Razer Blade 16 hands-on: a dream gaming laptop computer

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Razer has given us a primary take a look at the Razer Blade 16 and Razer Blade 18, which can be launched within the subsequent few months. And I’ll say proper now: I’m impressed.

The Blade 18 is the most important and strongest Razer Blade that has ever been launched, which is neat in itself. However I’m really much more excited in regards to the Blade 16, which is debuting some never-before-seen on a Razer Blade.

First, there’s a Mini LED display. And it seems to be nice. On the display, some shades seemed blindingly shiny in opposition to black backdrops, the place they may’ve seemed washed out on different gaming shows. Black areas, talking of, seemed gorgeously black.

Subsequent to the Blade 16 mannequin in its demo space, Razer really had a separate panel made from Mini LEDs that mirrored what the Blade 16 was doing. When native dimming zones brightened and dimmed on the Blade, the corresponding diodes brightened and dimmed on the panel. (I do know it’s exhausting to image, however you’ll be able to see what I’m speaking about within the photograph under.) We had been advised that the Blade 16’s display had 1,000 native dimming zones, and that seems like a giant quantity on paper — however this panel actually highlighted (heh) simply what number of teensy, unbiased lights are crammed into that laptop computer, and the way a lot work they’re all doing.

We weren’t really capable of play any titles on these Blade fashions, since they had been pre-production items — Razer solely confirmed us a video of recreation footage. This meant I used to be not capable of strive the intriguing toggle function (which lets you simply swap between 4K/120Hz and 1920 x 1200/240Hz modes), however my colleague Cameron Faulkner wrote about that earlier today if you wish to know extra.

Right here’s the Blade 16 with the little dot panel beside it. Every of these little dots is a neighborhood dimming zone that may brighten and dim independently.

I’m additionally thrilled — thrilled, I inform you — that these laptops have 16:10 screens; it actually does make the 16-inch panel appear infinite in comparison with Blades that I’ve used prior to now. As a bonus, the taller display makes for an extended chassis, which gave Razer room for a big 95.2Wh battery — which, with all the flowery display options this system must energy, could also be an actual necessity.

I used to be additionally capable of take the keyboard and touchpad for a spin, and I can verify that they’re the identical previous massive, sturdy keyboard and touchpad that we’ve seen on Razer Blades previous. Inside, configurations include Intel’s Thirteenth-Gen Core i9-13950HX and as much as Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4090 graphics. The Blade 16 begins at $2,699.99.

Now, all of those additions do include a grand whole of 1 change that I take into account a compromise. That’s the scale. The Blade 16 is 5.4 kilos and 13.98 x 9.61 x 0.87 inches. That’s nearly a full pound heavier and over a tenth of an inch thicker than final 12 months’s Blade 15 (which this isn’t changing, per se, however they’re clearly in an analogous class).

This can be a heavy system; it was a ache for me to carry up, and it actually doesn’t really feel fairly as slim and glossy because the Blade 15 did final 12 months. However that’s a compromise some of us can be keen to make with a view to get this Mini LED display (in addition to the improved efficiency the Blade 16 brings), and that’s honest sufficient.

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