Unveiling the Powerhouse: The RAZER Blade 14 (2024) Review

The gaming laptop has notable standing, as it stands at the vanguard of high-performance portable computing, an intriguing convergence of the brutal and the beguiling. And while it looks heaven-sent, sitting atop such a cataclysmic fusion of compute and delight, none of that prepares you for the Razer Blade 14 (2024), which should feel like a sacrilege, a scream of defiance among all the glorious pomp and cut-glass pimping. But it isn’t. In fact, it’s more than fine. Let’s take a closer look.

A Closer Look at the RAZER Blade 14's Aesthetics

The Design Philosophy

And while first impressions count, the Razer Blade 14 knows how to create a lasting one. Its Mercury White colour scheme and matte black keys have more than a touch of the MacBook about them, although pure MacBook fans might recoil at the tricked-out minimalism. There, that’s all the MacBook talk over with. The Razer Blade 14 has found its own thing, blending some supremely tight dimensions around a veritable Pandora’s box of power and economy.

Keys to Success: The Keyboard and Trackpad Experience

The Razer Blade 14’s keyboard strikes that perfect balance between springiness and tactile heft. Secondary functions. Yes, in addition to the typical keyboard commands, each of the Blade 14’s keys can also be programmed to do something else via the FN key. Razer also supplies a few useful secondary functions out of the box (toggling between refresh rates, switching between performance modes, etc). The trackpad is huge, by the way. This isn’t that kind of website.

Performance Under the Hood: A Beast Unleashed

Don’t let its understated looks fool you. The Razer Blade 14 is a warrior at heart. I’m talking about an AMD Ryzen 9 CPU backed by a powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU – all underpinned by a generous 32GB of memory. That’s a winning trio of ingredients that thrusts Razer’s 14-inch gaming machine squarely into the stratosphere of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market. A machine capable of handling day-to-day office tasks and media consumption to more demanding workloads and graphics-heavy gameplay: that’s the Razer Blade 14 in a nutshell.

The Balancing Act: Portability vs. Power

Despite being an ultrabook, the Blade 14 isn’t light; it weighs more than four pounds, and it’s almost an inch thick. It’s thin, but that comes at a price: travelling light could be a challenge, what with its huge 240W power adapter add-on. For the power you get, a little sacrifice in portability is a bargain.

Gaming and Beyond: A Dual-Purpose Behemoth

The Razer Blade 14 isn’t just good for gaming, it’s a jack of all trades. Does more than gaming for you, like video editing, or complex simulations, or whatever else common sense would dictate could possibly be a thing, this machine also just demolishes the latest titles. You can switch between the onboard and dedicated GPUs, to help manage battery life, but as you might expect, things tend to get warm under the hood, and every high-performance pursuit will eventually sap the battery and its longevity.

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Battery Life and Thermal Performance

There is no perfect predator, and the Blade 14’s main weaknesses are in battery life and thermal management. If you don’t use your Blade for too many heavy-duty games at once, don’t close it to use it on your lap, and don’t crank the graphics to maximum for every game you play, then it is fine. But as soon as you start using the Blade 14 for intensive purposes, such as gaming, it will become noticeably warmer on your lap, making it a bit uncomfortable to use. It also limits its battery life in those same scenarios, especially if you use the RTX 4070 for its full potential. That makes the Blade 14 much more of a home warrior than an enemy of nomads.

Making the Decision: Is the RAZER Blade 14 Right for You?

You’ll have to spend at least $2,200 for the sweet spot model of the 2024 Razer Blade 14, and holy cow is this a masterclass of form following function. But be warned: it’s a package that appeals to only niche gamers with niche needs. Similar to the MSI, this Blade attracts buyers who prize looks, power and design above all else – well, above battery life anyway. If the idea of a stylish gaming laptop sounds like the answer to your prayers, then it’s absolutely worth considering the Blade 14.


Photo courtesy RazerRazer is a pioneer in the gaming hardware arena, a manufacturer of premium-quality peripherals and laptops built for gaming and game development, from keyboard and mice to headphones, phone accessories and laptops. Each aspect of its design follows strict guidelines to ensure optimal performance, even when being employed as part of a larger professional workflow (Razer apps like Chroma for Windows and Synapse for Mac enable external devices to be customised and linked to Razer peripherals or Razer Blade laptops). These premium efforts never waver as Razer strives to set the benchmark for future developments. Ultimately, Razer aims to improve not only the quality of gaming hardware but also the games themselves. And its gutsy strides into a new future are paying off. Its peripherals have been tasked with controlling Dom’s high-flying mechs in Furious 7, while EA has used Razer’s Chroma SDK to embed gaming-themed lights into the hottest sporting event of the year: the Super Bowl. Razer’s laptop range now includes the gigantic 17-inch Blade Pro, with a fast and gaming-centric Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and blistering dual Nvidia GTX 980M graphics processors. And that all weighs a mere 3.1 kg.

An encounter with a Razer product isn’t just about buying a chunk of hardware: it is about joining an army of gamers and performance freaks. This might be a community rangeland of laptops, mice, keyboards, headsets, audit vouchers or shovels, but for that community – whatever it may be – Razer builds products designed to make the user experience richer, stronger, more seamlessly responsive as they operate as a unified community. Razer’s products are not just cutting-edge innovations, they’re built to a military-grade standard.

Jun 15, 2024
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