Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel
Razer Blade 14 is similar to other Razer laptops: sleek, powerful, and expensive. Despite its size, the Razer Blade 14 is Razer’s first 14-inch laptop since 2017, which comes in under 4 pounds.
Razer Blade 14 features AMD Ryzen CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUs, so it’s not surprising that the system delivers excellent gaming performance and effortless productivity. Due to its close resemblance to Blade 15 and 17, it’s not particularly surprising that the Blade 14 is slim and lightweight as well. All of the essentials are covered by the Razer Blade 14.
Unfortunately, the package isn’t perfect due to some software that isn’t optimized as well as it could be, a lack of ports, and a cramped keyboard. It isn’t a deal-breaker, but it can be frustrating in a laptop that costs close to $3,000.
As a gaming device, the Blade 14 is a good choice if you have the cash to spend. Read on for our complete Razer Blade 14 review.
Razer Blade 14 review: Pricing and availability
Razer Blade 14 users can choose between three different configurations on the company’s website. Reviewing this machine, we found it to offer a QHD, 165 Hz screen, as well as an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. $2,200 is the price.
At the low end of the price range, we have a Blade 14 with a full HD, 144 Hz screen, and an RTX 3060 GPU for $1,800. A $2,800 version has a QHD screen, 165 Hz GPU, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.
All models are equipped with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900H processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.
Razer Blade 14 review: Style
There’s a Razer logo illuminated on the lid of the Razer Blade 14. It features a keyboard surrounded on either side by a pair of speakers. Due to their location on the bottom, the vents are relatively quiet.
In addition to being small and light, the Blade 14 is also impressive. In terms of dimensions and weight, the device measures 12.6 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches. Thus, it will fit comfortably in a backpack or messenger bag, and it won’t slow you down too much, even when you carry it from convention to convention.
The Blade 14 is, however, relatively stingy when it comes to ports. In addition to the power port, there are three USB ports: a USB-A port, a USB-C port, and an audio jack. To the right, there are HDMI, USB-A, and USB-C ports. That’s all there is to it.
In spite of the Blade 14’s multiple USB-C ports, it lacks Thunderbolt support, which is a disappointment.
Razer Blade 14 review: Keyboard and touchpad
- Easy to use
- Well designed
It has one of the better touchpads I’ve come across in gaming laptops. The touchpad is pretty inoffensive; you’re almost certainly not going to want to use it for gaming (especially given that these things are usually super obtrusive). I rarely accidentally rest my thumbs on it since it appears just far enough from the spacebar. This eliminated a lot of typing errors and misclicks.
A few of the keyboard’s compromises are too great for the Razer Blade 14’s slim chassis.
This made it difficult to type, especially when I needed to add punctuation. It makes productivity work more difficult than it needs to be because the up and down arrow keys are so tiny.
Razer Blade 14 review: Display and audio
- Great sound
- Full HD Display
Razer Blade 14 comes either with a full HD, 144Hz screen or with a QHD, 165Hz screen, depending on which model you get. In general, it looks great, and ours came with one of those. We tested some games on the Blade 14 that approached the 165 frames-per-second thresholds, thanks to its powerful CPU and GPU.
Adding 120+ frames per second really does make a difference if you haven’t played at this setting before. While gaming, the screen’s colors look somewhat oversaturated, which can be very charming but can also be obtrusive while making video calls. Aside from the standard calibration provided by Windows, there is no way to tweak the color options.
With regard to performance, the Blade 14 had 332 nits of brightness and 111% of the sRGB color gamut. Additionally, it had a delta-E color accuracy of 0.24 For comparison, consider the Alienware m15 R4 (460 nits, 211% sRGB, 0.32 delta-E), as well as the Asus Zephyrus G14 (323 nits, 117% sRGB, delta-E not measured). Though it doesn’t have the brightest or most colorful display, the Blade 14 is on par with other popular models.
Speakers on the Blade 14 won’t impress you. There is little bass; the sound becomes distorted at higher volumes; voices and instruments sound mixed together. Despite this, there are two types of USB ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Bluetooth support so that it’s easy to hook up a good pair of headphones.
Razer Blade 14 review: Performance
Due to its state-of-the-art components, the Razer Blade 14 delivers excellent gaming performance. Here are some benchmark tests comparing it with two nearby competitors:
It is generally inferior to the M15 R4 but mostly outperforms the G14. This makes sense since the M15 R4 may be an altogether more powerful machine, while the G14 may be an older model.
Nevertheless, these results are encouraging on a broad scale. When playing games at QHD resolutions, we also found that the Blade 14 delivers 60 fps or more.
With Nvidia GeForce Experience-recommended settings, the lowest frame rate I got was in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition (a steady 70), while the highest frame rate I got was in Doom Eternal (a steady 120). I could typically turn the graphics settings up to Ultra without experiencing a dip in frame rate below 60 fps.
From web browsing to word processing and graphic design, the Blade 14 can handle any workload with ease. The Blade 14 scored 7,471 on the Geekbench 5.4 benchmark (a synthetic test of power). In fact, that’s even better than the Razer Blade 15 Advanced’s score of 6,662. In addition, the Blade 14 is faster than the Blade 15, which copied 25 GB of data to a flash drive at a transfer rate of 890 MBps.
In testing the Blade 14, however, I encountered a big problem: the AMD CPU rarely interacts well with the Nvidia GPU. I had difficulties getting most games to run on the Blade 14 when I first tested it, and the games that did were often slow. According to the results, the computer had been set to use the AMD integrated GPU rather than the Nvidia discrete GPU. The update of my drivers did nothing; having Windows prioritize the Nvidia GPU did nothing; even instructing the Nvidia software to override Windows settings did nothing.
After installing AMD software beyond what Windows 10 recommended, I had to update my drivers in a more comprehensive manner. In spite of the newest drivers being available, some programs continued to report the Nvidia GPU as out of date. In many cases, the Blade 14 has a confusing problem, and users may have to overcome it through future software updates.
This problem was addressed with Razer’s assistance. When readers encounter the same issue with their AMD or NVIDIA drivers, Razer recommended they update both.
Razer Blade 14 review: Heat
During normal work this laptop runs at 94 degrees Fahrenheit, and when gamers it runs at 118 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a desk near you when you play, anything under 95 degrees should be perfectly comfortable to hold in your lap.
While gaming, the Blade 14 is remarkably quiet. It was never possible for the fans to drown out external speakers even when running demanding titles like Doom Eternal. My Blade 14 is virtually inaudible over office noise when I’m doing everyday work.
Razer Blade 14 review: Battery life
When gaming, the Razer Blade 14 can barely last an hour and 27 minutes, but when browsing the web, it can last 6:02. The Blade 14 is just capable of sustaining cross-country flights with its production power.
In comparison, the Blade 15 Advanced’s time was 5:14. However, it’s far from as fast as the Zephyrus G14’s 11:00. It is important to plug in the Blade 14 whenever you can since that’s the best way to maximize gaming performance.
|Gorgeous screen||Cramped keyboard|
|Powerful components||Software oddities|
RAZER BLADE 14: SPECS
Price: from $1,800 ($2,200 as tested)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
GPU: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Display: 14-inch, up to QHD, 165 Hz
RAM: 16 GB
Storage: 1 TB SSD
Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
Weight: 3.9 lbs
Despite Blade 14’s impressive design, it is not designed for running games with demanding settings. Despite its size and lightweight, it is a great tool for productivity. It doesn’t have the best keyboard, and there could be a few more ports, but this can be said of a lot of portable gaming laptops.
Despite the larger screen, Alienware’s m15 R4 remains a good alternative. Despite its long absence, the Blade 14 has returned, and it’s worth the premium price.