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Razer Blade 14 gets Thunderbolt 4 support via update

Razer’s Blade 14 (2022) compact gaming laptop gets faster USB support via an update. A brand new color option is also available.


Users of the Razer Blade 14 (2022) has something to be excited about as a new update upgrades the laptop’s USB ports to USB 4 with support for Thunderbolt 4. The Blade 14 2022 is Razer’s most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop. Announced at CES 2022, the laptop will be powered by AMD’s Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and paired with NVIDIA’s GeForce GPUs.


The Razer Blade line also includes the Blade 15 and Blade 17. Unlike the Blade 14, these are powered by 12th Gen Intel processors paired with discrete NVIDIA GPUs. However, all laptops in the series have high refresh rates, RGB keyboards and come with Windows.

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Razer has released a software update for the 2022 Blade 14 that upgrades the gaming laptop’s two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports to USB 4 with support for Thunderbolt 4. The update to USB 4 increases the ports supported bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps, which is double that of USB-C 3.2 Gen 2. In addition, it also means the laptop has better support for peripherals such as external graphics cards and multiple monitor setups. You may be wondering how it is possible to update the ports on a device, but as reported by The edgea Razer spokesperson revealed that the hardware was already available on the laptop, but “not present due to software limitations.”


There is also a new color scheme

Razer Blade 14 in Mercury

Another feature of the update is the activation of the Microsoft Pluton security processor. The chip-to-cloud security processor was developed by Microsoft in collaboration with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm to provide enhanced security for Windows PCs. The processor prevents attackers from accessing sensitive data using malware or even if they have physical possession of the computer. Processor security updates are also handled by Microsoft, so they are not dependent on its OEM partners. The Pluton processor is built into the CPU, meaning it has always been on the device.

Owners of the Razer 14 can check if their device supports USB4 and Microsoft Pluton by going to Device Manager on their PC. They can do this by simultaneously pressing the “Windows” and “X” keys and ‘Device Manager’ from the list that appears. Click on ‘Universal Serial Bus controllers’ and check for USB4. If there is a yellow exclamation mark for USB4, double-click it and run a Windows update. If USB4 is not listed, it means it is not yet supported and the user should contact Razer support to update the laptop’s firmware.

In addition to the update, Razer also announced a new Mercury colorway for the Blade 14, bringing the available color options to three. The laptop was originally launched in Quartz (pink) and black. This new color has a silver finish with a black keyboard for a more subtle look. The new colorway is available in GeForce RTX 3060 and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti configurations and can be pre-ordered at Razer‘s website now, but won’t ship until December 6.

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Source: The Verge

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