By Dan Ackerman
At CES 2024, Razer introduced its latest generation of Razer Blade laptops, highlighted by the Razer Blade 16. I always like OLED gaming laptops, and this one breaks some new ground by featuring the world's first 240Hz 16-inch OLED display.
Besides the very high 240Hz refresh rate, the panel (provided by Samsung) has a fast 0.2ms response time, a combination that makes it great for competitive gamers. It's QHD+ resolution HDR screen and 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
There's also an option for a dual-mode mini-LED screen version which natively switches between UDH+ 120Hz and FHD+ 240Hz, so you can choose between resolution and refresh rate.
Inside, you'll find the new Intel Core i9-14900HX processor, just launched by Intel, which describes it as the world's fastest mobile processor. For graphics, the Blade 16 supports up to an NVIDIA RTX 2090 GPU, at a full 175W TGP, so it's not throttling performance.
The 14-inch model, called the Razer Blade 14, is also getting a refresh, focusing on the new AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS processor, paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics and a QHD+ 240 Hz display. The smallest member of the Blade family, it's 0.71 inches thick and weighs 4.05 pounds.
The new Ryzen CPUs offer their own NPU (or neural processing unit) hardware, which can boost AI performance in tools like Microsoft Windows Studio effects and Microsoft Copilot.
The larger-screen Razer Blade 18 was also on display at CES 2024, but it's not quite ready just yet. Instead, Razer showed off an early build of the system to highlight the fact that it's getting a bump up to full 4K resolution (with a 165Hz refresh rate), and that it will be one of the first laptops with Thunderbolt 5 for connecting peripherals, allowing for connection rates of up to 120Gbps.
More on Thunderbolt 5 as we get more details from Razer and see more examples from other PC makers.
Micro Center Editor-in-Chief Dan Ackerman is a veteran tech reporter and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo and Editorial Director at CNET. He's been testing and reviewing laptops and other consumer tech for almost 20 years and is the author of The Tetris Effect, a Cold War history of the world's most influential video game. Contact Dan at [email protected].
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CES looked crazy this year! 🔥
the razer joining the OLED gang...man CES went crazy this year
OLEDS are fantastic. Once you see it, it's hard to go back to regular screens.
The more laptops that get OLED screens, the happier I think we all will be. There's a reason it's the best right now. Exciting to see!
RAZER has always had a sharp look. I have yet to get my hands on one, but man they're sharp with the OLEDs. And that 165 refresh rate coming down the pipeline, that's impressive!
happy to see more companies starting to make more OLED laptops!
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