The Razer Blade 14 AMD gaming laptop combines an ultra-thin case and a 14-inch, 165 Hz fast QHD display with performance that is impressive for a gaming notebook of this size.
Those who wanted to buy a 14-inch gaming notebook up to now could hardly avoid the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (REVIEW) – even the top model of the 1.79-centimeter thick device is only with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU.
Razer wants to mix up the 14-inch class with the new Blade 14 because with a height of just 1.68 cm, the gaming laptop Razer Blade is not only thinner than most of its competitors, it also offers significantly more performance. Because Razer packs an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX into the gaming ultrabook, which offers eight cores, 16 threads, and clock frequencies of up to 4.6 GHz.
Even more impressive is that the top model of the 1.78 kg Razer Blade 14 is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU with 8 GB of GDDR6 graphics memory. The cheaper models are available with a GeForce RTX 3060 or a GeForce RTX 3070, in each case the graphics chip is operated with a TGP of 100 watts.
In order to be able to cool these powerful chips, the AMD gaming laptop uses vapor chamber cooling, which is primarily intended to save space compared to conventional copper heat sinks. Two ultra-thin fans, each with 88 fins, ensure that the hot air in the housing is exchanged for cooler room air. Also exciting is the 14-inch display, which is optionally available with a 144 Hz 1,080p panel or with a QHD resolution and an image frequency of an impressive 165 Hz; the latter panel can display the DCI-P3 color space in full.
Apart from the impressive specifications, the Razer Blade 14 looks exactly as one would expect from a modern Razer notebook: A simple, black case with a large trackpad, keyboard with RGB lighting, and a 720p webcam above the display. The camera may not have a particularly high resolution, at least the device offers an infrared camera for Windows login via face recognition.
Stereo speakers with THX audio can be found to the left and right of the keyboard, while there are a few ports on both sides of the notebook. As is usual with AMD devices, there is no trace of Thunderbolt, at least there are two USB-C ports (USB 3.2 Gen 2) that can also be used to charge the device, two USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 2), one HDMI 2.1, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Razer promises a battery life of up to 12 hours, although as usual, this should depend heavily on usage.