Razer Blade 18 review (2023) a very capable gaming laptop

a large, beautiful 18-inch display that makes games and videos look great.

Razer has made big laptops before, but they don’t seem to have been big enough. The Razer Blade 18 has the biggest screen of any Razer Blade ever made. Its 18-inch QHD 16:10 240Hz display is very immersive. The main draw of the device is its huge 2560 x 1600 screen, but it also has a six-speaker array, a per-key RGB keyboard, and the best build quality you’ll find in the high-end gaming space.

Razer Blade 18: Description

The smaller Blade 16, with its dual-mode Mini LED screen, may be a flashy and fancy reimagining of what a Razer Blade can be, but the Blade 18 is more traditional. Razer took the Blades we knew and loved and just kind of blew them up. Some people may want a fully-featured RTX 4090 Blade 16, but I think this 2560 x 1600 RTX 4080 Blade 18 is a better choice for high-end shoppers.

It’s a lot cheaper, but the difference in experience isn’t that big. Before I talk about my results, I need to say that blades cost more than they used to. The Blade 18 I tested was the cheaper of the two Blade models that are currently available. It has a Core i9-13950HX with 24 cores, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, 1TB of storage, and an RTX 4080 graphics card. It costs $3,799.99 right now. If you think that’s expensive, don’t even bother clicking on the $4,499.99 RTX 4090 model.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • 18-inch display is big and beautiful
  • Potent RTX 4080 performance
  • Plenty of ports
  • Loud speakers

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer Razer’s Mini-LED screen option
  • Lacks dedicated media control buttons
  • Very, very expensive

Razer Blade 18: Specifications

Dimensions0.86 x 15.74 x 10.84 inches (21.9 x 399.9 x 275.4mm)
Weight7.05 pounds
Screen Size18-inches
BatteryUp to 5 hours
Display18-inch QHD+, 2560 x 1600p resolution
Refresh Rate240Hz
Camera5MP webcam

Razer Blade 18: Design

Razer Blade 18 review

The Razer Blade 18 is one of the first 18-inch gaming laptops to come out in 2023. It measures 15.74 x 10.84 x 0.86 inches and weighs more than 7 pounds. The Blade 18’s sleek aluminium body might remind you of a modern ultraportable, but you won’t want to carry it around. It’s so heavy that I only take it out when we are driving somewhere, because my back hurts just thinking about putting it in a messenger bag or backpack and carrying it all day.

You won’t feel too out of place if you pull it out in a coffee shop or a classroom, though. Usually, gaming laptops have designs that stand out, but the Blade 18 keeps things simple with a matte black exterior and a Razer logo on the lid.

Razer says that the finish has been treated with a coating that prevents fingerprints, but after using the Blade 18 for a while, it’s pretty common to find a few smudges on it.

Razer Blade 18: Display

Razer Blade 18 review

The screen is really the main attraction. But the new 16-inch Razer Blade, which also has Nvidia 4000-series GPUs, has a Mini-LED screen that makes it pale (maybe literally) in comparison. Instead, this is a great LCD screen with a resolution of 2,560×1,600 pixels and a refresh rate of 240Hz. Yes, that means this is a 16:10 laptop, which is quickly becoming the standard for all laptops.

For a big gaming laptop, the bezel around the screen is very thin, but the Mini-LED in the 16-inch model will be more eye-catching. Especially since it’s a dual-mode display that can switch between UHD-class (3,840×2,400 pixels at 120Hz) and FHD-class (1,920×1,200 at 240Hz) resolutions on the fly. The higher resolution/lower refresh rate is for content creators and creative professionals, while the lower resolution/higher refresh rate is for competitive gamers. The 18-inch screen is bigger than most 15- or 16-inch gaming laptop screens, but it’s not as big as a big TV or a bulky monitor.

Keyboard and trackpad

The Razer Blade 18’s keyboard doesn’t have any surprises, just like the smaller Blade 16. It’s pretty much the same as the last one, and it even has the same layout as the Blade 16. I think they are actually the same keyboards. I didn’t notice any difference in how I typed, except that my wrists felt a little better because they had more room to rest on the palm rest. But I do like this keyboard as a whole. The keystroke is short, but the feedback is good, and the keycaps are pretty big.

The keyboard has backlighting with Chroma RGB, which is still my favorite way to use RGB on a laptop to this day. Synapse has great software that lets you change the colors to your liking. It also has some cool effects that most of Razer’s competitors can’t even come close to matching. The new Blade 18’s trackpad is very big. The size is the same as what is on the Blade 16. But for some reason, it didn’t get in the way as much on this model, which I thought was odd.

The only thing I can think of is that I probably set this bigger laptop down on my lap differently, which changes how my arms and wrists are positioned. Either that, or the palm rejection has already been changed. In any case, I didn’t move the trackpad by accident like I did a few weeks ago on the Blade 16.

This trackpad works just as well as any of the Blades made in the last few years. To put it another way, it’s almost perfect. When the mouse pointer moves over the glass surface, the response is smooth and accurate. There is a lot of space on the trackpad, which makes it easy to use multitouch gestures.

Razer Blade 18: Gaming performance

This huge laptop was made for gaming, so let’s talk about how well it works when it’s put to the test. We have used it for hours to play games like Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal, Forza Horizon 5, and Phantom Brigade, and I’m impressed by how much the big screen helps. It’s not a game-changer or anything, but every inch matters on a laptop, and the 18-inch display really helps when you’re looking across a cityscape in Cyberpunk or panning across a tactical map in Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters.

Even our high-end Blade 18 unit, with its GeForce RTX 4080 laptop GPU, 13th Gen Raptor Lake Intel CPU, and 32GB of RAM, has trouble playing the newest games at the highest settings. When I turned up all the graphics settings to maximum in Cyberpunk 2077 for example, our Blade 18 unit had trouble keeping up with 15-20 frames per second in outdoor areas. When I changed the settings to Medium, the average frames per second went up into the low 30s. When I turned on DLSS, it was able to keep 30-40 fps pretty consistently.

Price and availability

Razer Blade 18 review

The Razer Blade 18 can be bought right now through Razer’s website and some third-party retailers. Razer will start selling the more expensive models with Nvidia 4080 and 4090 GPUs on February 8, and the less powerful and less expensive models will follow on February 22.

On February 22, the base model of the Blade 18 will cost $2,899, and it will come with an 18-inch 240Hz QHD+ display, an Intel Core i9-13950HX CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 laptop GPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD for storage. You can pay more for a model with an upgraded RTX 4070 GPU and 32GB of RAM, and versions of both models will be available with up to 8TB of storage.

But as of the time this review was written, Razer only sold two Blade 18s, one with a 4080 inside and the other with a 4090. The 4080 model starts at $3,799 and gives you a Blade 18 with an Intel Core i9-13950HX CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 laptop GPU, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD for storage. This is the review model Razer sent us.

Razer also offers a $4,499 top-of-the-line Blade 18 configuration. It’s basically the same as the $3,799 model we review here, except that it has an upgraded Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 laptop GPU and a larger 2TB SSD. All models come with Windows 11 Home installed.

Final Words

The Razer Blade 18 is a great gaming laptop that makes a strong case for why a portable PC with an 18-inch screen should cost so much. Having a powerful PC that you can pick up and take with you without having to worry about a case, cables, a monitor, or anything else is a real benefit.

We know that college students can make good use of a desktop replacement like this because I did the same thing when I was in school. When you want to buy a gaming PC but know you’ll be moving at least once a year, a gaming laptop looks like a great option.

The extra-large screen on the Blade 18 makes it even better for replacing a full desktop, since the display feels almost as big as a full 24-inch monitor. And with the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-series laptop GPUs and Intel’s new 13th Gen CPUs, the Blade 18 can deliver the kind of performance we used to only hope for in a laptop.

FAQs

What is the battery life of the Razer Blade 18?

Even though the Razer Blade 18 laptop is designed with performance in mind first, it still has a good battery life when you’re out and about. You can get over 5 hours. Our new Synapse software lets you automatically change the screen resolution to FHD when running on battery while watching videos in aeroplane mode.

How much does the Razer Blade 18 weigh?

The new Razer Blade 18 weighs 6.8 lbs, which is just under 7 lbs. The Razer Blade 17 weighed 6.05 lbs (2.75kgs).

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The Razer Blade 18 is a great gaming laptop that makes a strong argument for why a portable PC with an 18-inch screen should cost so much. Having a powerful PC that you can easily take with you without having to worry about a case, cables, monitor, or anything else is a real advantage.Razer Blade 18 review (2023) a very capable gaming laptop