Best eGPUs: Add Graphics Power to Your Laptop – Laptop Mag
The Razer Core is made for the Blade Stealth both literally and figuratively. While the Core will work with other laptops, the Stealth is rather finicky when it comes to its eGPU. Despite its heavy frame, the Core is exceptionally svelte, allowing it to squeeze into more narrow spaces. I’m also a fan of the easy accessibility of the box’s Quick Release handle.
Design: The Core just looks like a Razer product, which is a plus. Like the Blade Stealth, Blade Pro and Blade, the Core is made of jet-black CNC aluminum that’s at once ominous and stunning. It even has the three-headed snake logo occupying the right side of the device.
Razer added its trademark Chroma lighting to the bottom front of the device and the interior, which can be seen through the large grate on the right. Similar to other Razer products, you can change the lighting via the company’s cloud-based Synapse app. You can even match the lights to certain zones on the laptops. All that aluminum adds up, though, as the Core weighs 10.8 pounds, despite its crazy slim 11.8 x 5.1 x 1.7-inch frame.
Ports: The Core has four USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3, a Gigabit Ethernet and the power port.
Accessibility: The inside of the Core isn’t as cool-looking as the Asus’ internals, but the process is just as simple. At the back of the device is a large Quick Release handle. Simply deploy it from its resting position and pull backward to expose the Core’s interior.
Compatibility: Since it’s designed specifically for the Blade Stealth, the Core works with the notebook almost the second you plug it in. The box also worked with the T470, but not the MacBook Pro.
Value: Sleek looks and cool lighting aside, $499 is a bit steep, especially when you have to factor in the cost of a GPU. Paired with our $419.99 GPU, the Core’s price jumps to $919.89. But for the price, you get Razer’s sturdy design and easy-access interior. Plus, if you’re looking to augment a Blade Stealth, you don’t have much of a choice, because few other products worked with that laptop.