A look at Razer’s 14 inch Blade Notebook With Optional 4K Display and Kaby Lake CPU Power
Stephan Jukic – February 13, 2017
Razer, a company whose excellent 4K machines we’ve recently reviewed, has launched a new 14 inch Blade laptop with some truly tremendous graphics processing power despite its tiny frame, ultra-slim 0.7 inch thickness and 4.3 pound weight with the 4K display option included.
This new 14 inch Blade offers the 4K ultra HD display as an added option over a normal Full HD display and all models of the notebook some with Intel’s Kaby Lake Core i7-7700HQ CPU, which means a hefty speed boost, more overall power and most importantly of all perhaps, the capacity to deliver 4K media to the laptop thanks to the inclusion of standards like HDSCP 2.2, HEVC and HDR support as well.
The little 14 inch Blade also offers another major benefit that gamers will love with the sincerely powerful NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU that Razer decided to drop into it. This robust piece of hardware includes a 6GB DDR5 VRAM and is boosted further still by a 16GB DDR4 RAM package that comes as a minimum for the new 14 inch Blade. Then there are other powerhouse specs like the Blade’s SSD drive of up to 1 TB and its inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Razer even gave the Blade the same shifting color Chroma keyboard that previous models somewhat distractingly came with.
Of the above specs, the NVIDIA GPU is perhaps one of the most interesting from a gaming perspective since it comes with the same level of power you’d find in the desktop PC version of the GTX 1060. This isn’t quite enough juice for native 4K gaming but it does push out enough processing kick to handle 1440p games very smoothly –a feature that would play wonderfully on the 4K display version of the Razer Blade.
Battery power in this new 14 inch Blade model is not exactly superb, with maybe about 5 to 6 hours of use between charges but this spec varies depending on whether a user has the model with 4K display (more pixels to handle) or the 1080p version.
Overall, the new 14 inch Razer Blade with 4K display isn’t quite the true 4K gaming laptop some of us might want to see but it will make fairly easy work of 1440p game graphics and as a 4K display for graphics and video editing, it should perform quite nicely. Few other models on the market today from any brand quite match this laptop’s combination of serious GPU specs and ultra HD display along with those other CPU, storage and connectivity goodies we mentioned above.
Price-wise, the 14 inch Blade is obviously enough not cheap. The 1080p version is already retailing for a hefty $1,799 from the Razerone.com website and the 4K UHD display model will be going on sale as of April for what will surely be a considerably steeper price.
To summarize, the specs of the new 14 inch Razer Blade notebook are as follows:
- 8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of VRAM
- 16GB of system memory (DDR4, 2,400MHz)
- Choice of 256GB, 512GB, 1TB PCIe-based SSD storage
- Killer Wireless-AC 1535 (802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
- One USB-C Thunderbolt 3 and three USB 3.0 ports
- HDMI 2.0 video and audio output
- 5mm headphone/mic combo jack
- 7 x 13.6 x 9.3 inches (17.9 x 345 x 235 mm)
- Full HD weight: 4.1 pounds (1.86 kg)
- UHD touchscreen weight: 4.3 pounds (1.95 kg)
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