On Monday June 14, 2021, Razer delivered their E3 2021 Keynote, and it did not disappoint. Razer announced two big entries into their vast assortment of PC gaming products. The announcements were newly refreshed models of the Razer Blade 14 gaming laptop and Razer Raptor 27 gaming monitor. The new Razer Blade 14 will feature the 8-core AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX processor and GPU options that go as high as the NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080. The new Razer Raptor 27 gets a boost as well, now housing a 165Hz display with a 1 millisecond response time.
Let’s dive deeper into each of these announcements…
Razer Blade 14 Gaming Laptop
Base Razer Blade 14 Specs
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX – 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3.3GHz Base, 4.6GHz Max Boost|
|Storage||1TB PCIe SSD (Upgradeable)|
|Memory||16GB dual-channel DDR4-3200MHz (Fixed)|
|Connectivity/Interface||Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, THX Spatial Audio Speakers, built-in array microphone|
|Ports||Two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, Two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C w/ Power Delivery & Display Port 1.4, HDMI 2.1, Kensington security slot|
|Webcam||Windows Hello IR HD (720P)|
|Dimensions||0.66″ x 8.66″ x 12.59″ (16.8 mm x 220 mm x 319.7 mm)|
|Battery||61.6WHr rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery|
This new 2021 Razer Blade 14 model starts at a price point of $1799, with pricing varying depending on your display and GPU preferences.
Razer Blade 14 Display and GPU Pricing Variants
|Display||Full HD 144Hz, 1920 x 1080, 100% SRGB color coverage||Quad HD 165Hz 2560 x 1440, 100% DCI-P3 color coverage||Quad HD 165Hz 2560 x 1440, 100% DCI-P3 color coverage|
|Graphics||RTX 3060||RTX 3070||RTX 3080|
At its base, the new Razer Blade 14 comes out strong, packing that AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory. Whether you go for the Full HD 144Hz display or the Quad HD 165Hz display, both IPS-grade panels come with integrated AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology.
The new Razer Blade 14 has been slimmed down to 0.66” x 8.66” x 12.59”, which is in line with Razer’s goal of making this into the world’s smallest 14-inch gaming laptop. An all-aluminum chassis, Razer’s own vapor cooling solution, and two ultra-low-profile 88-blade fans keep this laptop both looking cool and feeling cool.
Accompanied by a precision glass touchpad, the keyboard features Razer Chroma RGB lighting which can be customized per key via the Razer Synapse software. Surrounding the keyboard are a pair of stereo speakers featuring THX Spatial Audio. By the display you have a built-in array microphone next to a 720p webcam, making the Razer Blade 14 solid for work as well as play.
Outside of the obvious boost in processing and graphical power, I was particularly impressed by the number of ports available in a 14-inch laptop with such a small frame. Here, you have two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a Kensington security slot. HDMI 2.1 is impressive enough, supporting 8K resolution video at 60 frames per second and 4K at 120 frames per second. However, if you want to go the Display Port route, know that those two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports support power delivery as well as Display Port 1.4. This machine sure does pack a lot in such a small frame.
Speaking of power, Razer also announced their new Razer USB-C GaN Charger. Using new Gallium Nitride (GaN) charging technology, this charger offers up to 130W of combined charging power between the two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports. Compact enough to fit in your pocket, the Razer USB-C GaN Charger is available now for $179. You can check out the Razer USB-C GaN Charger for yourself by clicking here.
Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Monitor
The new 2021 Razer Raptor 27 gaming monitor now reaches a 165Hz refresh rate with a 1ms response time. This is a step forward from the previous model’s 144Hz refresh rate. The Raptor 27‘s wide-angle IPS display features a QHD (2560×1440) resolution with a 95 percent DCI-P3 wide color gamut and HDR400 capability. The monitor supports both AMD FreeSync™ Premium and NVIDIA G-Sync™ adaptive synchronization technology.
The Razer Raptor 27 continues many of the previous models features, such as its forged aluminum base, Razer Chroma lighting, built-in cable management channels and 90-degrees of tilt angles. This THX Certified monitor houses two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A Passthrough ports, one HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, an Aux, and a USB-C port which also supports Display Port 1.4 connectivity.
The new Razer Raptor 27 will be available in early Q3 2021 for USD $799.99. You can check it out for yourself by clicking here.
Around the same time and sold separately, Razer is also releasing a Razer VESA Mount Adapter for the Razer Raptor 27. The mount adapter will go for $99.99 and will be sold exclusively on Razer.com.