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Razer Book 13 Review Rundown

Razer Inc.Published on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Razer Book 13 Laptop
Neoscore* 74%
  • Sleek, ultraportable design
  • Beautiful Chroma backlighting
  • Great port selection
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Razer's first general productivity laptop, the Book 13 offers excellent build, 16:10 display, lots of screen options, and a great port selection. The Razer Book 13 is powered by 11th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 mobile processors, with support for Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6, and LPDDR4x dual-channel memory.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following[***]:
Razer's first non-gaming notebook is a great little productivity laptop in its own right. It's got a similar CNC unibody aluminum chassis as what you'd get on a MacBook. Instead of a 16:9 display, the Razer Book 13 gets a slightly taller 13.4-inch display.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Lots of screen options
  • Great port selection
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 is Razer's first attempt to make a laptop for the general market. The laptop is significantly smaller than a 13-inch MacBook Pro, while still offering comparable specs. It's powerful enough to run processor-heavy programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, yet small enough to easily fit into carry-on luggage.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Bright 16:10 display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Per-key RGB lighting
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 is the first true nongaming laptop from the company. It features a 16:10 aspect ratio with superthin bezels, as well as the latest 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake processors. The $1,200 base configuration comes with a Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 16:10 screen
  • Great gaming performance
  • Great port selection
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 is the latest system to make the jump to Intel's new Tiger Lake processor. It has a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD. It's outfitted with a Chiclet-style anti-ghosting keyboard with Chroma lighting.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, vivid 60Hz display
  • Sleek design
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre speakers

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Book 13 is essentially identical to the Blade Stealth since they use the same metal materials. The biggest chassis difference between the Book 13 and Blade Stealth lies in the new hinges. The Intel AX201 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 which is one of the requirements for being an Intel Evo laptop. A one-year warranty comes standard compared to three years on more traditional business laptops.
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Pros[**]
  • Small and light for a 13-inch laptop
  • Slim bezels
  • Long battery life
  • Good keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • CPU performance could be better
  • Key feedback could be firmer

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 combines two well-known looks to create something new. Like the Dell XPS 13, the Razer Book uses extremely thin bezels to fit a 13-inch display. The base model, priced at $1,199.99, includes an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with Iris Xe integrated graphics.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • USB Type-A, HDMI, and USB Type-C ports
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcworld[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 40%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 could be a pretty good high-end laptop, but it's hard to recommend for anyone who spends a lot of time typing. Typing on this laptop has been a non-stop headache, due to stiff keys that often fail to register a keystroke. The laptop has speakers on either side of the keyboard, and while they get reasonably loud, they don't offer much bass response.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Solid performance
  • Solid keyboard and trackpad
  • Per-key RGB lighting
Cons[**]
  • Mushy spacebar
  • Lackluster speakers

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 is an Ultrabook that's easy to gush over. From it's design and high-quality aluminum build to its lightweight and portability, what's on the inside is just as impressive. The keyboard is the typical notebook layout without a tenkey, but if you're used to notebooks, that's not unusual. The top-firing speakers offer some of the best sound we've ever heard on a laptop.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, lightweight aluminum design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book aims to be a Razer Blade on the outside and a Dell XPS 13 on the inside. Razer has made an excellent laptop with performance rivaling that of the top Windows clamshells. While the Book 13 is decidedly not a gaming laptop, it is a Razer-branded product.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Thick bezels
  • Only 256GB of storage

tomsguide[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 is the first productivity laptop that gaming tech company Razer has ever released. It's priced slightly above the two top productivity laptops, the Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air M1. The Razer Book 14's 4.4 x 2.7-inch glass touchpad is spacious, and has enough room for your fingertips to move.
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Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • Bright, vivid display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good speakers
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the XPS 13

tomshardware[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 is a productivity notebook, but little has been done to differentiate it from the Razer Blade Stealth. The 16:10 display is surrounded by some of the thinnest bezels I've seen on a laptop. It took the Razer Book 14 minutes and 46 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright 16:10 display
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Somewhat dated design

trustedreviews[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Razer Book 13 is available to buy right now exclusively from the official Razer store, with a starting price of £1199.99. This entry model packs an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a Full HD 60Hz display. The mid-range model sees the processor upgraded to theIntel Core i7-1165G7, a boosted 16GB of memory and a touchscreen Full HD panel – that's all available for £1579.99/$1599.99/€1699.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 13.4-inch display
  • Excellent build quality
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre battery life

references

1. ^ The Razer Book 13 Is the Closest Thing Yet to a Windows MacBook. gizmodo. 2021-02-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Razer Book 13 review: So close to greatness. androidauthority. 2021-04-22 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Razer Book 13 review: Nearly the perfect laptop?. digitaltrends. 2021-02-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Razer Book 13 review. laptopmag. 2020-12-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Razer Book 13 Core i7 Laptop Review: Like an XPS 13, But Faster. notebookcheck. 2020-12-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Razer Book 13 Review. pcmag. 2020-12-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Razer Book 13 review: A slick laptop with a disappointing keyboard. pcworld. 2021-03-04 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Razer Book 13 (2020) review. techradar. 2021-02-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Razer Book 13 review: stop gaming, and get to work. theverge. 2021-02-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Razer Book 13 review. tomsguide. 2021-03-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Razer Book 13 Review: Working Class. tomshardware. 2020-12-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ Razer Book 13 Review. trustedreviews. 2021-03-25 Retrieved 2021-03-25.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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