Razer Blade 18

Razer Blade 18

Razer Blade 18

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BEST RATING
Gaming & AI:
4.8
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.5/10
GAMING/AI: Excellent9.1/10
ENG/DESIGN: Excellent9.2/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.6/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.7/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.1/10
BATTERY: Fair6.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.6/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Best in Class9.5/10
SIZE: 18"








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Large 18-inch high refresh screen
  • Powerful Intel i9 processor
  • High-end Nvidia RTX graphics
  • Excellent keyboard quality
  • Robust build construction
Cons
  • Limited battery life
  • Heavy, affects portability
  • Loud fan noise under load
  • No touchscreen functionality

Ratings by Category

Gaming & AI:
4.8
The Razer Blade 18 demonstrates its gaming and 3D prowess through an Nvidia RTX 4070 GPU that is essential for high-fidelity graphics and hardware ray tracing, and a 240Hz refresh rate screen that allows for very smooth visuals and gameplay. While its CPU also contributes to overall excellent performance, aiding in complex tasks and multitasking, the screen's quality ensures a crisp and vivid display, adding to the immersive gaming experience.
Engineering & Design:
4.8
The Razer Blade 18 is excellent for engineering and design due to its powerful Intel i9 processor, abundant 32GB of RAM, and high-performance Nvidia RTX GPU, which together provide robust computing capabilities for demanding applications. Furthermore, the high-quality IPS screen offers a large 18-inch display with sharp resolution, vibrant colors, and a high contrast ratio, essential for precision work in design and engineering.
Keyboard Quality:
4.7
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.6
The Razer Blade 18 is well-suited for general use because it is equipped with a top-tier CPU and ample RAM, ensuring smooth multitasking and high performance. Additionally, its high-quality screen offers clear and vibrant visuals, but with these features, it is less portable and has a shorter battery life compared to more travel-friendly laptops.
Software Development:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.6
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Portability:
3.2
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Battery Life:
3.0
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$2,900
Release Date
February 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 10.8'' x 0.86''
Weight
6.68 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-13950HX
Graphics
RTX 4070 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
32 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
4 Hours
Battery Capacity
91.7 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
18"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
240Hz
Display Brightness
524 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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6.2/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7.3/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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9/10
Speaker Quality Score
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9.5/10
Webcam
1440p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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PCMag

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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