Gaming brand Razer is known for its superior lighting and equally fancy prices. It was therefore a pleasant surprise when a CES representative said that the company's upcoming gaming monitor, a novelty to Razer, will be around $ 700.
I had expected the 27-inch panel, which is tuned for games and colored is a stealth jet with rainbow effects, which costs over $ 1
The 27-inch monitor is used ra-uh, paper thin bezels on three sides with slightly thicker bottom, which is still slimmer than most gaming Monitors in the market. That's not the only difference: Razer uses an IPS panel for the 2560 × 1440 display. This resolution is a popular choice for gamers (ideally juggling sharp graphics and GPU loading), but the panel type is not. IPS is livelier and more accurate, but slower, so gamers should opt for VA panels with an input delay of less than 5 ms. Razer says the Raptor IPS panel has been set to have only 1 ms response time and is among the best in the market for all panel types, while maintaining the widest possible color gamut for HDR and 400 nits of brightness. The refresh rate increases to 144 Hz.
And as far as refresh rates are concerned, the monitor contains G-SYNC …. Technically, this is an adaptive synchronization, often referred to as "FreeSync" with AMD's Radeon cards, because it does not include the expensive NVIDIA additional processing chip to enable G-SYNC and its ripping frame synchronization technology. However, here at CES, NVIDIA has released a "G-SYNC compliant program" that certifies a very select group of adaptive synchronization monitors for its standard. The Razer Raptor is the first monitor built from the ground up to pass these tests and be G-SYNC compliant. There is no additional hardware required.
We would be glad if the styling of the monitor we did not mention. The base-integrated chroma-compatible LED lights are actually the least interesting: Razer sells mouse pads and coasters with the same function. No, it's the stall that caught our attention. A single line of aluminum flows from the rectangular base to the back of the screen in an appealing representation of minimalism.
What's not to say is that the stand lacks features. While the screen does not have VESA mounts, it can slide up and down up to five inches and tilt forward and backward to a lesser extent. We especially love Razer's cable management system, which houses power, video and data cables in special grooves that make an architect in the data center pale with envy. The contrasting cables are a nice touch – and yes, they are included in the box. The input panel supports HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-C, with power for USB-C laptops and an old-fashioned passthrough for two USB-A ports.
One of the more subtle accents is the rubberized finish of the thin screen is back. When you drive with your hands, it feels like the grippy bottom of a nice mouse pad. When you set up for different games, you will often do so, which is facilitated with a joystick OSD controller on the back (see Samsung gaming monitor designs for a similar feature).
The whole package is undeniably appealing, even if you are not a member of the self-described "cult of the Razer". If Razer can live up to its esteemed price and redeem its claim to a 1 ms IPS panel, the Raptor will have to adorn some gamer fighter stations later this year. Do not be surprised if you also see smaller and larger Raptor variants.