The Blade 14 is Razer's first laptop with a powerful AMD Ryzen processor — and it's awesome

Razer Blade 14 2021 Life Press
Razer Blade 14 2021 Life Press (Image credit: Razer)

What you need to know

  • Razer is launching its first AMD-powered Blade gaming laptop.
  • The Blade 14 packs an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, 14-inch display, and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.
  • Prices for the new AMD Blade 14 start from $1,799.
  • Availability starts today!

Since the very first Blade gaming laptop, Razer has always used Intel mobile processors. We're now on 11th Gen CPUs, and the tech community (including some of us in the media) continues to ask for AMD offerings. It seems as though Razer has been listening because it's launching the new Blade 14, powered by an AMD Ryzen mobile processor.

Pricing starts at $1,799 and it starts shipping today. Here is all you need to know about the new Razer Blade 14.

Powerful hardware, compact design

Razer Blade 14 (2021): Specs and features

As the name implies, the Blade 14 rocks a mid-sized 14-inch display that comes in either full HD (1920 x 1080) at 144 Hz refresh or QHD (2560 x 1440) with 165Hz refresh, both of which are non-touch.

The full HD display hits 100% DCI-P3 while the QHD settles for 100% sRGB for color accuracy. Both, however, do feature AMD FreeSync Premium low framerate compensation (LFC) and are factory calibrated.

But it's that AMD CPU that is the star of the show ...

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The processor in question is the mighty AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, a perfect match for a contender for best gaming laptops. It has eight physical cores with multi-threading support, offering up to 16 threads for heavy workloads and gaming sessions.

Accompanying the AMD processor is up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, and all the other usual premium features one can expect from a gaming laptop.

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CategoryRazer Blade 14
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 9 5900HX8 Cores (16 threads)3.3GHz (up to 4.6GHz boost)
Display14-inch FHD 144Hz, AMD FreeSync Premium14-inch QHD 165Hz, AMD FreeSync Premium
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
RAM16GB dual-channel DDR4-3200MHz
Storage1TB PCIe SSD(Upgradable)
CameraWindows Hello IR HD (720P)
Audio2x upward firing speakers with THX Spatial Audio
NetworkingWi-Fi 6EBluetooth 5.2
KeyboardPer-key Chroma RGB
Ports2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 22x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (power delivery,Display Port 1.4)HDMI 2.1Lock
Dimensions0.66 x 8.66 x 12.59 inches(16.8 x 220 x 319.7 mm)
PriceFrom $1,799

The design is a familiar Blade one from Razer, including an all-aluminum chassis with precision milling. It's also a relatively thin laptop (for gaming, at least), coming in at just 0.66-inches making it "the world's smallest 14-inch gaming laptop." No small feat.

Take Razer's Book 13, toss in AMD and NVIDIA, and you have something close to the new Blade 14.

Razer solves cooling by using an aggressive vacuum-sealed vapor chamber design with dual fans (each with 88 blades) ideal for those long gaming sessions.

There are the usual Windows laptop features like Windows Hello IR for face recognition, a 720P webcam, per-key Razer Chroma RGB, and audio provided by the dual upward firing speakers with THX Spatial Audio.

And for ports, users get two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports with power delivery, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports for connecting legacy items, HDMI 2.1, and a 3.5mm jack

Unfortunately, there is the lack of Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4.0, which are common downsides of AMD's finest.

Overall, the design looks killer. The Blade 14 has the compactness of the productivity-based Razer Book 13 laptop but approaches the gaming performance of the bigger Razer Blade 15. Along with reported long battery life, the Blade 14 could be the best Razer Blade yet for those who want to work and game all in one PC.

Get it now

Razer Blade 14: Pricing and availability

Razer Blade 14 2021 Life Press

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The Blade 14 has just three configurations making it an easy decision. The main differences are the display and GPU, while all have the identical Ryzen 9 5900HX processor:

  • $1,799: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 / 1080p 144Hz panel.
  • $2,199: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 / 1440p 165Hz panel.
  • $2,799: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 / 1440p 165Hz panel.

The new Blade 14 is available now at, RazerStore retail locations, and select retail partners.

In addition to the Blade 14, Razer also announced the refreshed Raptor 27 monitor and new 130-watt GaN portable charger.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.