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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milkod2001 - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - linkGood point. 1440p is old news. Im still on one of them. Can they do something more 2019ish like 32''4k, 120Hz?
Inteli - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkThat's a lot of money for 1440p144, even if it is IPS. When you can pick up very similar monitors for nearly $300 less, I don't see much point in getting this.
The only thing I notice as standing out is the color space coverage. So I suppose for the handful of people out there that need DCI P3 coverage and want a 144Hz refresh rate, this exists.
Beaver M. - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - linkRazor always charges extra for crappy quality.
This is an Innolux panel. AKA even worse quality than the already terrible AUO panels.
boozed - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkDo the monitors mine ponzicoins too?
Notmyusualid - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkWow, OK, firstly - relevance?
And secondly, have you got some axe to grind because some of us did rather well out of crypto-mining, and well, maybe you missed it / or were too late?
BTC is still way up on its 3yr overall price. I bet you bought Jan 2017....
I'm genuinely interested in your (likely) skewed point of view.
wr3zzz - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - linkChill bro. He's obviously referring to Razer bundling cryptocoin mining "option" in its devices' software for people to exchange mining for them for store credits.
Razer has a well deserved reputation for seeing its customers as company properties. I am still shocked to know that in order for my Razer mouse's driver to install I need to register with personal email so the software can always dial home with my personal info. For a freaking mouse.
GreenReaper - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkThe promo shots with the rainbow around the base make it look kinda gay...
I mean, that's probably part of the audience, too. :-D
You're paying in part for the brand, there will be cheaper versions around. But the specs aren't bad, and I'd strongly consider it for, say, a Navi build (4K would probably be pushing it). One question which I'd like to be answered before purchase is exactly what the Freesync ranges are.
jordanclock - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - linkYou say it "look[s] kinda gay" just because it has a rainbow RGB pattern?
C'mon. We're past that kind of childish shit.
nerd1 - Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - linkAny serious gamer will use monitor arm... which makes the display stand thing completely meaningless.
meacupla - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - linkI don't see any VESA mount holes...