The slim, lightweight package is something Razer fans are already accustomed to, and they’ll also appreciate some other familiar features. The most prominent of these is Razer Chroma integration which allows users to customize the colors of individual buttons on the keyboard. You can set these to a rainbow theme if you wish, or use them to highlight shortcut-specific keys for programs like Photoshop, Premiere or more. This way, Razer said the lighting helps with productivity and isn’t simply for a fun aesthetic.
The Book 13 also has a few other features brought over from its gaming-focused siblings. The keyboard is flanked by two upward facing speakers for clearer sound, and has similar THX audio enhancements to the Blade series. The Book 13 also has a vapor chamber cooling system to keep things cool and running smoothly (and quietly, which reduces distraction according to Razer.) It also supports the company’s Core X external GPU through a Thunderbolt cable.
You won’t need to hook up the eGPU if you’re not looking for a more intensive gaming session — the Book 13 comes with either an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Iris Xe graphics which should be enough for casual play. You’ll also get either 8GB or 16GB of RAM so multitasking should be smooth. Those who want extra storage can opt for the 512GB configuration or upgrade to a 2TB drive.
Since the Book 13 is certified under Intel’s Evo program, that means they’re supposed to last at least 9 hours, recharge up to 4 hours of use in 30 minutes, and offers features like instant wake and modern standby.
All this is wrapped up in a CNC-milled frame with an anodized white finish that’s electro-chemically bonded to the aluminum body. Razer said this makes the Book 13 durable and scratch-resistant. Only one color option is available — this “mercury white” is the same as the one in the creator-focused Blade 15 series. The Book 13 starts at $1,199 and you can already pre-order it today. Units will start shipping later this month.
Update (at 3:11pm ET): Shortly after this article was published, Razer informed Engadget that the nontouch variant of the Book 13 had just received Intel’s Evo certification. Intel also reached out subsequently to say that the Evo certification doesn’t require a touchscreen, and that the battery life criteria is a minimum of 9 hours “real-world”. We have updated this post to reflect that.