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Razer Raptor 27″ Monitor Review

Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Monitor

The Razer Raptor 27″ Gaming Monitor is by far one of the best choices on the market today for a picture-perfect WQHD display. I was first turned onto this monitor when I was looking for something under $1000 with a high refresh rate, good response time, large in size, and great display. The fact that it has RGB lights on the base was really intriguing for me.

A lot of the monitors in this price range have a good display but had too many reviews about backlight bleeding or dead pixels, which is why I went with the Razer Raptor 27″. Based on what I’d heard about it, there was little risk of defect, and so far, I can say that that’s true.

Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Monitor Pixel Perfect Display
Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Monitor Pixel Perfect Display

In our review today, we’ll tell you in detail all the great features it comes with, why I love it so much, but of course, we’ll tell you about any issues as well. By the end of it, you’ll have a full picture of what this monitor is capable of.


What I Love About The Razer Raptor 27″

When this monitor first arrived at my house, I was shocked by how heavy the box was. It reminded me of when I bought my latest PC case, which is made out of solid metal. The entire monitor stand on the Razer Raptor 27″ is made of solid aluminum, which looks nice & feels extremely durable.

The backside of the monitor is made with some sort of nylon-like material… I’m not really sure what it is, but it feels fancy as heck. I’ve never had a monitor that wasn’t either metal or plastic, so that was a cool surprise.

What’s especially cool about this monitor is it comes with every type of connection cable that it supports, in the signature Razer Green color, as demonstrated in the picture below. This adds an extra level of pizazz to your setup. As you’ll also see, they use detachable metal plates on the stand which cover the wires, offering premium cable management.

Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Monitor Built In Cable Management
Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Monitor Built In Cable Management

Another great feature that you’ll notice on the base of the Razer Raptor 27″ is the RGB lights that go around it. They’re pretty bright, but not too bright. They give off a nice glow, with an entire piece of software you can install to customize. I personally have it on the default cycling mode.

The stand is ergonomically designed to lift up & down, with the ability to tilt back. As you’ll see in the demonstration below, it’s capable of tilting a full 90 degrees, which is actually necessary to connect the cables.

Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Monitor With Adjustable Stand
Razer Raptor 27 Gaming Monitor With Adjustable Stand

As for the display, (the most important part, of course), it’s absolutely perfect. The Razer Raptor 27″ gives you everything you would expect from a gaming monitor 144hz, with no choppy framerates or flickering. If you’re playing on high frame rates, this monitor can handle it. I’ve used 27″ monitors a lot in the past, but something about this one looks huge. A friend of mine, who also has a 27″ monitor, had the same feeling as I when they saw it, so it’s not just me!

On top of the high refresh rate & 1ms response time, you get both v-sync & free-sync, compatible with NIVIDA & AMD GPU’s. You’re going to get some seriously smooth gameplay with this machine.

I have an iMac with a 4k display, and when I put it next to my Razer Raptor 27″, you cannot tell the difference. The clarity of the image on this monitor is highly impressive, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

Razer Raptor 27 Wide Color Gamut
Razer Raptor 27 Wide Color Gamut

You’ll find the display offers really vibrant and rich coloring thanks to the wide color gamut with 95% DCI-P3 & HDR400 support. This means that they’re meeting the top of the line standards for their internal color spectrum, which results in the boldest imaging you could ask for.

All around, I’m truly amazed by the number of features & level of detail this monitor offers. When you’re spending this kind of money, it’s normal to worry that you’re not getting the best bang for your buck, but after comparing the Razer Raptor 27″ with others in the same price range, it was easy to decide.


What Could Be Improved

The one major flaw with the Razer Raptor 27″ is the incompatibility with VESA mounts. If you don’t know what a VESA mount is, it’s the type that allows you to hang monitors or TVs onto walls. Some gaming desks also have VESA stands on them to give a floating monitor effect.

It’s definitely both surprising and disappointing that such a beautiful monitor wouldn’t support this feature. It’s not a feature I use anyway, and if you don’t either, then it shouldn’t be an issue.

I’ve also used monitors that had more intelligent dimming systems and light customization on the screen, particularly with HDR mode active. That being said, you can still do most of what you could ever need.


Summary

Overall, we’re looking at an amazing gaming monitor. The Razer Raptor 27″ gives you such an amazing, clear IPS-grade display that’ll make your games look better than ever. Given that the only real issue I can find with it is the lack of VESA compatibility should speak volumes for this monitor.

In my honest opinion, this monitor is one of the best WQHD gaming monitors out there, and the only way I can really see it improving is by having a higher refresh rate or larger display.

If you end up buying one, let us know in the comments below how it’s working for you! We also enjoy seeing pictures of your setups, so feel free to show us! Your feedback means a lot to the team at Gaming Notion, and helps us further help our future viewers.

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