Razer has announced a new update for its latest 2022 Razer Blade 14 laptops that will upgrade systems to USB4 connectivity – without requiring any new hardware. The update will come in the unexpected form of a software update, which will upgrade the Blade 14’s dual USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports to USB 4. Additionally, the update will give laptops 40 Gbps of bandwidth to play with.
Upgrading a laptop’s USB ports with a software update isn’t something you see every day. Unfortunately, Razer hasn’t shared details on how it might upgrade the 2022 Blade 14 to USB 4 with software alone. However, laptop maker DIY Framework recently released a very similar upgrade for its 12th generation models.
According to a recent Framework blog post, Framework laptops have supported USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4 for years, although they didn’t have official support until last week. Indeed, the hardware was already in place, including retimers, USB power controllers, power circuits, and connectors to support both USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4. However, it took two years to Framework to resolve all bugs related to both connectivity standards. . Last week, the company finally unveiled a fully certified firmware update for Thunderbolt 4 specifically, but it looks like the USB 4 update is still pending.
Still, we suspect Razer had a similar roadmap with the 2022 Razer Blade 14 laptops, where these laptops were built with USB 4 in mind early in the design process. Still, thanks to delays and bugs during the certification process, Razer finally has a USB 4 software update ready for the public.
If you own a Razer Blade 14 2022, go to Razer Support Page (opens in a new tab) to download the new update to get official USB 4 support. For more details on USB 4, see our USB guide here, but simply put, USB 4 is the successor to USB 3.2 – and all of its different variants, with the biggest upgrade being its bandwidth, rated at 40 Gbps.
But that’s not all; Razer is also associating the update with Pluto Microsoft support, giving Razer Blade 14 2022 laptops additional security against attackers. Pluto is a dedicated chip on the CPU which is used instead of the TPM module on the laptop. This adds additional security and prevents attackers from accessing the communication paths between the two chips. For all intents and purposes Pluto functions as a more secure TPM.
Razer is also announcing a new color for the 2022 Blade 14, called the Mercury Edition (opens in a new tab), which resembles the color of a traditional Apple Macbook. The new color will be available on two new SKUs, featuring a Ryzen 9 6900HX processor paired with either an RTX 3060 GPU or an RTX 3070 Ti. The 3060 variant is priced at $1999.99 and the 3070 Ti model is $2599.99.