Razer puts the Blade 15’s power in a smaller package.
From the outside, the Razer Blade 14 look like every other Raser Blade laptop that we’ve seen in the year. It’s got the all- aluminum chassis, the RGB keyboard, the three-headed snake logo, and the subtle black vibe.
But this Razer Blade is very different. It’s the first Blade ever to be power by and AMD processor. That chip the Ryzen 9 5900HX has enabled Razer to put out the most powerful 14 inch gaming laptop ever made.
That’s not just due to the CPU’s raw power. The effciency of AMD product has given Razer the headroom to include Nvidia top-of-the-line RTX 3070 and RTX 23080 mobile graphic cards. This is the first 14 inch laptop with those chips.
Of course, whether this laptop is a remarkable achievement for Razer is a different question from whether you should actually buy it. The Blade 14 isn’t a cheap system — our test unit costs $2,199.99 — and many folks may justifiably want a bigger screen for that price. But if portability is your priority, this laptop should be on your list. It’s got a mix of performance, specs, and build quality that you won’t find anywhere else.
The system I reviewed comes with a 100W RTX 3070, in addition to 16GB of RAM (which is not upgradable), 1TB of SSD storage (expandable up to 2TB), and a 165Hz QHD display. That same price can also get you a Blade 15 Base with similar GPU and RAM, but with a six-core Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB of storage. The Blade 14 is also thinner and over half a pound lighter: the Blade 15 Base is 4.6 pounds and 0.78 inches thick, while the 14 is 3.92 pounds and 0.66 inches thick.
RAZER BLADE 14 SPECS (AS TESTED)
- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX (3.30GHz, eight cores)
- 16GB DDR4-3200MHz memory (on board)
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU (8GB VRAM, 100W TGP)
- 1TB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)
- UFABET (2560 x 1440) display, 165Hz
- 12.59 x 8.66 x 0.66 inches (319.7 x 220 x 16.8 mm)
- 3.92 pounds (1.78 kg)
- 61.6Wh lithium-ion polymer battery
- 230W charger
- Two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with power delivery and Display Port 1.4, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, one HDMI 2.1
- Wi-Fi 6E
- Bluetooth 5.2