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The new Razer Blade Stealth is an unusual beast, in a good way. It exists as a product manufactured by a company that proudly states on the cardboard box that it ships in they are “For Gamers, By Gamers” but, like the previous model, it doesn’t really feel like a gaming laptop.

No, the Blade Stealth isn’t a gaming laptop.

But it is one of the best ultrabooks you can buy.

For years, the MacBook Pro was the weapon of choice for people willing to plunk down good money for a powerful laptop with slick design. That it's a staple of both hip coffee shops and design studios reflects just how elegantly it balances the needs of the aesthete and the power user. But when it comes to sleek, well-designed, powerful laptops, it's no longer the obvious choice. Nearly every laptop maker has a striking machine that will bring tears to your eyes when your credit card bill arrives.

I'd customised the brightly lit keyboard of the Razer Blade Stealth with all the meticulousness of a gamer, but I hadn't just customised it for games. When it opened up Photoshop, the most mundane of apps, and the entire keyboard was a rainbow of coloured keys. The Heal key was green, the Move key was blue, and the Crop key was red. While not as fancy as the MacBook Pro's new Touch Bar or the customisable OLED keys on the old Razer Blade Pro, this was a little spec of useful customizability for productive people, and it comes in a $1479 gaming laptop.

Razer has a gaming problem. That might be confusing to hear if you just know the company for its excellent keyboards and mice. Razer is a company built for gamers by gamers, and it has a well-deserved reputation for making great products for its core audience. Some of its products are so good, in fact, that they should be used by way more than just gamers.

Laptops made by gaming companies are usually big, chunky, heavy, bulky slabs of plastic and metal and silicon and glass that you have to carry around with both hands. You don't want to take them too far from their chargers either. Usually. Razer's new Blade Stealth is a laptop from a gaming company, but it's not necessarily a gaming laptop; it's a laptop that can be used for gaming if you're so inclined, but straight out of the box it's essentially a MacBook Pro -- but a cooler MacBook Pro, because it's black and has flashy lights.

Laptops haven't really been exciting for a while now. They keep getting thinner and lighter, trying to fill that narrowing gap between your phone and a desktop computer. Each strikes its own balance between portability, capability and affordability, and generally you have to pick which two of those things you want to go for.

At least that's how I felt about the laptop space before I spent three weeks with Razer's Blade Stealth ultrabook, a matte black aluminum slab of disruption that is somehow just as well-engineered and light -- not to mention way more powerful -- than the super-portable computers from Dell and Apple, all while having a significantly smaller price tag.

Meet Razer's newest ultrabook -- the Blade Stealth -- with a new sleek form factor, the latest Intel Core i7 processor and QHD or 4K display panels.

Starting at $1,549 and with the highest-end version priced at $2,449, this is Razer's attempt to replace your portable computer, your desktop computer and your gaming computer all in one swoop.