CES 2019: Razer Raptor Gaming Monitor announced, features FreeSync

Razer worked with partners on monitors before, but the Raptor is an attempt at fully expanding the brand into quality gaming monitors.

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Razer has established itself as a premier home for gaming hardware and is officially stepping into another market. At CES 2019, the company announced the 27-inch Raptor gaming monitor concept it is slated for release later in 2019. It will cost $699.99 and launches in the US and Canada first.

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“Razer has worked alongside partners in the past to bring the Razer experience to monitors, but the full potential was never fully realized.," said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan in the press release for the reveal. "We have decided to tackle this space on our own and are very excited to expand our presence to include desktop displays.”

The Raptor monitor is capable of ultra-wide viewing angles, features AMD Radeon FreeSync with 1ms motion blur reduction and a refresh rate up to 144 Hz, and is built with a forged aluminum base. Regarding FreeSync, even NVIDIA announced during CES 2019 that it would be making use of adaptive sync with FreeSync monitors.

Keeping with the brand's other hardware, the Raptor monitor has the expected Razer Chroma-powered LEDs that can be customized with the Synapse 3 application to sync with other Razer devices. Here are the Raptor's full specifications:

  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
  • Response Rate: 4 ms with Overdrive, 1 ms with Motion Blur reduction, 7 ms typical
  • Gaming Modes: FPS / Racing / MMO Mode / Streaming
  • Viewing Angle: 178 Degrees (H/V)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Brightness: up to 420 Nits
  • Color Gamut: 95% DCI-P3
  • HDR: Yes
  • Height Adjustable Stand: Yes, w/ 90-degree tilt for easy port access
  • Connectivity: 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DP 1.4, 1 x USB-C (supports DP1.4), 2 x USB 3.0 Pass Throughs
  • Included Cables: 1 x Power, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Display Port, 1 x USB-C (also supports DP and Power Delivery), 1 x 2 USB-A 3.1
  • Dimensions w/ Stand: 24.15″ (613.4 mm) W x 15.29 in. 19.23 in. (388.4 mm – 488.4 mm) H x 7.46 in. (189.4 mm) D
  • Weight w/ Stand: 25.4 lbs. (11.5 kg)
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Does the Razer Raptor pique your interest? If so, let us know in Chatty and look out for the launch later in 2019. Stay tuned to Shacknews for more updates from CES 2019.

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From The Chatty
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    January 7, 2019 9:02 AM

    Charles Singletary Jr posted a new article, CES 2019: Razer Raptor Gaming Monitor announced, features FreeSync

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      January 7, 2019 9:10 AM

      Hey PenicillinX57, it's 1440 rather than 1080, and 27" rather than 24" but otherwise this seems pretty darn close to what you were asking for yesterday (and for years prior, I know the feeling). And thankfully NVIDIA has announced they're finally gonna support FreeSync so that part shouldn't matter.

      Just to clarify, I was not involved in the marketing for this product, they're using "Raptor" generically, just like the trucks that I also do not commercially endorse.

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        January 7, 2019 9:17 AM

        If it wasn't Razor then I'd actually be optimistic. This is exactly what I'm looking for in my near future monitor.

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          January 7, 2019 9:30 AM

          Yeah, I had some bad experiences with mice and a headset of theirs, somehow already, eight years ago which, especially combined with their account required to use the customization app change in 2012, soured me on Razer (and I'm still not happy that NVIDIA decided to follow them with their change to the GForce Experience app).

          That said, Razer does occasionally take some neat risks and do cool things in the higher end arena. I remember Razer's two or three year flirtation with embedded-linked-touch-screen-device gaming laptops was fairly neat for devs and artists who used the combo a bit outside the box.

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            January 7, 2019 9:38 AM

            Razer makes some cool stuff but I can't get past their proprietary nature. Everything requires you to invest in their product as a service. I've had issues with their build quality on some stuff like you and I definitely don't appreciate the over the top GAMER style of their products.

            I'm hoping more manufacturers show off their 1440p 144hz 27" displays at CES as well. I need a monitor that's price isn't in the stratosphere but also fixes some of my qualms with the current crop of "budget" displays. I'll hold off on final judgement of this Razor monitor until people get their hands on it. Not holding my breath though.

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        January 7, 2019 10:11 AM

        Interesting...good to see more competition coming to that market space! The 1080p vs 1440p thing is a big deal, though. I'm a cheap ass. I want to maximize my framerate to cost ratio. The GPUs needed to drive 1440p at the same framerate as 1080p are commandingly more expensive. So I still feel like the manufacturers are missing out here on providing a high-quality 1080p display. It's a damn shame, because the TV industry makes the same mistake. They're always tying the high quality features (high refresh, better panel tech) to higher resolution.

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