Razer is no stranger to making high-performance gaming laptops. With the introduction of 13th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40-series graphics accelerators, developers seem to be trying to squeeze as much power as possible into their new Blade 16 and Blade 18 gaming laptops, which will be released later in this year will be on the market.
The new Razer laptops will be available in different configurations, including versions with 13th generation Intel Core HX processors and GeForce RTX 4090 mobile graphics. Oddly enough, some gaming laptop manufacturers are trying to limit the power consumption of the GPU in order to increase autonomy to increase. Razer is not following this path as the Blade 16 and Blade 18 will use graphics cards with TGP values up to 175W.
Note that the Blade 16 is slightly different in size from the Blade 15. The width of the laptop has increased by just 5mm – 21.99mm versus 16.99mm for the Blade 15. Weighing in at 2.4kg, the Blade 16 laptop can hardly be called heavy, especially considering the level of performance, that it can offer.
Of particular note is the Blade 16 Mini-LED display with an aspect ratio of 16:10, a peak brightness of 1000 cd/m² and two operating modes: 4K at 120 Hz refresh rate and FHD+ at 240 Hz refresh rate. The Blade 18 doesn’t have a choice of screen modes. Choosing modes can be handy depending on what you use the laptop for. Note that when using FHD+ mode and 240Hz, the peak brightness display drops to 600 cd/m². To switch between modes you need to restart the device, which may not be very convenient.
According to Razer, the Blade 18 is the most powerful gaming laptop the company has ever made. In addition to top-notch hardware, the laptop features a display with a QHD+ 240Hz resolution and a 5-megapixel webcam that can be used for live streaming. The audio subsystem is based on six speakers with support for THX surround sound. Like the Blade 16, the Blade 18 has plenty of ports for connecting additional devices, including multiple USB Type-C ports, HDMI 2.1, and Ethernet (Blade 18 only).
As you might expect, the cost of the new Razer laptops is unlikely to please potential buyers. The Blade 16 starts at $2,700 while the cheapest Blade 18 starts at $2,900. In the maximum configuration, both models cost more than $3,500. New items are scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2023.