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Razer announces new Blade 14, Blade 15, and Blade 17 laptops at CES 2022
- Razer is refreshing all three of its Blade laptops — Blade 14, Blade 15, and Blade 17.
- Upgrades include Intel’s brand new 12th-generation chips as well as AMD’s new Ryzen 6000 series CPUs.
- DDR5 memory is also a standard offering across the Blade lineup now.
CES 2022 product announcements have started to kick off, and leading the way with the PC segment is Razer. It’s kicking off the new year with refreshes to its entire Razer Blade lineup of gaming laptops. All three — Blade 14, Blade 15, and Blade 17 have been refreshed.
The new refresh brings the latest generation of Intel and AMD chipsets to these machines. That means DDR5 memory across the board. Also on board are NVIDIA’s RTX 30 series GPUs, going up to 3080 Ti this time. These new Razer Blade laptops will come with Windows 11 pre-installed.
Razer Blade 14
The Razer Blade 14 gets its first refresh. The AMD-powered machine now gets the fresh-off-the-press AMD Ryzen 6000 series chips. Powered by the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX across the board, the Razer Blade 14 also has GPU options that include RTX 3060, RTX 3070 Ti, and RTX 3080 Ti. You also get a MUX switch to let you manually toggle the integrated graphics.
The Blade 15 has screen options that include Full HD resolution at 144Hz for the RTX 3060 model and QHD resolution at 165Hz for the other two GPU options. 16GB dual-channel DDR5-4800MHz RAM is standard, soldered onboard. Coming to storage, you get 1TB PCIe Gen-4 NVMe SSD, with the option to upgrade to 2TB.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 with a whole range of ports including two USB 3.2 Gen-2 Type-A ports, two USB 3.2 Gen-2 Type-C with Power Delivery and Display Port 1.4, HDMI 2.1, and a microphone combo jack. You also get a dedicated power port with a 230W power adapter to charge the 61.6WHr Li-Po battery.
The new Razer Blade 14 will start at $1,999 for the RTX 3060 model, $2,599 for the RTX 3070 Ti model, and $3,499 for the top-of-the-line RTX 3080 Ti model. Razer says the new Blade 14 will be available for pre-order at Razer.com, Razer Store locations, and select retailers on February 10 and for purchase from select retailers in Q1 2022.
Razer Blade 15
The Razer Blade 15 makes an improvement over what was already a pretty easy-to-recommend laptop. It now comes with the new 12th-Gen Intel chips. The Blade 15 is powered by the Intel Core i7-12800H in all variants but one. The highest-end variant instead gets the Intel Core i9-12900HK. GPU options for the Blade 15 include the RTX 3060, the RTX 3070 Ti, and the RTX 3080 Ti.
You can pick between a 360Hz Full HD resolution screen and a G-Sync enabled 240Hz QHD resolution panel. There’s also a 4K 144Hz option on the high-end i9/RTX 3080 Ti model, with a 1ms response time. 16/32GB dual-channel DDR5-4800MHz RAM is standard, depending upon the variant, with the option to upgrade to up to 64GB. The standard storage offering is a 1TB PCIe Gen-4 NVMe SSD, with the option to upgrade to 2TB. There’s also an open M.2 slot that can accommodate an additional SSD, up to 2TB.
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Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are also present. The ports selection includes three USB 3.2 Gen-2 Type-A ports, one Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port, HDMI 2.1, and a microphone combo jack. The Blade 15 also packs in a UHS-II SD card reader. There’s a dedicated power port with a 230W power adapter to charge the 80WHr Li-Po battery.
The new Razer Blade 15 starts at $2,499 for the base RTX 3060 model and goes all the way to $3,999 for the top-of-the-line 4K 144Hz/i9/RTX 3080 Ti model. Pre-orders will go live exclusively at Razer.com and Razer Store locations on January 25 and the Blade 15 will be available to purchase from select retailers in Q1 2022.
Razer Blade 17
Razer’s biggest laptop also gets beefed up with the new refresh. The Razer Blade 17 gets 12th-Gen Intel Core chips with the i7-12800H powering all SKUs except the top one. Just like the Blade 15, you get the Intel Core i9-12900HK for the top variant. GPU options are RTX 3060, 3070 Ti, and 3080 Ti.
The 17.3-inch screen gets a 360Hz Full HD option, a 165Hz QHD option, a 240Hz QHD option for the base and middle variants, and a 144Hz 4K option for the top i9/RTX 3080 Ti variant. Memory options are also configured similarly to the Blade 15. There’s 16/32GB dual-channel DDR5-4800MHz RAM as standard, upgradeable to 64GB.
Storage options have a bit more room with the Blade 17. A 1TB PCIe Gen-4 NVMe SSD is standard here as well, but you can go up to 4TB. The open M.2 slot can take up to 4TB more.
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Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are present here as well. The ports include three USB 3.2 Gen-2 Type-A ports, two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, a gigabit ethernet port, HDMI 2.1, and a microphone combo jack. The Blade 17 also comes with a UHS-II SD card reader. You get a power port and a 280W power adapter, which is higher than the 230W you get with the Blade 14 and 15. Battery capacity is 82WHr, which seems a bit low for the size, especially in comparison to quite a few other laptops in the segment that try to push close to the 100WHr limit.
The new Razer Blade 17 will cost $2,699 for the base RTX 3060 model and go up to $4,299 for the top variant. Availability is the same as Blade 15, with pre-orders opening up on Razer.com and Razer stores on January 25, and wider availability across select retailers in Q1 2022.