December 2, 2023


Enhance your play

Razer Blade 18 review: Extreme portable gaming without compromising iconic aesthetics

PC gaming hardware grows evermore gigantic each year, with monstrous desktop graphics cards demanding full-size tower cases with plenty of breathing room. For anyone looking for the best gaming laptop instead, compact variants often compromise performance in favor of portability. However, it seems manufacturers this year are turning the tables with a resurgence of 18″ laptops, supercharged for portable play, and Razer is ready for action.

Expanding its range of already-successful Razer gaming laptops, the Blade 18 is an oversized behemoth somehow loaded with cutting-edge components like Intel’s 13th Gen Core processors and NVIDIA’s RTX 40-series mobile GPUs. How a skinny laptop can harness all that power in such a tight space comes down to an ingenious combination of cooling solutions and intelligent design choices. Putting the second-highest configuration through its paces for my Razer Blade 18 review, I’ll explain exactly how it fared in benchmarks and everyday use.

Blade 18: Price and availability

With Razer Blade 18 unboxed, it’s clear that most of the packaging was filled with thoughtful padding. (Image credit: Ben Wilson | Windows Central)

Razer sells Blade 18 laptops through its official website ranging from $2,900 to $5,000 MSRP. The Blade is packaged with 1x AC cable suitable for your region with a collection of quick-start guides no matter which configuration you choose, and all variants feature an 18″ QHD+ 240Hz panel. Personalized selections relate to the type of NVIDIA GeForce RTX dedicated graphics card, memory, and storage options, although Windows 11 Home remains the only choice for an operating system.