Razer Blade 16 (2024) Review: Innovate to Dominate

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The Razer Blade 16 (2024) review does not reveal many surprises, but it upholds, if not exceeds, the high standards established by previous Razer Blade models. The base configuration now includes a new 240Hz OLED display and a powerful Intel 14th Generation Core i9 CPU, much like last year’s Razer Blade 16. It closely resembles previous iterations of the Razer Blade 15. Undoubtedly, this laptop continues to rank among the top gaming laptops on the market, but it raises the question: is incremental improvement sufficient given its premium price tag?

Razer Blade 16 (2024) Review: Specs

Razer Blade 16 (2024) entry-levelRazer Blade 16 (2024) as tested
Price$2,699$4,299
Display16-inch QHD+ 240Hz16-inch Dual UHD + FHD + MiniLED
CPUIntel Core i9-13950HXIntel Core i9-13950HX
GPUNvidia GeForce RTX 4060Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090
RAM16GB32GB
Storage1TB2TB
Ports1x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI, SD Card Reader1x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, HDMI, SD Card Reader
Size9.61 by 13.98 x 0.87 inches9.61 by 13.98 x 0.87 inches
Weight5.4 pounds5.4 pounds

Razer Blade 16 (2024) Review: Design

We have an amazing Razer Blade 16 review unit here. Once you remove some of the stickers and badges, the smooth black anodized aluminum shell is devoid of decorative elements. The USB ports on the sides and the green badge on the lid serve as accent pieces. Razer has maintained a simple aesthetic for the Blade series, and it’s always been a good idea to put more emphasis on the laptop’s internal components rather than adding baffles or motorcycle grilles over vents in the style of Transformers.

The fact that this is a tank is probably more important than its appearance. Try as you might to bend or flex the shell, it remains rigid. The hinge of the display is both smooth and stiff, gliding open or closed with a single finger while staying locked in place while I tap away at the keyboard. It’s not exactly light at 5.4 pounds, but when you’re cramming this much power into a shell that’s barely an inch thick, I can overlook a little heft.

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Software

In terms of not installing bloatware, Razer is among the better manufacturers. Here, you won’t find any pointless utilities or VPN and antivirus tool trials. Instead, Synapse—which you may recognize from the company’s gaming peripherals—is the primary system application.

All the performance monitoring and management tools you could ask for are included in Synapse, along with two ways to customize the RGB lighting: the Chroma Studio control panel allows you to set up more complex zone lighting and per-key effects, and the basic Lighting panel offers simple animated effects.

Synapse is a better option than the gaming laptops of some mainstream brands because it is sleek, feature-rich, and designed with gamers in mind.

Battery Life

It’s not surprising that the Razer putter out in the PC Mark 10 Modern Office benchmark after just three hours and zero minutes, as big-screen gaming laptops rarely have exceptional battery life.

That is 48 minutes longer than the ROG Strix Scar 18, which could only last for two hours and twelve minutes, but it is thirteen minutes less than the Predator Helios 18, which has a larger mini-LED screen to power. Much better, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 held up for almost six hours with a similar 16-inch OLED screen. It does, however, have a less powerful specification, sporting an energy-efficient Core Ultra 9 185H CPU rather than the Blade 16’s Core i9-14900HX.

Even if the battery life isn’t particularly remarkable, the 330W charger charges the battery rapidly. You can recharge to 36% in 30 minutes by plugging in, and you can reach full charge in 90 minutes.

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Performance Highlights

  • As anticipated, the Razer Blade 16 is a very powerful device that easily completes any task or game.
  • However, due to thermal limitations, less expensive laptops can perform better than the Blade 16, even with theoretically weaker hardware.
  • The fans on this laptop become noisy and hot, which further limits the benefits of CPU overclocking.

Pricing Highlights

  • With an Intel Core i9, NVIDIA RTX 4070, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD, the Razer Blade 16 starts at $2,999.99.
  • From there, prices quickly soar, reaching an astounding $5,499.99 (though that configuration offers an incredible amount of RAM and storage).
  • The Razer Blade 16 is pricey overall for the experience and performance you receive, but upgrades to higher-end memory and storage are not priced.

Razer Blade 16 (2024) Review: Display

The 16-inch mini-LED display is a standout feature of this machine, significantly increasing the price tag by about $1,700 (as per Razer’s configurator) and offering a unique productivity advantage.

There are two modes to choose from: a 3,840 by 2,400-pixel resolution mode with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 1,920 by 1,200-pixel resolution mode with a 240Hz refresh rate. The higher resolution mode is ideal for creative tasks, catering to content creation and similar activities. Despite the powerful hardware, achieving a consistent 60 frames per second can be challenging without adjusting settings.

It’s an impressive display all around. The average brightness across the screen was 494.8 nits, which is noticeably brighter than the Lenovo Legion Pro 5 Gen 8 (318.6 nits) and Asus’ ROG Strix G18 (383.6 nits), but not quite as bright as the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (533.4 nits).

Razer Blade 16 (2024) Review: Keyboard & Touchpad

The majority of the Blade 16’s chassis is occupied by the keyboard, positioned between the laptop’s speakers on each side. The frame offers ample space for full-sized keys, allowing for comfortable and accurate typing.

The keys are quiet and have a satisfying amount of travel with each press, ensuring a comfortable typing experience whether you’re navigating Elden Ring’s eerie corridors or writing prose. The arrow keys are an exception; I rarely use them due to the prevalence of WASD and scroll wheels on mice, which frequently causes laptop keyboards to sacrifice arrow keys for space.

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At 4 x 6.9 inches, the trackpad feels surprisingly roomy. Even though I usually use a mouse, the trackpad’s additional space is a useful feature. Even with my larger hands, I found that my swipes and gestures were precisely tracked, and the trackpad’s centered position and palm rejection avoided any unintentional swipes or clicks.

Razer Blade 16 (2024) Review: Audio

One of my favorite songs to listen to over and over again is “Integrated Tech Solutions” by Aesop Rock. I can hear the snap of a snare drum or the soft cooing of pigeons. The speakers are also capable of producing high volumes without distortion or tinny sound. The THX Spatial Audio app is another option for individuals who want to further personalize their audio experience.

Aesop Rock’s “Integrated Tech Solutions” is one of my favorite songs to listen to repeatedly. I can hear the subtle cooing of pigeons or the snap of a snare drum. High volumes can also be reached by the speakers without distortion or tinny sound. For those looking to further customize their audio experience, there is also the THX Spatial Audio app available.

While I’m not an audio expert, the preset equalizers allow you to switch between different profiles tailored for watching video game trailers, gaming, or listening to a game’s soundtrack, among other activities.

Conclusion

Razer Blade 16 (2024) Review, Iterative upgrades allow the Razer Blade 16 review to maintain its strong lineage. With a powerful Intel i9 CPU and a 240Hz OLED display, it’s a gaming monster. But even with its robust design and high-end specs, the price begs the question of what you get. Razer’s focus on design and performance, however, never ceases to amaze.

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