Razer Blade 16 review (2023 model, Core i9, RTX 4080)

Howdy everybody!  I were given my palms on a 2023 Razer Blade 16 with the RTX 4080 in it and feature been the use of it solely for the previous week.

I put my early opinion up after every week, however have now had it lengthy sufficient to make some ultimate calls on what I’ve noticed all over my trying out.  Briefly, it’s been lovely just right for essentially the most section.

I actually like probably the most design enhancements that Razer has presented on this 30 days’s type, in particular the 16:10 shape issue and the added thickness to reinforce a higher-wattage CPU and GPU.  Making the 14” Blade type the ultraportable answer lets in this type to be extra of a contender to the Legion and Strix fashions in their competition, which stability portability and desire efficiency.

Making an allowance for how neatly the instrument has carried out for me during my trying out, I will be able to see why Razer selected a thicker and heavier instrument with this type – it’s neatly well worth the sacrifice!  However is it price the associated fee tag they’re asking?  I’d love to assume so, but it surely’s actually going to return down as to if or no longer you worth the construct high quality and design.

Right here’s what I discovered.

Specifications sheet as reviewed – Razer Blade 16

Razer Blade 16 (2023)
Display16 inch, 2560×1600 px, IPS, 240 Hz, 3ms, MUX transfer, 100% DCI-P3
ProcessorIntel i9-13950HX, 24 core, 32 threads (5.5 GHz max)
VideoIntel Iris Xe + Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 with 12GB of DDR6 VRAM
Reminiscence32 GB DDR5 5600Mhz (2x 16GB DIMMS)
Garage1x 1TB M.2 NVMe gen 4(SSSTC) + additional slot
ConnectivityKiller AX211 Wifi 6E with Bluetooth 5.2
Portsleft: DC-in, 2X USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind A, 1x USB3.2 Gen 2 Kind C, headphone/mic combo
correct: lock, HDMI 2.1, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind A, 1x USB Kind C with Thunderbolt 4, UHS-II SD Card reader
Battery95.2 Wh, 330 W GaN charger
Dimension355 mm or 13.98” (w) x 244 mm or 9.61” (d) x 21.99 mm or .87” (h)
Weight2.45 kg (5.4 lbs) + charger
Extrasbacklit keyboard(RGB), HUGE trackpad, FHD webcam with IR, quad speakers, vapor chamber cooling, SD card reader

If within the better 18-inch type, my evaluate of the Razer Blade 18 may be to be had over right here.

Design and building

The Blade 16 is a wholly new chassis, because of the bigger shape issue.  However on the finish of the day, it’s an excessively acquainted design, slightly distinguishable from its predecessor except you had them facet by way of facet.  However in the event you have been a Blade 15 proprietor previously, you’ll understand the adaptation the second one you pick out it up.

Truth is, it is a larger instrument.  It’s no longer solely .2 inches thicker, but it surely’s additionally a complete pound heavier than the Razer Blade 15 I reviewed ultimate 30 days.  In fact, that is intentional.  With the Razer Blade 14 providing identical efficiency to the Blade 15 during the last a number of years, it is sensible that with this redesign they are trying so as to add some energy into the chassis.  And the one approach to try this is to make the instrument just a little better to reinforce greater TDP and TGP.  Thus the outcome we now have right here.

The excellent news is the construct high quality is solely as robust as prior to.  The chassis is product of aluminum and is a unibody building, which is the majority of why it feels so strong, regardless of the place you pick out up the laptop.  I’ve completed my fair proportion of dealing with this instrument and I couldn’t to find any creaks within the chassis, nor does the fabric flex.  It’s additionally neatly balanced so that you most probably gained’t desire choosing it up one far more than the opposite.

The one exception to that is when the instrument is working and in the event you snatch it from the facet.  There’s a minor susceptible spot on the fan that I’ve spotted solely as soon as thus far.  If you happen to grip your hands correct on the fan grate, it’s essential press it in moderately, which is able to come into touch with the spinning enthusiasts.  And if this occurs, you’ll surely listen it.  In order that’s a place you’ll simply need to discover ways to steer clear of grabbing it from.

The highest of the instrument is equal to each and every different Razer laptop.  It’s a matte brushed aluminum lid with out a main options apart from the built-in Razer emblem.

It’s nonetheless inexperienced and sure, it nonetheless glows.  Fortunately the sunshine may also be grew to become off, however you’ll desire a pores and skin if you are expecting this laptop to seem even remotely skilled.  I’m very upset that Razer nonetheless doesn’t have an non-compulsory function the place the brand is just embossed – just about everybody apart from Razer and Alienware have ditched the gaudy sparkling trademarks.


Opening the lid is a one-finger gesture, however you may combat to get your finger within the cutout because of the small measurement.  A fingernail works high-quality despite the fact that.  As soon as opened, you get a just right have a look at the just about bezel-less display screen.  Targeted on the height of the display screen is a small FHD webcam with doubles as a face free up possibility.  And this time there’s a webcam shutter – great contact!!  Targeted underneath the display screen is an excessively delicate Razer emblem.

I’ll cover the keyboard and trackpad extra within the subsequent segment, however be aware that not like ultimate 30 days, the facility button is now the higher right-hand key, as a substitute of being built-in into the chassis.

Flanking either side of the keyboard are the upward-facing speakers.  There are four of them this 30 days, so I’m actually taking a look ahead to listening to how they carry out – particularly because it’s been one thing I’ve repeatedly criticized the Blade line about.


The IO is similar to what was once presented ultimate 30 days.  At the left, there’s a energy adapter this is proprietary to Razer.  Can’t whinge an excessive amount of because it’s a confirmed tough design.  It’s reversible, however you’ll to find that it’s actually no longer as a result of the way in which the cable comes out 90 levels.

In entrance of the facility adapter, there are two USB-A slots and a unmarried USB-C slot that helps Thunderbolt 4 and PD charging 3.0.  This helps as much as 100W adapters too.  Finally, there’s a headphone/microphone combo jack.

At the right-hand facet, there’s a regular Kensington lock adopted by way of an HDMI 2.1 port.  There’s any other USB-A port and an extra UBC-C port, which additionally helps Thunderbolt 4 and PD charging.  In spite of everything, there’s a full-sized SD card reader.

The ground panel is so much like ultimate 30 days’s design, apart from the decrease vents are in truth vents and no longer pretend.  This offers a large number of alternative for airflow which we’ll take a look at and notice if it assists in keeping the warmth out.  One addition to the ground is the second one pair of downward-facing speakers within the corners.


All in all, it is a nice design even supposing it actually hasn’t modified its glance through the years.  I’m indubitably pleased with it because it’s no longer unhealthy in any way.  However I do have a look at it as more or less a ignored alternative in many ways.  As an example, the fabric continues to be a fingerprint magnet, even with the coating they used.  I additionally would have appreciated to look that emblem in the end cross away.

Those lawsuits are minor compared to the professionals of this design, despite the fact that.  It’s arguably the most powerful building available in the market and I’ve confirmed that previously after I unintentionally dropped my 2019 type on a tile ground.  And let’s no longer omit that even supposing this unit is thicker than ultimate 30 days, it’s nonetheless considerably smaller than lots of the main competition available in the market within the 16-inch efficiency phase. Right here’s an image of the Blade 16 subsequent to my ROG Float X16.


So finally I’m nonetheless giving the design an A in my e book.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard is strictly what I be expecting, as it sort of feels to be the similar as ultimate 30 days.  As a previous Blade proprietor, I’m very used to Razer keyboards so it took me no time in any respect to begin typing neatly in this device.  The structure is easily idea out and all the keys are in logical puts.  The one oddity is the facility button being the place the Del key in most cases is.

The place some would possibly combat is the self-love of the keystroke, however I to find that this simply takes time to get used to.  It is helping that the keys are moderately massive and there may be abundant comments whilst you press them.

Something I don’t deal with thus far is the coating at the keys.  The wasd keys specifically glance very used even simply after every week of use.  We’ll see if this evens out over the years.

The keyboard has Chroma RGB backlighting which to at the present time continues to be my favourite implementation throughout all laptops.  Synapse has superb instrument to program the colours in your liking and there also are some neat little results Razer gives that the majority competition don’t even come on the subject of.

Total, whilst I give the keyboard a just right grade, I used to be more or less hoping for just a little extra key trip in this type, particularly with the added thickness to the device.  I suppose they wanted that area for the cooling machine despite the fact that.


The trackpad in this type is HUGE!  I suppose it is a just right factor but it surely’s a bit of over the top to me, to be truthful.  No longer solely has the peak greater from the additional actual property at the chassis, however the width were given larger as neatly.  As a substitute of spanning from the spacebar to the proper Fn key, it now spans one key additional in each and every course.

The added width has given me middling effects despite the fact that.  On slightly a couple of events, my palm had hit the nook leading to undesirable mouse motion.  And all over some click on and drag operations, I unencumber my hands solely to seek out that it doesn’t unencumber, once more as a result of my palm touching the nook.  A few occasions I believed it was once a Home windows glitch – that’s how unobvious it was once that my palm was once in touch.  Finally, I needed to transfer my correct hand considerably additional to the proper to be able to get used to this and sure it surely felt awkward doing so.

I’m no longer certain why they did this –  the previous trackpad was once sufficiently big so this doesn’t actually assist to have it larger.  I be mindful HP and MSI doing this with their ultrawide trackpads and I’m lovely certain they each stopped doing it.  I’m certain if I have been to stay this and it nonetheless pissed off me, I might most likely simply set the zone to one thing smaller – I’ve completed it previously with different machines.

Out of doors of that gripe, the trackpad continues to be actually just right!  It’s easy glass and tracks my hands really well.  Razer in most cases makes use of top-notch trackpads and this one isn’t any other.  It’s an built-in clickpad, so there are left and correct clicks situated at the decrease corners of the glass.  Simply remember that the proper clicks are actually even decrease and extra to the proper than prior to.  For me, I simply go for unmarried and double finger faucets.


The type I’ve available has a 240Hz 2560×1600 px answer display screen.  It’s an IPS variant made by way of CSOT. Total it’s a really nice display screen.  Arguably absolute best viewing angles and there’s no backlight bleed on my display screen in any respect.


I did get a possibility to make use of my Xrite software to measure the display screen specs.  Right here’s what I were given:

  • Panel HardwareID: CSOT MNG007DA4-1 (CSO1624)
  • Protection: 153.6% sRGB, 108.8% DCI-P3, 105.8% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 465 cd/m2
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1211:1
  • Local white level: round 6100 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: 0.38 cd/m2.

Total a really nice display screen and I actually don’t have any lawsuits about it.  It defaults to 240Hz however you’ll be able to transfer it in Synapse to be 60Hz when you want it.  You’ll be able to additionally set it to mechanically transfer whilst you cross on battery, which may be very useful.

The one different display screen possibility to be had is a 4k mini LED 120Hz panel which additionally has a twin mode to modify to a sooner refresh charge 1080p 240Hz.  I’m very on this display screen and can with a bit of luck have any other evaluate unit with it within the coming weeks.

If I have been to select, I’d most likely lean against the QHD display screen, basically since you get well framerates above 90fps for nearly each and every recreation at this answer, and it’s nonetheless crisper than 1080p.  I believe the 4000 collection GPU is solely overkill for FHD gaming and also you begin to get diminishing returns with a 4k display screen @ 16”, however that’s simply me.  Perhaps I’ll exchange my thoughts after I see the opposite display screen despite the fact that.

{Hardware} and function

Our take a look at type is a mid-specced configuration of the early-2023 Razer Blade 16, constructed on an Intel Core i9-13950HX processor, 32 GB of DDR5-5600 reminiscence in twin channel, 1 TB of speedy SSD garage, and twin graphics: the Nvidia RTX 4080 dGPU with 12 GB of vRAM and the UHD iGPU built-in throughout the Intel processor.

The Core i9-13950HX is a Raptor Lake thirteenth gen HX processor with a hybrid design, with 8 Efficiency Cores, 16 Potency Cores, and 32 Overall Threads.  It’s paired with speedy reminiscence (DDR5 overclocked at 5600 MHz) and gen4 garage.

The RTX 4080 is a high-tier dGPU within the Nvidia RTX 4000 Ade Lovelace collection, solely one step down from the top-tier RTX 4090 Computer variant.


The whole efficiency at the everyday duties is very good.  Realistically, it’s been like this for years now, however now that we’re hanging 24 core processors in those laptops, it’s simply undeniable overkill.  In reality, those CPUs are for gaming, however in the event you plan on the use of this laptop for anything, you gained’t be upset.

Synapse can be utilized to switch the facility profile and regulate the CPU and GPU energy limits in response to what your wishes are.  It additionally impacts how a lot warmth is generated and how briskly the ones enthusiasts will blow to stay the instrument cool.

Right here’s a chart that presentations the noticed TDP/TGP I’ve noticed in each and every energy mode:

QuietBalancedMax settings in CustomizedBattery

First off, let’s cross over the CPU sustained efficiency at the to be had profiles, within the Cinebench R15 loop take a look at.

This Blade is actually tough at Max Settings, but in addition noisy and moderately scorching. The Balanced profile is so much quieter, but in addition aggressively limits the CPU in this type of load.


Nonetheless, even on Balanced, the 2023 Blade 16 is extra tough than the 2022 Razer Blade 15 on its max settings. If truth be told, it’s just about on par with a large number of different fashionable efficiency laptops, and far sooner than the 2022 {hardware} to be had in 16-inch gadgets, each from Intel or AMD. Main points underneath.


Listed below are probably the most artificial benchmarks I’ve taken.

For all trying out, I left complicated Optimus on, which accurately decided on the dGPU as wanted.

On this spherical of trying out, I set the CPU and GPU to max in Synapse. Right here have been my ends up in this mode:

  • 3DMark 13 –CPU profile: max – 12398 16 – 9558, 8 – 7470, 4 – 4201, 2 – 2232, 1 -1119
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 31485 (Graphics – 39972, Physics – 30744);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Undercover agent: 17425 (Graphics – 18476, CPU – 13181);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) Graphics: 11759;
  • 3DMark 13 – Velocity Means: 4712;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 10151;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 27488;
  • GeekBench 5: Unmarried-Core: 1905, Multi-core: 17216;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 270.87 fps, CPU 4319 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 272 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 27955 pts, CPU Unmarried Core 1932 pts;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax: 172.48;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Catia: 95.66;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Creo: 126.18;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Power: 63.26;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya: 464.99;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Clinical: 52.08;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SNX: 29.26;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SW: 367.39.

The CPU runs at 110W sustained in CPU-only so much, whilst the GPU runs at as much as 175W TGP, each being main updates from the previous Blade 15 fashions.

Subsequent, I set the mode to Balanced in Synapse.  Right here have been my effects:

  • 3DMark 13 –CPU profile: max – 7580 16 – 6769, 8 – 5622, 4 – 3761, 2 – 2200, 1 -1078
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 24413 (Graphics – 33970, Physics – 24319);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Undercover agent: 15017 (Graphics – 16250, CPU – 10502);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) Graphics: 10709;
  • 3DMark 13 – Velocity Means: 4334;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 10082;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 28016;
  • GeekBench 5: Unmarried-Core: 1930, Multi-core: 14085;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 257.74 fps, CPU 2774 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 289 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 17757 pts, CPU Unmarried Core 1997 pts;

In spite of everything, listed here are my effects after switching to Quiet mode:

  • 3DMark 13 –CPU profile: max – 5513 16 – 4901, 8 – 4007, 4 – 2859, 2 – 1733, 1 -994
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 18562 (Graphics – 26995, Physics – 16647);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Undercover agent: 11211 (Graphics – 12581, CPU – 6934);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) Graphics: 9916;
  • 3DMark 13 – Velocity Means: 4093;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 9079;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 24211;
  • GeekBench 5: Unmarried-Core: 2000, Multi-core: 10963;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 239.56 fps, CPU 1715 cb, CPU Unmarried Core 276 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 9983 pts, CPU Unmarried Core 1711 pts;

Superb ends up in my opinion and you’ll be able to surely see the possible over the 3080 Ti from ultimate 30 days.  However what’s actually obvious is the RTX efficiency bump this 30 days.   I’m additionally keen on the ones Quiet mode effects, which I most likely would use so much if this have been my device.

I additionally did some trying out in some video games.  I took those readings in several efficiency choices in Synapse:

QHD+ – Max settingsQHD+ – BalancedQHD+ – Quiet
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF)142 fps avg, 15 fps 1% low134 fps avg, 30 fps 1% low138 fps avg, 103 fps 1% low
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing ON)88 fps avg, 26 fps 1% low75 fps avg, 35 fps 1% low72 fps avg, 45 fps 1% low
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, TAAU)141 fps avg, 43 fps 1% low121 fps avg, 27 fps 1% low94 fps avg, 17 fps 1% low
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (DX 12, Extremely Preset, TAAU)72 fps avg, 28 fps 1% low64 fps avg, 24 fps 1% low58 fps avg, 27 fps 1% low
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (DX 12, RT Extremely Preset, TAAU, DLLS Off)39 fps avg, 19 fps 1% low32 fps avg, 17 fps 1% low29 fps avg, 18 fps 1% low
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (DX 12, RT Extremely Preset, TAAU, DLLS On)64 fps avg, 30 fps 1% low55 fps avg, 28 fps 1% low52 fps avg, 26 fps 1% low
Horizon 0 Break of day (Extremely)138 fps avg, 103 fps 1% low125 fps avg, 88 fps 1% low73 fps avg, 63 fps 1% low
Cyberpunk (Extremely, Ray Tracing On, DLSS Off)42 fps avg, 33 fps 1% low40 fps avg, 27 fps 1% low46 fps avg, 30 fps 1% low
Cyberpunk (Extremely, Ray Tracing On, DLSS Auto)87 fps avg, 65 fps 1% low73 fps avg, 52 fps 1% low39 fps avg, 19 fps 1% low
Cyberpunk (Extremely, Ray Tracing Off)86 fps avg, 55 fps 1% low74 fps avg, 53 fps 1% low40 fps avg, 19 fps 1% low
Valheim (Top preset)138 fps avg, 58 fps 1% low112 fps avg, 52 fps 1% low93 fps avg, 39 fps 1% low
Elden Ring (Max settings, QHD, without borders)60 fps avg, 49 fps 1% low60 fps avg, 41 fps 1% low55 fps avg, 43 fps 1% low
Ultimate Delusion 7 remake (Max settings, QHD)120 fps avg, 59 fps 1% low120 fps avg, 52 fps 1% low99 fps avg, 9 fps 1% low

For the file, Witcher 3 added DX12 and Ray tracing to their settings so it’s apples and oranges seeking to examine it with prior machines.  However I’m doing constant settings with Andrei on his critiques and can come with a DX11 run for comparability’s sake.

Regardless, you’ll be able to obviously see simply how tough the 4080 is for a few of these video games.  I’m just a little do away with by way of the 1% low numbers in a few of these video games despite the fact that.  Battlefield 5 for instance had some random stutters that I simply didn’t see within the 3000 collection GPUs.  Confidently, this will get resolved in long term driver updates.

However the Ray tracing efficiency is such a lot higher than prior to.  Cyberpunk for instance has mainly constant effects with RT on vs off, equipped you employ DLSS.  Witcher 3 may be very shut.  For the primary time, I believe I in truth suggest hanging ray tracing on.

Emissions (noise, warmth), Connectivity, and speakers

It looks as if Razer is sticking with a identical thermal technique to what they used ultimate 30 days (and the years prior to).  A unmarried vapor chamber is on height of the CPU and GPU, with two massive enthusiasts used to stay them beneath keep an eye on.  The parts are noticeably larger despite the fact that this 30 days, which indubitably is helping with the upper TDP and TGP.


I ran my take a look at with Horizon 0 Break of day, the place I run the sport for a longer length at each and every energy profile.  The intent is to measure the diversities in temperatures in addition to ambient noise ranges from the enthusiasts.  Test it out:

ModeGuide (Max settings)BalancedQuiet
CPU temps84C avg with 94C spike83C avg with 88C spike75C avg with 77C spike
GPU temps80C avg78C avg74C avg
Avg fan noise after stabilized temps52 dB42dB37dB
Recreation efficiency138 fps avg, 103 fps 1% low125 fps avg, 88 fps 1% low73 fps avg, 63 fps 1% low

With the CPU and GPU at most, I were given some lovely excessive temperatures, however they have been neatly throughout the limits.  I’m simply happy I didn’t get 100C spikes like I did ultimate 30 days.  Obviously, the larger heatsink and enthusiasts assist.  52dB isn’t anything else to gloat about, however taking into consideration the efficiency you get and it’s at max, it’s what it’s.

Balanced mode was once a lot better.  The common temps don’t reinforce a lot however the spikes are far more beneath keep an eye on.  On height of that, the enthusiasts are noticeably quieter.  I believe given the adaptation in efficiency between this and max settings, I might select Balanced mode.

However Quiet mode continues to be lovely superior.  The noise degree at the enthusiasts is tremendous quiet and the efficiency continues to be midway respectable.  I don’t assume I’d use this that a lot but it surely’s great to have the opportunity, particularly if enjoying at once for your lap.

Exterior temps are just about what you’d be expecting from a gaming laptop of this caliber.  On battery and doing commonplace duties, the enthusiasts have a tendency to stick silent however will kick on from time to time to stay temps beneath keep an eye on.  This may increasingly reason the laptop to get just a little heat beneath, but it surely’s actually no longer that unhealthy in any respect.

While you get started gaming despite the fact that, the laptop actually begins to warmth up.  You will have to actually imagine the use of a laptop tray in the event you plan to make use of this for your lap and no longer on a table.  Take a look at my thermal scans to look the level.



So far as connectivity is going, the Wifi reception is lovely robust and solid.  Taking my standard pace take a look at from 20+toes from my router led to 570Mbps, which is superb.  I didn’t revel in any drops during my utilization and had just right sign in the entire far off puts I used this take a look at unit.

There’s additionally Bluetooth 5.2 in this Wifi card, which additionally labored completely for me.  I used to be in a position to make use of my Airpods for a large number of film streaming and video games and I additionally were given a possibility to check my wi-fi controller, which labored high-quality.  There’s no ethernet with this type.

Something that has a great deal advanced this 30 days is the speaker array.  This 30 days there are four speakers, two going through up and the opposite two down.  None would qualify as woofers, however they’ve surely tuned those speakers for higher mids than ever prior to.

I ran my standard take a look at tune and were given a most amplitude of 75dB(A), which is set reasonable.  However like I stated prior to, the sound is far fuller than prior to because the highs and mids are extra calmly allotted than the tinny speakers at the Blades 14 & 15.  Bass is lovely respectable too, detectable as little as 90 Hz.  Total I’m more than happy with what I’m listening to.

Relatively, the sound is far better than the Razer Blade 15 ultimate 30 days, but it surely nonetheless sounds tinnier after I examine the sound to my Asus x16.  Within the ultimate day of this evaluate, I additionally were given my palms on a Razer Blade 18, which sounds a lot better than the either one of them.  So there may be room for growth at the Blade 16 drivers however total I believe it’s just right sufficient for most of the people.

Final thing to say is the webcam and it’s in truth lovely just right.  It’s FHD, so respectable answer there.  The neatly lit footage are about reasonable for a FHD shooter, however what’s bizarre is the low gentle footage glance about the similar.  I will be able to’t actually whinge about that.

The digital camera may be IR and helps Home windows Hi, which labored flawlessly during my use.  I arrange since day one and had 0 issues since.  Oh and there’s additionally a webcam shutter this 30 days which is superior!  Confidently Razer leaves this digital camera on my own in long term fashions, as it’s mainly high-quality as it’s now.

Battery existence

The Razer Blade 16 has a 95Whr battery which is a step up from the 80Whr within the Razer Blade 15 ultimate 30 days.  I took did my standard collection of exams with brightness set to 30% which is set 100 nits.  Right here’s what I were given:

  • 12.7 W (~7 h 30 min of use)– idle, Quiet mode with battery saver on, display screen at 0%, Wi-Fi ON, backlighting off;
  • 17.2 W (~5 h 32 min of use)– textual content modifying in Phrase/Excel with gentle web use, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 18.3 W (~5 h 12 min of use)– 1440p 60hz Youtube fullscreen in Chrome, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 18.7 W (~5 h 5 min of use)– 1080p HBO Max fullscreen video in Chrome, display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 25.3 W (~3 h 46 min of use)– heavy surfing in Chrome,  display screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 83.4 W (~1 h 8 min of use)– Gaming – Witcher 3 60fps, display screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON.

It’s a larger battery than the Razer Blade 15 was once ultimate 30 days, however the effects are almost the similar around the board.  That is perhaps as a result of the QHD+ display screen, so it indubitably is sensible.  Those effects aren’t unhealthy in any respect despite the fact that – it’s about the most productive you’ll be able to be expecting from a gaming laptop.

Synapse has a brand new environment this 30 days which lets you optimize the battery by way of proscribing what it fees to.  It’s spark off by way of default however simply wishes a handy guide a rough toggle to activate.  You’ll be able to use the slider to select what battery share you need to fee to prior to it stops.

The charging brick in this type is superb!  It’s a tiny bit larger than the 230W energy provide on ultimate 30 days’s fashions, but if I say a tiny bit, I imply it.  However this 30 days it’s 330w, which is what makes it particular.  That is the smallest 330w adapter I’ve ever used and it’s as it’s GaN as a substitute of a conventional energy brick.  Smart move in this as a result of I at all times dreaded wearing my 300+w adapters on a few of my previous laptops.


Value and availability – Razer Blade 16

Razer Blade 16 fashions vary from $2699 (for the 4060 + IPS type) to $4299 (for the 4090 + miniLED config) this 30 days, relying at the GPU and display screen you select.

The type I’ve available, with the RTX 4080 and the IPS show, is priced at $3599.  That is steep, sure, but it surely’s additionally the similar worth of the 3080 Ti type I reviewed ultimate 30 days.

Whilst I criticized Razer about their pricing ultimate 30 days, so much has modified with pricing around the manufacturers this 30 days, and Razer turns out to have no less than stayed constant.  On height of that, there’s much more to provide within the Razer Balde 16 this 30 days, so perhaps the associated fee level is extra profitable.

After a few weeks, I believe that’s the verdict too.  Remaining 30 days’s type made no sense, however with the entire additions this 30 days, I believe we’re again to “commonplace” Razer pricing.  Which continues to be pricey, sure, however you’re actually paying that boutique pricing for a distinct segment marketplace.

Regardless, if you wish to pull the cause now, you’ll be able to to find the Razer Blade 16 each on Amazon and their very own web site.

Ultimate Ideas – 2023 Razer Blade 16

So after a couple of weeks with this laptop, I’m again to believing within the Blade –  I actually loved my time with it for essentially the most section.  Certain, it’s just a little heavier and thicker than prior to.  However the small sacrifice is well worth the added efficiency from the GPU.  I made this sacrifice prior to after I switched from the Blade 15 to the Legion 7 and that is mainly that very same bounce.

Truth is, that is precisely that hole Razer is attempting to fill they usually did it neatly.  If you need one thing extra transportable, you continue to have the Blade 15 or even the Blade 14 to fall again on and nonetheless get respectable gaming efficiency.  If you need a desktop substitute, the Blade 18 is a superb possibility too.  But when you need one thing within the center, this Blade 16 is an ideal are compatible.

The display screen alternatives are very interesting too, and I sit up for making an attempt that UHD/FHD display screen within the close to long term to look if it’s a worthy possibility.  I additionally recognize how they beautiful a lot took the CPU opting for out of the image and simply gave us the most productive one in all fashions.  All you actually wish to do is select the GPU that fits you.

Let’s no longer omit the opposite additions to this type like the larger battery and the simpler speakers.  Respectable IO and improve choices at the RAM and SSD also are a pleasant plus.  And in the end, Razer joins the 16:10 side ratio membership, identical to everybody else.  It’s actually slightly the bundle.

Realistically, I solely have two lawsuits about this type and that’s with the trackpad and the entire design.  I’d actually just like the previous trackpad again, however would settle for no less than some choices in Synapse to regulate the palm rejection or the detectable zones.  I actually really feel that persons are going to combat with this, so it might be great of them to no less than keep on height of it with instrument.

As for the design, I believe it’s excessive time for a special glance.  I’d like to look that emblem in the end get extra delicate and the chassis is lengthy late for a shift to one thing the place it doesn’t change into a smudgy mess after simply two weeks.  I notice that that is most likely a difficult resolution as Razer hasn’t modified the fabric because the Razer Blade was once first offered in 2011.  But it surely’s time to stick aggressive in those spaces.

However that each one stated, if I have been searching for a  new laptop, I may indubitably glance the wrong way on those two spaces.  It’s indubitably a worthy instrument and arguably higher than maximum available in the market.  I don’t assume it’s sufficient for me to modify from my x16, but it surely’s lovely shut and I wouldn’t essentially be upset if I did.

Hope this was once useful to learn despite the fact that and I’m glad to respond to any questions you all have.  I gained’t have the unit for greater than a pair extra days however I’ll take a look at to respond to as easiest I will be able to on what I skilled.

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Derek Sullivan – Assessment Editor. Along with being a tech fanatic, I’ve a profession as a Biomedical Engineer. I experience taking issues aside, working out how they paintings, and discovering techniques to lead them to higher. My different leisure pursuits come with spending time with my circle of relatives, “Do it your self” tasks reminiscent of house automation, and working.

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