Razer Blade 14 Announced at E3 2021 — Unleash the Ryzen!
The rumors were true: Razer have been working on a gaming laptop with a Ryzen CPU at its core and, needless to say, what they’ve come up with is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The Razer Blade 14 is quite literally the smallest gaming laptop in the world with the most potent Zen 3-based processor — the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX. You’ve read correctly: we’re talking about an eight-core, sixteen-thread behemoth with a base clock of 3.3Ghz and a boost clock of up to 4.6Ghz, manufactured in TSMC’s 7nm process.
The best part? It’s completely unlocked which means you’ll be able to overclock it should you so desire. Not that you’ll ever really need more horsepower, but at least you’ll have the option to squeeze out a bit more performance from this obscenely powerful beast.
And, of course, it’ll sport the latest and greatest RTX 30 series graphics cards from NVIDIA. This is the most powerful combination on the market today (at this footprint) and, frankly, it’s downright miraculous that Razer has been able to cram in so much power into such a thin and light chassis.
It really doesn’t get any better than this.
It’s All About the Specs
To cool this all down, Razer has opted to employ a “next-gen vapor chamber” that should, by all means, be sufficient. Still, we don’t know how loud the Blade 14 will get once you put it under load. AMD’s latest and greatest Ryzen mobile processors are incredibly powerful but they also run hot, and with the 5900HX being the most powerful option on the market, there’s definitely a cause for concern. Then again, Razer probably wouldn’t have had such a confident announcement if they hadn’t been able to cool it down properly.
Other than that, it’s pretty much the same old Razer Blade we’ve been seeing over the years: CNC machined aluminum, exceptional build quality, best-in-class touchpad, a comfortable keyboard, and high refresh rate 16:9 screens (either 144Hz FHD or 165Hz QHD). Port-wise, it’ll sport two USB Type-C ports (3.2 Gen 2), two USB Type-A ports (3.2 Gen 2), HDMI 2.1 (up to 4K 120Hz), along with the standard 3.5mm combo jack. Nothing too fancy, but no omissions have been made so we really shouldn’t be complaining.
Let’s Talk Pricing
The Razer Blade 14 is retailing for $1799 (RTX 3060, 144 Hz FHD) all the way up to an eye-popping $2799 (RTX 3080, 165Hz QHD). All three possible configurations come equipped with a 1TB NVMe drive, along with 16GB of RAM (soldered onto the motherboard so forget about expanding your memory further down the line).
So, in summary, the Blade 14 definitely costs a pretty penny, but it really is a one of a kind — you just can’t get this much power anywhere else (in such a small thin-and-light package, that is). A bit of that well-known Razer tax has been applied here as well, but that was to be expected.
All in all, if you’re after the absolute best and smallest gaming laptop on the market — one that is sporting all of the latest and greatest tech available — then look no further than Razer’s Blade 14!