Razer Raptor 27 you can touch
"Razers Raptor 27 brings the typical style of the company to your monitor."
Nice aluminum design
Innovative, integrated cable management
High refresh rate of 144 Hz
Customizable RGB chroma lighting
The base and stand look bulky
The screen is attached to the stand
The ecosystem of Razer's game products goes far beyond laptops and mice. The latest option is a gaming monitor called Raptor 27, which was first introduced at CES 2019.
This desktop display has everything you'd expect from a gaming monitor, but Razer has also introduced some innovations that make it a great alternative to a boring, ordinary screen.
Slim aluminum, done right
Just one look makes it clear that the Raptor 27 is a proven Razer product. The materials used are the first giveaway. The frame, base and stand are all made from machined aluminum and are finished in matte black to match Razer laptops. Interestingly, the upper part of the case uses a cross-stitch material that swaps the texture, which is otherwise made entirely of aluminum. Edges and corners are square for a sleek, modern look.
Chroma announces its presence, although Razer has not glued LED strips to any surface. Nothing flashes on your face and illuminates your desk. Instead, the subtle glow under the base just gives a touch of personality. The lights can of course be controlled and adjusted using Razer's Synapse 3 software and can be synchronized with other chroma-based products in your setup.
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Unlike many monitors, the stand that holds the screen is not a thin piece of plastic. The disadvantage, however, is that the Raptor 27 is only for your desk. It cannot be separated from the stand. If you are interested in a VESA assembly, you have to look elsewhere. This also means that panning is out of the question. However, you can easily position the monitor up and down.
This brings us to the most interesting and intuitive topic of the Raptor 27. Cable management. It's not usually the most exciting topic, but what Razer did to make it downright cool. From its upright position, the screen can be tilted back to a 90-degree angle, exposing the downward-opening openings. When you're tired of looking for your monitor connections in the dark, this solution feels elegant. Even better, since everything is made of aluminum and is firmly attached to the display, everything feels when it is adjusted.
Not only do you have easier access to your connections, your cables are all routed and routed through the back of the stand. Flat, neon green cables are included in your purchase. Those who want a little more control over cables and connections are unlikely to appreciate this, but it makes for a damn clean desk.
The selection is your standard array of HDMI, DisplayPort, two USB-A 3.1 and USB-C. According to Razer, the USB-C port can be used to power low-power products. However, we still don't know if we can handle a 15-inch laptop.
The menus, located directly on the lower rear of the control panel, are controlled with a five-way joystick, which feels intuitive in a short time. The menu contains numerous game modes including FPS, Racing, MMO and Streaming.
The game features we all want
The specifications of the Raptor 27 make it clear that Razer knows what gamers are looking for. It is a 27-inch IPS display that supports all important functions, including: HDR400, FreeSync 2, a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a response time of one millisecond. Razer says it is working on the G-Sync recording, although this is not yet planned.
We have to wait to test the image quality of the display ourselves, but Razer mentioned that it covers 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and is maximum at 420 nits of brightness.
Razer calls the Raptor 27 an "early production design," so we don't know exactly when it will be released, and specifications may change. Prices start at $ 700. Razer says the monitor is on the right track "later this year."