CES 2019: Razer Displays The Razer Raptor Gaming Monitorby Brett Howse on January 8, 2019 5:00 PM EST
Razer is pretty well known for its gaming peripherals, as well as its gaming focused notebook lineup, so today’s announcement of a new gaming monitor from the company makes a lot of sense. It offers some excellent features for gamers, as well as the premium touch that Razer does so well.
The 27-inch display features a 2560x1440 resolution for the IPS panel, and offers a 144 Hz refresh rate. For gaming, response rate is also critical, and the Razer Raptor offers a 7 ms typical response, which can be reduced to 4 ms with Overdrive, and 1 ms with Motion Blur reduction. It features AMD Radeon FreeSync, which just got a lot more useful with NVIDIA’s announcement to finally support it, and coupled with the 144 Hz refresh rate, should offer incredibly smooth gaming under a wide variety of scenarios.
|Razer CES 2019|
|Refresh Rate||144 Hz with FreeSync|
|Response time||7ms typical
1ms with Motion Blur Reduction
|Color Gamut||95% P3-D65|
|Connectivity||1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x USB Type-C with power delivery
2 x USB 3.0
The display covers 95% of the P3-D65 gamut and offers a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Razer states that they will offer pre-programmed color profiles in the monitor itself, which is good news for users and hopefully will include a sRGB mode. The display features a picture-in-picture mode as well.
Razer has always offered a unique, premium design, and the Razer Raptor definitely follows in those footsteps. The display bezels are just 2.3 mm, and the base of the unit is made from forged aluminum. The backplate is a blend of fabric and metal, and the monitor offers some very unique cable management, with five CNC milled channels to house the five included Razer green cables. As a Razer product, it also of course supports the Razer Chroma lighting, with LED strips to illuminate the base customizable through their software.
There’s all of the expected connectivity as well, with USB-C, HDMI, and DisplayPort, with the USB-C also providing power delivery, and two USB 3.1 Type-A ports for peripherals.
Razer is expecting the Raptor to be available later this year, with an estimated MSRP of $699.99.
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abrowne1993 - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkIf 4K at 27" is "too pixel-ey" for you then you should probably sit further from the screen.
Devo2007 - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - link.... Or lower DPI scaling. There's no way that 4k on a 27" display would be "pixel-ey"
Pyrostemplar - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkI don't envy your PC or monitor, but I do envy your eyesight... :)
bunnyfubbles - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkmaybe for you, but for a competitive gamer, this is overly aggressive (pushing 1440p @ 144Hz requires a lot more GPU power than 1080p, I would rather have 1080p@240Hz), and also disappointing that there isn't a G-Sync option (especially now that nVidia is going to allow for having G-Sync available alongside FreeSync)
Pyrostemplar - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkWell, with nVidia apparently joining the freesync bandwagon.. I mean, implementing the gSync compatible moniker through an arduous and complex market.. I mean,, engineering effort, I guess that the GSync monitors are actually going the way of hte dodo. Good riddance.
p1esk - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkCompletely agree. I spent some time with LG 27" 5k monitor at Apple store last night, and the text looked significantly sharper than on my Dell P2715Q.
Beaver M. - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - linkThats mostly because they are glossy. Your monitor isnt.
p1esk - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - linkInteresting point about effects of the coating on text sharpness. Though the glossiness of LG monitors was not noticeable (at least not in the Apple store).
TheWereCat - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - linkI must be blind then because I find no issues with 31.5" 1440p
Manch - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - link" almost aggressively uninteresting" ... stupid phrase of the day winner!!! LOL