[Latest] Razer Blade 14 Review 2021
This article is about Razer Blade 14 Review. The best gaming laptops have since a long time ago held notorieties as thick, unwieldy machines. The Razer Blade 14 defies that norm of thumb with a 0.66-inch thick machine that weighs just 3.92 pounds. Outfitted with a RTX 3070 (as tried) or RTX 3080, you might be shocked by its framerates, particularly contrasted with rivals, yet not by how warm its console can get.
The Blade 14 stands apart much more by being the main Razer gaming PC to utilize an AMD CPU. Laying out the groundwork for it, Razer prepared the Ryzen 9 5900HX machine with a screen that is more honed than most with 1440p goal, in addition to an amazing 165 Hz invigorate rate.
It’s a convincing alternative, however you can get laptops with bigger screens and somewhat better usefulness or gaming execution for many dollars not exactly the Blade 14’s sticker price ($2,200 as tried, $1,800 to begin).
The Blade 14’s dainty frame is produced using a square of CNC aluminum with an anodized finish for additional sturdiness. A huge, brilliant, illuminated green Razer logo and green USB ports guarantee you’ll feel like you’re utilizing a Razer item. The Razer logo has a hard enough time looking tasteful, yet shining in neon green on a generally distinct, costly PC top makes it significantly more awkward.
The Blade 14’s general look stays stifled however, particularly contrasted with rivals. You can separate the PC’s desolate deck with the per-key RGB console, which can be very splendid and bright whenever allowed the opportunity to fly among the PC’s less complex plan. Frustratingly, keeping either the work area or, particularly, the cover finger impression and smirch free is an assignment for Sisyphus.
Razer figures out how to pack a full scope of ports on the Blade 14, regardless of its lean form. It includes a 3.5mm earphone/mic jack, USB Type-An and USB-C (both 3.2 Gen 2) on the left side. The USB-C port conveniently fills in as DisplayPort 1.4, which makes it simple to join your best gaming screen up to 240 Hz and can accuse gadgets of Power Delivery 3.0 up to 100W.
That incorporates the Blade 14 itself, which can accuse over USB-C of a 20V USB-C PC charger (see our Best USB-C Laptop Chargers overview for suggestions). The PC’s left side is additionally where you’ll append the Blade 14’s restrictive charger, which is cunningly northward of the deck and has a calculated connector that will keep the link out of your way generally.
On the right half of the Blade 14’s deck are one more pair of USB-An and USB-C ports and a HDMI 2.1 port. At last, the I/O considers every contingency. The PC additionally incorporates a Kensington security space.
One of the Blade 14’s greatest resources is its little form, particularly for a gaming PC. Regardless of pressing a discrete portable GPU, this is a still rather flimsy and light journal. It’s simply 0.66 inches thick and measures 12.58 across x 8.66 inches down. That is all in a roughly 3.92-pound bundle.
For correlation, the MSI Prestige 14 Evo ultraportable, which has a similar size screen however no discrete illustrations card is about a similar thickness (0.6 inches) and almost coordinates with the Blade’s 14’s width and profundity (12.6 x 8.6 inches) as well.
Be that as it may, without a discrete illustrations card, the MSI ultrabook is obviously lighter at 2.8 pounds. Selecting a 15-inch screen will cost you a fair measure of weight and size. For instance, the Asus TUF Dash F15, which likewise means to be a more slender and lighter gaming PC, is somewhat thicker at 0.78 inches and weighs 4.41 pounds.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q Laptop GPU (8GB, 100W max graphics power, 1,410 MHz MHz boost clock)|
|Storage||1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD|
|Display||14-inch IPS, 2560 x 1440 resolution @ 165 Hz|
|AMD FreeSync Premium: (48-165 Hz)|
|Networking||Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x HDMI 2.1, 3.5 mm jack|
|Camera||720p with Windows Hello|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||12.59 x 8.66 x 0.66 inches (319.7 x 220 x 16.8mm)|
|Weight||~3.92 pounds (1.78kg)|
|Price (as Configured)||$2,200|
The Blade 14 denotes whenever Razer first has gone to Team Red for a gaming PC CPU. The machine utilizes the octa-center Ryzen 9 5900HX, which includes a 3.3 GHz clock speed that can lift to 4.6 GHz. Finishing the bundle is 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.
The framework oversaw 25 Google Chrome tabs, playing a downloaded duplicate of Mission: Impossible – Fallout and running Slack, in addition to Razer Synapse and Nvidia GeForce Experience and Radeon Software running behind the scenes. There was scarcely any discernible slack whatsoever when leaping to various Chrome tabs or looking over and clicking inside site pages.
Every so often, there was around a 1 second postponement for pictures to stack. Mission: Impossible continued playing yet with incidental faltering. For a film this great and activity pressed, I need rich smooth playback. I immediately shut all of the open Chrome tabs aside from one and had the option to appreciate Ethan Hunt’s heroics antiquity free.
This is the primary Razer gaming PC with a Ryzen chip, yet lamentably the Ryzen 9 5900HX was a hair behind Intel options in Geekbench 5. However, don’t freeze; the thing that matters is exclusively by a couple of focuses. The top PC among the correlation bunch was the Aorus 15P, (octa-center i7-11800H, 32GB of RAM), yet it just beat the Blade 14 by 109. Single-center execution is as yet top-of-mind for gamers, so it’s remarkable that the Blade 14 couldn’t exactly arrive at equality here, yet the distinction will be unimportant for most.
Moving to the multi-center scores, the Blade 14 beat the TUF Dash F15, yet that is not shocking in light of the fact that the Asus machine’s i7-11370H has a large portion of the centers. The Aorus 15P’s Intel chip has a similar number of CPU centers as the Ryzen 9 5900HX, yet the machine beat the Blade 14 by an astounding 1,742 points.The Blade 14 was just 275 focuses behind the ROG Strix G15 with a similar CPU.
Our document move test has each machine move 25GB of records, which the Blade 14 achieved in 29.5 secords for an exchange pace of 908.65 MBps. That is more slow than the Aorus 15P (1,146.19 MBps) and a hair behind the TUF Dash F15 (1,003 MBps), however the ROG Strix G15 was at an agonizingly slow clip (340.68 MBps).
In the Handbrake benchmark, each machine transcodes a video from 4K goal to 1080p. The Blade 14 took third spot, taking care of business shortly and 20 seconds. That is 2:20 quicker than the TUF Dash F15 yet 1:07 more slow than the Aorus 15P and 0:23 more slow than the ROG Strix G15.
The Blade 14 we surveyed is prepared for genuine gaming. It permitted us to appreciate 60 or more edges each second (fps) across all titles tried.
Our PC setup highlights one of Nvidia’s most recent versatile illustrations cards, a GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q. Razer, in the same way as other PC creators, doesn’t list the GPU as being Max-Q, yet we affirmed by adhering to our guidelines for How to Tell if a RTX 30-Series Laptop Uses a Max-Q GPU. The Blade 14’s illustrations card incorporates 8GB of GDDR6 memory, with a maximum designs force of 100W and a lift clock of up to 1,410 MHz (Nvidia specs the card to run from 1,290 to 1,620 MHz with support).
The GPU is matched with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, which has 8 CPU centers and 16 strings.
At the point when I played Control at 1080p goal and high settings, I got a commonplace framerate of 120-135 fps. It some of the time came to as 144 fps during low-power scenes and was ordinarily in the 113-117 fps range during extraordinary fights, however it once in a while dropped to as low as 100 fps. Seldom the game approached the 200 fps range, however that was in regions with very little going on, to be specific finishing a mission in the infertile astral plane.
At 1440p, Control ran in the 43-49 fps range however went as high as 55 fps and dropped to as low as 40 fps.
Beam following, normally, observably hurt framerates. At 1080p with beam following set to high, the game dropped to the mid 40s to low 50s normally, yet tumbled to a 34 fps low.
At 1440p and high settings, beam following at its high setting demonstrated a lot for the Blade 14. The framerate was in the upper 20s, underneath the 30 fps least we consider playable, so I decreased beam following to medium. There, the game was playable, frequently in the 39-42 fps range, regardless of whether I was nonchalantly investigating the guide or battling for Jesse’s life.
You can get the Blade 14 with a 1080p goal screen and 144 Hz for less cash (see the Configuration segment beneath), however our audit unit included a more honed 1440p screen for a ridiculously sharp pixel thickness of 209.8 pixels per inch (ppi). It additionally sports a 165 Hz invigorate rate, 10ms GTG reaction time and AMD FreeSync Premium through the AMD CPU’s coordinated designs.
I regularly utilized the Blade 14 straightforwardly opposite to an enormous, radiant window, however the little screen’s luminance guaranteed I never needed to strain to see. At max splendor, the screen demonstrated bounty brilliant for the circumstance with space to save. I was even ready to watch Mission: Impossible from a side point, which means I could easily impart the work of art to a companion. There were some little glare patches on the third of the screen nearer to me, yet they didn’t degrade a lot.
The film’s tones looked discernibly more soaked than on different screens, for example, the Asus ROG Strix XG17AHPE, a $490 convenient gaming screen I utilized in a next to each other examination. Ving Rhames’ skin had more brilliant tones to it, and a bright scene looked hotter, instead of more white and cleaned out. A dusk sky had a larger number of traces of pink than on the examination screen, where the sky was just dusty purple. Vegetation on a mountain under Ethan’s hanging body had goldenrod bits instead of light yellow.
Indeed, even scenes with more unobtrusive shadings looked more soaked on the Blade 14. In Kashmir, a mountain behind the scenes became browner at its tip, where it met daylight, and a hovel looked yellow where it looked tasteless dark on lesser screens.
The more quelled tones in Control came through obviously on the Blade 14’s screen. I was as yet ready to see subtleties in the game’s abundant shadowed scenes. Furthermore, when the game was intended to be vivid, for example, with Jesse’s more obscure blue-green eyes, a blue truck or the solid green of a PC screen’s textual style, the screen conveyed. More muffled shadings, similar to a blurred olive case were apparent as well. A few regions with substantial daylight glanced somewhat cleaned out for my preferring, however in those occasions, the general scene was more splendid and some hazier things became simpler to see.
Heat on the Razer Blade 14
We’ve referenced the Blade 14’s high level console, however how extraordinary is a console in case you’re reluctant to contact it? After with regards to just 10-40 minutes, in the event that I was intensely utilizing the PC in advance or not, of playing Control, the F key felt incredibly hot as I held it down to open an entryway. The other keys were for the most part fine. Seconds after the fact, I heard the Blade 14’s fan blades fire up and felt a distinction in a flash, however alleviation was impermanent. The F key and other focal keys still got amazingly hot on occasion, and other keys toward the focal point of the console were exceptionally warm as well. The focal piece of the Blade 14’s deck was additionally warm yet not awkward.
Changing the PC’s fans from the auto setting to max speed (5,400 RPM) guaranteed the keys weren’t searing, however some actually got pretty darn warm now and again, particularly in the event that I held them down. The uplifting news is the fans aren’t excessively irritating at max speed. They sort of solid like a delicate breeze, and with the game at max volume you will not see them much, particularly with discharges shooting.
To get hard temperature numbers, we ran Metro Exodus for 15 minutes prior to drawing out a warmth firearm. The Blade 14 was most sweltering on its underside close to the pivot, where the temperature arrived at 118 degrees Fahrenheit (47.78 degrees Celsius). That is a lot cooler than the incredible Aorus 15P fared following 30 minutes of running the game; its most sultry point was 142.16 degrees Fahrenheit (61.2 degrees Celsius).
During its 15-minute run, the focal point of the Blade 14’s underside was a cooler 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit (40.28 degrees Celsius). In the mean time, the spot between the G and H keys was 107.5 degrees Fahrenheit (41.94 degrees Celsius), and the PC’s touchpad estimated a more sensible 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit (27.5 degrees Celsius). Be that as it may, contingent upon how long you use and game on the Blade 14, experience discloses to us some keys in the focal point of the deck can get awkwardly hot.
The Blade 14 oversees heat by means of an overhauled fume chamber cooling framework that empowers the Blade 14’s slender size and that Razer claims is more proficient than conventional heatpipe techniques. The copper chamber is vacuum-fixed and holds deionized water that goes to fume. This should assist move with warming from the PC’s parts to a couple of coordinated warmth exchangers, each with 83 blades, prior to being depleted by two fans. Each fan highlights 88 blades that are 0.1mm slight.
The Blade 14’s base cover is held in by10 Torx screws. When you eliminate those, it falls off without any problem. Once inside, just a single Philips head screw isolates you from redesigning the machine’s SSD. The PC can uphold M.2 SSDs up to 2TB. You can’t update the RAM, notwithstanding. As indicated by Razer’s press material, installed RAM “guarantees speed and the staggering minimal size.” The PC isn’t accessible with more than 16GB of RAM, which ought to be fine for most gamers.
The Blade 14 endured 6 hours and 2 minutes on our battery test, which peruses the web while running OpenGL tests and real time video over Wi-Fi with the screen set to 250 nits brilliance. The G15 endured 4:12 longer, and surprisingly the TUF Dash F15 kept going 0:51 longer than the Blade 14.
It’s a disgrace the Blade 14 couldn’t sparkle here, considering it’s excessively lightweight and smaller such that you’ll need to move it around with you and not feel fastened to an outlet. However, it very well may be more regrettable. The Aorus 15P kept going 1:29 more limited than the Blade 14.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard on the Blade 14 is level with an insignificant, 1.1mm travel yet a ton of usefulness, including extraordinary RGB. The plastic keys additionally feel a touch excessively tricky during weighty composing. It’s not awesome, however the console is somewhat surprisingly good for gaming for a particularly reduced PC. Incessant typists, in any case, may experience a nice change period.
One drawback to the Blade 14’s moment size is a confined console. When gaming, I now and again needed to scrunch my passed available to reach keys on the left side and letter keys all the while. The force key is additionally subtly gotten directly into the console, yet it’s perilously near the erase and delete keys, and I nearly wound down the PC inadvertently on different occasions. You’ll likewise see shortened delete, enter and all over bolt keys; be that as it may, I didn’t have any issues with these keys, in any event, when I initially began utilizing the Blade 14.
Opening up the included Razer Synapse application will give you a ton of alternatives for your console. Here, you can reconstruct each key, with the exception of the force, Fn and Windows keys. The Razer HyperShift highlights implies each key can have an auxiliary capacity when squeezing Fn. You can program Windows alternate ways, macros and all the other things you’d expect of probably the best gaming keyboards.
Razer remains exactly as expected in conveying per-key RGB command over the Blade 14’s console as well. Other than the 11 preset impacts with speed and brilliance controls, you can likewise make your own impacts in Synapse’s Chroma add-on, which is mind boggling yet careful.
The Blade 14’s glass touchpad measures 4.3 x 2.9 inches and feels roomy on the PC’s little dec. It’s really elusive and smooth and feels as premium as possible anticipate from a $2,200 PC’s touchpad. Windows motions, similar to 3-finger taps and 4-finger swipes chipped away at the primary attempt.
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The sound system speakers in the Blade 14 are bounty boisterous enough for gaming, even with the PC’s fans at max speed. Voices reciting in Control came through freshly and menacingly over my speedy strides. I could hear individual weapon’s particular commotions. They all sounded somewhat tinnier than I needed however and did not have the loud blast and bass expected to take sound to a higher level.
The Blade 14 fits a 720p goal webcam encompassed by an amplifier on each side on the presentation’s top bezel. This is additionally an infrared camera, which means you can utilize it to sign into windows through facial acknowledgment (Windows Hello).
Picture quality was somewhat grainy with a great deal of visual commotion noticeable on both myself and in my experience. Shadings were quite exact, yet a few subtleties got lost. My skin tone was exact just like my overall hair tone, however not down to individual features.
Indeed, a great deal of my twists mixed together, similar to an unpretentious watercolor impact. In any case, the shading exactness makes the Blade 14’s webcam more than useful for a video call. In the event that you anticipate doing any streaming or recording however, you’ll need to put resources into something off our best webcams list rather on the grounds that the visual commotion here will divert watchers.
Software and Warranty
Other than the standard bloatware that accompanies Windows 10, for example, an alternate way to LinkedIn, the Blade 14 does exclude numerous undesirable applications.
There’s the previously mentioned THX Spatial Audio application. The Blade 14 additionally accompanies AMD Radeon Software, which records how long you’ve spent playing each game on your framework and allows you to change every one of your games’ settings in a single spot and screen parts execution.
Other than keyboard programming, Razer Synapse allows you to control the PC fans’ speed or have the PC change its fans naturally. You can likewise change the screen’s invigorate rate here.
The Blade accompanies a 1-year warranty naturally however you can pay for a 3-year warranty through RazerCare assurance plans.
The Razer Blade 14 is an interesting alternative for current gamers. With a 0.66-inch thick casing, and more easygoing, restrained look, it can likewise be a movement prepared usefulness buddy. It’s astonishing a RTX 3070 is pressed into this thing – that is, until you begin feeling the warm console during gaming meetings.
There are all the more impressive gaming choices, however the Blade 14 can edge them out with its alluringly light form and 1440p goal. The Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition is one such machine and a lot less expensive, yet that all-AMD machine has a dimmer showcase.
On the off chance that you can oversee $200 more and think that it is available, the Gigabyte Aorus 15P offers outrageous gaming execution and a redesigned CPU, however you’ll exchange versatility, battery life and need to manage a nose cam.
Yet, for those after a slim and light gaming PC, it’s difficult to beat the Blade 14. On the off chance that you wouldn’t fret somewhat more bigness and somewhat less execution, the Asus TUF Dash F15, additionally with a RTX 3070, is a decent other option and, once more, essentially less expensive. The huge distinction is in CPU power, where the Ryzen 9 5900HX successes.
However, gamers demanding 1440p and the most convenient, current bundle around can make the Blade 14 their weapon of decision.