The Razer Blade 14 is a Powerhouse Laptop with an Impressive Display

Razer has announced that after a three-year hiatus, it has brought back its powerhouse 14-inch laptop that packs raw computing capability and display performance into an extremely thin chassis. It is also the first Razer Blade ever to feature an AMD processor, the 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HX. Razer touts the Razer Blade 14 as a […]

The Razer Blade 14 is a Powerhouse Laptop with an Impressive Display

Razer has announced that after a three-year hiatus, it has brought back its powerhouse 14-inch laptop that packs raw computing capability and display performance into an extremely thin chassis. It is also the first Razer Blade ever to feature an AMD processor, the 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HX.

Razer touts the Razer Blade 14 as a “14-inch powerhouse” of a laptop that combines that AMD processor with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU and maximum 1440p Quad HD 165Hz display into a thin body that measures just 0.66 x 8.66 x 12.59 inches. Razer says this is the world’s smallest 14-inch gaming laptop currently available.

And while the Razer Blade 14 is marketed primarily as a gaming device — hence its announcement at E3 and the fact it offers “one of a king” per-key Razer Chroma RGB backlighting — it has several features that make it a compelling buy for photographers and videographers as well.

The Razer Blade 14 marks the “revival” of the laptop line through a new partnership with AMD, which the company says culminates in a powerful laptop that takes advantage of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-core, 16-thread processor that has a max boost clock of up to 4.6GHz to “quickly dispatch dense workloads.” Razer specifically says that it will be able to reduce latency when it comes to gaming, but also notes that it will be able to tackle demanding professional workloads extremely quickly. The company also claims that it can perform at a top-tier level while still offering up to 12 hours of battery life.

The laptop can be outfitted with a choice of options from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series laptop GPUs: 3060, 3070, and 3080.

While raw computing power is important for quickly processing photos and videos, the quality of the display is arguably more important. To that end, the Blade 14 offers what Razer is calling the fastest 14-inch displays on the market, which offers the choice between a Full HD 144Hz or a Quad HD 165Hz IPS display. Photographers are likely to lean for the higher resolution display, but Razer promises the Full HD model will hit up to 100 percent of sRGB and the 1440p model can hit up to 100 percent of DCI-P3 and both come from the factory custom calibrated.

The Razer Blade 14 also ships with a 720p webcam, an IR sensor for login, and dual THX Spatial Audio speakers on either side of the keyboard. It also includes two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports with lower power delivery (for charging in a pinch) and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 type-A ports for connecting “legacy” items. It also has an HDMI 2.1 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Razer Blade 14 is available immediately from Razer.com and starts at $1,800 for the base RTX 3060 and Full HD display model and up to $2,800 for the fully-kitted RTX 3080 and Quad HD display version.

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Travel Photography: Why if You Might Need it, You Should Bring It

It is amazing how portable most photography, videography, and computer gear have become. It is now possible to carry in one or two bags of gear that provides almost all of the functionality of a static environment when we hit the road for adventures. Obviously, each of us will have different needs and preferences for […]

Travel Photography: Why if You Might Need it, You Should Bring It

It is amazing how portable most photography, videography, and computer gear have become. It is now possible to carry in one or two bags of gear that provides almost all of the functionality of a static environment when we hit the road for adventures.

Obviously, each of us will have different needs and preferences for what we hope to accomplish while on the road, as well as varied preferences in how best to accomplish those goals. A trend we all share though is the ability to pack along a wider variety of gear in less space as more electronic items are battery or bus-powered and charge via USB-C, thereby eliminating the need for separate power bricks for each device. I was really amazed at how much space alone this saved.

This is my road trip photography and video hear packing philosophy: if you think you might use it, and have the room, bring it.

I’d rather have a few extra pounds of gear and end up not using it, then saving that weight and missing an opportunity due to lack of a piece of gear.

For video, I know that I need to participate in at least two Zoom meetings as well as create content for my YouTube channel. I’ll include the complete equipment list below, but here’s an overview to get started: for Zoom meetings I need a laptop, and to stay on visual brand, I use my camera and 23mm f/1.4 for that live meeting look you can’t get with a webcam. For YouTube videos, I’m going to use a phone gimbal for b-roll, as well as the camera I use for Zoom video. For photography, I’ll be using a second camera with a variety of zoom lenses from wide-angle to telephoto. I also brought a couple of prime lenses for low light and indoor use.

It will be interesting to see how much I overpacked, as well as to discover if I left anything behind that I’m going to miss. I’m sure I’ll pack differently for future trips, based on the lessons learned, gear used and unused, on this trip.

Here’s to safe travels and amazing photos! Below is my list of video and photo gear. I am curious how it contrasts with what many other photographers choose to take with them:

Video Gear

  • Primary bag – Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L
  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Viltrox 23mm f/1.4
  • Oben CTT-1000 Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod
  • Apple MacBook Pro 16”
  • Rode Wireless Go
  • Rode Lavalier Go
  • Rode Video Micro
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  • Western Digital Elements 5TB Portable Hard Drive
  • SanDisk 2TB SSD Drive
  • Nanlite Pavotube 6C RGBWWW Tube Light (2)
  • Aputure MC LED Light (2)

Photography Gear

  • Primary Bag – Peak Design Sling 10L
  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4
  • Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Fujinon XF 70-300mm f/4-5.6
  • Fujinon XF 50mm f/2
  • Fujifilm XF 2x TC WR Teleconverter
  • Vello Extension Tubes
  • Benro TSL08AN00 Slim Aluminum-Alloy Tripod
  • HYPER HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 USB Type-C Hub (6-in-1 version here)
  • SanDisk 128GB SD Cards (4)
  • Fujifilm NP-W126S Li-Ion Battery Pack (4+)

About the author: Michael Sladek teaches digital photography at Highline College near Seattle, Washington. He enjoys dad jokes, doughnuts, and helping others discover the fun of creating photos they love. Stay connected with Michael on his website, YouTube channel, and Instagram.

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