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Updated January 10, 2024·

When considering the Gigabyte Aero 16 and Razer Blade 14, the Aero 16 stands out for creative professionals due to its OLED screen with high color accuracy, which is crucial for design and video editing tasks. The Razer Blade 14, on the other hand, has a higher refresh rate display and a more powerful graphics card that provides an edge for gaming and 3D rendering. While the Aero 16 offers a larger screen and bigger battery, it's heavier and might not be as easy to carry around as the more compact and lighter Razer Blade 14. If budget is a top concern, the Aero 16 offers a lower price point, but the Razer Blade 14 promises longer battery life, which could be important for on-the-go use. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Gigabyte Aero 16
  • The Gigabyte Aero 16 has no clear advantages over the Razer Blade 14 (2023).
Advantages of the Razer Blade 14 (2023)
  • Very good for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Very good portability
  • Good speakers
  • Excellent keyboard

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

7.8
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
8.6
7.8/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
8.9/10
3840 x 2400
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
6.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) is very good for gaming and AI, while the Gigabyte Aero 16 is good.

Screen Quality

8.4
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
8.9
16.0in
SIZE
14.0in
3840 x 2400
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
368.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
560.0 nits
The Gigabyte Aero 16 has a better screen than the Razer Blade 14 for engineering and design, while the Razer Blade 14 has a better screen for gaming and AI.

Portability

Good
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
Very Good
16.0in
SIZE
14.0in
5.0 lbs
WEIGHT
4.0 lbs
0.8in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) has very good portability, while the Gigabyte Aero 16 has good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.8
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
8.5
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) has very good build quality, while the Gigabyte Aero 16 has good build quality.

Cost

$1,260
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
$2,495
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

The Gigabyte Aero 16 has a price of $1,260 and the Razer Blade 14 (2023) costs $2,495.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.0
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
8.1
3840 x 2400
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
368.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
560.0 nits
7.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.0 Hours
8.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
7.1/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) and Gigabyte Aero 16 are both very good for general use.

Engineering and Design

8.6
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
8.7
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
7.8/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
8.9/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) and Gigabyte Aero 16 are both very good for engineering and design.

Content Creation

8.2
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
8.2
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
3840 x 2400
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Gigabyte Aero 16 and Razer Blade 14 (2023) are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

7.9
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
7.9
9.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.2/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
3840 x 2400
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
8.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) and Gigabyte Aero 16 are both good for software development.

Battery

7.0 Hours
Aero 16
Blade 14 (2023)
6.0 Hours
The Gigabyte Aero 16 has 7 hours of battery life. The Razer Blade 14 has 6 hours of battery life.

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How the Gigabyte Aero 16 and the Razer Blade 14 (2023) compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Gigabyte Aero 16Razer Blade 14 (2023)
Gigabyte Aero 16Razer Blade 14 (2023)

GENERAL

Price
$1,260
$2,495
Release Date
October 1, 2022June 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.8'' x 0.88''12.2'' x 9'' x 0.7''
Weight
5.07 lbs4.05 lbs
Width
14.02"12.23"
Depth
9.78"8.97"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-12700HAMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
45
RAM Slots
22
Storage
2048 GB1024 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
7 Hours6 Hours
Battery Capacity
99 Wh68.1 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"14"
Display Technology
OLEDIPS
Resolution
3840 x 24002560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
60Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
368 nits560 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.8/108.5/10
Portability Score
7.1/108/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Premium Business Laptop
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
6.8/106.5/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8.5/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
6.8/107.5/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
02
USB-C ports
32
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
33
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Gigabyte Aero 16

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Tom's Hardware

Isaac Rouse | May 2022
"The Gigabyte Aero 16 is a workstation laptop for light gaming. It's design is still muted, with a silver chassis alongside a black keyboard and trackpad that provides some contrast. The Gigabyte Aero’s full-size chiclet-style keyboard is enjoyable to type on thanks to its snappy feel and responsiveness. The 4K+ AMOLED display is good, but it could be better. It doesn’t handle true black very well and suffers from strong reflections and glare. The Gigabyte Aero excels at productivity performance and can keep up with other gaming laptops in 1080p. But it has very few ports and its refresh rate leaves a bit to be desired."

Razer Blade 14 (2023)

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NotebookCheck

Allen Ngo | May 2022
"After making a huge splash with the original 2021 model, it's expected that the 2022 refresh would be more of a minor update to an already impressive machine. It adds a higher resolution webcam (720p to 1080p), faster CPU (Ryzen 9 5900HX to Ryzen 9 6900HX), faster GPU (RTX 3070/3080 to 3070/3080 Ti), faster RAM (DDR4-3200 to DDR5-4800), faster M.2 SSD support (PCIe3 x4 to PCIe4 x4), newer WLAN module (Killer AX1690i to Qualcomm WCN685x), and a MUX switch for the new integrated Radeon 680M GPU. It's indubitably an upgrade especially in terms of single-thread processor performance."

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About Gigabyte

Gigabyte is a Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer. While Gigabyte mainly focuses its business on desktop hardware, Gigabyte is known for its value-oriented G series laptops, thin and light Aero series, and performance-oriented Aorus series. Gigabyte laptops offer a strong value proposition to compete with mainstream alternatives.

About Razer

Razer is an American-Singaporean technology company. Razer is best known for their Blade series laptops, well known for their strong performance and sleek design. Although Razer charges a premium price tag for their laptops, buyers can expect a stealthy laptop with clean fit and finish and strong performance. All of their models offer great portability and build quality compared to other gaming laptops.

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