13

When it comes to displays, you have two options here. First one has 120 hertz fast refresh full HD display and that’s matte non-touch and there’s a 4K OLED touchscreen option. So for gamers, I think you’re going to go with the full HD matte display for the faster refresh rate and because the laptop’s not really powerful enough to drive games at 4K anyway and then 4K is a little overkill for a 13-inch laptop display if you’re playing games. The 4k is there for those of you who are getting this for content creation or those of you who want to do really fast photo editing on the go or you’re doing 4K video editing. So, we had that full HD 120-hertz display and I was quite pleased with it. It’s a sharp panel and it’s got good brightness, it’s got very nice contrast. Experientially, this looks like a very crispy and colorful display. It’s matte, so no glare on it.

Apple Macbook Pro 13

The display on this one is great. It’s bright enough, colors are extremely accurate for video and photo editing, and the display is sharp. Basically, this is what you’d expect from Apple when it comes to their professional series of laptops. Having a 120 hertz on the Apple is just awesome. Also, the bezels are looking pretty dated. 

Apple M1 Macbook Pro 13

FEATURES:

Razer Blade Stealth 13

The price point is still high, it’s $1799 for the full HD version and it’s $2000 for the 4K OLED version of this. So, you’re not buying this versus the Razer Blade 15 base edition to save money clearly, you can get a slightly more powerful 15-inch base edition actually for about the same price but you can this if you want something that’s smaller, lighter, more portable. 

For those prices, you get 16 GB of DDR4 dual-channel RAM which’s soldered on board, that’s the only option that Razer offers, and a 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD, it’s M.2 so that is upgradable if you want to upgrade that. So, that’s a pretty nice configuration for the price.

You got a four-speaker system total around the keyboard like Macbook style. They’re sounding good. There’s not a lot of basses but a little better than average certainly for a 13-inch ultrabook in terms of bass and very good volume. It supports THX audio and you’ve got the headphone jack too.

Apple Macbook Pro 13

This Macbook Pro 13 has the latest M1 chip with an 8-core with a 16-core Neural engine and it also has the Intel version if you want to buy it. For the graphics, it has 8-core graphics. It has a 13-inch display with different resolutions and up to 500 nits of brightness which is good enough for all the conditions. It also has a dynamic sound speaker which is good enough for media consumption. It has different options for RAM and storage size. For input and outputs, it only has two Thunderbolt ports. 

Speaker-wise, they sound pretty good but not as well as the 16-inch Macbook Pro as it has more depth. Comparing to the iPad Pro, this sounds really good. 

PERFORMANCE:

Razer Blade Stealth 13

It’s kind of ironic, the most exciting thing about the Intel 11th gen CPUs for ultrabooks is the new Intel Xe integrated graphics, it’s almost twice as fast as the outgoing Iris graphics or Iris Plus graphics. Here, most of the time, if you’re really doing things that require graphics, you’re going to be using that nice NVIDIA GTX GPU that’s built-in. The GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q well is about 7% faster than the non-Ti version. Still, you do get a little bit better performance from the CPU versus what Razer did more than a year ago where we saw the wattage for the CPU not really hitting where we wanted to hit. This one is happy to use 15 to 40 watts of power when it’s performing hard.

Also thankfully, Razer takes cooling seriously and this is something where they really have a leg up against some of their competitors. In terms of cooling, it’s actually very effective. I was impressed with the thermals of this when running synthetic benchmarks which are often more punishing than real-world use. Seeing temperatures for CPU in the 80s to 90s where often we see upper 90s to thermal throttling at the 100 degrees centigrade max. Also, we have Thunderbolt 4 which isn’t a big leap forward in terms of Thunderbolt technology, still 40 gigabits per second but you can now connect to 4K monitors at 60 frames per second or one 8K monitor. You got more bandwidth for both data and display, so there are some improvements there.

When it comes to performance, Razer does a better than average job of cooling with this and we’re seeing good wattage usage on the CPU here. So, it’s not like it’s being constrained. The Dell XPS 13 running the same 11th gen CPU does score a little bit higher on Synthetic benchmarks but not a wide difference and this is doing it at cooler temperatures. If you are going to buy this for things like gaming on the road, it’s better than I really would have expected at this point because you’re still dealing with nominally U-series CPUs, not the six or eight-core CPUs that you see on gaming laptops or like the Blade 15 and it will depend on what kind of game you’re playing. Typically, open-world games use more CPU whereas first-person shooters are heavier on the GPU, so this will do better on first-person shooters. When testing on Battlefield 5, it exercises both the CPU and the GPU, it did surprisingly well and it got playable frame rates. The temperatures on this were fairly civilized. The fan noise from the dual fans isn’t bad, I mean you will hear them when you’re playing games or you’re exporting 4K video but it’s not like the Razer blade from years ago that filled a room with horrible sound.

Surface temperatures can get toasty as this is a thin laptop with a metal chassis just like the XPS 13 or even the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 which is not the skinniest laptop among these super portable powerhouses but they’ll all get real toasty on the bottom where the CPU and the GPU are and a bit on the keyboard but nothing I found that uncomfortable or that unusual for everyday use. If you’re doing productivity tests or you’re streaming video or even compiling code, then it doesn’t get hot in the least.

Apple Macbook Pro 13

Keyboard and portability are just the starts of positive things but where the Macbook Pro 13 M1 shines is the performance, thermal management, and efficiency. This is the 16 GB RAm with 1 TB SSD and I am not running to any issues with RAM and slowdown in SSD speeds. I had multiple tabs open and multiple apps running in the background plus edited a photo in Photoshop with multiple layers, all at the same time with zero issues. Editing photos in Lightroom and Photoshop is my favorite thing to do on this Macbook Pro M1, especially since not both of the applications are fully supported for Apple Silicone. I have been edited some videos on this laptop and it’s been perfectly fine while I do that all works. 

The next important thing in this one is thermal management. This one has a fan but most of the time, you will think that it doesn’t. It’s insanely quiet and it doesn’t run hot and it’s more than enough for photo and video editing tasks. The only time I heard the fans noise come out is exporting and rendering video but even then, it’s not that loud. Thermal throttling is minimal or non-existence in this Macbook Pro M1 and it has hardly any effects on performance. It’s rare that a laptop with this much performance has good thermal management. The third one that needs to be addressed is efficiency. Once again, the performance here is simply mind-blowing.  

Apple M1 Macbook Pro 13

BATTERY:

Razer Blade Stealth 13

For the battery, we have the same 53-watt hour battery. Battery life isn’t really very different from the last generation and it will depend heavily on which display you go for. The 4K display does use quite a bit more power, so two to the three-hour difference in runtime. With our full HD display 120 hertz, I was seeing doing mixed productivity and streaming video at 150 nits of brightness, I got about seven hours, that’s not engaging the dedicated GPU. The power brick on it is larger than average, certainly for an ultrabook because it has to power that GPU but it’s still not as big or as heavy as the one that you get with the Blade 15. It’s a 100-watt USB-C-based connector for the charger.

Apple Macbook Pro 13

The M1 Macbook Pro claims 20 hours on a single charge. This claim is almost correct for works like web browsing, mailing, and doing some light photo editing, you can get around 18 hours of battery life but not more. I can easily edit two videos without the need to charge, that’s more than enough. 

WHICH TO BUY?

In my opinion, both of these laptops will be better to buy if you’re thinking to buy a laptop for editing works. With the Macbook Pro M1, you should buy another all-in-one Doc separately as it has only two Thunderbolt ports, and also the price range is a little bit high not too much. The Razer Blade Stealth is also a good option for editing works and gaming with plenty of ports.

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