Razer Blade 14 Review (2021) – 1440p 165Hz AMD Gaming Laptop

Razer Blade 14 Review (2021) – 1440p 165Hz AMD Gaming Laptop

The Razer Blade 14 with AMD CPU (2021 rendition), has been the most expected conservative gaming PC for quite a while – prominent just like the principal progress to AMD processors in the whole Razer line. The Razer Blade 14 comes in three distinct alternatives, however, today we will survey the most exceptionally specced variant, which packs an RTX 3080 GPU, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD.

As ever we suggest you have a fast sweep of our aid on what to think about when purchasing a gaming PC, regardless of whether you’re a general newbie or something else – it’s in every case great to revive your memory prior to making a major buy to guarantee you settle on the best decision!


Razer PCs intend to offer premium quality at a top notch cast, and this one retails for just shy of $2,800. In case you’re keen on looking, make certain to look at our page on other premium gaming workstations for under $2,500. So we should make a plunge and check whether this 14″ monster merits your well deserved cash.

Details And Upgradability

The Razer Blade 14 is moderately simple to get within, you’ll simply require a screwdriver fit for fixing the 10 TL5 screws, and afterward something to delicately pry it open with. When you’re in however there isn’t a great deal you can do. The 1TB SSD in the single M.2 opening can be updated, as can the Wi-Fi 6E card, be that as it may, the 16GB of RAM is fastened to the motherboard, and no overhaul spaces are accessible.

The absence of RAM upgradability is disillusioning, as albeit the RAM is quite quick, 16GB doesn’t bring a ton of futureproofing, and frustrates marginally the adequacy of the Razer Blade 14 as a workstation PC, even with the incredible AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU. Workstation use, be it visual communication or video altering is even more than conceivable, simply ensure you don’t have an excessive number of utilizations running immediately!

The Nvidia RTX 3080 designs card is the 8GB VRAM choice (instead of the more remarkable 16GB VRAM form), and has a moderately low TGP of 90-100W – yet this is the truth of the voltage limits forced by a particularly reduced machine – it is effectively the most impressive illustrations card you’ll discover in a 14″ or 13″ gaming PC as of now accessible (in Q3 2021).

Tech Specs

  • Computer processor
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  • Illustrations
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (8GB) 90-100W
  • Smash
  • 16GB
  • Capacity
  • 1TB SSD
  • Screen Size
  • 14″
  • Max Refresh Rate
  • 165Hz
  • Goal
  • 2560 x 1440
  • Board Type
  • IPS
  • Touchscreen?
  • No
  • Webcam
  • 720p
  • Weight
  • 3.92 lbs/1.78 kg
  • Ports
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with Power Delivery and Display Port, 1x 1.4, HDMI 2.1 yield, 1x 3.5mm earphone/mic jack

PROS

  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX is an extraordinary CPU
  • RTX 3080 in a reduced gaming PC
  • 1440p showcase
  • Extraordinary shading replication
  • Extraordinary difference and splendor
  • Extraordinary form quality
  • Slight and lightweight
  • FreeSync
  • Great reaction times for a more modest PC

CONS

  • Just 16GB RAM which can’t be overhauled
  • Costly
  • Low TGP RTX 3080 GPU
  • Just 8GB VRAM RTX 3080
  • Genuinely boisterous fans

Guarantee And Software

The PC accompanies your standard one-year restricted producer guarantee, however be encouraged on the off chance that you free it up to overhaul the SSD anytime this will become void. You can likewise pay an extra $249.99 for the RazerCare Essential guarantee, which goes on for a very long time and has 24 hour specialized help yet doesn’t cover inadvertent harm, or the RazerCare Elite guarantee, which has coincidental harm inclusion.

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Programming insightful you can download Razer Cortex, from which you can undoubtedly ‘help’ the framework execution for explicit games or overall to get the most force out of your machine when required.

Razer Synapse is one more free bit of programming that accompanies the machine which you can use to change the fan speed and force utilization/execution levels depending on the situation when gaming or when utilizing the PC all the more by and large and you need to expand battery life. The most noteworthy GPU setting helps the GPU center speed by 100MHz and the GPU Memory clock by 400MHz. You can likewise utilize Razer Synapse to arrangement RGB profiles for the console and some other associated Razer RGB peripherals and to make your own custom macros for associated Razer items that have that usefulness.

The product is all generally all around planned and simple to explore, and not at all like in past cycles, we didn’t encounter a periodic slamming of the product – so either Razer have at long last fixed this issue or we just lucked out!

The Razer Blade 14 AMD 2021 series has all the standard plan signs of a Razer PC, and has the vibe of a quality item.

The exemplary dim brushed aluminum looks and feels incredible. However the surface gets smears and fingerprints decently effectively, it is additionally simple to wipe these off.

The bezels around the screen are quite meager, significant on a PC with a more modest screen like this, and give an additional style to the presentation.

The somewhat stifled style of the Razer Blade gaming workstations mean they’d fit easily into an office setting. The huge green Razer logo on the cover is the main genuine ‘gaming’ highlight and has variable lighting which can be modified inside Razer Synapse, including ‘inhale’ (however it will consistently stay green). Little subtleties, for example, the green inside the USB attachments truly add to the stylish allure.

Size, Build Quality And Ergonomics

One of the key selling points of any 14″ PC is convenientce and in such manner, you will not tracked down a preferable very good quality gaming PC over the Razer Blade 14.

The components of the machine are noteworthy: Height: 1.68cm/0.66″, Width: 31.97cm/12.59″, Depth: 22cm/8.66″

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This makes it outstandingly more modest than the closest contending 14-inch gaming PC, the ASUS Zephyrus G14. While at a load of 3.92 lbs/1.78 kg it’s heavier than Zephyrus G14, on the off chance that you add the weight more modest measured force connector of the Razer Blade 14, the two come out with regards to something very similar. One needs to consider that the Razer Blade 14 accompanies an altogether more remarkable GPU and CPU than any contending PC of this size, and it’s really a wonder what Razer has figured out how to achieve here according to a designing viewpoint.

By and large the aluminum PC feels like it’s been assembled well, the pivot joint on the cover feels moderately strong and the overall surface region, including the console and trackpad, don’t have the unstable quality you get for certain brands. The one analysis I would put towards the ergonomics of this PC is the sharp corners on the discouraged region underneath the trackpad – this is a common problem I have with all Razer Blades and can be a bit awkward after long utilization in the event that you over and over get your hands on it.

Console and Trackpad

The console of the Razer Blade 14 is fine however could be better. As a film console, you will not get a similar composing experience as you would on a mechanical or mechanical-like console clearly, yet we feel the nature of the composing experience didn’t coordinate to that of other gaming PCs with layer consoles. The console is underneath the quality you’d find on less expensive bigger PCs, for example, the Acer Predator Triton 500, or ones from going after 14″ workstations like the ASUS Zephyrus – the keypresses feeling shallow and a touch inert by correlation.

Razer Blade 14

Beforehand I’ve discovered issue with the moderately little size of the keys and console on the bigger Razer Blades, however this isn’t actually something you can gripe about much on a 14″ PC. Development of the side speakers to an elective position may permit more horizontal space for the console, in any case there aren’t some other contending 14 inch gaming PCs out there that offer greater sheets, so the Blade doesn’t fall behind around here.

The Razer Blade 14 trackpad is of the across the board clickpad plan without independent individual buttons. It feels tough and all around fabricated, and is of a decent size, especially thinking about the little size of the PC all in all. The cushion is all around put midway on the PC, however, the previously mentioned sharp corners on the body of the Blade beneath it do catch on one’s hands a little. The following of your finger while moving the cursor is smooth and responsive, and, however a bit solid when discouraged, clicking feels responsive and fulfilling – contrasting well with the MacBook Pros.

Webcam and Inbuilt Microphone

The 720p webcam is of average picture quality, however, it accompanies InfraRed innovation that can be utilized along with Windows Hello. The camera is fortunately positioned on the top bezel of the screen, instead of the aggravating under the jaw point you get on certain workstations. The inbuilt mic is additionally about normal – we would have gotten a kick out of the chance to have seen it better than this at the cost, in any case, it does basically figure out how to avoid the fan commotion from the PC genuinely well.

Ports, Sockets And Other Features

Thinking about its conservative size, you get a lot of USB ports on the Razer Blade 14 including two USB 3.2 sort A ports and two USB 3.2 sort C – the last of which additionally both proposition DisplayPort 1.4 help and can be utilized as charging ports for the PC (however the GPU yield drops fundamentally whenever fueled exclusively along these lines). As this is an AMD PC you, lamentably, don’t get the Thunderbolt support presented by the Razer Blade Pro 17 for instance. Other than this, there is the standard HDMI 2.1, 3.5mm sound jack, and a Kensington Lock space. As is ordinary of gaming workstations this size, you don’t get an ethernet port, nor do you get an SD card peruser.

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Screen

One of the huge selling points of Razer Blade PCs is the presentations – which will in general be among the most pleasant gaming PCs as far as the way the differentiation and tones pop.

As the name proposes the Razer Blade 14 accompanies a 14-inch screen that has a 1440p IPS show. Here at WPC we are by and large of the assessment that 1440p is of problematic utility for gaming purposes until you hit a screen size of around 17 inches, surely at 14″ 1080p gives you all the picture refinement you need. The drop in FPS that accompanies messing around at 1440p makes it not actually great except if you will see the value in the expanded goal outwardly, which we don’t think 14″ presentations permit you to do.

So is there any point in getting a 1440p gaming PC of this size? Well in case you’re keen on utilizing it for some visual altering, shading reviewing, visual computerization, or other workstation errands then the additional goal can prove to be useful. Other than this, basically observing any program/film above 1080p is a superior encounter on this machine. One can generally turn down the goal settings in-game to 1080p to get those predominant FPS and afterward partake in the advantages of 1440p in other general utilization. At last, the nearest 14″ contenders to the Razer Blade 14 are likewise 1440p, so in case you’re set on a versatile gaming PC of this size you don’t actually have some other choice.

The greatest revive pace of the Razer Blade 14 is 165Hz, which means the greatest compelling 165 FPS in game – all that anyone could need for the reasons for most gamers who need to play either single player titles or speedy shooters (by contrast the PS5 and Xbox Series X are covered at a limit of 120Hz presentation yield). Notwithstanding, genuinely serious gamers playing first individual shooters will presumably need to consider bigger size PCs with higher invigorate rate shows. This additionally applies to the reaction season of the Razer Blade 14 – at around 9ms dark to-dim this is over the 6ms required for consistent advances that non-relaxed players of jerk shooters might want, yet the Razer Blade 14 has the quickest reaction season of any 14 inch PC available. For specialized reasons we will not go into – it’s only simpler to get lower ms on greater presentations, so, inside its own market, the Razer Blade 14 can’t be bested on this.

Razer Blade 14 Color Accuracy Out Of The Box

Razer claims that the showcases on the Razer Blade 14 are “independently aligned for quality and genuine nature exactness” (yet we adjusted it again at any rate). Preceding adjustment, the shading precision out of the crate showed a normal delta of 2.81, which is simply over the 2.5 edges of what we’d consider being a decent degree of difference. The white point was acceptable at 7117K, dark profundity likewise great at 0.1111 compact disc/m², and contrast proportion probably as great as you’d sensibly anticipate from an IPS board at 996.9:1.

Razer Blade 14 Color Accuracy Following Calibration

Subsequent to testing it out of the case we aligned the showcase utilizing Display CAL. After alignment, the outcomes were to some degree improved, however not generously. The white point descended a bit to 7029K and dark profundity to 0.1069 cd/m². The difference worked on a little, the proportion going up to 1044.2:1. The normal delta was the greatest recipient, coming to 2.25, making it appropriate for shading exact work in the sRGB space, while not being the most precise available.

With everything taken into account – while you will improve brings about terms of shading exactness on the off chance that you adjust the presentation as we did – clients should track down the out-of-the-container settings entirely satisfactory in any event, for some light altering, certainly for gaming purposes.

Razer Blade 14 Panel Uniformity

For all PCs, we audit we do a board consistency test after their alignment which tests for both luminance and shading precision. We start on the centremost point as a source of perspective and afterward test the wide range of various areas of the screen (25 altogether) to perceive how they think about it.

Razer Blade 14

For the most part, any normal shading variety under 1.00 is acceptable and appears as green in the picture underneath, however, the normal customer will not have the option to tell a lot of distinction beneath 3.00. Visual editors who work with shading anyway may have a quicker eye.

As you can find in the picture over most of the board showed adequate great consistency, with the right-hand side and lower part of the presentation showing the most exceedingly terrible outcomes. Usually, at least one edges of the screen show some variety. The part that showed the best deviation was the center sheet on the right, with a normal shading variety of 2.62 – verging on perceptible even to the undeveloped yet inside OK cutoff points. Generally speaking, however, you’d conceivably notice a distinction in the presentation consistency in case you were doing shading evaluating or other shading related work processes, the screen would most likely still get the job done. For gamers, this board consistency is absolutely fine, however, remember that outcomes can change between every individual PC.

Splendor

We polished off our shading exactness testing by running a luminance test. On this specific PC, we have a pinnacle brilliance of 365.00 disc/m² and at least 17.59 cd/m² which is genuine with regards to the cases made by Razer and a decent scope of splendor – the most splendid setting specifically intrigued. For daytime seeing, we generally prescribe coordinating with the brilliance to 120 albums/m² which compares to a splendor setting of 40% under the brilliance controls for this PC.

Sound

The side-set speakers on the Razer Blade 14 have respectable volume, however not a big deal. Maybe obviously for a little PC, they don’t exactly coordinate to the noteworthy volume on the Razer Blade Pro 17.

The sound quality on the Razer Blade 14 speakers is mediocre – sounding genuinely rich and climatic in certain situations yet skirting on the metallic in others, contingent upon the frequencies of the source sound. The higher high pitch frequencies were recreated to an acceptable quality, yet any kind of bass was basically non-existent. Despite the fact that to our ears the speakers sounded less metallic than going before Razer Blade contributions and showed a slight improvement in quality, they were still genuinely weedy. Increasing the volume as far as possible likewise prompted a decrease in quality. Eventually, the speakers are as yet better than expected for a gaming PC, yet significantly underneath that of the Macbook – we’d suggest going with earphones sooner rather than later, regardless of whether it be in gaming or watching films.

Luckily, earphone support for the Razer Blade 14 is acceptable. Purchasing the PC gives you a free download of Razer THX Spatial Audio, a product that takes the sound yield and puts it through a virtual gadget it sets up called ‘Speakers (THX Spatial)’ which makes a copied encompass audio cue – extraordinary for further developing drenching in games and television/films. Utilizing this virtual gadget you can likewise change the levels as on an equalizer and add different sound impacts.

Battery Life

In any event, pressing a lower TGP RTX 3080, the Razer Blade 14 actually has a noteworthy cluster of incredible, and subsequently eager for power parts for a PC this size. The more energy-effective AMD CPU helps support the battery life above what an Intel CPU could oversee, yet you’ll in any case be fortunate to get 7 hours overall utilization even with battery saver on. Exchanging the showcase invigorate rate down to 60Hz from the local 165Hz inside the Razer Central programming can receive you another 40mins of battery life or something like that in return, notwithstanding.

One, at last, must be practical with what battery life you can expect of a gaming PC of this size and force, given the more modest battery size. Albeit the contending ASUS Zephyrus G14 will go on around 2 hours longer under similar conditions, the Nvidia RTX 3060 that this machine accompanies is remarkably less amazing.

As with for all intents and purposes each gaming PC, in any event, playing non-requesting methodology titles will flush the battery on this Razer Blade – it will not oversee in excess of several hours of recess without being connected, however, this might be adequate for some train venture gaming or something like that.

Execution, Noise, And Temperature

Clamor

In everyday utilization, regardless of whether it be perusing the web, watching YouTube recordings, or performing word preparing errands, fan clamor is quite discernible, even in the wake of changing the fan speed lower inside Razer’s Synapse application. It’s not the most intense we’ve heard, but rather still may demonstrate irritating for a few in case you’re after a tranquil work environment machine.

When gaming, as you’d expect, the fans kick out essentially higher decibels, and the PC becomes stronger than your normal gaming PC. This is obvious given the real factors of cooling a flimsy bodied machine with such amazing parts. Of course, in the event that you’re utilizing earphones while playing (which we suggest) this will not be a lot of an issue.

Temperature

Warmth astute the outer layer of the PC, barring the console and trackpad, gets discernibly hot during gaming; the trackpad got genuinely warm, however, the console remained moderately cool, specifically the WASD keys. In commonsense terms thusly the warmth yield was genuinely normal, especially in case you’re utilizing a different mouse rather than the trackpad. This is sensibly amazing given the size of the machine and the parts inside it, and most likely clarifies why the sound of the fans is on the stronger side.



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