Razer’s New 2023 Blade 15 Laptop Still Has a 16:9 Issue

Despite coming out with the bulkier and beefier Blade 16 and Blade 18 laptops, Razer is still keeping its last year’s Blade 15 around. The company recently announced two new 2023 models of the Blade 15, refreshed with Intel’s 13th Gen processors and Nvidia’s RTX 4000 GPUs. While the chips have been completely swapped out, the 2023 Blade 15 retains most of the same features as its last year predecessor. This means you will get the same old 15.6″ screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio instead of the taller and more modern 16:10 aspect ratio.

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2023 Blade 15 laptop | Image: Razer

2023 Blade 15 laptop | Image: Razer

The 2023 Blade 15 comes in two GPU configurations and you can opt for either the Nvidia RTX 4060 or RTX 4070. Both models are powered by the same 14-core 20 thread Intel i7-13800H CPU with a base clock of 2.5GHz and can be overclocked up to 5.2GHz via Turbo Boost. You even get per-key backlighting, powered by Razer Chroma, allowing you to change the colours of individual keys. In terms of memory, both laptop computers come fitted with 16GB of DDR5 RAM clocked at 5,200 MHz and a 1TB SSD.

The display comes G-Sync enabled with a 240Hz refresh rate and a response time of 2.5ms. Instead of the Blade 16’s mini LED display, the Blade 15 bounds you to a 16:9 QHD IPS panel with 100 per cent DCI-P3 coverage. Despite these new laptops coming with new CPUs and GPUs, these are just a modest hardware refresh packaged in the same old compact chassis. But bulky and beefy is not what Razer is going for here.

The company is projecting the new Blade 15 as a more portable option (than the Blade 16 and 18) that’s optimally powered for everyday workloads and gaming.  The 2023 Blade 15 is already available for order and starts at AU$ 4,599 for the RTX 4060 model. On the other hand, the RTX 4070 variant will set you back AUD$5,299.00.

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2023 Blade 15 laptop | Image: Razer

2023 Blade 15 laptop | Image: Razer


Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa is an experienced reporter specialising in video game, eSports and technology coverage. A BTech IT graduate, Shubhendu has previously written for entertainment-based publications such as GiveMeSport, Touch, Tap, Play, Attack of the Fanboy, EssentiallySports, Twinfinite and The Load Out.