Razer has updated its Blade line of laptops for gamers, including the Blade 14, 15, and 17. These laptops are all great and powerful in their own way, but there are a few things that make them different from each other. If you’re going to buy one, it’s a good idea to look closely at each one.
This article will compare the Razer Blade 14, 15, and 17 so you can figure out which one is right for you. We’re here to help. In this case, the Razer Blade 14 is the most different from the two other models. Still, there are some things you might not notice right away. Let’s start now.
Razer Blade 14 vs 15 vs 17: Specs
|Razer Blade 14 (2022)||Razer Blade 15 (2022)||Razer Blade 17 (2022)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX (8 cores, 16 threads, 20MB Cache, up to 4.6 GHz)||12th Gen Intel Core i7-12800H (14 cores, 20 threads, up to 4.8GHz, 24MB cache)12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900HK (14 cores, 20 threads, up to 5GHz, 24MB cache)||12th Gen Intel Core i7-12800H (14 cores, 20 threads, up to 4.8GHz, 24MB cache)12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900HK (14 cores, 20 threads, up to 5GHz, 24MB cache)|
|Graphics||IntegratedAMD Radeon 680M GraphicsDiscrete:NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB GDDR6)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (16GB GDDR6)||Integrated:Intel UHD GraphicsDiscrete:NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB GDDR6)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (16GB GDDR6)||Integrated:Intel UHD GraphicsDiscrete:NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB GDDR6)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (16GB GDDR6)|
|RAM||16GB dual-channel DDR5 4800MHz (soldered)||16GB dual-channel DDR5 4800MHz (slotted, upgradeable to 64GB)||32GB dual-channel DDR5 4800MHz (slotted, upgradeable to 64GB)|
|Storage||1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD (upgradeable to 2TB)||1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD (upgradeable to 2TB)Open M.2 slot for expansion (up to 2TB)||1TB PCIe NVMe SSD (upgradeable to 4TB)Open M.2 slot for expansion (up to 4TB)|
|Display||14-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 144Hz, AMD FreeSync Premium, up to 100% sRGB14-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 165HZ, AMD FreeSync Premium, up to 100% DCI-P3||15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 360Hz, up to 100% sRGB15.6-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 240Hz, NVIDIA G-SYNC, 100% DCI-P315.6-inch Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) IPS, 144Hz, 100% DCI-P3, Corning Gorilla Glass||17.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 360Hz, 100% sRGB, 300 nits17.3-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, 300 nits17.3-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 240Hz, 100% DCI-P3, 300 nits17.3-inch Ultra HD (3820 x 2160) IPS, 144Hz, 100% Adobe RGB, 400 nits|
|Audio||Stereo speakers||Stereo speakers||8-speaker stereo setup|
|Webcam||Full HD 1080p webcam||Full HD 1080p webcam||Full HD 1080p webcam|
|Windows Hello||Facial recognition with IR webcam||Facial recognition with IR webcam||Facial recognition with IR webcam|
|Battery||61.6Whr battery230W charger||80Whr battery230W charger||82Whr battery280W charger|
|Ports||2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A Ports2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with Power Delivery and Display Port 1.41 x HDMI 2.13.5mm headphone jackPower portKensington lock port||3 x USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-A Ports2 x Thunderbolt™ 4 Ports (USB-C)1 x HDMI 2.11 x UHS-II SD Card Reader3.5mm headphone jackPower portKensington lock port||3 x USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-A Ports2 x Thunderbolt™ 4 Ports (USB-C)1 x HDMI 2.11 x RJ45 2.5Gb Ethernet1 x UHS-II SD Card Reader3.5mm headphone jackPower portKensington lock port|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6EBluetooth 5.2||Wi-Fi 6E (Intel AX1690)Bluetooth 5.2||Wi-Fi 6E (Intel AX1690)Bluetooth 5.2|
|Colors||Black with green Razer logo on lid||Black with green Razer logo on lid||Black with green Razer logo on lid|
|Size (W x D x H)||319.7 x 220 x 16.8mm (12.59 x 8.66 x 0.66 in)||355 x 235 x 16.9 mm (13.98 x 9.25 x 0.67 in)||395 x 260 x 19.9 mm (15.55 x 10.24 x 0.78 in)|
|Weight||1.78 kg (3.92lbs)||Most SKUs: 2.01 kg (4.4lbs)4K: 2.08 kg (4.59 lbs)||2.75 kg (6.06 lbs)|
|Starting price||$1,999.99 / €2,199.99||$2,499.99 / €2,799.99||$2,699.99 / €2,999.99|
Some of the differences between these laptops become immediately apparent, but it’s clear that there are also lots of similarities. Let’s take a closer look.
Performance: It’s all in the details
All of these laptops have very powerful hardware based on the specs sheet above, so it’s easy to see that. This means that both the Blade 15 and Blade 17 have the new 12th-generation Intel Core processors. These processors have a new hybrid architecture with high-performance and efficient cores, for a total of 14 cores and 20 threads. Performance should be about the same between these two processors, but there’s a chance that the bigger laptop can fit a better cooling system.
As for the Blade 14, it has the new AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, which is a direct competitor to the Intel products above. Before, it had 8 cores and 16 threads, but now it has a different core layout, with 8 cores and 16 threads. It also has some new performance features under the hood. You can’t tell right now which processor is better because there haven’t been any tests done on them yet. They should be close to each other, though. That’s how it was with the last generation of products from both companies, though Intel’s new architecture could result in big gains.
If you want to look at graphics, the Razer Blade 14, 15, and 17 all have about the same specs on paper, but the devil is in the details here. Laptop GPUs all have different power ratings and speeds, even if they can be called the same thing.
An RTX 3080 Ti won’t be the same in every laptop, even if it’s called the same thing. Razer hasn’t said how much power these new models can have, but for now, we can assume that they’ll be similar to the previous generation. The Blade 14 used 100W for the GeForce RTX 3080. The Blade 15 used 105W, and the Blade 17 used 130W. That means Blade 17 is the most powerful of the three. So it should come as no surprise that bigger laptops can fit more power-hungry GPUs and better cooling as they grow.
Display: The Blade 15 and 17 have the most options
When it comes to how it looks, the Blade 14 is even more unique. Only two options are available: a 14-inch screen with a Full HD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, or a Quad HD screen with 165Hz refresh rate and 100% DCI-P3 color space. This model comes with a 14-inch screen. These are both good displays, but the second one is clearly better and has a better balance of resolution and refresh rate.
But when it comes to this, Blade 15 and 17 have more options, and better ones, too. These are almost the same, except for the size. Each of the three displays has a very fast refresh rate and 100% coverage of sRGB, DCI-P3, and Adobe RGB. There’s also 4K, which has a 144Hz refresh rate and 100% coverage of Adobe RGB.
Having a high resolution makes these displays better for watching and making things, but they’re still great for playing games. Besides, they’re better than the Blade 14. The Blade 17 also has a cheaper Quad HD model that runs at 165Hz, which is the same speed as the Blade 14’s top model.
They all have the same kind of webcam, so this is one thing that all three laptops have in common Razer has finally made all of its Blade computers have webcams that are full HD 1080p, which is a big help for people who work from home. Almost all of the new Blade models can also use Windows Hello facial recognition, which is a big deal and not something you see as often as you should.
Design: The same DNA, but in different sizes
In fact, the Razer Blade 14, 15, and 17 look almost the same, except for their size. A green Razer logo is on the lid, and the keyboard has RGB lights that change color when you type. The size and ports are the only things that make these different. Read more; Cardano to launch P2P lending network in Africa
There are three Razer Blades: the Razer Blade 14, which weighs less than 4 pounds and is 16.8mm thick, is the smallest and lightest. This means it’s a good choice if you want to take something with you that is still powerful enough to play games. The Blade 15 is bigger in every way, with a thickness of 16.9mm and a starting weight of 4.4lbs. However, it’s still a good deal of a traveler. Finally, Blade 17 is the biggest. It’s 19.9mm thick and weighs 6.06 pounds, so it’s not something you want to take with you everywhere.
Other than portability, there is also the question of laptops. All three laptops have good connectivity options. Blade 14: It doesn’t have Thunderbolt 4 because it has an AMD processor. As it stands now, you get two USB Type-C ports, two USB Type-A ports, and HDMI 2.0. That’s an excellent set-up. The Blade 15 makes the Type-C ports Thunderbolt 4 ports so you can use a Thunderbolt dock or external GPUs. It also adds an extra USB Type-A port and an SD card reader. Finally, the Blade 17 adds 2.5Gbps Ethernet on top of everything else, giving you fast wired internet for playing games on the web. Read also; Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Review: It’s Worth The Price
As you move from the Razer Blade 14 to the Blade 15 and 17, you’re giving up portability in exchange for more power, which makes sense. The Razer Blade 14 has the fewest ports, but it’s easy to carry around, and it’s not a bad computer. The Blade 15 has a lot more ports and Thunderbolt support, but it’s a lot heavier than the Blade 10. And the Blade 17 has the most powerful specs and a fully-featured set-up, but it’s hard to move around.
With three laptops as similar as the Blade 14, 15, and 17, you have to look closely at what you want from your laptop to make a choice. If you’re looking at these laptops, you’re probably a gamer, so then the question is what kind of gamer are you?
If you’re a college student and you want a laptop that can run all the modern games while still being decently portable and usable in a classroom environment, the Razer Blade 14 is a very well-rounded option, and it’s the most affordable, too. If you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of portability and you have money to spend, the Blade 15 offers a better gaming experience and it’s not overly heavy or big. The previous generation is one of the best 15-inch laptops you can buy today, so that should hold up here.