CES 2022: Razer Debuts All-New Blade 14, 15, 17 Gaming Laptops
Updated: Jan 5, 2022
Gaming hardware company Razer welcomed the new year by unveiling three new gaming laptops: the Razer Blade 14, Blade 15 and Blade 17.
The brand’s new flagship line boasts better gaming performance and graphics power than the previous generation, with all three packing NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs – up to RTX 3080 Ti – and DDR5 memory, with maximum clock speeds of 4,800MHz. These are among the first gaming laptops to be powered by the mobile version of the RTX 3080 Ti, which features 16GB of GDDR6 memory.
The Blade 14 returns this year, housing the next generation of AMD Ryzen 6000 Series processors. Razer notes that every configuration will offer the new Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, giving you the option to optimise the specs in a way that will fit your own needs and budget.
The smallest member of the Blade family retains the compact and lightweight body of its predecessors, making it convenient to game on the go. Additionally, it now includes a new MUX switch, which lets you use the discrete GPU to drive games on the internal display. The Blade 14 will also come with the same fingerprint-resistant coating and 1080p IR webcam as the other Blade variants.
Meanwhile, the Blade 15 comes equipped with the latest 12th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, up to an Intel Core i9-12900H, with a 14-core configuration. Intel’s new CPUs tout a new performance hybrid architecture that combines performance-cores with efficient-cores, offering a wider range of power.
You can take advantage of the new hardware under the hood with the Blade 15’s display technology, which comes in three configurations: Full HD at 360Hz, QHD at 240Hz as well as UHD at 144Hz. Razer claims the new IPS-Grade display also covers 100% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, providing clearer and more colour-accurate visuals.
The high-end Blade 17 similarly houses Intel’s new 12th Gen Core H-series chips. And on top of the new performance- and graphics-boosting hardware, the laptop features some noteworthy improvements in the audio and battery department.
This iteration of Razer’s flagship gaming machine packs eight speakers in total, up from the previous four, allowing you to have a more immersive gaming experience without the need for external speakers or headsets.
Razer says you can also enjoy more hours of playtime while unplugged thanks to the larger 82WHr internal battery, which is 10WHrs more than the previous generation. What’s more, the GaN-powered 280W charger that comes out of the box has been redesigned to fit a smaller form factor, one that’s comparable to an average 180W power brick.
Other key features of the three laptops include an aluminium chassis, a refreshed keyboard design with Chroma RGB, an improved hinge with a thinner profile, THX Spatial Audio and additional ventilation, among others. All three will also ship with Windows 11 pre-installed, along with the software’s other gaming benefits like DirectStorage, Xbox GameBar and Xbox Game Pass.
The Razer Blade 14 will be available for pre-order on 10 February and will go on sale in Q1 2022 for the starting price of US$1,999.99. The Bade 15 and Blade 17, meanwhile, will both be available for pre-order on 25 January and will hit stores in Q1 2022 for the starting price of US$2,499.99 and US$2,699.99 respectively. Local availability and prices have yet to be announced.