Razer Book, A Laptop That Can Be Used For Almost Everything
Razer is betting on teams that not only serve to play, but are perfectly camouflaged in a less gamer and more serious office environment. The world of technology is becoming very boring when it comes to computers, and more specifically, laptops. So it seems that the best way to stand out in the picture is either to do ridiculous things like put two screens on it or do everything possible well and discreetly.
It seems that Razer, despite the fact that its logo is a three-headed snake and always tries to put colors in all its equipment and accessories, prefers to opt for the latter when it comes down to it. The 14-inch Razer Book is a good example of this.
On the one hand, because yes, it is a device made on purpose to be more discreet because it is not a gaming laptop, but a work laptop. On the other, because it plays all the keys properly and does not introduce weird things that could spoil the set of specifications.
We are facing a very powerful computer, but one that is not good for playing games. The model that I analyzed has the following:
- 11th Generation Intel i7 1165G7 Processor
- Intel Xe graphics processor
- 13.4-inch FHD and 60hz screen
- 16GB of RAM LPDDR4X at 4267MHz
- 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB-A type 3.2 port, HDMI 2.0 output, card reader and headphone input
- Windows Hello Compatible Camera
- Four speakers with THX Spatial Audio and four microphones
In other words, it is one of the most powerful laptops of the moment if we do not take into account its graphics card. Although Razer can put a very powerful GPU in a body like that of this laptop, in this case its objective was another: that it be light, that its battery lasts many hours and that it be an office equipment for many years.
In my month of using the Razer Book, I couldn’t have been more delighted to work with it. I needed some time to adapt to its keyboard, as it is not the usual standard in laptops, but it was a pleasure to write on it and I did not miss the mechanical keyboard that I normally use. It’s kind of like an alternate version of the keyboards that Apple always makes. The same with the touchpad: it is so large and precise that you don’t need a mouse to use it for hours. I wish the webcam was a little better, but this is a criticism that could be made by 100% of computers on the market.
As long as I left it charged, I could take it to the newsroom without the charger (which is perhaps too bulky) and work all day without fear of running out of battery. I have managed to get an average of 9-10 hours out of it, sometimes reaching the 11 that the company itself promises.
The best way to ensure that your computer works properly is to dive into Razer Synapse, the software that manages your computer’s power and performance. If you need more battery, you can adapt everything you need to get the last gram of lithium out of the box. And if you are going to play, the same with its power.
Although this computer is not intended for gaming, because it does not have a dedicated graphics, the Intel Xe technology included in the 11th generation processors is surprising and I have been surprised by the performance with games traditionally too powerful for this type of notebook.
Diablo 3, which is already a few years old and is light, goes perfect with everything up. The Witcher 3 is playable, like on a console, at 30fps and with the graphics in between. Cyberpunk 2077 was going to hurt, but if you want to play Counter Strike: Global Offensive or Fortnite, you will be able to do it quietly as long as you limit some graphic aspects.
Razer is making its range of accessories and less gamers and more office equipment stand out for its power and good design, and I hope that they will continue to bet on this line in the years to come. There are few options so well tucked, so discreet and with all the ports you need to work without the need for extra accessories.