Long known for its peripherals dedicated to PC gaming, Razer is on the way to becoming one of the major players in the gaming laptop market. How ? Thanks to the Blade 16, one of the most successful machines on the market.
Unveiled last February during CES, the 2023 vintage of gaming laptops signed Razer confirms the manufacturer’s know-how in this area. It must be said that the manufacturer does not do things by halves with the Blade range. Sleek and functional design, impeccable finishes, spectacular technical data sheet: it is difficult to fault these machines.
It is not the brand new Blade 16 that will come to contradict this assertion. 13th generation Intel processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 GPU, premium design: the latest from Razer is positioned as one of the most impressive gaming laptops currently available on the market.
Between elegance and practicality: a design that ticks all the boxes
At first glance, it’s hard to believe the Razer Blade 16 is a gaming PC (which is a compliment). The manufacturer has decided to avoid the pitfall of a garish and flashy design in favor of sobriety and elegance.
Made from a single block of aluminum, the Blade 16 chassis remains surprisingly compact. Despite its 16-inch format, it weighs only 2.45 kg for just over 2 cm thick. The whole is covered with a matte anodized finish (black or mercury) as sober as it is resistant. Rather clever choices that ensure this PC a perfect balance between robustness and aesthetics.
This chassis, thought out down to the smallest detail, is a real showcase for the rest of the Blade 16 components. The lower part of the PC thus houses:
- an excellent keyboard that takes advantage of the Chroma RGB system to give it a touch of color;
- A trackpad gigantic and compatible with Microsoft Precision XL, to enjoy fine control and gestures intuitive for easy navigation;
- a battery of ports that includes everything you might need: three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C port, one HDMI 2.1 port, one Thunderbolt 4 port, one UHS-II SD card reader .
The real asset of this machine is undoubtedly its screen. The Razer Blade 16 has a 16-inch Mini-LED panel in 16:10 format which allows it to benefit from incredible image quality. Very bright, it also benefits from an excellent contrast ratio and an unexpected little twist. This panel is indeed able to alternate between two definitions, natively.
With just a few clicks, you can either enjoy a 4K UHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, or a Full HD+ display with a 240Hz refresh rate. Whichever mode you choose, the screen has a response time of 3 ms. The Blade 16 is therefore a particularly flexible computer, capable of going beyond the simple framework of the game to adapt to many uses.
13th Generation Intel Core i9 and RTX 40 series: a powerful duo for incredible performance
Suffice to say right away, Razer did not go with the back of the spoon when selecting the components making up the technical sheet of its Blade 16. At the heart of the system, the manufacturer has installed a shocking duo: a Intel Core i9-13950HX processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-series GPU. So you can choose between the 4060 and 4070 models which feature a TDP of 140W or the 4080 and 4090 models which feature a TDP of 175W .
A true monster of power, the Core i9-13950HX is at the top of the 13th generation of mobile processors from Intel. It relies on a hybrid architecture (P-cores and E-cores) to distribute its power optimally according to the tasks entrusted to it. Thanks to its 24 cores and 32 threads, as well as the use of the L2 cache, it is faster and offers a smoother display in game. What offer overall performance 49% higher than that of the previous generation.
The RTX 40 series graphics cards, on the other hand, are to be classified among the best currently available. The 4080 or 4090 models in particular perform miracles in terms of display and computing power. They fully benefit from the latest technologies developed by Nvidia:
- DLSS 3, which natively improves image quality and fluidity without affecting overall performance;
- Ray Tracing, which offers particularly realistic rendering of lighting and reflections;
- Nvidia Max-Q, a software suite that optimizes your laptop’s system to get the most out of it;
- Nvidia Studio, Nvidia Broadcast, Nvidia Reflex and all other Nvidia software are obviously there to improve your daily experience.
In order to contain this power, Razer equipped its computer with an elaborate cooling system that relies on two fans and a vapor chamber to dissipate heat. A relatively effective recipe that prevents overheating, and allows you not to lose power during long gaming or work sessions.
Play, create, work: who is the Blade 16 really for?
The answer to this question is simple: the Razer Blade 16 is for almost everyone.
If you want a machine to play the latest games of the moment in the best possible conditions, the Razer Blade 16 is for you. Its technical sheet among the best at the moment allows you to push the graphics settings in-game without the risk of seeing the PC cough. Additionally, the FHD+/240Hz mode allows for a smooth and responsive display, which is a plus when playing competitive games.
If you are looking for a laptop capable of supporting you in 4K editing or 3D creation, the Blade 16 is also made for you. Here again, its technical data sheet is an asset since it is capable of developing a large computing power, ideal for processing large files or complex renderings. Mini-LED technology, especially in 4K, does wonders in terms of display. To top it off, it benefits from excellent calibration and precise colorimetry.
Finally, if you are looking for a computer capable of accompanying you throughout the day, the Blade 16 is also quite suitable. Its raw power, quality display and ergonomics allow you to use it for work or play, but also simply to watch a movie or series on your favorite streaming platform. Its small size (whether in terms of the chassis or its charger) is also an asset for the most nomads who can transport it quite easily during their travels.
If the Razer Blade 16 is a laptop designed for gaming, it is actually extremely versatile thanks to a technical sheet that relies on power and flexibility. Qualities which however have a cost, since this PC is sold at the price of 3,399 euros in its basic version equipped with a GeForce RTX 4060.