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Updated March 22, 2024·

When looking for a high-performance laptop, both the MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio and the Razer Blade 18 are excellent choices. If you prioritize longer battery life and a bit more portability for general use or work on the go, you might lean towards the Razer Blade. However, if your tasks involve intensive 3D work, machine learning, or engineering software, the MSI Stealth will likely offer superior performance thanks to its focus on creative professionals. Keep in mind that this added performance from the MSI may mean it's larger and heavier, which could impact its ease of transport. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio
  • Good battery life
Advantages of the Razer Blade 18
  • Best in class speakers
  • Excellent keyboard

Key differences

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Screen Quality

8.4
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
8.9
18.0in
SIZE
18.0in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
305.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
524.0 nits
The Razer Blade 18 has a better screen than the MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, and content creation.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
4.0 Hours
The MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio has 6 hours of battery life. The Razer Blade 18 has 4 hours of battery life.

Cost

$2,900
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
$2,600
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$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

The MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio has a price of $2,900 and the Razer Blade 18 costs $2,600.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.4
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
8.5
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
305.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
524.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.0 Hours
8.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
6.0/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.1/10
The Razer Blade 18 and MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio are both very good for general use.

Gaming and AI

9.1
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
9.1
9.9/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
7.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.2/10
The Razer Blade 18 and MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio are both excellent for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

9.0
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
9.2
9.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
9.9/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
The Razer Blade 18 and MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio are both excellent for engineering and design.

Content Creation

8.5
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
8.7
9.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Razer Blade 18 and MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

8.3
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
8.6
9.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
8.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The Razer Blade 18 and MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio are both very good for software development.

Portability

Fair
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
Fair
18.0in
SIZE
18.0in
6.1 lbs
WEIGHT
6.6 lbs
0.9in
THICKNESS
0.8in
The Razer Blade 18 and MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio both have only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

8.0
Stealth 18 AI Studio
Blade 18
8.5
The Razer Blade 18 and MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio both have very good build quality.

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How the MSI Stealth 18 AI Studio and the Razer Blade 18 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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MSI Stealth 18 AI StudioRazer Blade 18
MSI Stealth 18 AI StudioRazer Blade 18

GENERAL

Price
$2,900
$2,600
Release Date
March 1, 2024February 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.8'' x 11.4'' x 0.94''15.7'' x 10.8'' x 0.86''
Weight
6.15 lbs6.68 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Core Ultra 9 185HIntel i9-13950HX
Graphics
RTX 4080 (150 W)RTX 4070 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesYes
RAM
32 GB32 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours4 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.9 Wh91.7 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
18"18"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16002560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
240Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
305 nits524 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
8/108.5/10
Portability Score
6/106.2/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Fan Noise Score
7.5/107.3/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8.5/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
8/109.5/10
Webcam
1080p1440p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
23
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
33
Thunderbolt Version
44

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Matthew Buzzi | March 2023
"Razer made a powerful laptop in the Blade 18, showing off a beautiful and fast display and the same high-quality build we’ve come to expect from this product line. It’s also quite expensive, which is hardly a surprise, but bears repeating even in this price range. It’s pricier than the Scar 18 despite an inferior GPU and half the storage, so you really have to want the Blade 18’s design to justify the cost."

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About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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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