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Upgrading the Razer Blade Stealth to Windows Precision Drivers


I have a late 2016 Razer Blade Stealth (basically a "normal" 2016 model updated with an i7 7500U) and it comes with a Synaptics trackpad. I always thought the touchpad wasn't too bad - not quite up to the standards I expect from a Mac but it did the job and had multiple gesture support etc. Then a week ago I bought my wife a Microsoft Surface Laptop, and while setting it up I realised just how "bad" my trackpad on my Stealth really felt. The Surface Laptop has an excellent trackpad - easily as good as anything coming out of Cupertino - and I wanted the same easy gliding feel on my one-and-a-half year old Stealth.

A quick Google showed up a lot of people saying to switch over to the Windows Precision Drivers - basically the Microsoft tweaked drivers set up for Windows 10 - so armed with a USB mouse to use when it all went South I started down a path I can honestly say I haven't done in about a decade; wrangling Windows device drivers!

Follow this article over at Windows Central through to the end, but don't follow the step to "Search automatically for updated driver software", instead download the updated drivers provided by Razer from here and run that. One more reboot later and you'll be set! You can open up the Settings app and check under Trackpad, you should see "Your PC has a precision touchpad". While here you can also tweak any gestures etc you want to use.

I can honestly say it feels like a new laptop now, no exaggeration. The Precision drivers are so much nicer it makes me wonder why it didn't ship with them from the start - things scroll so much smoother now, it really is a joy to use. I have no idea if this works on later Razer Blade Stealth laptops (or if it's even still needed - do the new ones come with the driver already installed?) but if you're not running the Precision drivers you really are missing out imho.