Razer 14 AMD 2021 Gaming Laptop Review

The all-new Razer 14 AMD Gaming Laptop is the smallest and the fastest 14-inch gaming laptop globally!

Razer is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to gaming gear. Razer has a wide range of Gaming mice, keyboards, headphones, Desktop mics, etc. Razer also builds some fantastic gaming laptops, and this is exactly what we are going to talk about today. Today we will be checking out the Razer Blade 14 inch Gaming Laptop powered by the mighty AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Processor along with an Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 Graphics Card. The new size for Razer is actually a sweet spot for this brand as we have earlier seen much smaller machines like the 13 inch and the larger and more conventional 15.6 inch ones. So this Razer blade 14 2021 might be the best choice if you are more into raw power and portability.

So let us check out the all-new Razer Blade 14 2021 AMD Gaming Laptop.


Razer 14 AMD 2021 : Specifications

CPUAMD Ryzen 9 5900HX (8-Core/16-Thread, 3.3GHz Base, 4.6GHz Max Boost)
GPUNvidia RTX 3080 (RTX 3070, RTX 3060 options available)
Screen Size14-inch
Screen Resolution2560×1440 (QHD), 165Hz IPS (1080p, 144Hz option available)
Storage1TB NVMe SSD
Memory16GB DDR4-3200 MHz
ConnectivityWiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Input and Output2x USB Gen 3.2 Type-C (with Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4), 2 x USB Gen 3.2 Type-A, HDMI 2.1, Charging Port (supports 20V PD 3.0 chargers), 3.5mm audio combo jack
Battery61.6 WHr
Webcam1MP, 720p with Windows Hello IR HD support
AudioStereo Speakers with THX Spatial Audio, 7.1 Codec Support over HDMI
Dimensions0.66” x 8.66” x 12.59”
Weight3.92 lbs

Razer 14 AMD 2021: Pricing and Availability

The Razer Blade 14 we tested comes equipped with AMD Ryzen 7 5900HX and an RTX 3070 Graphics card. This is the first AMD-based Gaming Laptop from Razer. This particular model is priced at $2199. You can also pick up the RTX 3060 version for as little as $1799. If you want to go full-on with the flagship specs like the RTX 3080 Graphics card, you might need to flush out a whopping $2799. It is now available worldwide.


Razer 14 AMD 2021: Design and Aesthetics

The Razer Blade 14 2021 is a slim machine weighing just around 1.78kgs, and it is around 16.8mm thick as well. This laptop is built with CNC milled aluminum, and one can recognize from its classic looks with all black metal and no extra detailing or designing done on the body. It is one of those laptops you can pick up, put in your bag, and carry anywhere with you. The metal build quality is the best among the other competitors, and it does feel premium when you are using the laptop. The machine parts are of excellent build quality. The laptop’s base feels extremely sturdy, and there is a little bit of flex on display. Having a little bit of flex is advisable to withstand shocks when you are on the go. The top of the lid has the Razer logo inscribed on it with neon Razer green. The laptop aesthetic-wise looks very premium and beautiful.

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Razer 14 AMD 2021: Display

The Razer Blade 14 we are testing out today features a 2K display, i.e., 2560×1440 IPS Panel, with a refresh rate of around 165Hz. For a laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 5900HX and an RTX 3070, a 165Hz display is a must, and Razer made an excellent decision to scrap out the 144hz display for the higher-end models. The 2K resolution and a smaller display make the visuals crunchier, and the colors are really vibrant, and it feels like popping out of the display. The high refresh rate makes it extremely good. For gaming, especially for mainstream esports titles. However, we are yet to see if Razer releases 240Hz or 360Hz refresh rate variants for the flagships.

The display quality is excellent on the Razer Blade Stealth 14 with a brightness of around 343 nits, and it is perfect, as you can use it both indoors and outdoors as well. The display has an antiglare finish so that you can use the laptop under direct lighting conditions as well. Razer opted out of the 16:10 aspect ratio this time for their laptops and decided to stick with the 16:9 only. Here are the two major metrics of the display offered on this specific Razer 14 AMD 2021 Gaming Laptop.

  • sRGB Color Gamut – 99.6%
  • Delta E Color Compression – 3.02
  • Adobe RGB – 84.2%
  • DCI-P3 – 92.4%
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Razer 14 AMD 2021: Keyboard and Trackpad

Keyboard

The keyboard on the Razer Blade 14 is very sturdy, and it feels great when typing with good key travel, which enhances the experience of using the keyboard. The scissor switches feel very crisp and tactile. The keyboard also features the N-key Rollover. The Per-Key RGB lighting is very bright, and it is customizable using the Razer Synapse software. For both gaming and non-gaming scenarios, this keyboard proves to be the best amongst all.

Trackpad

The trackpad is also very sturdy and feels good while using it. It is very responsive and fast. It is a bit on the bigger side which is a good advantage, and it responds really well to all the gestures like pinch to zoom, two-finger drag, etc. Both the left and the right click buttons are present beneath the touchpad.

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Razer 14 AMD 2021: Ports and Connectivity

On both sides of the laptop, you will find USB Gen 2 port and USB Type C Ports that support power delivery and Display Port outputs. The laptop also features an HDMI output as well. On the wireless side of things, Bluetooth 5.2 is provided to facilitate seamless file sharing. The laptop also comes equipped with Intel® Wi-Fi 6™, which will enable smooth and stable web browsing and online Gaming.

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Razer Blade 14 (Tech Chap)

Razer 14 AMD 2021: Battery, Webcam and Speakers

The Razer Blade 14 features a 61.6W/hr battery. For gaming, it won’t run for even an hour straight. But taking it to an office work scenario, the Razer lasts for around 7 hours. During a video benchmark, the Razer Blade 14 lasted more than 12 hours. This means you can easily take this laptop out to work with you and use it for the whole day. Browsing, doing office work, etc., would give you enough juice to last throughout your day if you don’t push the hardware so much.

The Razer Blade 14 features a 720p display with IR Companion so that you can use the Windows Hello Face Recognition feature to log in to your desktop. But the webcam is quite grainy, and it looks dark even in the brightest of settings. I suggest getting a new external USB webcam from brands like Logitech or Razer to get the most out of your Zoom Calls or Game Streams.

The speakers are good, and it has a surprising amount of bass to it. The punchiness of the speakers can be felt; although I would say that the higher ends of the speakers are fine, the mid ends need a little more adjustments as it sounds a little muddy. Pairing with a headset is recommended to enjoy the High-quality audio experience, but the speakers are well worth it if you listen casually.

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Razer 14 AMD 2021: Performance

The Razer 14 AMD gaming laptop is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Processor. This is an 8 Cores and 16 thread processor, and it’s one of the fast chips on laptops right now. With a maximum boost Clock of 4.6Ghz, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX slashes anything thrown at it. The newer 7nm manufacturing process also helps get a better battery life and stability out of the laptop. The Zen 3 architecture paired with 16GB RAM and 1TB NVMe SSD provides mind-blowing read and write speeds. The read and write Speeds being 3569MB/s and 2790MB/s, respectively.

The Razer Blade 14 we have features the Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB Graphics card, which is a 100W GPU which is 25W less than the normal Nvidia RTX 3070. This has been done to fit the RTX GPU in such a tiny form factor. This practice of undervolting graphics cards has been done by all the brand manufacturers who want to push in a high-end GPU in a thin, lightweight form factor.

PCMark 107017
Geekbench 5 single core1456
Geekbench 5 multi-core7408
3DMark Time Spy8721
CrystalDiskMark Read speed3569Mb/s
CrystalMarkDisk Write Speed2790Mb/s
Borderlands 3 frame rate (Full HD)69 FPS
Horizon Zero Dawn frame rate (Full HD)78 FPS
Dirt Rally 101 FPS
Far Cry 5 89 FPS
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider78 FPS
3DMARK TIME SPY9502
3DMARK FIRE STRIKE ULTRA6501
3DMARK PORT ROYAL (RTX)6089

Razer 14 AMD 2021: Thermals

The thermals of the Razer Blade 14 are taken care of by the Vapor Chamber cooling. The vapor chamber quietly and efficiently dissipates the heat through evaporation and condensation of a fluid present inside the laptop. This revolutionary design also helped Razer Blade 14 achieve its level of thinness.


Razer 14 AMD 2021: Razer Synapse Software

The Razer blade 14 makes excellent use of their Razer Synapse Customization software. The software allows for customizing the keyboard backlighting along with more personalized performance settings. You can also enable gaming modes, and you can create shortcuts, create profiles to use individual games, or even program your own keys through Razer Hypershift. There are 11 presets of different effects and lighting modes in the Lighting tab of the laptop. You can also save up on battery using battery saver options in the Synapse software itself. You can also toggle your performance modes to Balanced and Custom. But you should note that the Razer Synapse software doesn’t offer any performance metrics or overclocking options.

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Razer 14 AMD 2021: FAQ

How much Warranty does Razer Blade 14 AMD 2021 have?

Razer carries a 1 Year Warranty on all their Notebook product lines.

Can I upgrade Razer 14 internals?

The Razer Blade 14 internals can be accessed by using a screwdriver and removing all the screws from the back. Yes, you can upgrade the M.2 SSD slots, but you cannot upgrade the RAM as it is soldered on the Motherboard.

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Razer 14 AMD 2021: Verdict

The Razer Blade 14 AMD is one of the best laptops looking out for both power and portability. It is a product that is made for Gamers by Gamers. Razer as a brand specifically focuses on making products for Gamers and Creators. The Gaming and Productivity power of this laptop and the Scissor switches RGB keyboard is a perfect addition to the premium features of the laptop. The laptop does tend to get hot due to thin, thin form factors, but there is no noticeable performance degradation or thermal throttling.

That’s all for now
Until next time.


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