12.5 C
New York
Monday, May 25, 2020
Home News Razer Raptor 27 monitor review: Making monitors fun again

Razer Raptor 27 monitor review: Making monitors fun again

DT Recommended Product

Razer Raptor 27 monitor review: Making monitors fun again

Score Details

“With RGB lighting and an all-aluminum stand, the Razer Raptor 27 is an awesome and unique gaming monitor.”

  • Beautiful, flashy design
  • Fantastic gaming features
  • Sturdy build quality
  • 90-degree tilt for easy port access
  • Large footprint
  • Cable management made for Razer cables

You have every right to be skeptical about the the Razer Raptor 27.

It’s the company’s first attempt to build a stand-alone display. And it comes at a time when gaming-specific monitor features, like high refresh rates and G-Sync, have become common. It’s not inexpensive, either; at $699, this isn’t a purchase you’ll make casually.

Yet it will not disappoint you. Once I saw the unique design of it in person, once I witnessed its behemoth-like presence of it at my desk, and once I played games on it, I was convinced. Razer set out on a mission to build a truly unique monitor.

Mission accomplished.

Unabashedly Razer

The Raptor 27 is gorgeous. Not a millimeter of the product lacks detail, whether it’s the thin bezels that frame the screen, the menu system, the cloth-like texture of the back, or cable management. Not a single element feels rely on the cheap plastics and ho-hum design that’s so common among monitors.

Riley Young / Digital Trends

The Raptor’s base and stand are a single chunk of aluminum. And it’s a large chunk. The base and stand hold up the screen like someone who’s been bulking up their trapezoids at the gym. Even Apple’s 27-inch iMac, and it’s old Thunderbolt displays (rest in peace), aren’t as solid and robust.

The width of the stand is for more than just looks, though. It’s insanely sturdy and rigid, so if the screen wobbles, you can only blame your desk.

Raise the Raptor 27 to its highest point and you now have the ability to it flip back at a 90 degree angle.

Secondly, the wide stand creates space for one of the Raptor’s most interesting features. Built-in cable management. I’m sure you know how frustrating it can be to reach around the back of a monitor and feel for a cable or port. As someone that reviews a lot of PCs and monitors, it’s something I struggle with often.

Razer has an interesting solution to that problem.

Doing backflips

Once you raise the Raptor 27 to its highest point, you also have the ability to it flip back at a 90 degree angle. That provides quick and easy access to your ports, right from the front. You don’t have to crawl under your desk or spin around the monitor.

Admittedly, it can only flip back once the monitor is at the top of its height adjustment, and that requires some effort. I wish it lifted a hair quicker, but I can understand the decision. The stiff mechanism does a great job of keeping the monitor’s position exactly where you desire.

The monitor’s green cables, included in the box, run from the ports through a slot and then down the back of the stand. It looks like a Razer-green slip and slide. They’re even held in place by removable magnetic slats. Popping off the slats and squeezing the thin cables is, again, a process that requires some effort. But once it’s all in place, the look is undeniably cool, and your cables will never get tangled up.

Riley Young / Digital Trends

Being forced to use Razer’s flat, green cables is likely to be divisive. Not everyone will like the green color scheme, nor the flat design. You can, of course, use your own — they just won’t be guaranteed to fit under the stand’s slats.

Fortunately, the Raptor’s ports cover everything you could need. HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, and two USB-A ports are all along the bottom. Those USB ports are useful if you plan on using the Raptor with a laptop. There’s nothing quite like using the single-cable connection through USB-C, and then using those USB-A ports for peripherals.

The Raptor 27’s combination of a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync is the pinnacle of smooth PC gaming.

The one caveat with the USB-C port is charging. Many modern monitors can function both as a power and video source for your devices up to 25 watts, such as a 13-inch laptop. The Raptor 27 can only supply 15 watts, meaning it’s limited to smartphones and other smaller devices.

It’s a disappointment, but it’s not Razer’s fault. USB-C can’t deliver more than 100 watts of power, which wouldn’t be enough to power a gaming laptop, anyway. We’ll need another upgrade to the USB specification before that’s possible.

Gaming galore

Razer offers just one version of the Raptor 27. In other words, it has a singular vision for what it thinks gamers want in a gaming monitor.

The Raptor measures 27 inches diagonally, the most common size of monitor for gamers. For the average-sized desk, it’s not overly large, but it fills your field of view from that distance.

Riley Young / Digital Trends

What about resolution? The Raptor’s screen offers a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, which is another good choice. Gamers with powerful, updated systems can enjoy 1440p at max settings. 4K is still out of reach for most, and the last thing you want to do is pay a fortune for a feature you’ll never get to use. 1440p is a nice happy medium, especially since the Raptor 27 has a 144Hz refresh rate.

That means the screen can refresh up to 144 frames per second without skipping frames. In other words, it delivers extremely smooth visuals for your fast-paced gaming. There are monitors arriving with 240Hz refresh rates, but few games and systems will benefit from refresh rates that high.

The Raptor also features G-Sync, which ensures that you don’t experience screen tearing or artifacts. The combination of a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync is the pinnacle of smooth PC gaming.

The Raptor 27’s image quality is fantastic.

Games look fantastic. Thanks to the monitor’s resolution, great contrast, and vibrant colors, games of all sorts both play and look beautiful. Fast-paced action in Battlefield V or Assassin’s Creed benefit from that high refresh rate, while the high contrast ratio highlights the shadows of the environments.

You can find monitors that look better. The handful of OLED models available now, and throughout history, deliver better contrast. There’s also a select few 4K monitor, like the Acer Predator XB273K and Asus ROG Swift PG27PQ, that can defeat the Razer Raptor 27.

However, the Acer and Asus I just mentioned sell for $900 and $1,500 respectively. That’s a lot to pay for a monitor. Razer balances quality and price well. That’s a surprise. The Raptor 27 is a unique monitor, but its $699 price is a decent value relative to the monitor’s image quality and features.

Despite its surprisingly wide color space (100% sRGB and 91% AdobeRGB) and solid contrast, the Raptor hasn’t been calibrated for color precision. The average rate of color error was worse than monitors half this price. This is a common problem on monitors that have a very wide color gamut. Calibration can help tame that, but photo and video editors should take note. You may not be happy with the Razer Raptor 27 if you task it with professional work.

Our take

Razer only offers one option, and though it’s good, it’s also expensive. You can find cheaper monitors with similar specs and features out there. You won’t find one that have the polish of the Raptor 27, though, and that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Are there any alternatives?

The Dell 27 Gaming Monitor goes for $560, another 1440p gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync.

The closest direct competitor, though, is the Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ, which matches the Raptor 27 in every spec but sells for just $100 cheaper.

If you’re willing to downgrade to 1080p, one of the best alternatives is the new Samsung CRG5, which has a 240Hz refresh rate and G-Sync for just $400.

Want more options? Check out our favorite monitors of 2019.

How long will it last?

There’s no reason the Razer Raptor 27 shouldn’t last you at least five to ten years. Monitors tend to be reliable, and the Razer feels durable.

Should you buy it?

Yes. It’s a bit more expensive than some of its competitors, but it lives up to the quality and design I expect in a Razer product.


Google Accessibility expands with apps for cognitively impaired

Google Accessibility enables people with disabilities to get the most out of their smartphone via free apps. The tech giant now offers three new apps that can help the elderly or other people with cognitive impairments better use their phones with less effort.Google Accessibility – 3 new apps added to the mixGoogle Accessibility, as the name implies, targets enabling its audiences with different handicaps. In their latest blog post, Google talks about their efforts to further help people with cognitive issues by making their routine more streamlined and accessible.Action Blocks Action Blocks is the latest app on the Google Play Store. You can create customized spaces on the screen that on a single tap carry out an action for you. All of this from your home screen.You can create a dedicated block to dial a loved one without accessing the dialer app, or adjust the lighting in the room to a specific setting, all from the Action Blocks app.Live Transcribe The Live Transcribe app has been improved to add more languages to its list which include Albanian, Burmese, Estonian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi, and Uzbek. In addition, it also brings brand new features targeted to a new audience.Your phone will vibrate when someone nearby says your name.You can now add custom names or terms for different objects or places that might not be in the dictionary.A revised search bar lets you search through past conversations more easily. To enable it, turn on ‘Saving Transcriptions’ in Settings. When enabled, transcriptions will be saved on your device for three days in local storage.Sound AmplifierThe Sound Amplifier app now enables people who are hard of hearing to experience their favorite content with minimal disturbance. Users can now connect their Bluetooth headphones and place their phone near the source of the sound e.g. a television, to get the audio transmitted to their headphones without taking up the volume.The app also works for boosting the volume and clearing up the audio of apps on the phone. Whether you’re listening to music or watching a video on YouTube.With all of these additions, Google’s commitment to accessibility is indeed a commendable effort. Especially with many elders staying indoors due to the Corona Virus, these new features are a welcome addition.

Just $36.99, the ChronoWatch has full color display and 16 functions

Summer is quickly approaching, the stay-at-home restrictions are slowly lifting, and things are looking better. Now’s the time when you leave those lazy days behind and start exercising and getting more active.Now’s the time to pick up a new smart watch. Why? For starters, they’ll help keep track of things and hold you accountable. Not only that, but it can help cut your phone time down, too.Buying a new smart watch doesn’t have to cost all that much money. Take the ChronoWatch, for instance. Priced just $36.99, it offers up a full 1.4-inch color touch display, waterproof coating, and support for 16 different functions.Track sleep, steps, calories, blood pressure, distance, heart rate, and more with this affordable smart watch. Indeed, the ChronoWatch also provides glanceable weather, alarms, music controls, and notifications to popular apps.On top of all of this, it pairs via Bluetooth to both Android and iOS phones and offers up a seven day battery.ChronoWatchTrack your daily activity, including steps, calories burned, mileage & heart rateMonitor your blood pressure & blood oxygen levelsWear it anywhere, anytime thanks to its sweat & waterproof designControl phone calls & musicGet alerts for SMS, Facebook & moreView the time, date & week on the sleek 1.4-inch screen displayBuy Yours Today!Stop over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and order your ChronoWatch for just $36.99, a savings of some 81% off original retail price.For a limited time (until May 26), you can save an additional 20% on the ChronoWatch, getting it for a mere $29.60 after it’s all done. Simply use coupon code SUMMERSAVE20 at checkout. You’re welcome.

Realme X50 Pro Play brings Snapdragon 865, 90Hz, and more for $400

Realme on Monday announced its X50 Pro Play on Chinese social media site Weibo. The phone brings a lot of flagship-tier specs and features but for a low price of $400. The only catch here is that it’s currently exclusive to China, with plans to expand in Europe to follow.Realme X50 Pro Play – Irresistible hardware and priceThe Realme X50 Pro Play has just been announced, and to say it is loaded with a world of features would not do it justice. Even though the phone is a less-expensive option to the Realme X50 Pro, it brings a lot to the table, while keeping the price very affordable.In a market where a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 starts at above $600, Realme has proven yet again that competition in the market is indeed healthy.Here are the specs of the phone:CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8656.44″ fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, w/ 90Hz refresh rateAndroid 10 powered by the Realme UI6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM options4200mAh battery (65W SuperDart fast wired charging)Back cameras: 48-MP main camera, 8-MP ultrawide, 2-MP macro, 2-MP depth.Front camera: 16-MP main camera, 2-MP depthPhone color options: Black and SilverPricing6GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $3808GB RAM + 128GB ROM= $42012GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $460The inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 means that the phone has 5G capabilities, which makes it yet another great phone for the emerging 5G market that’s garnering across the world.In the past, Realme has shown itself to be a contender for releasing strong hardware at attractive prices. The Realme X50 Pro Play does have a lot going for it, and the only real problem with this phone would be its availability.A good majority of the hardware is found in flagship-tier phones, but competing brands like Redmi and Realme deliver premium hardware in a mid-tier price range. In the end, the only problem that comes is availability.The phone is set to launch in China first on June 1st. Soon after, Realme will expand the phone to Europe and other regions.What are your thoughts on the Realme X50 Pro Play? Let us know in the comments section below!

Motorola RAZR 2 leak reveals a Snapdragon 765 chipset, 2845mAh battery

It could debut sometime in the third quarter of the year.What you need to knowThe second-generation Motorola RAZR smartphone could