Razer was so proud of the screens on its updated Blade laptops it announced some details a week before CES. Now that I’ve seen them, I can say they look even better in person.
The big upgrade for the Blade 16 is without a doubt its screen, which Razer says is the world’s first 16-inch 240Hz OLED display. The impressive thing is that, even when compared to the Blade 14 and Blade 18’s panels which both look great, the one on the 16 just pops a little bit more. Colors look rich and it covers 100 percent of DCI-P3 color gamut, plus its response time of just 0.2ms is super fast. You also get VESA ClearMR 11000 and DisplayHDR True Black 500 certifications. And while its QHD+ resolution isn’t quite 4K, you can always opt for the dual mode mini LED screen Razer introduced last year.
Inside, you get a new 14th-gen Raptor Lake Core i9-14900HX chip and up to an RTX 4090 with a TDP of 175 watts. While the Blade 16’s starting price looks pretty steep at $3,000, it’s important to note that that figure includes the brand new OLED display and 4070 graphics, which is better than the 4060 cards you get as base from a lot of Razer’s rivals. The Blade 16 is on sale today.
As for the Blade 14, it’s got a new AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS chip and up to an RTX 4070 GPU with a TDP of 140 watts. As for its display you’re looking at a 16:10 QHD+ panel with a 240Hz refresh rate. And all this comes in a chassis that still weighs 4.05 pounds and measures 0.7 inches thick, which might make this my favorite of the three due to its combination of power and portability. I just wish that it had the OLED display from the Blade 16. Pricing is still to be determined, though pre-orders are slated for the end of January.
Finally, there’s the Blade 18, whose most important new feature is the world’s first 18-inch 4K 165Hz display. Now I should mention that this display is so new, the model we saw at CES has a placeholder lid, so the system I saw was significantly thicker than it will be at launch. The other big claim is that the Blade 18 will feature a Thunderbolt 5 port, which is the first time I’ve heard any company pledge to include this connector. Unfortunately, that’s all we know about the Blade 18 for now, as it’s not scheduled to launch until sometime later this year.
One last notable change for 2024 is that across the entire Blade family, you’ll now be able to equip each system with up to 96GB of RAM and 8TB of SSD storage. Those are pretty monstrous figures and you can bet upgrading won’t come cheap, but if you need it, you need it.
Update, January 8 2024, 6:14PM ET: This post has been updated with hands-on video.
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