What you need to know
- Razer announced the next generation Blade 14 and Blade 16 today and previewed the Blade 18.
- The Razer Blade 14 will be available for preorder on January 23, 2024 but does not have pricing details at the time.
- The Razer Blade 16 starts at $2,999.99 and is available now.
- Razer will share more details about the Blade 18 later this year.
Razer just announced the new Blade 14 and Blade 16 and CES 2024. The gaming laptops feature the latest and most powerful processors from Intel and AMD paired with high-end gaming GPUs from NVIDIA. Both laptops feature QHD+ 240Hz OLED displays. Those screens were a big enough deal that Razer teased them earlier this month before fully announcing the Blade 14 and Blade 16.
The Razer Blade 16 is already available, launching today with a starting price of $2,999.99. Preorders for the Blade 14 will open on January 23, 2024.
In addition to the Blade 14 and Blade 16, Razer teased the Blade 18, which the company promises to be a "game-changer."
The Razer Blade 14 and Blade 16 are part of the wave of high refresh rate OLED laptops that we'll see in 2024. In the past, you had to sacrifice refresh rate to get the benefits of OLED, but that's no longer the case. OLED panels are now available to laptop manufacturers that deliver high frame rates, and Razer is taking advantage of the opportunity.
"VESA’s standards are designed to elevate display performance and gaming experiences. We applaud Razer’s efforts in securing VESA’s ClearMR and DisplayHDR True Black certifications for its new Blade 16 gaming laptop. Achieving a ClearMR 11000 rating on a laptop sets a new benchmark for clarity in gaming displays," said VESA's Executive Director Bill Lempesis earlier this month.
Deep blacks and high contrast ratios are among the best parts of OLED screens, but now high refresh rates are part of the equation. 240Hz approaches professional levels of gaming, though some gamers push things further up to 360Hz.
Razer Blade 16
CPU: Up to Intel Core i9-14900HX
GPU: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
Display: 16-inch, QHD+, 240Hz, OLED
The display of the Razer Blade 16 is the laptop's most eye-catching feature. It's the first OLED 240Hz 16-inch display, according to Razer. That screen has a QHD+ resolution (2560x1600). It also has a 240Hz refresh rate and 0.2 response time. DCI-P3 100% color coverage, VESA ClearMR 11000, and DisplayHDR True Black 500 certifications round out the impressive screen spec sheet.
The Blade 16's display can switch between UHD+ at 120Hz and FHD+ at 240Hz depending on your workload. Creators will likely prioritize resolution over refresh rate, while gamers want smooth gameplay and often prefer higher refresh rates at the expense of resolution.
Inside, the Blade 16 runs on up to an Intel Core i9-14900HX and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090. The RTX laptop GPUs in the Blade 16 have specialized AI Tensor Cores that help creative apps, efficiency, and gaming.
The Intel Core i9 inside the Blade 16 is the world's fastest mobile processor, as highlighted by Intel. It has 24 cores and can be overclocked through Razer Synapse.
Sticking with the theme of powerhouse internals, the Blade 16's RTX 4090 is a 175W GPU. It also utilizes DLSS 3, which is powered by AI to improve framerates and ray tracing.
Razer Blade 14
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS
GPU: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070
Display: 14-inch, QHD+, 240Hz, OLED
The Blade 14 takes a different approach than its larger sibling. Rather than Intel's latest chips, the Blade 14 has the all-new AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS processor. That CPU is paired with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070. While the GPU inside the Razer Blade 14 isn't as powerful as that in the in Blade 16, it should be enough to handle the best PC games. The RTX 4070 in the Blade 14 has up to a 140W TGP (115W base + 25W boost).
The Blade 14 features a QHD+ 240Hz display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. That screen is Calman Verified for better color accuracy as well.
Razer Blade 18
We'll have to wait until later this year to hear all the details about the upcoming Blade 18, but Razer revealed some of the key specs of the large gaming laptop.
The Blade 18 features the world's first 18-inch 4K 165Hz display, according to Razer. The laptop also supports Thunderbolt 5. Razer promises that the laptop will have the "latest from Intel's high performance connectivity protocol," but the company did not specify further. Razer called the Blade 18 a "game-changer."
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