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MacBook Air 15 (2023)
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Blade 14 (2023)
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)
  • Excellent for general use
  • Very good for software development
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the Razer Blade 14 (2023)
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Very good for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall display quality

Key differences

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General Use

9.1
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
8.1
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
501.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
560.0 nits
15.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.0 Hours
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
8.9/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is excellent for general use, while the Razer Blade 14 (2023) is very good.

Gaming and AI

6.9
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
8.5
2.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.5/10
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) is very good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.9
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
8.6
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.3/10
2.6/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.5/10
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Razer Blade 14 (2023) is very good for engineering and design, while the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is good.

Content Creation

8.8
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
8.2
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.3/10
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) and Razer Blade 14 (2023) are both very good for content creation, though the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is somewhat better.

Software Development

8.9
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
7.9
6.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.3/10
24.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
10.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) is very good for software development, while the Razer Blade 14 (2023) is good.

Screen Quality

7.8
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
8.9
15.3in
SIZE
14.0in
2880 x 1864
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
501.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
560.0 nits
The Apple MacBook Air 15 has a better screen than the Razer Blade 14 for software development, and content creation, while the Razer Blade 14 has a better screen for general use, gaming and AI, and engineering and design.

Battery

15.0 Hours
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
6.0 Hours
The Apple MacBook Air 15 has 15 hours of battery life. The Razer Blade 14 has 6 hours of battery life.

Portability

Very Good
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
Very Good
15.3in
SIZE
14.0in
3.3 lbs
WEIGHT
4.0 lbs
0.4in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) and Razer Blade 14 (2023) both have very good portability, though the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) has somewhat better portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
8.5
The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) has best in class build quality, while the Razer Blade 14 (2023) has very good build quality.

Cost

$1,999
MacBook Air 15 (2023)
Blade 14 (2023)
$1,800
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) has a price of $1,999 and the Razer Blade 14 (2023) costs $1,800.
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How the Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023) and the Razer Blade 14 (2023) compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)Razer Blade 14 (2023)

GENERAL

Price
$1,999
$1,800
Release Date
June 1, 2023June 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
13.4'' x 9.4'' x 0.45''12.2'' x 9'' x 0.7''
Weight
3.3 lbs4.05 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M2AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS
Graphics
M2 (8C) RTX 4060 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
24 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
15 Hours6 Hours
Battery Capacity
66.6 Wh68.1 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.3"14"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2880 x 18642560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
60Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
501 nits560 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Portability Score
9/108/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
10/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
10/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107.5/10
Webcam
1080p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
02
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
13
Thunderbolt Version
3N/A

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Apple MacBook Air 15 (2023)

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Andreas Osthoff | June 2023
"The Apple MacBook Air 15 is boringly good. The new MacBook Air 15 is a very good, but also boring device, because apart from the larger screen and the higher price, there are no differences compared to the smaller MacBook Air M2 from last year. No new processor, no additional ports, just the usual basic hardware - but the overall package is extremely good and it simply works. Above all, the lack of fans is an aspect that should not be underestimated in everyday use. In our opinion, the Air could be a lot better, but Apple goes easy on itself here."

Razer Blade 14 (2023)

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Allen Ngo | May 2022
"After making a huge splash with the original 2021 model, it's expected that the 2022 refresh would be more of a minor update to an already impressive machine. It adds a higher resolution webcam (720p to 1080p), faster CPU (Ryzen 9 5900HX to Ryzen 9 6900HX), faster GPU (RTX 3070/3080 to 3070/3080 Ti), faster RAM (DDR4-3200 to DDR5-4800), faster M.2 SSD support (PCIe3 x4 to PCIe4 x4), newer WLAN module (Killer AX1690i to Qualcomm WCN685x), and a MUX switch for the new integrated Radeon 680M GPU. It's indubitably an upgrade especially in terms of single-thread processor performance."

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About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

About Razer

Razer is an American-Singaporean technology company. Razer is best known for their Blade series laptops, well known for their strong performance and sleek design. Although Razer charges a premium price tag for their laptops, buyers can expect a stealthy laptop with clean fit and finish and strong performance. All of their models offer great portability and build quality compared to other gaming laptops.

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