Razer Blade 14 vs MacBook Pro 14: The battle of Pro laptops

Razer Blade 14 vs MacBook Pro 14: The battle of Pro laptops

Choosing your next computer isn’t always easy, especially when you’re investing in a somewhat expensive device. There are plenty of decent laptops, Macs, and gaming laptops — deciding which one is right for you can be confusing. To make the selection process simpler for you, we’re breaking down two powerhouses manufactured by Razer and Apple. This is the Razer Blade 14 vs MacBook Pro 14: The battle of Pro laptops.

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Razer Blade 14 vs Apple MacBook Pro 14: Specifications

Razer Blade 14Apple MacBook Pro 14
CPU
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 6900HX (8 cores, 16 threads, 20MB Cache, up to 4.6 GHz)
  • Apple M1 Pro (8-Core CPU)
  • Apple M1 Pro (10-Core CPU)
  • Apple M1 Max (10-Core CPU)
Graphics
  • Integrated:
    • AMD Radeon 680M Graphics
  • Discrete:
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB GDDR6)
    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080  Ti (16GB GDDR6)
  • Apple M1 Pro (14-Core GPU)
  • Apple M1 Pro (16-Core GPU)
  • Apple M1 Max (24-Core GPU)
  • Apple M1 Max (32-Core GPU)
Body
  • 16.8 x 319.7 x 220mm
  • 1.78kg
  • 15.5 x 312.6 x 221.2mm
  • 1.6kg
Display
  • 14-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 144Hz, AMD FreeSync Premium, up to 100% sRGB
  • 14-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 165HZ, AMD FreeSync Premium, up to 100% DCI-P3
  • 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display (3024 x 1964), up to 1600 nits peak brightness, True Tone technology, ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
Ports
  • 2x USB-A Ports
  • 2x USB-C with Power Delivery and Display Port 1.4
  • HDMI 2.1
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Power port
  • Kensington lock port
  • 3x USB-C with Power Delivery and DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • MagSafe 3
  • SD Card slot
Storage
  • 1TB
  • 2TB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB
  • 2TB
  • 4TB
  • 8TB
RAM
  • 16GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
Battery
  • 61.6Whr
  • 70Whr
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers and spatial audio support when playing Dolby Atmos content
Camera
  • Full HD 1080p
  • HD 1080p
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.0
Color
  • Black with green Razer logo on lid
  • Silver
  • Space Gray
Price
  • Starts at $1,999
  • Starts at $1,999

Design

Design is a subjective matter, but we still can make objective observations and judge accordingly. Both laptops feature relatively thick aluminum builds, due to the extraordinary processing powers they house. Notably, though, the Razer Blade 14 has a bigger display chin when compared to the MacBook Pro. The latter includes a top notch that houses the webcam, which allows the top bezel to be thinner as well. The bezels on the sides are extremely thin on both devices — only the different top and bottom ones stand out.

For the most part, both the Razer Blade 14 and the 14-inch MacBook Pro offer the same design — apart from what we’ve pointed out earlier. If you’re a fan of RGB backlit keyboards, then the Razer earns more points. Both laptops come with a variety of ports to attach external accessories. The Razer still includes USB-A ports, while the MacBook comes with an SD card reader. Which is better? That depends on your accessories and the type of port connections they use. Apple’s Pro computer earns extra design points for finish options — it’s available in Silver and Space Gray. On the other hand, the Razer only comes in Black. Either way, you can always buy a skin or a case to change the look of your computer.

Display

When it comes to display, these devices both have their strengths and weaknesses. The 14-inch MacBook Pro comes with a stunning 3024-by-1964 screen with clean, rounded corners. On the contrary, the base model of the Razer Blade 14 comes with a 1920-by-1080 resolution and traditional, straight corners. Personally, I find the rounded ones more appealing and modern, but to each their own.

If you’re an active gamer, a higher refresh rate equates a smoother gaming experience. While the MacBook Pro supports 120Hz — thanks to its ProMotion display technology — the Razer Blade 14 beats it with up to 165Hz on the uprgaded model. Which display is better depends on whether you’d rather have a higher resolution or a smoother refresh rate.

Performance

Depending on the configuration you go for, the performance is going to differ accordingly. Both base models of these laptops pack powerful punches, but the MacBook Pro has the advantage of the M1 Max chip when maxed out. The Razer Blade 14 isn’t available for purchase yet — so benchmark results and accurate performance comparisons in daily life tasks are still limited.

When it comes to storage, Apple’s Pro laptop comes with 512GB while Razer’s goes for 1TB. However, the Razer can only be upgraded to 2TB, while the MacBook Pro can pack up to 8TB (!). So if you’re going to store plenty of large files locally on your laptop, the MacBook Pro offers more storage options. Similarly, both laptops come with 16GB of RAM, but Apple’s can be upgraded to up to 64GB. If 16GB aren’t enough for your use cases, then you’re limited to the MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Pro runs macOS Monterey, while the Razer Blade 14 is powered by Windows 11. We won’t compare the two operating systems as they both offer the same main sets of features you’d expect from a desktop OS. Which one is better depends on your workflows, use cases, and the ecosystem you’re trapped in (assuming you are). Both macOS Monterey and Windows 11 are the latest from Apple and Microsoft respectively. So by buying either device, you’re taking advantage of the newest features and security patches each company has to offer. It’s worth mentioning, though, that macOS and the Mac are both developed and produced by Apple, leading to near-perfect optimizations and compatibilities.

Bottom Line

Both of these Pro laptops start at $1,999 — so for the same budget you can choose either of them. As we’ve highlighted, they both have their own unique pros and cons. Which device is right for you depends on the compromises you’re willing to make and your priorities. Ultimately, they’re both powerhouses that likely won’t disappoint. It’s worth mentioning, though, that the Razer Blade 14 is still unavailable for purchase. So if you need a Pro laptop right now, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is the way to go.

    Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)
    The 14-inch MacBook Pro is a mighty beast powered by the Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max chip. It runs macOS Monterey and features a top notch.

Which Pro laptop will you be buying, and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached via [email protected] or the provided social links.