This is the year you’ve been waiting for a laptop with a massive screen and desktop-like performance.
A matter of time would come. To create gaming laptops with larger displays in ever-smaller chassis, laptop manufacturers have been gradually reducing the size of the display bezels for years. They have also been switching from 16:9 widescreen screens to 16:10 higher panels. For gaming laptops up to this point, this has meant upgrading a 15.6-inch machine to a 16-inch display while mostly maintaining the same physical footprint.
Now, 17.3-inch gaming laptops are experiencing the same problem. New 18-inch gaming laptops from Alienware, Acer, Asus, and Razer were unveiled at CES 2023. Even though Lenovo, HP, and MSI did not introduce any 18-inch versions, I am confident that this will change soon.
However, 17.3-inch widescreen monitors are still available. While Asus upgraded its Strix Scar 17 and Strix G17 models for 2023, Acer revealed redesigned Nitro gaming laptop variants with Intel and AMD CPUs. But it appears that the days of 17.3-inch versions are numbered as manufacturers like Acer, Asus, and others stock up on new 16- and 18-inch gaming laptops (and 15.6-inch ones, too). Here is the initial batch of 18 inches that appeared at CES 2023.
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ROG Strix Scar 18 by Asus0
The bezels, or frames, around laptop displays have been reduced by laptop manufacturers during the past few years. They can now use larger displays in smaller bodies due to this, as well as smaller internal components and improved cooling systems. Thus, a laptop with a 16-inch monitor may now be purchased in a body that formerly held a 15-inch panel. Additionally, you can now purchase an 18-inch display in a chassis that is about the same size as a vintage 17.3-inch laptop. Due to the larger size of the ROG Strix Scar 18 (also available in a 16-inch edition), Asus was able to use higher-performance components.
See more information on the ROG Strix Scar 18.
Predator Helios 18 by Acer
The Predator Helios 18 will include the most recent 13th-generation Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 series graphics, improved cooling, gorgeous large panels, and a tonne of lights. They’ll handle up to 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and up to 2TB in PCIe Gen4 NVMe solid-state drives in RAID 0 in addition to the new processors and GPUs. Three 2,560×1,600-pixel display options with refresh rates of 165Hz or 240Hz or a Mini LED panel with a refresh rate of 250Hz, 100% P3 color gamut, and a peak brightness of over 1,000 units will be available for the Helios 18. There will also be a 1,920×1,200-pixel display with a refresh rate of 165Hz.
Acer Predator Helios 18 information can be found here.
Infinite Blade 18
The Blade 18 is marketed by Razer as the ultimate desktop replacement, which may very well be. It will undoubtedly rank among the thinnest and most potent 18-inch laptops on the market thanks to its 13th-generation Intel Core i9 HX processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 graphics. The display will be 1440p+ with 240Hz and 100% P3 color gamut coverage.
Review the Razer Blade 18 in more detail.
With your option of Intel or AMD processors and Nvidia or Radeon graphics, the m18 is a stunning 18-inch laptop. Alienware used seven heat pipes and four fans to keep the components cool while maintaining the same body thickness as the m17 from the previous year. The m18 offers up to 9TB of potential storage space, a full-size keyboard, a number pad with Cherry MX mechanical keys that are optional, and two user-replaceable DDR5 SO-DIMM slots. It will be available from Alienware in two resolutions: 165Hz (2,560×1,600 pixels) and 480Hz (1,920×1,200 pixels).
See more information on the Alienware m18.