Razer Raptor 27 Assessment: Make Gaming Displays Enjoyable Once more

"With RGB lighting and a full aluminum stand, the Razer Raptor 27 is a fantastic and unique gaming monitor."

  • Nice, eye-catching design

  • Fantastic game features

  • Robust build quality

  • 90 degree tilt for easy port access

  • Big need of space

  • Cable management for Razer cables

You have the right to be skeptical of the Razer Raptor 27.

This is the company's first attempt to create a standalone display. And it comes at a time when game-specific monitor functions such as high refresh rates and G-Sync have become common. It is not cheap either. At $ 699, this is not a purchase you make casually.

Still, it won't disappoint you. When I saw the unique design in person, when I saw its gigantic presence at my desk and when I played on it, I was convinced. Razer set out to build a truly unique monitor.

Mission accomplished.

Unabashedly Razer

The Raptor 27 is beautiful. No millimeter of the product lacks details, whether it's the thin frames that frame the screen, the menu system, the cloth-like texture of the back or the cable management. Not a single element relies on the cheap plastics and the design common to monitors.

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The base and stand of the Raptor are made of one piece of aluminum. And it's a big part. The base and stand hold up the screen like someone who piled up their trapezoids in the gym. Even the 27-inch iMac from Apple and the old Thunderbolt displays (rest at rest) are not as solid and robust.

However, the width of the stand is more than just an appearance. It's insanely robust and stiff. If the screen wobbles, you can only blame your desk.

If you bring the Raptor 27 to the highest point, you can now fold it back at an angle of 90 degrees.

Second, the wide stand makes room for one of the most interesting functions of the Raptor. Built-in cable management. I'm sure you know how frustrating it can be to reach for the back of a monitor and look for a cable or connector. As someone who checks a lot of PCs and monitors, I often have problems with it.

Razer has an interesting solution to this problem.

Do back flips

Once you have raised the Raptor 27 to the highest point, you can also fold it back at an angle of 90 degrees. This allows quick and easy access to your ports from the front. You don't have to crawl under your desk or turn around the monitor.

Admittedly, it can only fold back when the monitor is at the top of its height adjustment, and that takes some effort. I wish it would lift a hair faster, but I can understand the decision. The rigid mechanism ensures that the position of the monitor stays exactly where you want it.

The monitor's green cables, included in the scope of delivery, run from the connections through a slot and then over the back of the stand. It looks like a Razer Green Slip and Slide. They are even held in place by removable magnetic slats. Jumping out of the slats and squeezing the thin cables is again a process that requires some effort. But if everything is in place, the look is undoubtedly cool and your cables will never get tangled.

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The need to use Razer's flat green cables is likely to be a disconnect. Not everyone will like the green color scheme or flat design. You can of course use your own – there is no guarantee that they will fit under the slats of the stand.

Fortunately, the Raptor's connectors cover everything you might need. HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C and two USB-A ports are at the bottom. These USB ports are useful when you want to use the Raptor with a laptop. There is nothing better than using the single cable connection via USB-C and then using these USB-A ports for peripheral devices.

The combination of a refresh rate of 144 Hz and G-Sync of the Raptor 27 is the highlight for smooth PC gaming.

The only limitation with the USB-C connection is charging. Many modern monitors can act as both power and video sources for your devices with up to 25 watts, e.g. B. a 13-inch laptop. The Raptor 27 can only deliver 15 watts, which means it's limited to smartphones and other smaller devices.

It's a disappointment, but it's not Razer's fault. USB-C cannot deliver more than 100 watts of power, which would not be enough to power a gaming laptop anyway. Before this is possible, we need another upgrade of the USB specification.

Game in abundance

Razer only offers one version of the Raptor 27. In other words, it has a unique vision of what gamers expect from a gaming monitor.

The Raptor measures 27 inches diagonally, the most common size of monitors for gamers. It is not overly large for an average sized desk, but it fills your field of vision from this distance.

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What about the resolution? The Raptor's screen has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, which is another good choice. Players with powerful, updated systems can enjoy 1440p at maximum settings. 4K is still out of reach for most. The last thing you want to do is pay a fortune to a feature that you will never use. 1440p is a nice, happy medium, especially since the Raptor 27 has a refresh rate of 144 Hz.

That means the screen can update up to 144 frames per second without skipping frames. In other words, it delivers extremely fluid graphics for your fast gaming. There are monitors with a refresh rate of 240 Hz, but few games and systems benefit from such high refresh rates.

The Raptor also features G-Sync, which ensures that there are no screen tears or artifacts. The combination of a refresh rate of 144 Hz and G-Sync is the culmination of smooth PC gaming.

The image quality of the Raptor 27 is fantastic.

Games look fantastic. Thanks to the resolution of the monitor, the great contrast and the vivid colors, games of all kinds play and look beautiful. Fast action in Battlefield V or Assassins Creed benefit from this high refresh rate, while the high contrast ratio emphasizes the shadows of the surroundings.

You can find monitors that look better. The few OLED models that are available now and throughout history offer better contrast. There are also a few select 4K monitors, such as the Acer Predator XB273K and Asus ROG Swift PG27PQ, that can defeat the Razer Raptor 27.

However, the Acer and Asus just mentioned sell for $ 900 and $ 1,500, respectively. That's a lot to pay for a monitor. Razer brings quality and price in harmony. That's a surprise. The Raptor 27 is a unique monitor, but its $ 699 price tag is decent in relation to the image quality and features of the monitor.

Despite its surprisingly large color space (100% sRGB and 91% AdobeRGB) and solid contrast, the Raptor was not calibrated for color accuracy. The average color error rate was worse than that of monitors at half this price. This is a common problem with monitors with a very large color gamut. Calibration can help tame this, but photo and video editors should take note of this. You may not be happy with the Razer Raptor 27 if you hire it to do professional work.

Our opinion

Razer only offers one option, and while it's good, it's expensive too. There are cheaper monitors with similar specifications and functions. However, you won't find anyone who has the gloss of the Raptor 27, and that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Are there alternatives?

The Dell 27 Gaming Monitor costs $ 560, another 1440p gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate and G-Sync.

The next direct competitor, however, is the Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ, which fits the Raptor 27 in every specification, but is cheaper for just $ 100.

When you're ready to downgrade to 1080p, the new Samsung CRG5 with a refresh rate of 240 Hz and G-Sync for just $ 400 is one of the best alternatives.

Do you want more options? Check out our favorite monitors from 2019.

How long it will take?

There's no reason why the Razer Raptor 27 shouldn't last at least five to ten years. Monitors are usually reliable and the Razer feels durable.

Should you buy it

Yes. It is a bit more expensive than some of its competitors, but it is the quality and design that I expect from a Razer product.

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