Monday, November 15, 2021

Razer Blade 14, a Powerful yet Lightweight Gaming Laptop

Razer Blade 14

If you are looking for a gaming rig that is both powerful and lightweight, few compete with Razer Blade 14. Razer has different models in the Blade family, including the smaller Stealth Blade 13 and the bigger 15 and 17; however, there are some excellent reasons to choose the 14.

Why should you pick Razer Blade 14? What is so special about it that you can even forget about buying the more significant models? We have seven answers to those questions.

It is the only 14-inch laptop with RTX 3080 graphics card.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is currently the most powerful graphics card available for laptops. Only a few laptops feature this true gaming powerhouse on their board, but only Razer Blade 14 is the one with RTX 3080 and a 14-inch display. If you want the most powerful gaming rig, you can get this laptop. If you want both power and portability, you can also get this laptop. Its powerful graphics card is the primary reason why you should get this laptop.

It offers some alternative graphics cards.

The negative side of buying the only 14-inch laptop with RTX 3080 is that you have to fork out a massive sum of cash to get it. Fortunately, there is not only one model of Razer Blade 14. If you still love this laptop's compact and lightweight design but think that RTX 3080 is too much, you can pick one of the two available alternatives: the RTX 3060 and the RTX 3070 models. Both are significantly more affordable yet still allow you to enjoy faultless ray tracing in your games.

It comes with a QHD display.

A QHD (2560 x 1440) display is another feature that you rarely find in compact 14-inch laptops. It is pretty common to see 15-inch and 17-inch laptops that feature this resolution. Razer Blade 14 is one of the few small laptops that provide you with a 2K display, giving you extra real estate for doing your jobs and sharper and smoother images of the game environments.

Like the graphics card, the QHD display is also optional. You can get it if you buy either the RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 model. If you buy the RTX 3060 model, you will get the FHD display, which is still decent for playing games and getting your works done.

It has all the aesthetic elements of its bigger brothers.

Everything physical that you can see on Razer Blade 15 and 17 is also seen in Razer Blade 14. You can see and feel from this laptop, like the black matte design and the all-aluminum body. That makes Razer's gaming laptops look elegant, sturdy, and intimidating. If you hate plastic, you will not see that on this laptop. If you hate the thick and bulky body, Razer Blade 14 is a fragile gaming laptop. Also, if you want to have a gaming laptop that is easy to carry, it is better even than its bigger counterparts. Aesthetically and physically, this laptop is simply perfect.

It is the only Razer Blade to feature AMD Processor.

When you look at the Razer Blade family, you will see that all models except Razer Blade 14 feature Intel processors. Razer Blade 14 is unique because it is the only model to feature an AMD processor, more specifically, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX.

What is unique about this processor? This latest Ryzen processor for laptops is known for its high level of efficiency. It handles heavy loads excellently without producing too much heat and killing your battery. Although it is not the most powerful compared with other processors, especially Intel processors of the same class, it is also not the weakest. Various benchmarks (Cinebench, Blender, etc.) show that this processor is quite competitive.

The powerful combination of the laptop's Ryzen processor and RTX graphics card truly gives this thin and lightweight an advantage in its competition against bigger, thicker, and heavier rivals.

It features an excellent trackpad and a decent keyboard.

The trackpad of this minimalist gaming laptop is a feature that you will undoubtedly commend the first time you open the lid. It is large, smooth, and precise, and the integrated left and right-click mechanism makes it a killer that easily beats all the rivals.

The keyboard is a decent feature that is not the best but also not the worst. The programmable chroma backlight is simply superb. It is bright and beautiful, and it just looks precise. Though the keys may not feel sturdy, the surface feels smooth and comfortable, and the feedback may not be the fastest. When using the keyboard, you may want to be cautious when hitting the "del" button. That is because the key at the top-right corner is a power key that may accidentally put your laptop to sleep or even shut down.

Still, however, the keyboard is excellent for everything, though it can still be improved.

It features ample and upgradable storage space.

Razer Blade 14 comes with 1TB NVM Express storage, which is considered today's standard for most laptops. For gaming laptops where one game may occupy more than a hundred gigabytes, however, 1TB might not be sufficient. Fortunately, Razer allows you to upgrade the storage and replace the SSD card with a more considerable alternative.

Unfortunately, storage space is the only element you can upgrade when using this gaming laptop in terms of upgradeability. You may expect the laptop's memory to be upgradable as well, but it is not. You have to be happy with the 16GB memory, although you—just like everyone—know that 16GB RAM is not the right match for the powerful RTX 3080 graphics card.

Regardless, the upgradable storage is quite a commendable feature.

Conclusion

Razer Blade 14 is a lovely gaming laptop due to its rare features. A gaming laptop with a compact and lightweight design yet powerful GPU and CPU is undoubtedly a rare item. You can buy the most powerful gaming laptop on the market, but if you want your gaming rig to remain portable and lightweight, Razer Blade 14 is your best choice.

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