Razer this week started sales of its unique Raptor 27 gaming display, which it first introduced earlier this year. The monitor packs numerous gaming-oriented features such as AMD’s FreeSync, and it comes in a one-of-a-kind stand that offers some relatively extreme tilt options, as well as programmable Razer Chroma RGB lighting on the bottom.

The Razer Raptor 27 is a non-glare 27-inch IPS display featuring a 2560×1440 resolution, a 420 nits peak luminance, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 144 Hz maximum refresh rate, and a 1 ms ULMB response time; all of which is fairly typical for an IPS QHD gaming monitor nowadays. A more unique feature of the Raptor 27 is its internal 10-bit dimming processor that, as its name suggests, controls the backlighting. The same processor seems to be responsible for managing the backlight's total color gamut, allowing the monitor to cover 95% of the DCI-P3 color space, something that not all gaming LCDs can do.

Meanwhile, as a gaming monitor, the Raptor 27 supports AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and is also listed as NVIDIA G-Sync compatible. The monitor is also HDR capable, as the VESA DisplayHDR 400 badge will attest to, but like other DisplayHDR 400 monitors, only marginally so.

Meanwhile the chassis of the Raptor 27 sports ultra-thin 2.3-mm bezels on three sides, as well as a CNC-machined stand with integrated cable management. The stand can tilt all the way to 90º, providing easy access to display's inputs.

Speaking of inputs, the Raptor 27 has a DisplayPort 1.4 input, an HDMI 2.0b port, and a USB Type-C port (with DP 1.4 alt-mode) that can also power a laptop. For peripherals, the monitor offers a dual port USB 3.0 Type-A hub, as well as a headphone jack.

The Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Display
  General Specifications
Display Size 27-inch
Panel Type IPS
Resolution 2560x1440
Refresh Rate 144 Hz with FreeSync
Response time 7ms typical
4ms Overdrive
1ms with Motion Blur Reduction
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Brightness 420 nits
Color Gamut 95% DCI-P3
HDR DisplayHDR 400
Other 10-bit dimming processor
Connectivity 1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
1 x USB Type-C with power delivery
1 x Headphone output
2 x USB 3.0
Availability October 2019
Price $699.99

Razor's Raptor 27 monitor is hitting the streets at $699, which brings it in at the high-end of the prce range for 27-inch gaming displays with comparable characteristics.

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Source: Razer

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  • Eliadbu - Saturday, October 26, 2019 - link

    It's simple RGB sells, and no company want to make cross industry standard since it's not functionaly necessarily and it tends to lock the user to their "ecosystem" if you call it that, which brings more revenue.
  • Dragonstongue - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    "it is simple because RGB sells"

    how would they really know if it sells or not when EVERYONE is doing it?

    years ago before everything was using it and folks went out of their way to do custom setups and such, absolutely such could have been said "they are willing to pay x EXTRA for pretty lights? ok, not a problem, here you go"


    "mehh slap some lights on it, no matter if they work properly or not, we need to rush to market make a few sales, kill off the product line before problems are too well known..slap an extra price on it to cover our butt from the warranty claims to cover our next 1/2 baked attempt at doing what others do"


    very very few RGB anything have I found that is tasteful, functional and just WORKS without driver problems (some cases, not work AT ALL.....I not understand these days why drivers are required at all, when the makers likely can take extra time, add some built in driver/firmware to the product so it is "hands-off" instead of "hands-on" or it not work at all.. given the amount of BS problem after problem doing as they (companies in general) are doing and continue to persist in doing.

    esp with os such as Win10 or iOS requiring drivers be direct from their respective "stores" .. if were me, I would be like "screw that, is my product your not forcing me to use YOUR drivers, I will just build them into the product directly and keep my customer base happy"
  • Alistair - Friday, October 25, 2019 - link

    I'd pay an extra $300 for local dimming and real HDR in a 1440p monitor, such a missed opportunity.
  • firewrath9 - Friday, October 25, 2019 - link

    420 cd/m2.
    Coincidence? I think not.
  • konbala - Saturday, October 26, 2019 - link

    Just need a keyboard without numpad...
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Monday, October 28, 2019 - link

    >Wow, what nice and slim bezels! These could be great on a multimonitor setup
    >Let's see how it looks around the back--
    >No VESA mounting options
    Welp, my interest in this product just went away. I'm sure it's still nice for those just want to keep the monitor placed on the desk, but that's not my use case and I've been able to reclaim a lot of "desk real estate" by not having multiple monitor stands claiming a bunch of space.

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