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Giant laptops dominate the future of gaming

Giant laptops dominate the future of gaming

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High performance gaming laptops were heavy and clunky. But over the years, laptop manufacturers have slimmed down the display bezels millimeter by millimeter to give us gaming laptops with larger displays in more compact bodies. 16:10 aspect ratio panels also became the norm, replacing the 16:9 aspect ratio. Although the displays will get bigger, going from 15.6 inches to 16 inches, the laptop will stay the same size or even sometimes become more compact. And who can argue with getting more screen in a smaller body?

Now the same is happening with 17.3-inch gaming laptops. At CES 2023, a new batch of 18-inch gaming laptops from Alienware, Acer, Asus and Razer were announced. Also, until Lenovo, HP, and MSI bring 18-inch models to the show, I’m sure that won’t be the case for long.

Widescreen 17.3-inch displays haven’t gone away yet. Acer announced an updated Nitro gaming laptop models with Intel and AMD processors, while Asus has refreshed its Strix Scar 17 and Strix G17 models for 2023 as well. 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 the 15.6-inch ones too). Here’s the first crop of 18-inchers to appear for CES 2023.

Read also: The best gaming laptops at CES, from performance beasts to budget gems

Asus ROG Strix Scar 18

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We’re not surprised to see Asus one of the first to announce an 18-inch gaming laptop; the company is regularly ahead of the curve. The ROG Strix Scar 18 (also available in a 16-inch model) uses the extra size for higher-performance components and a powerful cooling system to take advantage of everything they can do. The pre-production model we saw had a translucent keyboard, so you can see what’s inside.

Read more about ROG Strix Scar 18.

Acer Predator Helios 18

Acer Predator Helios 18 Gaming Laptop.

Acer

The Predator Helios 18 will feature the latest 13th generation Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series graphics, improved cooling and beautiful large displays, plus lots of lights. Along with the new CPUs and GPUs, they will support up to 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD drives in RAID 0. The Helios 18 will come with three 2560×1600 pixel display options with 165Hz or 240Hz refresh rates or a Mini LED panel with a 250Hz refresh rate, 100% P3 color gamut and peak brightness over 1000 nits. There will also be a native display with 1920×1200 pixels at 165Hz.

Read more about Acer Predator Helios 18.

Razer Blade 18

Razer Blade 18 open and facing you directly

Razer

Razer bills the Blade 18 as the ultimate desktop replacement, and it just might be. It’s sure to be one of the thinnest and most powerful 18-inch laptops available, with up to a 13th generation Intel Core i9 HX processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 graphics. It will have a 1440p-plus 240Hz display with 100% P3 color gamut coverage.

Read more about the Razer Blade 18.

Alienware m18

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The m18 is an impressive 18-inch laptop that you can load up with a choice of Intel or AMD processors and Nvidia or Radeon graphics. To keep the components cool, Alienware uses seven heat pipes and four fans, keeping the same body thickness as last year’s m17. The m18 has a full-size keyboard and numeric keypad with optional Cherry MX mechanical keys, plus dual user-replaceable DDR5 SO-DIMM slots and up to 9TB of potential storage. Alienware will offer it with either a 165Hz resolution of 2560×1600 pixels or a 480Hz resolution of 1920×1200 pixels.

Read more about the Alienware m18.


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