Razer Blade Stealth Laptop On Linux, Various Linux Laptop Performance Metrics

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 30 August 2017 at 10:55 AM EDT. Page 9 of 9. 29 Comments.

To no surprise, the Stealth with its Kabylake Core i7 CPU was leading the board in the CPU tests...


And a quick look at the battery power usage during those laptop benchmarks.

That's it for the Linux data I have to share today from the Razer Blade Stealth. I hope you found these numbers interesting. even if you were not interested in a Blade Stealth upgrade but even if you've been curious how the Windows 10 vs. Linux power usage is looking, how various Linux distributions are comparing on the power front, how the different out-of-the-box boot times are across popular distributions, and of course the assortment of other benchmarks found in this article.

The Razer Blade Stealth has the potential to be a daily laptop/ultrabook for Linux users. The downsides though is the potential battery/EC matter if you happen to receive an affected model, the web camera running into some glitches, and Razer not yet offering their customization software on Linux. Keep in mind they are at least not yet officially supporting Linux on their products.

It will be very interesting to see over the months ahead with regards to what decisions they have reached for supporting Linux. Seeing a Linux-friendly laptop from a major OEM would certainly be very exciting with right now the only viable option being the Dell XPS 13 if wanting a Linux pre-loaded laptop in the US from a major manufacturer. But at least when checking this week, the Linux-loaded XPS 13 is no longer available from Dell.com in the US. While there are the options from System76, ZaReason, Purism, and others, they are often more costly due to not producing at-scale, in many instances re-branded of Clevo or other white boxes, and tend to not be as expedited in shipping latest-generation designs. As well, not generally as speedy shipping or as easy availability as from a tier-one OEM.

Here's to hopefully an interesting 2018 for Linux laptops! Thanks again to Razer for providing access to the Blade Stealth for Linux testing.

Thanks to the test automation of the Phoronix Test Suite, you can easily see how your own Linux laptop(s) compare performance wise to the results in this article. Such as if wanting to compare the cross-distribution numbers on the Razer Blade Stealth, with the Phoronix Test Suite installed simply run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1708308-TY-RAZERLAPT10. Or to compare to the broader Linux laptop comparison, simply run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1708304-TY-1708299TY14.

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