High-performance gaming laptops used to be heavy and clunky. But over the years, laptop makers have shrunk the display bezel, millimeter by millimeter, to give usWith a bigger display in a more compact body. The 16:9 aspect ratio has also become the standard. Although the display will get bigger, going from 15.6 inches to 16 inches, the laptop remains the same size or may even be more compact at times. And who can argue with getting more screen in a smaller body?
Now the same thing is happening with 17.3-inch gaming laptops. On, a new batch of 18-inch gaming laptops were announced from Alienware, Acer, Asus, and Razer. Also, with Lenovo, HP and MSI not unveiling any 18-inch models for the show, I’m sure that won’t be the case for a long time.
However, wide-screen, 17.3-inch displays aren’t extinct yet. Acer announced updated Nitro gaming laptop models with Intel and AMD processors, while Asus also updated its Strix Scar 17 and Strix G17 models for 2023. But with Acer, Asus and others loading up on new 16- and 18-inch gaming laptops, it looks like the days are numbered for 17.3-inch models (and 15.6-inch ones too). Here’s the first of the crop of 18-inchers shown off for CES 2023.
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Asus ROG Strix Scar 18
We’re not surprised to see Asus being one of the first to announce an 18-inch gaming laptop; The company is regularly ahead of the curve. The ROG Strix Scar 18 (it also comes in a 16-inch model), uses the extra size for high-performance components and a powerful cooling system to do what they can. The preproduction model we saw had a semitransparent keyboard deck so you can see what’s inside.
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Acer Predator Helios 18
The Predator Helios 18 will feature the latest 13th-generation Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics, better cooling and a beautiful large display, plus plenty of light. Along with the new processors and GPUs, they’ll support up to 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe Gen4 NVMe solid-state drives in RAID 0. The Helios 18 will come with three 2,560×1,600-pixel displays. 165Hz or 240Hz refresh rate options, or a mini LED panel with 250Hz refresh rate, 100% P3 color gamut, and over 1,000 nits peak brightness. There will also be an entry-level 1,920×1,200-pixel display at 165Hz.
Read more about the Acer Predator Helios 18.
razor blade 18
Razer is billing the Blade 18 as the ultimate desktop replacement, and it just might be. It’s certainly going to be one of the thinnest and most powerful 18-inch laptops available, with a 13th-gen Intel Core i9 HX processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 graphics. It will feature a 1440p-plus 240Hz display with 100% P3 color gamut coverage.
The M18 is an impressive 18-inch laptop that you can load up with your choice of Intel or AMD processor and Nvidia or Radeon graphics. To keep components cool, Alienware used seven heat pipes and four fans while keeping the same body thickness as last year’s M17. The M18 features a full-size keyboard and number pad with optional Cherry MX mechanical keys, as well as dual user-replaceable DDR5 SO-DIMM slots and up to 9TB of potential storage. Alienware will offer it with 165Hz 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution or 480Hz 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution.