Razer has announced a new 27-inch Raptor game monitor in its E3 2021 program, a follow-up to its sleek game monitor from a few years ago.
The new monitor is a similar exchange to the previous model, although there is a noticeable improvement. The new Raptor is capable of 165Hz, an increase from the previous 144Hz. It's unclear if this is the result of a completely new board or a moderate out-of-the-box overclock, but I guess the latter as the remaining specifications are almost identical.
|Razer Raptor 27|
|Screen size||27 inches|
|Response time||1 ms|
|Price||$ 800 / £ 800 / € 1,000|
That said, now Razer is promoting the Raptor as the world’s first with THX certification. This means that Razer has put this panel through a lot of testing, 400 of them, to ensure that it meets certain image quality standards.
Given that there haven’t been many specific modifications between the old Raptor and the new Raptor – DCI-P3 remains at 95% constant on seemingly matched IPS panels – I’m not sure if much has changed materially to get the THX certification. Still, you can at least trust that this monitor meets a good standard.
I used the older Raptor model a while ago, and I have to say it's the stand that will win the most. It’s sleek, needless to say, and includes rear cable channels and a folding arm design. Oh, and RGB, of course. It takes up valuable desktop space on a normal game monitor stand, but hey, what will some do for a 1337 player setup.
Support is being extended for the new Raptor 27, so you’ll want to check the update frequency before going to the checkout to make sure you’re getting the latest version. Conversely, if the previous model comes out a little cheaper, the 144Hz is also very good.
Before you go, there’s a new VESA Razer mounting adapter, if you want to get rid of the nice bracket you paid for a mounting arm or something. To each his own. They are $ 100 (£ 100 / € 100).
Both will be available in the early third quarter of 2021.