This is the first ultra-compact laptop that seems positioned to take on systems like the MacBook Air, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and the Microsoft Surface Laptop, all of which have a 14-inch display. Its major selling point is that you can get into its slim profile without sacrificing performance.
The Razer Blade 14 is one of the latest in Razer’s ever-growing range of gaming laptops. Today, Razer has unveiled a handful of new laptops for the upcoming holiday season, and the Blade 14 is the family’s newest member.
I chose the 3070 because I think it offers the best value among the available configurations. And I was not disappointed. The laptop works well, but it also looks like an ultrabook – portable and lightweight.
Does it justify the hype? The short answer is: Yes! I put this laptop to the standard tests, and I must say that I am very impressed with its performance under extreme stress.
It does get a little hot, though, and that’s probably my only valid complaint about this model. But it’s still manageable, and if you read my full review below, I’ll explain in detail how to get the most out of this device.
|Razer Blade 14|
|Screen||14, 2560×1440 px, IPS equivalent, 165Hz, matt, 100% DCI-P3 with FreeSync|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 8C/16T, base clock 3.3GHz, upgraded to 4.6GHz|
|Video||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM 80-100W with Dyn Boost 2.0 with AMD Vega and Optimus|
|Memory||16 GB DDR4 3200Mhz (solderable)|
|Storage||1 TB M.2 NVMe|
|Link||Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||2x USB-A 3.2 gen2, 2x USB-C with DP 1.4 and PD 3.0, 1x HDMI 2.1, microphone/earphone|
|Battery||61.6Wh, 230W charger|
|Size||320 mm or 12.59 (W) x 220 mm or 8.66 (D) x 16.8 mm or .66 (H)|
|Weight||1.78 kg (3.92 lbs)|
|Extras||RGB keyboard with individual backlight, Windows Hello HD webcam, stereo speakers, Kensington lock.|
The design of the Razer Blade 14 is nothing sensational. Instead, it looks exactly like the Razer Blade Stealth, only a little bigger. That’s a good thing because it has a sturdy construction and a minimalist look.
The weight is ideal for this form factor, in my opinion. They probably wouldn’t have kept the hull intact if they had been lighter. However, I had no trouble picking it up with a few fingers, and the overall handling in every corner was perfect.
The build quality is just as good as the other Razer blades. The design is similar to the case, so the wrist rest is sturdy when you put it on. The lid is also thick enough to prevent bending when setting up. No squeaking during the entire time of use, so a big thumbs up.
The only problem I have with the design is the metal finish. It’s made of the same matte black coated aluminum as the other models, which means it absorbs all the oil from your palms and fingerprints. And it certainly happened to me. After only a week of use, fingerprints were on the lid, and large stains on the wrist rest. I was able to clean it thoroughly to take pictures, but I thought I’d also take a few dirty pictures, so you know what to expect.
The reason is that most competitors find ways around this problem. For example, the Asus G15 and Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (pictured) has a gray color that still looks better than silver or white but has far fewer fingerprints. I’ve never swept the Legion 5 Pro, and it looks 10 times better.
So if I were to keep it, I would definitely wrap it in Dbrand leather. That’s exactly what I needed to do with the Razer Blade 15, and this model was no exception. I hope Razer fixes this at some point. Or maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t like it?
By the way, this is how the Blade 14 compares to the Blade 15.
In any case, let’s look at the details of the construction. The cover is pretty flat and simple, except for the Razer logo in the middle. The color is bright green, which I don’t like, but it’s no different from the 15 and 17 models. I would prefer the raised, non-illuminated logo on the Razer Blade 13 models. The good news is that the lights can be turned off.
The lid can be lifted with a simple finger movement. The hinge is also ideal, as it’s strong enough to keep the screen from wobbling and flexible enough to keep the laptop from lifting off the table when opened. It would have been nice to have a little overhang for the backlight, as the cutout in the wrist rest is small, but it worked out.
The screen tilts back a bit when the laptop is open – I’d say about 150-160 degrees. The screen has very small bezels on the top and sides, but the bottom bezel is much larger. It would be great if Razer could include a 16:10 screen in the next model. The Razer logo on the bottom edge is very subtle, which I appreciate.
We’ll take a closer look at the keyboard and trackpad soon, but both look identical to the Razer Blade Stealth. The power button is located in the top right corner and has a slightly longer stroke than the other buttons.
Two upward-facing speakers are located on either side of the keyboard. Note that these grilles are not suitable for all speakers. The speaker is only behind the bottom 25% of the grids – behind the rest are the motherboard and I/O.
Everything is pretty much the same as the previous models on the base plate—two large openings for the two fans and several small openings for the exhaust air. In addition, two large footrests allow the laptop to be lifted sufficiently for good air circulation. By the way, these fans also appear on the screen.
There is a wide choice as far as inputs and outputs are concerned. On the right side are an HDMI 2.1 port, a USB-A port, and a USB-C port supporting Displayport and Power Delivery 3.0. The same USB ports, a combined headphone/microphone jack, and its own power connector are on the left side.
Note that the USB-C ports on this model do not support Thunderbolt 3. This means that the Razer Core will not work, unfortunately. This probably isn’t important to most people, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s now the only Razer Blade that doesn’t support it.
To summarize: If you’ve ever owned a Razer Blade, this design will look familiar. This is exactly what I expected – a reliable and solid construction. Other than the fingerprints and the flashing logo, I wouldn’t change anything.
Again: If you have used the Razer Blade in the last 3-4 years, the keyboard will look familiar. It even has the same layout if you’ve tried the Razer Blade Stealth.
I had no problems typing on this device, but consider me biased as I have owned the Razer Blade 15 for over 2 years now. I printed the entire report with no problems. The keys have good spacing, and the layout is quite intuitive for a keyboard. The only button I don’t like is the usual up and down arrow key, but it’s certainly better than the previous schemes they’ve experimented with in the past.
My bias aside, the keyboard can take some getting used to if you’re not familiar with Razer laptops. The race is very flat, and the feedback is light. I have used keyboards from Dell, Lenovo, and Asus and found that I preferred those keyboards to this keyboard, mainly because typing is deeper and there is a more positive click.
But like I said, over time, I got used to it, and I can still type just fine on it. But my biggest concern is still the games because deeper presses of the WASD and left shift keys are essential to the quality of the game. After using some competitor keyboards on their thin and light models, I think it’s time for Razer to improve their keyboard and use better switches.
The keyboard has an RGB function per key, powered by Razers Chroma software, which is as good as RGB software. The options are very clever, and using the software is intuitive. The secondary functions of the keys are also backlit.
The trackpad is identical to that of the Razer Blade Stealth 13. It is made of glass and is almost as big as you can get in this form factor. It is perfect because it tracks traffic very well and seems to be of high quality. I don’t need to go into detail. I wouldn’t change a thing.
The screen on this model is great. It’s a 14-inch QHD panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 165 Hz. It also features a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, just like many other high-end 15-inch panels released this year.
After a few weeks of use, it’s just great to look at. Colors are rendered well, and it’s a marked improvement over the 100% sRGB panels often used in laptops. Oddly enough, this is exactly the panel that was in the base model of the Blade 15 earlier this year but was left out in the Blade 15 Advanced model. I’m glad they did it this time.
I looked at the HWinfo specs, but there is no information on the manufacturer of this panel. However, the screen quality is good, with even brightness distribution and sharp viewing angles. With a resolution of 14 QHD, the images are very sharp, and in my opinion, nothing sharper is needed.
The only thing that disappointed me was the slight reflection on my panel. It’s a minor problem but worth mentioning, especially since I’ve praised Razer for not having this problem. Of the dozens of Razer Blades I’ve tested and owned, I believe this is the first device where the backlight fades significantly.
I did some measurements with my X-rite i1 Display Pro sensor and got the following result:
- Hardware ID panel : TL140BDXP02-0 (TMX1400)
- Coverage: 143.1% sRGB, 98.6% AdobeRGB, 101.3% DCI-P3 ;
- Measured Gamma : 2.2 ;
- Maximum brightness in the center of the screen: 337 cd/m2 at startup;
- Contrast at maximum brightness: 1130:1
- Aboriginal White Point: 7170 K ;
- Black at maximum brightness: 0.3 cd/m2.
Fairly good results for maximum brightness and contrast ratio. It’s not ideal for outdoor use, but it’s certainly bright enough for a well-lit office to prevent glare. A matte finish is also useful.
Unlike the Razer Blade Pro 17 I just tested, the processor can actually handle a QHD screen at 165Hz. So if you use the iGPU in the Optimus, you can enjoy a high refresh rate.
Overall, I have enjoyed using this panel. It feels smaller than the 15-inch screen I’m used to, and that’s probably more apparent because I’ve been using the 16-inch screen for the past few weeks. But it’s good enough for my taste, and I’ve gotten used to it. Seriously, this is probably the most portable serious gaming laptop on the market; it’s clear to see.
This model is powered by the Ryzen 9 5900HX, an octa-core processor with a base clock of 3.3GHz and acceleration to 4.6GHz. The TDP is constantly adjustable in the Synapse, from 25W to 46W.
The GPU in my model is an Nvidia RTX 3070 with 8 GB of VRAM. The 3060 and 3080 models are also available, but note that the 3060 model comes with an FHD display and only 6GB of VRAM. All three models have a THP of 80W and up to 100W with Dynamic Boost 2.0. Realistically though, you should expect the TGP to be around 90W under long loads, as I’ve seen most often with my unit.
This model also comes with 16GB of RAM soldered to the motherboard. I can understand why they did that because there’s not much room if you look inside. Still, it would be nice to have a 32GB model for content creators, even if it were a single GPU option like the 3080.
The SSD has a capacity of 1TB, which is enough for all the games I have stored on it and more. It is fast and can also be upgraded but will need to be replaced as there is only one M.2 slot. Again, this is understandable due to the lack of space, as this is also an issue with the Razer Blade Stealth.
Opening the tailgate is quite easy. Just loosen all the Torx screws, and the cover can be removed. The M.2 and Wifi modules are easily accessible, and you will understand why space is limited when you see the large steam room.
In my use, I was delighted with the performance of this laptop. In most applications, it was very fast and didn’t make much noise. Of course, it was a little noisy in games (later on), but the performance itself was pretty amazing for such a small device. Razer has done a very good job with this model.
I did several synthetic benchmarks with the CPU in boost mode and the GPU in high mode. This is what I got:
- 3DMark 13 – Firestrike: 20939 (Graphics – 22686, Physics – 24100) ;
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 9428 (Graphics – 9521, CPU – 8934);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) Graphics: 5811 ;
- Uniengine Overlay – 1080p Extreme: 6166 ;
- Uniengine Overlay – Medium 1080p : 15382 ;
- GeekBench 5: Mononuclear: 1476, multi-core: 7695 ;
- CineBench R15: OpenGL 154.68 fps, CPU 2236 cb, Single Core CPU 236 cb ;
- CineBench R23: CPU 13726 points, Single Core CPU 1466 points.
I also ran some other tests with the CPU set to High instead of Boost. Interestingly, the GPU only consumes 90W instead of 100W in this mode, while I only have the CPU set. Here are my results:
- 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike:19857 (Graphics – 21504, Physics – 23638);
- 3DMark 13 – Spy:8764 time (Graphics – 8775, CPU – 8707);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) Graphics: 5320 ;
- Uniengine Overlay – 1080p Extreme:6169 ;
- Uniengine Overlay – 1080p Medium:15143 ;
- GeekBench 5: Single-core: 1459, multi-core: 7358 ;
- CineBench R15: OpenGL 156,60 fps, CPU 2023 cb, Single Core CPU 232 cb ;
- CineBench R23: CPU 12013 points, Single Core CPU 1437 points;
I also got some results by setting Synapse to Balanced (which is also about the same as the TDP/TGP for average settings in Synapse). Here are my conclusions about them:
- 3DMark 13 – Firestrike: 19562 (Graphics – 21049, Physics – 23761);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 8727 (Graphics – 8711, CPU – 8823);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) Graphics: 5299 ;
- Uniengine Overlay – 1080p Extreme: 5598 ;
- Uniengine Overlay – Medium 1080p : 15040 ;
- GeekBench 5: Mononuclear: 1451, multi-core: 7253 ;
- CineBench R15: OpenGL 156.09 fps, CPU 1949 cb, Single Core CPU 230 cb ;
- CineBench R23: CPU 11572 pts, Single Core CPU 1432 pts;
Finally, how the processor performs in the cyclic Cinebench test in Boost, High and Balanced profiles at different performance levels.
And here’s how the Ryzen 9 5900HX installed in the Blade 14 compares to other Ryzen 9s of this generation and the Intel Core i7-10875H currently available in the 15- and 17-inch Blade.
It’s faster than the Intel i7, which isn’t surprising, but it’s also within 5% of the top 5900HX laptops and outperforms the 5900HS in the Zephyrus G14 and Flow X13 at similar performance levels. This is rather surprising, as the blades previously lagged behind the competition due to Razor’s preference for more limited power profiles and quieter fans. That’s no longer the case with the AMD-powered Blade 14, and we’ll talk about that later.
So there are interesting things to learn from all these results.
First, the GPU consumes 100W more when the CPU is set to boost mode. Honestly, I don’t know why this is the case since it shouldn’t matter to the TDP of the processor.
But I’m getting ahead of myself when I say that the processor level doesn’t matter for games. For example, the TGP sometimes reaches 100 W, even when the processor is set to medium. The thing is, it really depends on the game.
But you can clearly see that this laptop still has good performance even in balanced mode. The CPU TDP is set to 35W in most modes and 42W in Boost mode. And the GPU’s TGP doesn’t change from 90+10W unless you put the GPU in low mode, so it’s the same.
So after some research, I decided to leave Synapse in manual mode and set the CPU/GPU to medium/medium, which brought the TDP down to 33W. So CPU performance is about the same, but heat and fan noise are slightly lower. And if I want more, I can quickly turn it all back on.
That’s where these parameters come from in my playtests. See my results below:
|QHD/CPU Boost GPU High||Average QHD/CPU Average GPU|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, Ray-Tracing AUS)
|87 fps average, 76 fps at the bottom.||76 frames per second on average, 72 frames per second on the low side.|
(DX 12, Ultra Preset, Ray-Tracing ON)
|49 fps medium, 43 fps low||44 fps medium, 40 fps low|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Ultra preset, hair systems on)
|74 fps average, 68 fps at the bottom.||69 fps medium, 63 fps low|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Ultra preset, brackets off)
|86 fps medium, 80 fps low||79 fps medium, 75 fps low|
|Horizon Zero Dawn
|78 fps medium, 67 fps low||70 fps medium, 65 fps low|
(Ultra, Ray Tracing On, DLSS Auto)
|49 fps average, low 56 fps||46 frames per second medium, 43 frames per second low|
(Ultra, Ray Tracing enabled, DLSS disabled)
|26 fps average, 24 fps low||23 fps medium, 20 fps low|
(Ultra, Ray Tracing out, DLSS out)
|48 frames per second average, 45 frames per second low||44 frames per second in the middle range, 42 frames per second in the low range.|
|Valheim (maximum parameters)||52 fps average, 50 fps low||50 frames per second in medium mode, 48 frames per second in low mode|
Some of them just amazed me. These results are very similar, if not identical, to the ones I got on the Alienware m15 r5. But remember that this GPU didn’t use all of its CUDA cores, so the comparison isn’t entirely accurate.
But even compared to the Legion 5 Pro I just tested, the frame rates are surprisingly similar. Yes, it’s not apples to apples either, as Lenovo has 11% more pixels to handle the 16:10 screen. However, this laptop is almost half the size of that one, so, surprisingly, it doesn’t even come close to the same level of performance.
These results are excellent, and I was very surprised that I didn’t notice any lag, even after using some of these games for a while. However, heat generation is only one drawback to such performance in a thin laptop. So let’s dive into that.
The Razer Blade 14 uses a very similar vapor chamber cooling system used in previous Razer Blade models. However, they said they had to develop a better design because of the smaller form factor, and I can totally understand why. This design also uses new fans with more fins.
Interestingly, this thermal module is always blowing hot air into the screen’s hinge, with some of the air being directed down and into the back panel and some into the bottom of the screen. Despite this, the frame and screen hardly get warm, as shown in the FLIR images below.
The laptop stays relatively cool during normal use. With the thermostats installed on the Balanced, you can perform most tasks with CPU temperatures around 40 degrees. However, opening pages in Chrome causes spikes in the 60s and 70s, which causes some oscillation of the fan (more on that in a moment).
The cooling system is small and delicate but sufficient. When he played in extreme conditions, he approached the thermal limit: The average CPU temperature was 95C, and the peaks reached 99C. However, by defining an average mode for the CPU, an average CPU temperature of 86°C with peaks up to 90°C is maintained. The GPU temperature in high mode averaged 70°C, so nothing to complain about.
The balanced profile is not like the typical balanced profile I have seen on other Razer blades. In this model, the processor has a TDP of 35 W, which is between the user-defined settings Medium (33 W) and High (42 W). The GPU in balanced mode is identical to the low and medium GPU settings. So don’t expect better temperature and fan noise performance in balanced mode – it’s better to use the custom settings.
Let’s move on to the fans – probably one of the only legitimate weaknesses of this laptop. The fact is that Razer had to make fans powerful enough to cool the hardware adequately. And because the dimensions were limited, they opted for a larger number of fan blades and a higher fan speed. Unfortunately, this leads to an increase in noise.
What becomes quite remarkable, at least to me, is how quickly these fans catch on. This is mainly due to the size of the cooler and how quickly it heats up for the fans to respond. And those little fans have to work much harder to dissipate the heat. This is much less of an issue with larger laptops, as the larger fans can operate at slower speeds to keep small temperature fluctuations in check.
In normal use, the fans don’t spin much, and the noise level doesn’t exceed 32 dB, which isn’t bad at all. However, when you open a few web pages, the fans increase their speed and reach 38-40dB. Again, it’s usually not very noticeable, but with smaller fans and vents, the noise is much higher than on normal-sized laptops, so the amplitude changes are a bit more pronounced – at least for me.
I’m not going to beat him to death because I honestly expected it. Even with the vapor chamber, the size of the heatsink is much smaller than a typical gaming laptop cooling the Ryzen 9+RTX 3070. This allows the components to heat up quickly, even during small tasks, and by turning the fans on and off, they cool down just as quickly. So, in a nutshell: Expect fluctuating sound levels in quiet rooms when you’re doing something other than texting or watching a movie.
My unit had a low hum from the coil that was very noticeable at low fan speeds. Of course, it disappears when the fans are running at minimum speed, but I’ve always noticed it when they have reduced their speed after a gaming session. And once you’ve heard it, it’s very hard not to.
But when you play, it becomes even stronger. Lately, I’ve been using Horizon Zero Dawn as a test game to keep the fans working as hard as possible since, in my test scenario, they run the GPU at 100% and the CPU at 80%. With the CPU in boost mode and the GPU in high mode, I measured a fan noise of 51 dB, with peaks sometimes up to 54 dB. It’s strong!
Reducing the CPU and GPU to average levels helped. For most of the session, I measured the fans at about 45 dB with peaks up to 49 dB. Better, but still noisy. Note that Synapse’s balanced mode gives exactly the same noise results as the average setting.
That’s what I expected. How else are they going to control those temperatures? That’s the way it is. If the fan noise really bothers you, I would recommend the bigger brothers of this laptop, like the Razer Blades 15 or 17, as their fans have lower noise and volume levels.
I’m happy with the cooling solution Razer has provided for the Razer Blade 14. I mean, how could I not be? There is literally no competitor with comparable hardware in the 14-inch form factor, so the mere fact that we don’t get heatstroke is an achievement in itself.
Let’s move on to the outside temperatures. The surface temperature was measured while watching a movie and playing a game. This is what I measured at an ambient temperature of 24°C.
*Daily use – 30 minutes watching Netflix on EDGE, low profile, fan set to 0-32dB
*Games – medium/medium profile, 30 minutes playing Cyberpunk, fan set to 45-49dB.
This part is considered another weak point of the device. I expected it to get hot under load, so the value on the bottom was not surprising. But the temperature on the left desk approaching 40°C during the game was noticeable, and I have big sweat patches to prove it.
But the results of watching the movie were also a little tepid. By all accounts, it’s hotter than the Razer Blade Stealth or Blade 15. I think the fans aren’t dissipating enough heat, so it’s building up over time.
Let’s talk about the other components. Intel AX210 is used as the Wi-Fi module in this device. I was getting 480 Mbps at a distance of 30 feet from the router. In all the years I’ve been using it, I’ve never lost the connection or had any problems with the Bluetooth. Everything worked as it should.
The speakers are pretty good. They face upwards, which is great, and the sound is clear and not muffled. The mids and highs are decent for the most part, but the lows are clearly lacking. I have not found any bass below 100 Hz with these speakers.
They are almost identical in quality to the Razer Blade Stealth, 15 and 17 models. I measured a maximum amplitude of 76dB with mine, which is fine, but I found it quite quiet, even compared to other Razer blades. It’s loud enough to listen to music and watch movies but not to combat fan noise during games. You must use headphones for this.
I will give Razer a chance with this Blade 14 model because it is smaller. Still, I wish they had improved these speakers so they could compete with the sound systems on the latest Asus laptops. They’re behind in this area, and it’s a little strange to see a THX sticker on your laptop and only get this level of sound quality.
The webcam is exactly the same as the other Razer Blades. It has a 720p resolution and supports Windows Hello. It works fine as a biometric webcam, and it works fine as a regular webcam. The image is good in normal light but fades in low light.
The Razer Blade 14 is equipped with a 61.6 Wh battery. Overall, the battery is small, but I think it’s fine considering what this laptop can hold.
I did a series of battery life tests at 30% brightness or about 76 nits. Here are my results:
- 7.1 W (~8 hrs 41 min of use) – Standby mode, best battery life, screen set to 0%, Wi-Fi on, backlight off ;
- 7.7 W (~8 hrs 55 min of use) – Word processor with light internet use, enhanced battery mode, 30% screen setting, Wi-Fi capability ;
- 10.7 W (~5 hrs 43 min of use)- 1440p 60 Hz YouTube in full screen in Chrome, Improved battery mode, screen set to 30%, Wi-Fi enabled ;
- 8.9 W (~6 hr 12 min usage) – Full-screen Netflix 1080p video in Chrome, Enhanced battery mode, 30% screen setting, Wi-Fi enabled;
- 14.0 W (~4 hrs 38 min of use) – Heavy web browsing in Chrome, high-performance mode, screen set to 30%, Wi-Fi enabled ;
- 54.0 W (~1 hr 16 min usage)-Gaming – Fall game, maximum power mode, 60 fps, 30% screen, Wi-Fi enabled.
Those are decent results, even with a 61.6 Wh battery. I really hope Razer switches their entire product line to AMD because that’s what we’re going to do as a result. It really struck me how well it worked in my test with intensive internet use.
I wouldn’t say it’s the best battery life, but it’s more than adequate for the size of the computer. It’s above average for a gaming laptop but slightly below average for an ultrabook.
The power supply is 230 watts strong and exactly matches the power supplies of the previous models, the Razer Blade 15 and 17. In addition, it is compact and has a long cable. I’ve been using it for years for my daily car, and it has held up well, even though the braided cable is a bit worn.
The only minor issue with the power connector is that it is a bit thick and protrudes a bit from the edge of the laptop. It doesn’t matter; it’s just that it’s ugly. The only reason is that the Power Brick was borrowed from the Razer Blades 15 and 17.
PD chargers also work with this laptop. In addition, the two USB ports support PD charging up to 100W. I have a 100-watt charger, and it works fine, but HWinfo says it only charges 50 watts. I don’t know what that means – maybe 50 watts is reserved for load, and the other 50 watts is for system use. Also, don’t expect to be able to play with the mains adapter charger – the TGP will remain locked as if it were running on battery power.
One last thought about loading the DP: Since this is an aluminum laptop, you will feel a slight vibration in your palms when the PD charger is connected. Again, this meets safety specifications, and it almost does, but it is something to keep in mind when using this type of ungrounded charger.
The Blade 14 configuration reviewed in this article costs $2,199 and is available from many retailers, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Razer’s online store. Follow this link for up-to-date information on configurations and pricing in your area.
Yes, it’s quite expensive, but considering it’s literally the only laptop with a 3070 in the 14 form factor, I think the price is justified.
Also, consider that Razer is competing itself with this laptop. Therefore, prices should remain at the same level as the Razer Blade 15 because going much lower would cannibalize its own product line.
The 3080 is also available for $2799. It’s the exact same model like this one, but with a different GPU. I don’t know if the extra $600 is worth it since the differences between the 90W 3070 and 3080 variants were very small.
Finally, there is the 3060, but it has a 1080p 144Hz 100% sRGB screen. But, again, the price is $1799, which is a reasonable price.
I’m telling you now: this laptop blew me away. That kind of performance in a 14-inch chassis that weighs less than 4 kg is amazing in itself. Plus, it doesn’t vibrate under load, is well made, has a good screen and trackpad, and even has a good battery life? Good.
The small size comes at a price – the laptop gets very warm under load. One of the few frustrations I’ve experienced with this laptop is the intense heating, even with normal use.
The sound of the fan is also a bit irritating. It’s not so much the noise level that matters but the speed at which it reaches that level and the frequency of its fluctuations. These are small claims. But they are worth mentioning, especially if you are sensitive to them. This is especially true of the coil whine I discovered.
Still, I think many can overlook the flaws and find value in what Razer offers with this laptop.
I hope this is the start of a new trend for Razer to design their lines to push the limits of the form factor by choosing the right hardware and cooling solution.
For example, we hope to one day see a Ryzen processor in the new Razer Blade 15. This certainly means longer battery life, and they may even manage to reduce the size of the battery, making the laptop even thinner and lighter.
It would be even better to keep the thickness of the Razer Blade 15, add a better keyboard and speakers, and ditch the 15-inch screen in favor of one of the new 16:10 QHD 100% DCI-P3 panels.
Let’s get back to the subject at hand: If you’re in the market for a 13- to 14-inch laptop and want maximum performance, this laptop and the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 are probably the only options you can choose from. However, the G14 is still limited to the RTX 3060, so the Razer is clearly the more powerful option in this compact segment.
If you’re going for a size between 14 and 15 inches, it’s best to start looking at options in physical stores. It’s a much smaller screen than the 15-inch screen I’m used to working with, and it may be too small for your eyes, especially at a QHD resolution.
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