Razer Blade 14 review: For gamers who want to lighten up

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When we received the Razer Blade 14 for review, we were curious to see what Ryzen 5000 and Nvidia RTX 30 series hardware could do in such a thin and light laptop. To Razer’s credit, the Blade 14 is surprisingly capable—with a few compromises. But you’ll need to reach deep for this top-tier system, which costs $2,800 at Amazon.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them.

Razer Blade 14 Specifications

Razer put some impressive hardware into the Blade 14, especially considering its size. Here are the main components:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4-3200MHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM)
  • Display: 14-inch IPS-grade  QHD (2560×1440), 165Hz, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
  • Right side ports: 1 x USB-C (3.2 Gen 2), 1x USB-A (3.2 Gen 2), Lock, HDMI 2.1 (up to 120Hz)
  • Left side ports: Power, 1 x USB-C (3.2 Gen 2), 1 x USB-A (3.2 Gen 2), 3.5mm Combo audio
  • Networking: Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.66 x 0.66 inches (319.7 x 220 x 16.8 mm)
  • Weight: 3.9 pounds (1.78kg); 5.6 pounds (2.5kg) including AC adapter 
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home

Razer has confirmed that all units will ship with the same AMD CPU, RAM, and storage. Buyers will have two other GPU choices: GeForce RTX 3070 ($2,200 on Amazon) and GeForce RTX 3060 ($1,800 from Razer). The RTX 3060 variant also downgrades to an FHD (1920×1080) display with a 144Hz refresh rate.

Razer Blade 14 Design and Build   

The Razer Blade 14’s design is very precise. Gone are the rounded edges of previous iterations, replaced by tighter angles and a neater profile, clad in an industrial-looking, matte-black finish. The Razer Blade 14 is the thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop currently on the market—at just 0.66 inches, slimmer than the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2021) (0.7 inches), and the Predator Triton 300 SE (2020) (also 0.7 inches).

razer blade 14 lid Dominic Bayley/IDG

The Razer Blade 14 (2021) uses magnets to hold the lid in place when closed.

But while it’s super-slim, the Razer Blade 14’s anodized-aluminum body feels solid just about everywhere. Pick up the Razer Blade 14 with one hand and you won’t see any flex or movement in any part of it, which is the kind of sturdiness I need in a system of this size, which will undoubtedly make its way to the bottom of my sports bag.

The top and base close down to an almost impenetrable shell. Once shut, the lid stays tightly in place, thanks to magnets that hold it fast. When you do want to open it, a groove in the front gives you leverage.

The branding  is strong without being showy. Closing the top cover , the iconic glowing-green Razer logo looks great—and it confirms that I had successfully powered down. An understated black Razer logo is emblazoned into the bezel below the display, like an engraving on a trophy.

razer blade 14 ac adapter Dominic Bayley/IDG

The Razer blade 14’s AC adapter weighs a heft 1.7 pounds.

At 3.92 pounds (1.78kg), the Razer Blade 14 is light for a gaming laptop. However, its hefty power requirement means it does need a serious AC adapter–this one weighs 1.7 pounds. While it’s fairly compact at 6.7 x 2.7 x 0.9 inches, the brick along with its cords  do add an uncomfortable extra lump to your pack. The power cord’s plug exits to the laptop’s rear, which many gamers find more convenient.    



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