It had long been rumoured that Razer has been working on an AMD laptop. Those rumors have been put to rest by Min-Lian Tan, Razer’s Founder and CEO, in the latest Razer E3 Keynote, where he announced their AMD CPU-powered laptop: the Razer Blade 14.
The Razer Blade 14 comes in three models with the following:
- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Processor 8 Cores / 16 Threads, 3.3GHz Base, 4.6GHz Boost
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- 14-inch FHD 144Hz, 1920 x 1080 (Upto QHD 165Hz, 2560 x 1440) AMD FreeSync Premium
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Upto RTX 3080)
- 1TB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe)
- 16GB DDR4-3200MHz
- Per key RGB
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A Ports
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with Power Delivery and Display Port 1.4
- Charging supported with 20V USB-C chargers with PD 3.0
- HDMI 2.1 output
The laptop comes at a sleek 16.8 mm x 220 mm x 319.7 mm, which Razer claims to be the thinnest dimensions for a gaming laptop of the category. As usual, the laptop will come with an anodized aluminium finish and a glass touchpad. One additional upside is the 720p camera, which sounds like a bummer at first, but considering most gaming laptop manufacturers skimp on webcams these days, that sounds like a good thing. Hopefully this benchmark changes and consumers start getting half-decent cameras on laptops sooner rather than later.
Coming back to the internals, unlike AMD’s H and HS series CPUs, the HX series CPUs (announced at the CES 2021 earlier this year) are meant to be unfettered by the TDP caps that laptops often get in the name of efficiency and greater battery life. This also means that the Blade 14 has a massive 230W power brick to juice up all the sweet hardware inside. Though its dimensions haven’t been revealed yet, expect the power brick to be one thicc boi.
Razer also tied up with Nvidia to bring its top-of-the-line RTX 30 series graphics cards to its thin laptop. All three models of Blade 14 come with a max GPU TDP of 100W against the usual 50-80W of most gaming laptops.
The only difference between the three models is that the RTX 3060 model (US$ 1,799.99) comes with a FHD 144hz screen at “up to” 100% sRGB, while the RTX 3070 model (US$ 2,199.99) and 3080 model (US$ 2,799.99) come with QHD 165Hz screen at “up to” 100% DCI-P3. The DCI-P3 color space offers roughly 25% wider color gamut than the run-of-the-mill sRGB color space screens, but — as always — it comes at a much steeper price.
All in all, the company seems to be continuing its trends of steeply priced, but well-made premium laptops. Its earlier laptops have received critical acclaim for performance, looks and durability, and have — for the most part — been better than good to the consumers who can afford them. Here’s to hoping that this too is a solid entry to the Razer lineup.