Game mark Razer has a reputation for overload and equally outlandish prices. So it was a nice surprise to hear a CES representative say the company's upcoming game monitor, first for Razer, will be priced at about $ 700.
I expected the 27-inch panel set for games and colored as a Stealth jet with rainbow land effects, costing over $ 1000. But assuming that Razer is sticking to its projected price when "Raptor" is launched sometime later this year, it will be competitive with most of its contemporaries who match their specifications.
The 27-inch display uses ra-uh, paper thin-side fittings, with only a slightly thicker bottom that is still slimmer than most gaming monitors on the market. It's not the only difference: Razer uses an IPS panel for the 2560 × 1440 screen. That resolution is a popular choice for players (preferably juggling sharp images and GPU trunk), but the panel type is not. IPS is more vivid and accurate, but slower, so players ten go for VA panels with sub-5ms input storage. Razer says it's set on the Raptor IPS panel to have only 1ms response time, among the best in the market for any panel type, while keeping the maximum color space for HDR and 400 light levels. The refresh rate goes up to 144Hz.
And when it comes to update speeds, the screen includes G-SYNC … type of. Technically, it is adaptively synchronized, more commonly labeled "FreeSync" with AMD's Radeon card, as it does not include the expensive extra processing site from NVIDIA to enable G-SYNC and its demolition frame synchronization technology. But here at CES NVIDIA, a "G-SYNC-compliant program" was announced that certifies a very selected group of adaptive sync screens for its standard. Razer Raptor is the first monitor that will be built from scratch to pass these tests and be G-SYNC compliant from the box, no extra hardware required.
We would be asked if we did not mention the monitor's styling. The Chroma-compatible LED lights integrated in the base are actually the least interesting of it: Razer sells mouse pads and underlays with the same function. No, it's the stand that got our attention. A simple line of aluminum sweeps up from the rectangular base to the back of the screen in an appealing display of minimalism.
That's not to say that the stand lacks functions. While the screen does not have any VESA mounts, it can slide up and own about five inches and tilt forward and back to generous degrees. We especially love Razer's cable management system, which holds power, video and data cables in dedicated tracks that would make a data center architect green with envy. The contrasting cables are nice and yes, they come in the box. The input panel accepts HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-C, with power for USB-C laptops and an old-fashioned breakthrough for two USB-A ports.
One of the more subtle touches is the thin screen is back. Running your hands along it feels like the grippy bottom of a nice mousepad. And you do a lot if you adjust for different games, easier with a joystick OSD controls on the back (see the latest Samsung game monitor designs for a similar feature).
The overall package is undoubtedly appealing, even if you are not a member of the self-described "Cult of Razer". If Razer can keep its estimated price and deliver on its demand for a 1ms IPS panel, expect Raptor to adorn many gamers' battlestations later this year. Don't be surprised to see smaller and larger Raptor variants appear.