Razer Blade 14 Review
- Super-slim 14-inch metal build
- Potent AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and up to Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics
- RTX 3070 and 165Hz 1440p display in test model enables high-end gaming
- All models include HDMI, USB-C, and 1TB of SSD storage
- Per-key RGB lighting and superior touchpad
- Steep starting price
- The 14-inch screen may be small for some gaming enthusiasts
RAZER BLADE 14 SPECS
- Gaming, Ultraportable
- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
- 3.3 GHz
RAM (as Tested)
- 16 GB
Boot Drive Type
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)
- 1 TB
- 14 inches
Native Display Resolution
- 2560 by 1440
Variable Refresh Support
Screen Refresh Rate
- 165 Hz
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
- 8 GB
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6E
- 0.66 by 12.59 by 8.66 inches
- 3.92 lbs
- Windows 10
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes)
The Blade group of gaming workstations from Razer is one of our top picks: they’re not modest. However, they’re dazzling forces to be reckoned with for committed gamers. We’ve looked into and lauded 13-, 15-, and 17-inch PCs, and the new Blade 14 (begins at $1,799; $2,199 as tried) strikes the perfect balance as far as to force and movability. It flaunts a 0.66-inch thick suspension that houses an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 illustrations card. (The RTX 3070 in our test model is combined with a 1440p board.) That’s a convincing thought for in a hurry gamers, and our tests show that it accomplishes top-end outline rates at high settings. The Blade 14 is a pioneer as a 14-inch force to be reckoned with, winning an Editors’ Choice honor for its inside and out the greatness and exceptional situating because of its exhibition, quality form, long battery life, and high-revive show.
A Beloved Build, Now at 14 Inches
Besides the extra screen size, the Blade 14 is indistinguishable from its 15.6-inch sister and different family members by all accounts and feel. This is something great except if you detest smooth aluminum and Razer’s tangled-snakes marking. The form quality is awesome among world-class workstations, especially gaming machines.
This plan has been an innovator among producers of slimmer, more rich gaming PCs, and it’s nice to see it in this size. The all-dark paintwork, currently made a right plan, little screen bezels, and RGB-illuminated console are largely present, and here and there considerably more so in a more conservative body.
You can fold this framework under your arm and take it progressing, actually like the Blade Stealth 13, which feels extra-fulfilling given its full-included capacities and gaming ability. (I’ll get to that in a moment.)
The Blade 14 has a volume of 0.66 by 12.6 by 8.7 inches (HWD), which is tiny in any PC class. The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE and the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 are two of our #1 14-inch contenders, the two of which are very slight at 0.7 inches. However, the Blade 14 has them beat as far as generally speaking impression. The edges are thin—minor changes shouldn’t impact your buy—however, the measurements are surprising and simple to take note of.
The Blade 14 is a smidgeon heavier than the others, tipping the scales at 3.92 pounds, yet exclusively by about a large portion of a pound. Every one of them is still fairly light for gaming machines.
Configuration Options: AMD and Nvidia Bring the Heat
Size isn’t the main thought. Given the Blade 14’s high cost, you’d search for and expect a quick and element stuffed PC that is additionally very compact. Since accessible parts and capacities are identified with specific arrangements, we should examine the models accessible first.
Valued at $1,799, $2,199, and $2,799, Razer offers three alternatives. “Deeply, a 16-string versatile processor with 3.3GHz and 4.6GHz base and pinnacle frequencies, individually. Every one of the three variations has 16GB of RAM and 1TB of strong state stockpiling.
The parts vary from that point. A 144Hz full HD (1080p) screen and a GeForce RTX 3060 GPU are remembered for the base model. The $2,199 center model adds a 165Hz board with QHD (1440p) goal and RTX 3070 illustrations to the blend. At last, the $2,799 leader has a similar QHD screen as the past model yet a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. The entirety of the screens upholds AMD FreeSync Premium.
Our survey unit is the $2,199 center model, which incorporates the RTX 3070. There’s a great deal to unload about it and the CPU, so we should delve into the particulars.
The Component Deep Dive
The Ryzen 9 5900HX is extremely thrilling incorporation for any individual who hasn’t been focusing on the processor world as of late for two reasons. Ryzen chips have demonstrated to be incredibly rapid and effective (in the two PCs and work areas), and this is a break from Razer’s past Intel-just contributions.
Although there isn’t much of an AMD advantage in gaming, we’ve noticed that Ryzen 5, 7, and 9 CPUs reliably beat their Core i5, i7, and i9 partners in performing multiple tasks and video altering. This machine will be quick.
The graphical alternatives are additionally meriting your consideration. You’d be pardoned for accepting that Nvidia’s most impressive GPUs aren’t open in a gadget this little, yet Razer’s contribution to the RTX 3070 and 3080 is amazing. In contrast with the 14-inch rivalry, this is a huge distinction: The Predator Triton 300 SE stops at the RTX 3060, while the Zephyrus G14 maximizes at the past age RTX 3060 (the variant we analyzed had 2060, yet the most recent model has been refreshed). The Blade 14’s capacity to go up to an RTX 3080—once more, considerably more modest than its rivals—is a distinct advantage for portable gamers.
Notwithstanding, there is a specification. Indeed, even between two RTX 3070 note pads, as we’ve seen with different PCs with RTX 30 Series GPUs we’ve assessed up until now, there can be a great deal of execution distinction. The justification for this is that Nvidia allows makers to pick the GPU wattage that best suits their PC, restricting the measure of force a GPU can convey.
This is a helpful way to deal with getting however much force that a PC can deal with without surpassing its warm cutoff points, yet interpreting this present reality results can be troublesome. A lower-wattage RTX 3080, for instance, may perform correspondingly to (or far more detestable than) a higher-wattage RTX 3070. When concentrating on PC specs, it’s essential to focus on wattage and cautiously look at the consequences of active testing like our own.
We’ll inspect how amazing the GPU in this PC is in the testing part beneath. It’s almost guaranteed that a GeForce RTX 3080 in the Blade 14 will not outflank a comparable GPU in a bigger PC, and the equivalent goes for our RTX 3070. These GPUs are not designed at the most extreme wattage as they would be in an enormous PC because of the absence of room for heat-dispersing equipment. The Blade 14’s three GPU alternatives all have a TGP of 100 watts.
The RTX 3070 in the bigger Alienware m15, then again, has a TGP of 140 watts. Regardless of whether you disregard how the higher you go up against Nvidia’s versatile GPU stack, the lower the profits get (with RTX 3080s frequently acting more like 3070s, even in 15-inch frameworks). In general, the specific execution of this model is basic to consider, and we’ll get to that later in the testing segment.
QHD FTW: Display, Keyboard, and Ports
Fortunately, any of these GPUs will want to exploit the Razer’s quick invigorate rate show. Honestly, our model elements a 165Hz QHD (2,560-by-1,440-pixel) show. Serious multiplayer games will run at high casing rates on the base model, and surprisingly the RTX 3060 ought to be fit for AAA gaming at 60 edges each second. Albeit the base RTX 3060 GPU is underpowered for the 1440p goal, Razer astutely matched it with a 1080p screen choice, so this will not be an issue.
The combo in our audit unit, in the meantime, is extremely mouth-watering for fans, and we’ll perceive how far it can push outline rates in the testing segment. The presentation gives off an impression of being brilliant, sharp, and vivid. Of once more, in case you’re accustomed to playing on a huge screen, a 14-inch show might be excessively little for you. If you’ve perused this far, you’re likely mulling over everything, and more modest screens are an unquestionable requirement for transportability. When you’re playing, the contrast between it and a 15-inch screen isn’t that obvious insofar as you’re in an agreeable arrangement.
The Blade 14’s console and, specifically, its touchpad is better than those of your normal Windows PC, as they are with the other Blade PCs. The keys can be exclusively lit and give a charming composing experience. They don’t kick off something new (dissimilar to Alienware’s Cherry MX PC console’s mechanical keys) and don’t give a ton of material sensation, yet the console gets a thumbs up, generally speaking.
What’s more, rather than the little button found on earlier Blade workstations, the force button has been moved to a key following the capacity line. The touchpad is smart, smooth, and roomy. It’s a delight to utilize, which is significant for a framework you’ll frequently take out and about without a mouse (regardless of whether you’ll presumably utilize one for gaming).
The ports total the form, which is a decent amount for a little gadget. A USB 3.1 Type-A port and a USB-C port are situated on the left flank, while a regular HDMI association is situated on the right. The USB-C ports don’t uphold Thunderbolt 3 or 4 (for the most part, fastened to Intel stages) due to the AMD processor. However, they do empower the power supply.
A 720p webcam (with Windows Hello facial acknowledgment) is included, just as Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 ability.
Now Testing: The 14-Inch Blade.
We put the Blade 14 through our standard battery of benchmark tests, and we contrasted it with various other comparative PCs to get a feeling of how it performed. Their names and details are displayed beneath, and they address an assortment of sizes, parts, and brands. (To get familiar with how we test PCs, go here.)
Productivity, Storage, and Media Tests
PCMark 10 and 8 are far-reaching execution suites made by UL’s PC benchmark specialists (once in the past Futuremark). We utilized PCMark 10 to impersonate different certifiable efficiency and content creation schedules. We use it to assess generally framework execution for assignments like word handling, bookkeeping page moving, web surfing, and videoconferencing in the workplace. In the interim, PCMark 8 contains a capacity subtest to decide the boot drive’s speed. The two tests produce an exceptional numeric score; the more noteworthy the number, the better.
PCMark 10 isn’t the most requesting CPU test; however it can uncover a framework’s overall reasonableness for ordinary work, and the bar is set high in this classification. These outcomes are significantly over the OK edge, and the Blade 14 stands out. Considering that a higher local goal (here, 1440p on the Blade 14) will, in general, stifle scores on this test, its 6,805 score is uncommonly incredible. We should look at the more careful media tests before leaping to any decisions about the CPUs.
The following test is Maxon’s CPU-serious Cinebench R15, which is completely strung to use all processor centers and strings. To deliver a convoluted picture, Cinebench utilizes the CPU instead of the GPU. As an outcome, a restrictive score is produced that demonstrates a PC’s propriety for processor-escalated jobs.
Another requesting strung exercise that is very CPU-ward and scales well with centers and strings, Cinebench is regularly a solid indicator of our Handbrake video altering preliminary. We coordinated test frameworks as they transcoded a typical 12-minute 4K video cut (the open-source Blender demo film Tears of Steel) to a 1080p MP4 document. It’s a coordinated test; consequently, the lower the score, the better.
A bespoke Adobe Photoshop picture-altering benchmark is additionally led. We apply a progression of 10 muddled channels and impacts on a standard JPEG test picture utilizing a mid-2018 arrival of the Creative Cloud variant of Photoshop, timing every activity and including the aggregate. Lower times are better here, as they are with Handbrake.
This class contains a wide scope of CPU types, and these tests show the presentation range. The Blade 14 performs splendidly thinking about its size, yet these outcomes also exhibit why to take a gander at numerous tests instead of just PCMark: the Blade 14 doesn’t overwhelm these tests, despite its incredible presentation. The G14’s Ryzen 7 demonstrated predominant on several tests, exhibiting the importance of thermals and plan.
Regardless, AMD chips beat Intel contributes the two supported responsibility tests and are generally even in the more “bursty” Photoshop responsibility test. Thus, the Blade 14 is a better-than-normal media-altering PC that will not keep you sitting tight for long. Furthermore, regardless of whether it’s anything but a devoted machine, you might utilize its GPU as important. It can do the work if it’s your altering framework in a hurry, supporting a more fixed PC.
By delivering successions of incredibly practical, gaming-style 3D visuals with an accentuation on particles and lighting, 3DMark surveys relative graphical muscle. Sky Diver and Fire Strike are two separate 3DMark subtests that are custom-fitted to various kinds of frameworks. Both are DirectX 11 benchmarks, but Sky Diver is more qualified to midrange PCs with incorporated illustrations, while Fire Strike is seriously requesting and permits top-of-the-line and gaming PCs to flaunt their ability. The final product is a bunch of scores that are simply accessible to the organization.
Unigine Corp is up next with another manufactured test or game recreation. The Superposition test, as 3DMark, delivers and dish through a rich 3D scene to perceive how well the framework handles it. It’s delivered with the Unigine motor for this situation, giving another 3D responsibility to a second assessment on every PC’s designs capacities.
Not terrible for a PC that is so little! It beats the Predator Triton 300 SE and the ROG Zephyrus G14 (it ought to be better, given its predominant GPU), outflanks the Blade 15’s RTX 3080 on Fire Strike, and approaches on Superposition (at the 1080p High setting). As recently announced, the Alienware m15’s RTX 3070 is set to a more prominent wattage, which you can find in real life above. On Superposition, it’s well in front of the pack, but I think the Blade 14 gets some credit overall. We should view the real game tests before making any further determinations.
Real-World Gaming Tests
Engineered tests help evaluate in general 3D capacity, yet genuine retail computer games are hard to top regarding measuring gaming execution. Longways 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider are current, high-constancy games with worked-in benchmarks showing how a framework acts in true AAA gaming at different settings. We run them at 1080p goal utilizing the medium and best picture quality settings in the games (Normal and Ultra for Far Cry 5 under DirectX 11, Medium and Very High for Rising of the Tomb Raider under DirectX 12). We likewise tried them at the local 1440p goal of the new Razer; the discoveries are in the text beneath as opposed to the graphs.
The progressive system from the past testing is still set up; however, there are a couple of things to remember. In the first place, regardless of the Blade 14’s innate 1440p goal, we ran all tests at 1080p because that is our standard testing goal and permits us to contrast the outcomes with different PCs uniformly (more on 1440p outcomes in a second).
Second, the two less amazing machines drew nearer together, while the more impressive decisions utilized their muscles; however, the Blade 14 remaining parts were in an incredible position. This is an expensive PC, so I’m not anticipating first-in-class execution—this would be a critical venture for most clients. Significantly, the Triton 300 SE ($1,399.99) and Zephyrus G14 ($1,449.99) midrange models. (Likewise, this G14 model was a more seasoned age, and ensuing ones, for example, the RTX 3060, include more current parts.)
In any case, while thinking about this exhibition, I should consider the size and plan. The form quality, stockpiling limit, refined screen, and packing the equipment into a suspension this little record for an enormous piece of the framework’s expense. So it’s not just with regards to dollars-for-outline rates for this situation. In that setting, you get those abilities just as execution equivalent to bigger, less compact workstations.
Besides these straight-on examinations, the Blade 14 is fit for taking care of AAA titles. Casing rates ought to serenely surpass 60 edges each second in these and other state-of-the-art games, while beam following and different fancy odds and ends will make that troublesome. Since 1440p is burdening in such games, you may wish to bring down the goal to 1080p, as I did with the above outcomes.
How about we investigate the 1440p outcomes I got for Far Cry 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider to perceive the amount of a distinction 1440p makes. The Blade 14 found the middle value of 84fps on Far Cry 5 and 87fps on Rising of the Tomb Raider when utilizing similar high-settings presets as in the past yet at 1440p goal. That is a critical drop from the 95fps and 110fps we saw in past tests, and in case you were scarcely above 60fps on 1080p in games that were more hard to run, 1440p would put you under that target figure.
Some AAA games will profit from the 165Hz part of the presentation, regardless of whether they don’t arrive at the board’s invigorate roof. Casing rates as high as 165fps, then again, are more normally connected with serious multiplayer games than AAA blockbusters. Games like Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, Valorant, and League of Legends will accomplish or surpass as far as possible, as per our testing of the 30-Series GPUs. (For more data, see Do You Need a High-Refresh-Rate Screen on Your Gaming Laptop?)
Battery Rundown Test
At long last, there’s the terrifically significant battery life to consider. We set up the PC in power-save mode (instead of adjusted or superior mode) and made a couple of minor battery-saving changes after completely charging it in anticipation of our turned-off video summary test. (We additionally debilitate Wi-Fi and set the PC on standalone mode.) We circle a video—a privately put away 720p document of similar Tears of Steel short we utilized in our Handbrake test—with screen brilliance set to half and volume set to 100% until the framework closes down in this test.
Regardless of the force in plain view, the battery life is magnificent, as we’ve generally expected from Razer PCs. Aside from the Triton 300 SE, this 14-inch framework beats the Blade 15 and the rest. The Blade 14 doesn’t have a similar 20-hour battery life as some ultraportables, yet that wouldn’t be sensible to expect in this class, and it has more perseverance than many gaming PCs altogether.
At the point when you’re not gaming, this adds to its actual convenience, permitting you to utilize it away from your work area and in a hurry. This permits it to fill in as a universally useful PC instead of a gaming PC, which is badly designed to move and will make them dash for the closest outlet following a couple of hours.
The New Blade: Still Killer
Generally, the Blade 14 is a superb “Purchase!” contention for Razer’s new plan. The very excellent design that we’ve generally expected from Blade workstations is available here; however, it joins the Blade Stealth 13’s smallness with standard size gaming ability. It’s a costly PC when contrasted with midrange 14-inch decisions from Acer and Asus, yet that is constantly the Blade family’s turf, and the base model’s cost is somewhat more OK than our own.
In any case, it’s not expensive for what you get, and there’s a ton to appreciate about it. In the wake of investing some energy with the framework, we can express that the form quality is amazing and staggeringly versatile, agreeable to utilize, durable, and fit for gaming. It’s a long way from the initial 14-inch gaming PC; however, it’s the primary we’ve seen with top-level execution and negligible penance. Numerous bigger gaming workstations at a similar cost will convey a more prominent force, yet for the individuals who don’t have a proper arrangement or need to take their essential gaming machine out and about, this is a phenomenal mix of convey ability and execution.