Razer has announced support for the USB4 interface on its Blade 14 2022 laptops. However, this is not a new model. This is a firmware update that turns the laptop’s USB 3.2 Gen2 type-C connectors into two USB4 ports. These connectors have a bandwidth increase of four times, from 10 to 40% / s after the upgrade.
Rarely are software updates for USB connectors released. Razer did not explain how it was possible to make the Blade 14’s USB4 ports compatible with one firmware update. Tom’s Hardware reports that Framework, a modular laptop manufacturer, recently released a similar update to its laptops with 12th Gen Intel Core processors.
The Framework blog stated that their laptops support Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 standards. These interfaces were officially supported by the company last week, when they released a new firmware software. According to the manufacturer, all of the hardware components and features required for new interfaces were present in the USB ports of their laptops even before they were developed. This included retimers, power circuits, connectors, and controllers. It took two years for the company to correct all software bugs and improve the software. Framework released last week a certified update to Thunderbolt 4. USB4 firmware remains in development.
Razer may have used a similar approach when it developed its 2022 Blade 14 laptops. It provided them with all the hardware components they needed during development. Razer recommends that customers contact Razer support to get new firmware for their laptops. According to Razer, the update will activate Microsoft Pluton’s security chip embedded in laptops.
Razer also announced Blade 14 2022, in a new Mercury Edition light-colored (pictured above). The new color makes the gaming laptop more similar to an Apple Macbook. Two Blade 14 2022 versions of the new design will be available: Ryzen 9 6900HX and GeForce RTX3060 Ti. The laptop with GeForceRTX3060 processor is expected to cost around $2000. Versions with older models of accelerator are available for $2600