Razer has always been known for its powerful thin, and light gaming laptops. They still didn’t give up that design philosophy, but now they have added an enormous machine focusing on desktop-grade performance with the Razer Blade 18.
The Razer Blade 18 is the company’s largest and most powerful machine. Combining this with design, hardware, and cooling improvements, this is an update that laptop enthusiasts don’t want to miss.
Pricing and Availability
Razer has plans to make different configurations of the Blade 18 available in other regions with a starting price of $2,899 (AED 12,000). This is only for the base configuration, so if you want high-end hardware with all the bells and whistles, expect to spend significantly more.
The company has confirmed that the Blade 18 will be available in Q1 2023.
|Razer Blade 18 (2023)
|399.8 x 275.3 x 22.1 mm
|18-inch IPS Display
|Screen Refresh Rate
|240Hz 3ms Response Time
|QHD+ 2560 x 1600 pixels
|Up to Intel Core i9-13950HX
|Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090
|Up to 32GB Dual-Channel DDR5-5600 SO-DIMM, 64GB Dual-Channel DDR5-5200 SO-DIMM
|Up to 8TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
|Windows 11 Home
|91 WHr Li-ion
|5 Megapixel FHD Camera with Windows Hello IR Support
|3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x Thunderbolt 4 (supports display and power), 1 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x SD Card Reader, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x DC-in
|6 High-Fidelity SpeakersTHX Spatial Audio
|Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3
Design and Build
One of the most noticeable things about the Razer Blade 18 is that it’s gigantic. However, don’t let your initial impressions fool you since the Blade 18 is not much larger than last year’s Blade 17.
Razer shaved off a few millimetres with the screen bezels allowing it to squeeze in the much larger 18-inch panel in a similarly sized chassis.
One thing’s for sure the Razer Blade 18 is a heavy laptop. Weighing in at a whopping 3.2kg, it’s not the usual Razer thin and light gaming laptop you want to carry around in your bag. It’s more of a desktop replacement, especially with the hardware that’s packed on the inside.
As usual, Razer did not skimp on build quality by going all out, using CNC aluminium with an anodized finish for the laptop’s body.
The Razer Blade 18 sports a QHD+ IPS panel with a 240Hz refresh rate. The 16:10 aspect ratio is welcome as it provides additional screen real estate. A surprising omission of this year’s Razer line is that it does not have a 4K option.
You’ll have to be content with the IPS panel as there is also no OLED option or a Mini LED available on its much smaller sibling, the Razer Blade 16.
Even though you won’t get top-of-the-line display quality on the Blade 18, covering 100% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut with 500 nits of brightness makes it stand out from other laptops. It also comes with a 3ms response time that’s suited for gaming.
Performance and Hardware
The one aspect Razer did not hold back is the hardware it’s making available for the Blade 18, pushing the performance to new heights. With Intel and Nvidia launching their latest generation in mobile computing hardware, Razer has chosen the best ones to put into their laptop.
You can get a Blade 18 with a CPU up to Intel’s latest generation Core i9-13950HX. The mobile processor has 24 cores and 32 threads with clock speeds capable of reaching up to 5.6GHz. These numbers easily translate to desktop levels of performance on a laptop.
Coming to the graphics, the Razer Blade 18 will come with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 with maxed out TGP that the chip has to offer. It will be able to provide near-desktop performance levels thanks to the Blade’s improved cooling system.
The Blade 18 also can use the fast 5600MHz DDR5 memory for enhanced performance on everyday tasks. SSD storage maxes out at 8TB, allowing you to store your full game library with room for work-related files.
Features to Look Out For
The Razer Blade 18 has an updated thermal system capable of pushing the latest chips to maximum performance. The extra-large vapour chamber and a 3-fan cooling system help to keep the components frosty even when pushed to their limits.
The laptop also comes with an Ethernet port, making it a true desktop replacement compared to other gaming machines.
You will also get a full array of ports on the Blade 18, so you can plug in virtually anything to improve your gaming experience.
Battery and Charging
There is no definite information on the Razer Blade 18’s batteries. Although judging from the power requirements and performance ceilings of the next-gen chips, you will be relying on its power brick most of the time.
Although the Nvidia graphics come with Max-Q technology that optimizes power usage and improves the chip’s efficiency, holding back is not something the Blade 18 is great at. Razer’s Synapse software will allow you to boost the performance of all components to the max, which can cost precious battery minutes.
Don’t expect the Blade 18 to last an entire day without plugging it in, especially if you want to use it for hours-long gaming sessions. As with most desktop replacements, the best way to use it would be to keep it plugged in for optimum performance.
The Razer Blade 18 can be one of the most powerful laptops you can get. The sleek and slim build gives off a different vibe than its 18-inch counterparts, like the Alienware m18, Predator Helios 18, and the Asus ROG Strix G18.
There is no question that you will get the best performance with the Blade 18. However, you’ll have to live with several trade-offs, like not getting a more premium display or, at the very least, 4K.
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