Battery life is improved over its predecessor, though not by the large amount that might be expected. In this new model of the Blade Stealth they’ve managed to pack in a 53.6Wh battery. Though it may not be enough. Or the firmware is a bit more thirsty than usual. Thankfully you can charge this on the go with battery packs straight into the Type-C port. Useful, though perhaps annoying.
6 hours and 29 minutes isn’t terrible but it isn’t groundbreaking either. Especially considering the specifications inside. It’s not the fastest Kaby Lake i7, nor does it have a dedicated GPU or the top tier screen. But it is enough to get through the day doing office type work. Lowering the screen brightness does help save some power, as does putting the keyboard on a more energy friendly hue. Though that last one doesn’t help that much. Overall it’s good enough but it could always be better considering thinner machines with nearly the same specifications can do better.
Temperature, too, is something that’s mostly handle correctly. Being an aluminium chassis, though, you can feel the temperature. The outside can reach some fairly high temperatures. As high as 95-degrees. But the internals, the CPU and iGPU, stay fairly nicely cool. The fans, however, do get a tad loud in order to keep things as nicely cool. The result is all that heat on your lap. Which isn’t always good.
Noise is good while doing the normal things you might be doing on the desktop, or while watching movies or streaming music. It doesn’t spin up and temps keep low enough to not worry. When you want to, though, the Blade Stealth will let you know that it’s on. The fans can get loud. But the good news is that they’re also efficient and actually pushing out some serious air, too. Also, they aren’t that terribly annoying when loud and there’s no high-pitched frequencies to make it worse. It’s just there.