Razer Raptor 27 Review – A Gaming Monitor For Fanboys!


so razer has been coming out with a lot
of stuff lately it all started with the Viper Wireless Gaming Mouse and then
Huntsman keyboard now those new blade stealth 13 with a 1650 max q in fact if
you’re interested in our full review and performance analysis of that gaming
laptop you can check it out right over here but today we’re taking a look at
the Raptor we first saw this back at CES this year and a lot of you guys had
concerns with the design and some other things and now that we have a full
retail sample here in the studio let’s see if anything has changed but first a
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a 27 inch display with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 with the refresh rate of
144 Hertz it’s also g-sync and creasing compatible do keep in mind that it does
not have a physical GC module it’s just that Nvidia is supporting
display for adaptive sync and then they valeted that so that you don’t get any
artifacts it also features a one millisecond great agar response time but
you have to enable the motion blur reduction through the OSD settings for
that to take full effect I want to give credit to Razer for naming the gaming
monitor Raptor instead of just some jumbled letters and numbers this is just
simple and it’s more easier to differentiate within the rest of their
product lineup but with that being said this is one of the most expensive
27-inch 144 Hertz 1440p gaming monitors on the market and the specs don’t really
sound that great because there are other monitors out there in the market
featuring similar specs I think the biggest competition right now would
likely come from Oris we the ad 27 QD and that’s $150 cheaper
there’s also the pic Co px7 Prime which can sometimes be found for as little as
$400 both of these use 10 bit panels instead of Razer’s 8 bit and so if
interested in those two alternatives links will be in the description down
below out of the box Razer does include
display cables and they do look quite fancy classic rageous style in green so
you can an HDMI cable DisplayPort 1.4 a USB adapter power cable and a type C
cable it’s a cool flat design with a 90 degree connector on one end it’s great
to see them including so many but the problem is that these are
custom-designed cables by Razer’s so if one of them breaks you’re gonna have to
purchase another set directly through Razer and I’m pretty sure they’re not
gonna be cheap now the design of the Raptor is pretty interesting it’s not a
traditional monitor style at all in fact the back comes with this fabric finish
instead of a glossy plastic surface it’s pretty unique in my opinion but I’m
worried about lint accumulation over long-term use there’s also a small
joystick at the back to control your OSD there’s no base amount support on the
Raptor which is a bummer in my opinion I feel like Razer just decided to go with
what they thought would be more unique instead of something that’s standard you
can adjust the height of the monitor as well as tilted all the way up to 90
degrees but you can’t pivot it it’s also very limited in terms of height
adjustability which is something to take into account if you’re taller the back
of this monitor includes these cool wiring channel switch Heights the cables
basically all the interesting stuff won’t be seen if you place this monitor
on a wall but let’s talk about those wiring channels because they look great
when everything is in place but actually getting to that point is a pain in the
butt the first step is to remove the cable covers and then route your cables
but remember to not plug them in because if you do and then adjust the height of
the monitor they can bend and even break if you don’t realize what you’re doing
like us this is because the cables are too rigid and too thick so they don’t
actually move in their respective channels even with the covers off
honestly this is a pretty major design oversight from Razer I think they should
go back to the drawing board and we designed something that’s more
user-friendly because the maneuverability that you get once you
plug them in is very limited in fact you could start seeing those cables when you
have them at a very lower position especially when you plan on tilting in
90 degrees with the cables plugged in trust me it there’s just it’s just
really not a great experience trying to set this up the base looks cool and it
incorporates Razer’s chroma RGB lighting which is of course expected as for IO
you get a USB port that powers chroma lighting power in USB C port that also
functions as DisplayPort I was easily able to drive this panel using my blade
15 over a single USBC cable and I was able to comfortably push it and 144
Hertz there also two USB 3.1 gen2 ports which can be used for peripherals so the
u.s. PC can also act as a single connection between the PC the display
and your mouse and keyboard you also get a DisplayPort 1.4 HDMI 2.0 B and a
headphone / mic jack one thing to keep note of is that the USB type-c port only
supports power delivery of 15 watts so you can’t really charge your notebook so
keep that in mind alright so now I’m gonna get to the one
thing that I’ve been avoiding until now and that is C chroma RGB lighting that
Razer has graciously added to the raptor monitor but I’m gonna let Mike chime in
on this because he’s actually spent a little bit more time with his monitor
Mike take it away chroma synapse I know how much you guys hate it and i hate
synapse – or at least I did until I saw what it could do on on this monitor so
first of all all the same things that a lot of you guys don’t like about synapse
are there you need to sign up for a Razer ID it needs to be initially online
to sign up and in this case you actually need a USB C cable running from your
device to the monitor at all times even if you’re running on DisplayPort to
control the the lighting on there if that cable is unplugged for any reason
well you’re gonna lose the the synapse profile and it’s gonna start looking
like this now on the positive side of things synapse actually comes in handy
on the Raptor the reason for that is that a lot of the OSD functions can be
controlled from within the synapse software and it does it extremely well
so you don’t have to worry about fiddling with a joystick while you’re
doing anything on your PC you can just go into the synapse software modify your
settings see the map applied in real time and you’re done on the flip side of
that coin the these really simple everything’s right
there at your fingertips there’s picture in picture and picture by picture the
picture in picture allows you to modify the size of that second screen things
like that that you would normally expect from a high-end monitor are there but
what I want to know is what does uber think about gaming because he just
finished a gaming session on this so his thoughts are gonna be hot off the press
all right gaming experience on the raptor and guys right off the bat it was
absolutely amazing I tried using other modes like gaming and streaming but the
sRGB mode actually turned out to be the best because the color reproduction was
just spot-on even though razer doesn’t claim it the
raptor felt calibrated perfectly right out of the box
even without srgb enabled contrast was on point as well personally I think
1440p is the perfect resolution for a 27-inch display the potential to use
free sync and gsync is great it’s also a super bright panel I didn’t keep HDR on
since it actually tended to introduce artificial brightness a small word about
that one millisecond response time when you enable motion blur reduction in the
OSD settings the panel gets quite a bit dimmer but it’s another setting that it
just turned off viewing angles are super consistent regardless of the angle
seriously guys this is one of the best IPS panels that I’ve encountered but
there is backlit bleed on this monitor but you can’t really notice it with your
naked eye as you can see by this shine I had to crank up the ISO on my camera all
the way to 3200 to actually start to see some around the edges but really for the
naked eye it’s it’s alright you can’t really spot it conclusion time and guys
I’m gonna start with the positive things about the Razer Raptor the first things
first display it’s absolutely gorgeous one of the best IPS panels that I’ve
encountered the 144 Hertz refresh rate GC and compatibility it just all turns
out to be a beautiful gaming experience I can’t really complain about it now I
also love the design of the Raptor sure you are gonna be losing on some things
like vase amounting support and the height is just perfectly fine for me I
don’t have to worry about that and I don’t I don’t think I’m gonna miss the
versatility or the maneuverability like pivot adjustments or all that kind of
stuff but some of you might definitely find those as drawbacks and that’s
totally fine that being said I really wished it razer added some more features
to make it stand out from the rest because it is way
we’re talking about for instance I would have loved to see a wireless charging
pad on the base station so that I could charge my phone for convenience or other
features that were typically used to seeing on gaming monitors from other
brands for a lot less this just feels like there’s nothing really spectacular
about the monitor by itself other than the Razer II design if that makes any
sense but now I’m gonna invite Negative Nancy mr. Mike to talk about the cons of
the Raptor Negative Nancy here reporting for Here I am and I’m about to sort of
crap all over Ebers love in with Razer hey and and I think that might be the
issue right is what Razer is designing this for is to enhance their brand and
it’s not necessarily to say look we’ve got the cheapest minor we’ve got the
most features they’re doing this to appeal to an ecosystem approach so if
you’re gonna buy the smarter you probably have other Razer things and
that’s also the problem because there’s absolutely nothing other than these
design elements and some of them are really quirky like that ridiculous cable
management channel that really make this a justifiable purchase for $700 and
that’s it’s a crazy amount of money and when you have companies like gigabyte
pic Co AOC that have specs that are similar to this and they cost so much
less well Razer is gonna have a serious problem selling this and convincing
people who aren’t part of the Razer brand to actually buy this it’s form
over function and personally it’s not a monitor for me Mike I think that was a
great conclusion I think you just said it it’s not the monitor for everyone I
think it’s just a monitor for Razer fanboys I just started this tour I just
started a storm let’s do it the Raptor from Razer is not the monitor for
everyone I mean it’s for people who desperately need Razer in their life
they just want to laser gaming keyboard or Razer Mouse the Razer display a Razer
a notebook Razer alright so with all of that out of the way I want to know your
about the Raptor from Razer let me know what you guys think about it in the
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31 thoughts on “Razer Raptor 27 Review – A Gaming Monitor For Fanboys!

  1. Do i like it ? yeah it seems cool, would i buy it ? not in a million years… i have alot of razer product myself, but with that price tag vs other panels, i can not at all justify that price over other with same specs or even better… so razer, it's back to the drawing board if you ask me.

  2. ive had 3 deathadder elite chromas, a razer viper wired, and a razer viper wireless. You wouldnt catch me buying this for 700 fucking dollars.

  3. Clearly he didn't read anything Razer included… Razer literally included instructions to properly install the cables so the monitor can be adjusted post setup

  4. 700$ and it will break in year or two, I'll pass.
    I'm quite happy with PG279Q I have it for almost 4 years and it has most of the features this monitor plus the original G-sync.

  5. Everyone is saying this is overpriced junk, but what monitor is better for the price? The only thing I see comparable is the Acer Nitro XV273K and it is the same price? What are the other options?

  6. For 700€ you can get an ultrawide ips panel with 99% srgb coverage and 100hz of refresh rate… Razer coming out with a colourful pile of shit yet again.

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