Known and loved for their accessories, the Razer Raptor 27 marks the first trip from the hardware to game displays – and boy, does it hold the landing. The Raptor is a 27-inch panel with an appropriate name and design, but excellent quality specifications support it under the hood. An IPS panel with a resolution of 1440p, a response time of 1 ms, and a refresh rate of 144Hz. Big things in terms of the basics of gaming, but is it worth the average to a high price tag of $700? In short, yes. This is our Razer Raptor 27 Review.
Razer Raptor 27 Review – Design
The Razer Raptor 27 is a slim device that does not have to be mounted out of the box at all. It consists of only two parts – the monitor panel and the stand – and they are firmly fused. The L-shaped standard is also pleasantly curved and fits seamlessly at the rear to create the pivot point for adjustments. In the meantime, a neat cable management approach helps keep things tidy, cable guides running along the back of the base. It is simple, durable, and elegant.
Even though it is a monitor, you don’t have to look far to see all the features of a Razer design. The Raptor has a black with a side of the black approach, while the cables are an incredibly distinctive Razer green that, as we know, contrast the harder black materials with a bang.
Elsewhere, the front of the monitor offers a screen that has almost no physical edge on three sides. However, there is a kind of in-picture frame present that many monitors nowadays have. This reduces the overall image somewhat, but once you are playing or watching, it is not noticeable and has no impact. As for the back of the panel itself, it is covered with a black mesh material – just like that found on speakers. This is pretty cool and makes the design a bit more interesting.
All in all, it’s a simple but excellent design and one for the Best and most enjoyable I’ve seen on a gaming monitor for a while.
The re is a silky smooth image technology behind that panel. In theory, merging ultra-low motion blur with a response time of 1 ms and a refresh rate of 144Hz is a surefire way to ensure a smooth image. Throw in G-Sync compatibility, such as the Raptor, and this Razer screen is one for the Best G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitors available.
The same story with the color range and accuracy that this IPS panel offers. The Raptor also has an HDR400 rating, itself supported by a 95% DCI-P3 color range for superior quality. This may sound like another astonishing acronym to add to the ranks of technical abbreviations, but it’s the one to watch out for on modern gaming monitors. We are increasingly interested in the DCI-P3 color range because it exceeds sRGB and is now the gold standard for films and screens worldwide. Everything in the mid-90 percentages and higher is elevated claims, but the Razer Raptor fulfills its ambitions well. The colors here are exceptional.
While we are talking about this tag, followers of Razer will not be surprised to hear that the rather tasteful RGB elements of the Raptor are fully integrated with Razer Chroma, meaning that you can synchronize it with your other Razer equipment.
To finish the front functions practically, you are also well under ports, as you have: an HDMI 2.0b; one DisplayPort, one USB-C (which supports DisplayPort in alt mode); two USB 3 port, and a good old headphone jack. Solid enough.
As soon as the Raptor is switched on, the sharpness in the image and depth in color are crystal clear. Each icon has an almost 3D quality on the desktop – an encouraging start. Starting up and playing, although playing several hours, was (predictably, with that start) a pleasure. Division 2 was lively with even semi-visible and semi-tangible elements such as weather, fire, and smoke being amazingly clear and pleasant. Red Dead Redemption 2 was beautiful in every way, with bright light sources in dirty photos, to lush landscape goodness in huge vistas.
Apex Legends was ridiculously lively, colorful, and smooth, made even more pleasant by the Raptor, which could efficiently process the 140-frames per second where our machine can (fortunately) pump it. Control’s cinematic cinematography was captured brilliantly and clearly, each edge of every piece of brutalist architecture, a triumph of clear lines and bright, glorious structures.
And finally, Metro was a starkly fantastic experience in terms of dirty visuals with pops of underground colors and detailed scenes above. In general, whatever the game is and whatever the PC can release the Raptor perfects. That applies to quality, color, and liveliness, as well as to smooth photos and frame rates. In every game instance, the images are as smooth as you want, with beautiful worlds, beautiful.
Slightly predictable, the Raptor was also great for daily work and admin. Browsing tabs, pages, and productivity apps on the internet offered the same clear clarity and performance that I had enjoyed with games. I can only imagine how good setup with two monitors would be with two Raptors. The stuff of dreams, presumably.
Razer Raptor 27 Review – Conclusion
This is a monitor that should be considered seriously, whether you are building a new installation or performing a real upgrade. The perfect mix of gaming monitor specifications, with overall image quality and level of connectivity, means that it is a monitor for PC gamers. However, that is the quality of the photo, I would recommend it to someone who also wants something for his console – especially if it is for a console/PC installation or for someone who wants to maintain that flexibility and PC focus for later line. The price tag might be a little lower, I think – if it is closer to the 500 currency mark, you can get two for about a thousand – but the Raptor is a premium device that justifies the cost.
This is a great gaming monitor and marks a very successful first trip to gaming displays from Razer. The design is subtle but refreshing, the connectivity stable, full of options, and neat. The speed of the screen is fast and fast for smooth photos, the image quality is bright and beautiful, and the color range and contrasts are deep and compelling. I even love the RGB lighting below the standard. As a result, it is definitely and one of the best gaming monitors you can get before 2020.
The Raptor 27 is a stunning first attempt gaming monitor for Razer, combining high style and outstanding performance in a solidly built package that will be the envy of fellow gamers. It lacks an sRGB mode, but the wide DCI-P3 range looks great with both SDR and HDR content and will appeal to gamers looking for vibrant colors.
- Excellent HDR contrast
- Saturated color
- Near-100% DCI-P3 coverage
- Fantastic style and build quality
- FreeSync & G-Sync Compatible
- 144Hz refresh rate
- No true sRGB color mode,
- Manual switch between SDR and HDR modes