As a whole the Blade Stealth has a good chance of being a good performing, small machine. It’s the right size for travel and Kaby Lake should help provide a modicum of confidence when doing general business tasks. If you wanted, presumably you could even render a small video in a decent amount of time on the iGPU. But that could be stretching it a bit. In practical terms, the Blade Stealth feels responsive on the desktop, though there’s a noticeable delay when moving the cursor with the touchpad. Even after adjusting the responsiveness in the settings.
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Just like the Yoga 910 we recently reviewed, the Blade Stealth isn’t a gaming machine on its own. This wee machine needs to be paired with the GPU dock in order to actually play games. At least to play anything more casual than a webGL session on Facebook. That said, it is still possible to play a few less demanding games with lower settings. DiRT Rally and Civilization VI come to mind. So we won’t be testing heavily with games as we have laptops with separate GPUs. There’s just no point, really. And again, unfortunately we don’t have the magical Razer Core to actually test with, either.
In case you were wondering, however. On the lowest settings at 1080P using DX12 in Ashes of the Singularity, the Blade Stealth achieved a very impressive 7FPS. Similarly, with DX12, the lowest settings and a 1080P resolution in HITMAN, the Blade Stealth managed 13FPS. Civilization VI is a bit more acceptable with 30FPS.
Ideally you’ll not be gaming on this alone so this capability is not missed. This is, however, quite the multitasking productivity demon. Though it doesn’t quite last as long as you might enjoy, so you won’t be enjoying a full playthrough of Civ VI.