Razer Blade 14 2023: Pre-orders open for new AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS gaming laptop with upgradeable RAM and storage
Razer has presented a 2023 edition of the Blade 14, which it will offer exclusively with the AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS and a QHD display. Also announced today, the Ryzen 9 7940HS is the most powerful representative in the Ryzen 7040HS series, with 8 Zen 4 CPU cores that can boost to 5.2 GHz, 16 threads, 24 MB cache and a 35-54 W TDP. The Ryzen 9 7940HS contains the Radeon 780M too, although Razer has paired the APU with current-generation discrete GPU options.
The Blade 14 2023 measures 310 x 228 x 17.9 mm and weighs roughly 1.83 kg, making it 11.5% smaller and 9% lighter than the Blade 15. Nonetheless, the Blade 14 2023 contains a 68.1 Wh battery, an overhauled cooling system, a 50% larger trackpad and various expansion options. As the image below shows, Razer has included M.2 2230, M.2 2280 and SO-DIMM RAM slots should you need to change your Wi-Fi card, SSD or RAM.
Moreover, the laptop has a 14-inch IPS display that resolves at QHD (2,560 x 1,600) in a 16:10 aspect ratio with a 240 Hz refresh rate, 3 ms response times and 500 nits peak brightness. The Blade 14 2023 will start at US$2,399.99 and will be available in three configurations, all with the Ryzen 9 7940HS APU. According to Razer, it will ship the cheapest model with a 140 W version of the GeForce RTX 4060, which it will pair with 16 GB of DDR5 RAM in a black chassis.
Alternatively, it will offer the Ryzen 9 7940HS and GeForce RTX 4070, again a 140 W variant, for a US$300 surcharge. While this edition also comes with 16 GB of RAM, there is a 32 GB of RAM option for US$2,799.99 that comes in a Mercury finish. Pre-orders for the Blade 14 2023 open today in the US; please see Razer's website for more details. For reference, the company has not commented on availability in other markets yet. However, it will begin shipping its Zen 4-based laptop on June 20 in the US.