Earlier it became known that Razer increases the size of its gaming laptops to 16 and 18 inches. Now journalists were shown such models and told about some interesting things in this update.
To begin with, without surprises, the model received an Intel Core i9-13950HX and graphics cards up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090. The initial configurations will have 16 GB of RAM DDR5-5600 MHz and 1-TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 drives. Users will be left with the option of self-upgrade. At the same time, the initial cost of the 16-inch model will start at $2699.99, and the 18-inch model will cost from $2899.99.
The larger case also made room for larger batteries, with a capacity of 95.2Wh in the Razer Blade 16, and for some reason only 91.7Wh in the larger Razer Blade 18.
But more interestingly, with the new display size, the laptops have also changed the aspect ratio, which is now 16:10. Also very pleasant news is the use of Mini LED lighting. The manufacturer mentions about 1000 separate backlight zones, which will allow you to get better contrast and get rid of unnecessary halos around bright objects. Overall, this isn’t new technology and can be seen in other manufacturers, but it’s a nice addition to one of the best gaming laptops out there. Unfortunately, this will not be a standard solution for all configurations.
The level of the backlight of such panels will provide up to 1000 cd/m² when playing HDR content and 600 in all other cases.
Another interesting detail is the ability to change the image refresh rate. A 4K panel (3840×2400 pixels) has 120 Hz. But by reducing the resolution to Full HD (1920×1200 pixels), this value can be increased to 240 Hz. The manufacturer sees the first option as relevant for creative work, and the second, logically, for games.
With the initial configurations, the user will receive a QHD panel (2560×1600) with an IPS matrix, the refresh rate of which will be 240 Hz, and the maximum level of backlight will be 500 cd/m². There is support for NVIDIA G-Sync, a response speed of 3 ms, and 100 percent coverage of DCI-P3.
Among the communication interfaces on the case, you can find one USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1, three USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, a 3.5 mm Jack, and an SD card reader (UHS-II). In addition, the 18-inch “Blade” boasts a 2.5-gigabit Ethernet. At the same time, the design of the laptops remained almost the same as the previous ones – a black MacBook with an RGB keyboard backlight in the world of gaming Windows laptops.
The start of sales of the new Razer Blade 16 and Razer Blade 18 models is expected in the first quarter of 2023.