Razer's new Raptor gaming monitor: a breath of fresh air

Donna Miller
January 8, 2019

United Kingdom pricing and availability for the Razer Raptor have yet to be confirmed, with the company setting a USA recommended retail price of $699.99 (around £550 excluding tax) and a launch 'later this year' once the design has been finalised. Now, the company is expanding its business into the realm of gaming monitors - and their flagship offering, dubbed the "Raptor 27", is pretty impressive. The display will support 95 percent DCI-P3 wide color gamut and support HDR content.

It was perhaps inevitable that Razer would add yet another gaming-focused peripheral to its ever-growing lineup, so it's not all that surprising to see the Razer Raptor 27, the company's first desktop monitor, emerge. The Razer Raptor will come with WQHD (2560×1440) IPS edge-to-edge panel with thin 2.3 mm bezels. Contrast ratio is at 1000:1, with 420 nits of brightness. The iconic black/green theme is throughout, while the base has a gorgeous fabric/metal backplate and Chrome-capable RGB lighting of course. The Raptor 27 is fairly expensive at about $700, which is a couple hundred dollars more than you might expect to pay for similarly-specced competing monitors on the market. The monitor will ship with acid green flat cables for the back ports. The big change from the previous model is that it It now features Nvidia's RTX mobile GPUs, going all the way up to the RTX 2080. As it turns out, that's just a fancy way of describing the one HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB Type-C, and two USB 3.0 Type-A cables that match the ports on the Razer 27. It also features a single-body aluminum base outfitted with channels in the back for cable management, and can be tilted back 90 degrees in order to easily reach the cable inputs underneath. Are any of you hoping to pick up a monitor upgrade this year?

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This announcement comes courtesy of TheNextWeb.com, which admits it broke Microsoft's embargo on the news a day early. Overall these changes should help GitHub continue to develop a healthy ecosystem of users.

There's no word on when or whether we'll see the 240 Hz or 4K OLED touch displays, but the Razer 27 is coming.

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