Razer Blade 16 review (2023) with dual-mode mini-LED display

This blade is really powerful at maximum settings, but it is also loud and quite hot.

With its cutting-edge features, top-of-the-line parts, and stylish design, the Razer Blade 16 is a strong contender for gamers and professionals who want the best hardware. The Blade 16 I have has a high-end Core i9-13950HX processor, 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and a top-of-the-line RTX 4090 graphics card you can buy this product directly from razer’s website.

Razer Blade 16: Description

You can add more storage and RAM. At 5.4 pounds, it’s not much heavier than the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Max, which is impressive for a full-tilt gaming laptop, especially considering how fast the Blade will run. It’s definitely thinner than some of the other huge laptops with the RTX 4090 chip. (The 330W charger is also pretty small, weighing just under two pounds. You could probably fit two of them into the bricks that power some of the larger RTX notebooks.)

Razer makes some of the best gaming laptops, so it’s hard not to look at what they have to offer. The company always comes out with sleek designs that look more like Apple’s MacBook Pros than some of the more aggressive gaming machines on the market. Razer also charges a huge premium, and the new Razer Blade 16 is the best of the laptops that bring the RTX 4090 and 4080 to mobile. The Razer Blade 16 is a monster in a tuxedo, and it costs $4,299 as tested, but it needs to be even better to be worth that price.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Power, power, power
  • Dual-mode Mini LED 16:10 screen
  • All the ports you need
  • Sleek and portable

Cons

  • larger and heavier than the Blade 15
  • still a somewhat shallow keyboard
  • smudgy and still a glowing logo on the lid
  • still an expensive series

Razer Blade 16: Specifications

Screen16 inch, 2560×1600 px, IPS, 240 Hz, 3ms, MUX switch, 100% DCI-P3
ProcessorIntel i9-13950HX, 24 core, 32 threads (5.5 GHz max)
Memory32 GB DDR5 5600Mhz (2x 16GB DIMMS)
Storage1x 1TB M.2 NVMe gen 4(SSSTC) + extra slot
Battery95.2 Wh, 330 W GaN charger
Size355 mm or 13.98” (w) x 244 mm or 9.61” (d) x 21.99 mm or .87” (h)

Design and Features

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Razer’s laptops have been high-performance machines with the sleeker looks of ultrabooks for a long time. Aside from the triple-snake logo and RGB backlighting on the keyboards, the Razer laptops don’t show much that they are made for gaming. This is still true for the Razer Blade 16 from this year. But there is one big clue about what this machine is: how thick it is.

Right away, you can tell that the Razer Blade 16 is heavy. Even though it’s not as thick and heavy as something like the Asus ROG Scar 18 that I just tried, the Blade 16 is still quite thick and heavy. In 2017, I had a Razer Blade 14, and this feels like a whole different animal. No doubt about it. This Blade has a powerful Intel Core i9-13950HX processor and a mobile Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card with a peak TGP of 175W.

To cool these parts, you need a big stack of fins, which both needs room to breathe and adds a lot of metal to the system, making it heavier. The system comes with 32GB of RAM that can be upgraded and a 2TB SSD. There is also a slot for a second SSD. All of this comes together to make a machine that weighs 5lbs 8.1oz and is 0.88 inches thick (unless you include the wide rubber feet, which push it to 1.05 inches). That’s pretty impressive, given that it’s almost as heavy as an RTX 4090 Founders Edition graphics card by itself.

Razer Blade 16: Display

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This Razer Blade 16’s display screen is so shiny that you can even use it as a mirror. The cool thing about this laptop is that it has a 16-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and can be used in two different ways. You can use the screen in 240Hz FHD+ 19201200 WUXGA mode or 120Hz UHD 38402400 WQUXGA mode. You get a GTG response time of less than 3ms in both directions.

With backlit technology, the display unit can have a brightness of up to 1000 nits, and it also works with HDR 1000. It also has a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut and Nvidia G-Sync technology. The laptop has a MiniLED Display that is very bright and gives accurate colors, which can be good for people who make their own content.

But because the refresh rate and response time are fast and made for gaming, the contrast ratio, colour saturation, and viewing angles might be just as good for content creators and competitive games like CSGO, Valorant, Battlefield 2042, Destiny 2, COD MW2 2022, etc.

Ports and Connectivity

There are two USB Type A 3.2 Gen 2 ports, one Thunderbolt 4 USB Type C port, and one 3.5mm jack on the left side of this laptop. On the right side, there is one USB Type A 3.2 Gen 2 port for power, one HDMI 2.1 output, one USB Type C port, and one UHS-II SD Card reader.

Razer has put in the latest Intel Killer WiFi 6E AX211 802.11 modLaptopis Wifi module, which works very well and doesn’t lose any data, for wireless connectivity. The laptop comes with Bluetooth 5.2 already installed, so you can easily transfer files and data or play music on a Bluetooth speaker without wires.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard seems to be the same as it was last year, which is exactly what I expected. As a former Blade owner, I’m used to Razer keyboards, so it didn’t take me long to get good at typing on this computer. The layout is well thought out, and each key is in a place that makes sense. The only strange thing about it is that the power button is where the Del key is usually.

Some people might find it hard to get used to how shallow the keystroke is, but we have found that it just takes time. It helps that the keys are pretty big, and when you press them, you get a lot of feedback. So far, the coating on the keys is something I don’t like. Even after only a week of use, the WASD keys already look very worn. We will see if this works out in the long run.

The keyboard has backlighting with Chroma RGB, which is still my favorite way for a laptop to do this. Synapse has great software that lets you change the colours to your liking. It also has some cool effects that most of Razer’s competitors can’t even come close to matching.

Overall, I give the keyboard a good grade, but I was hoping that this model would have a little more key travel, especially since the machine is now thicker. I guess the cooling system needed that space though.

Razer Blade 16: Performance

This top-of-the-line mobile configuration is great in terms of its raw performance. The frame rates we’ve seen from the mobile RTX 4090 are about the same as or a little faster than those from a desktop RTX 3090 graphics card. And when it came out in 2020, it was the very best GPU from Nvidia.

And it was a huge graphics card with a huge cooler, though not quite as big as the desktop RTX 4080 that this mobile chip is based on. Since it’s running a full 1GHz slower in this slim Razer chassis, you won’t be able to match the frame rates of a desktop GPU, but it’s still a lot faster than any laptop we’ve seen before.

But it’s interesting how much the chassis can change things. Both the Blade 16 and the MSI Titan GT77 use a 175W version of the mobile RTX 4090, but the huge MSI laptop beats the Blade 16 in almost every test. Because the MSI machine is a bigger laptop and has a more aggressive cooling system (the Titan is really loud), the GPU runs over 200MHz faster on average.

Razer Blade 16: Battery Life

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Balde 16 has a 330-watt power supply and a 95.2 Whr battery. Razer laptops use GaN technology to charge. The battery lasted 258 minutes in the 1080p Video Loop Test, and it lasted 82 minutes in the PCMark Battery Gaming Test with the default power profile. From this test of the battery, the Razer blade really let us down.

Even though it’s always best to use these types of laptops with an external power source, especially when gaming or running content creation applications, laptop batteries are known to last longer, especially in gaming laptops.

Final Words

The Razer Blade 16 is a great gaming laptop with a 16-inch screen that is bright, true to colour, and big. It is also easy to carry, quiet, and runs cooler than many other gaming laptops. Even though it costs a lot, it is a great investment because, unlike its predecessor, the Blade 15, it doesn’t give up performance. The Blade 16 costs even less than the GT77 Titan, which costs $1000 less.

Because of this, it is a good laptop in almost every way. Razer used what people said about earlier Blade laptops to make this one better in almost every way. In general, it’s a great laptop for gaming. Even though some people don’t like the Razer brand, it can’t be denied that the Blade 16 is a great device on almost every level.

FAQs

Are Razer laptops good?

Razer has been making some of the best gaming laptops for a long time. Their slim designs and powerful insides make them great for both gaming and creating media. But these beasts aren’t cheap. In fact, they are some of the most expensive rigs on the market right now.

Why is Razer Blade so hot?

First, Razer laptops are made with hardware that is very powerful and makes a lot of heat. The laptop’s cooling system is meant to keep the temperature under control, but it can’t always keep up with the heat made by the hardware. The way Razers are used is another reason why they can get so hot.

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The Razer Blade 16 is a great gaming laptop with a 16-inch screen that is bright, colorful, and large. It's also easy to transport, quiet, and runs cooler than many other gaming laptops.Razer Blade 16 review (2023) with dual-mode mini-LED display