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Razer Raptor 27 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:18 am
Razer Raptor 27 Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
7.9
Mixed Usage
7.8
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.9
Multimedia
7.9
Media Creation
7.1
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Razer Raptor 27 is a great 1440p gaming monitor. It has an impressive design, with outstanding build quality, a unique and impressive cable management system, and Razer's signature RGB lighting feature in the base. Like most IPS monitors, it has wide viewing angles, but a low contrast ratio, so it's not the best choice for gaming in a dark room. It has outstanding low input lag and a great response time, but there's a bit more motion blur than most 144Hz gaming monitors. The Raptor 27 also has great peak brightness and can display a wide color gamut, delivering a decent HDR gaming experience. Unfortunately, it has poor accuracy out of the box.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

Overall, the Razer Raptor is a very good monitor for most uses. It has wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and excellent gray uniformity, making it a good choice for office or multimedia use. It's a great gaming monitor, with low input lag and a fast response time. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so it doesn't look as good in a dark room.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.8 Office

The Razer Raptor 27 is a good office monitor. It has wide viewing angles and great screen real estate. Unfortunately, the stand has a limited range of motion, so it might be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position, and it has only decent reflection handling. It has great peak brightness, though, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most offices.

See our Office recommendations
8.3 Gaming

This is a great gaming monitor. It has a fast refresh rate, outstanding low input lag, and the 27", 1440p screen allows you to see more fine details in your favorite games. The Raptor has a great response time, but there's a bit more blur behind fast-moving objects than most similar monitors. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and it's NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible certified, great if you have a recent NVIDIA graphics card.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.9 Multimedia

The Razer Raptor 27 is a very good monitor for multimedia. It has a great amount of screen real estate, outstanding low input lag, and wide viewing angles, great for sharing the latest trends with some friends. It only has decent reflection handling, but it's bright enough that glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, due to the low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.9 Media Creation

This is a very good monitor for media creation. It has wide viewing angles, outstanding low input lag, and a fast response time. It also has a great amount of screen real estate, so you can see more of your project at once and spend less time scrolling or zooming.

See our Media Creation recommendations
7.1 HDR Gaming

This is a decent monitor for gaming in HDR. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room, but it has decent peak brightness in HDR and it can display a wide color gamut. The Razer Raptor has great gaming performance, with outstanding low input lag and a great response time.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.9 Multimedia
  • 7.9 Media Creation
  • 7.1 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Excellent design and impressive build quality.
  • Low input lag and a great response time.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Poor accuracy out of the box.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
N/A
Weight (with stand)
24.3 lbs (11.0 kg)

The Razer Raptor 27 has an excellent design. It's extremely well-built, with a solid stand, a unique RGB lighting feature in the base, thin bezels, and outstanding cable management. The only downside to its design is the limited range of motion on the stand, and it can't be VESA mounted.

Design
Stand
Width
13.0" (33.0 cm)
Depth
7.5" (19.1 cm)

The stand is large but supports the monitor extremely well. The base is thin enough that you can still place small objects in front of it, and there's a unique RGB feature around the base. The stand supports the monitor well, but there's still a bit of wobble.

5.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.8" (12.2 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -90° to 5°

Unfortunately, the Razer Raptor 27 has disappointing ergonomics. It has a decent height adjustment range and an outstanding tilt range, but the base can't swivel, and it can't be rotated to portrait orientation.

Design
Back
Wall Mount No Mount

The back of the monitor has a high-end fabric finish, and it feels extremely well-built. There are grooves along the back of the base that provide outstanding cable management. Unfortunately, the stand can't be removed easily, and it can't be VESA mounted.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.2" (0.5 cm)

The borders of the Razer Raptor 27 are incredibly thin on three sides, great for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.3" (18.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
N/A
9.0
Design
Build Quality

This monitor is extremely well-built. Most of the frame is made of metal, and the back is covered in a premium texture cloth. The stand wobbles a little bit where it attaches to the back, but this shouldn't cause any issues.

Picture Quality
6.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1211 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Like most IPS monitors, the Razer Raptor 27 has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray. This is especially noticeable in a dark room.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Razer Raptor 27 doesn't support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
342 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
363 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
363 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Great SDR peak brightness. This monitor should be able to overcome glare in any room.

7.2
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
476 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
510 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
514 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
515 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
516 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
516 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
507 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
512 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
514 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
515 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
515 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

The Razor Raptor 27 has decent peak brightness in HDR. Small highlights in some scenes stand out a bit, but it isn't quite bright enough. The Raptor is a bit brighter than the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD.

7.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
41 °
Color Shift from Right
43 °
Brightness from Left
48 °
Brightness from Right
50 °
Black Level from Left
75 °
Black Level from Right
75 °
Curve Radius N/A

Like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. This is great for co-op gaming, or even if you like to sit close to the screen.

7.7
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
23 °
Color Shift from Above
24 °
Brightness from Below
30 °
Brightness from Above
31 °
Black Level from Below
75 °
Black Level from Above
75 °

Very good vertical viewing angles. There shouldn't be any issues looking at this monitor from above.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.450 %
50% DSE
0.101 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.377 %
5% DSE
0.040 %

Excellent gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the rest, but this shouldn't be very noticeable with most content.

5.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.325 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Razer Raptor 27 has disappointing black uniformity. There's clouding throughout the screen, but not very much backlight bleed around the edges, which is good. This is mainly noticeable in dark content in a dark room.

4.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
MMO
Luminance
221 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
70
Contrast Setting
50
RGB controls
50-50-50
Color Temperature
5633 K
White Balance dE
5.32
Color dE
5.03
Gamma
2.23

Unfortunately, the Razer Raptor 27 has poor accuracy out of the box. Most scenes are displayed at the correct brightness, which is good, but there are significant inaccuracies in shades of gray and many colors.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
104 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
50
Contrast Setting
48
RGB Controls
44-46-50
Color Temperature
6559 K
White Balance dE
0.56
Color dE
0.38
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the Razer Raptor 27 has excellent accuracy. Any remaining inaccuracies aren't noticeable.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.6 %
Adobe RGB xy
86.0 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Custom (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom

Excellent SDR color gamut, with perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used by most content. It also has excellent coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space used for some professional photo editing.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
98.0 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
91.2 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom

Outstanding SDR color volume. It's mainly limited by the low contrast ratio, as it can't produce dark saturated colors very well.

7.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
82.9 %
Rec. 2020 xy
70.4 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'

The Razer Raptor 27 has a very good HDR color gamut, with great coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content.

6.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
68.3 %
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
52.7 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'

Mediocre HDR color volume. Unfortunately, colors aren't as bright in HDR as pure white, and it can't display dark, saturated colors very well.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for ten minutes, which is great.

10
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The Razer Raptor 27 has outstanding gradient performance, with no noticeable banding in any shade.

7.7
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.454 %

Unfortunately, there are some signs of color bleed. This shouldn't be an issue with most content, though.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

This monitor has decent reflection handling, similar to the Acer Predator X27 and the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD.

Motion
8.6
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
5.4 ms
100% Response Time
12.8 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Weak

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Photo
Weak Chart Photo
Strong Chart Photo

The Razer Raptor 27 has a great response time, but it's a bit slower than most similar monitors, including the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD. This results in a slightly more noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.

Like most monitors, the level of overdrive can be adjusted. We recommend the 'Weak' setting, as it offers the clearest motion with the least amount of overshoot. The 'Strong' setting has less noticeable motion blur, but there's significant overshoot in some transitions, resulting in noticeable artifacts in some scenes.

9.8
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
60 Hz

The Razer Raptor has a flicker-free backlight at all brightness settings. There's an optional Black Frame Insertion (BFI) that can improve the appearance of motion. Like most FreeSync monitors, this feature isn't available if FreeSync is enabled. The setting that controls this features is called Motion Blur Reduction.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

This monitor has an excellent fast refresh rate. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, and it has an excellent wide VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.1 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
8.3 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.0 ms
10 bit HDR
6.7 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
4.2 ms

The Razer Raptor 27 has outstanding low input lag, resulting in an extremely responsive gaming experience. Even when gaming at 60Hz the input lag is extremely low, which is great for console gamers.

If input lag is important to you and you want the best gaming experience possible, check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice.

8.4
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

The 1440p, 27 inch screen is great for gaming or multitasking.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick

The single USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and USB-C power delivery, but it's also the upstream port.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
HDR10 Yes
Multiple input display
PIP + PBP

The Razer Raptor has a few additional features. It can overlay a refresh rate counter, and it has a unique RGB feature around the base. The RGB feature can only be controlled through Razer's Synapse software, and the USB upstream cable must be connected to your computer.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

A single joystick nub is used to navigate the on-screen display, similar to the one found on LG's UltraGear monitors, like the LG 27GL850.

Features
In The Box

  • Manual
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-A extender
  • USB-C cable
  • Power Adapter and cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" Razer Raptor 27, model number RZ39-0276, which is the only monitor made by Razer at this time.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Raptor 27 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
Raptor 27 27" 1440p 144Hz FreeSync, G-SYNC Compatible

We don't know when the Razer Raptor 27 we reviewed was manufactured, but the product label can be seen here.

Compared to other monitors

The Razer Raptor is a great gaming monitor with an impressive design, but slightly worse motion handling than most similar models. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 27 inch gaming monitors, and the best 1440p 144Hz monitors. See also our recommendations for the best gaming mice and the best gaming keyboards.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
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The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is slightly better than the Razer Raptor 27. The ASUS has much better ergonomics, motion handling, and color accuracy, but the Razer has a significantly better build quality and supports HDR. Also, the ASUS has a slightly higher contrast ratio, better black uniformity, and significantly better reflection handling.

LG 27GL850-B
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B&H

The LG 27GL850-B is slightly better than the Razer Raptor 27. The 27GL850-B has a much faster response time, resulting in much clearer motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. The Razer Raptor has an optional black frame insertion feature, though, which can help improve the appearance of motion. The LG also has a slightly more adjustable stand, and it can be VESA mounted.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ
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The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ and the Razer Raptor 27 are very similar for most uses, but the PG279QZ is better for gaming. The ASUS has much better ergonomics, so it's easier to adjust the screen to your ideal viewing position. The ASUS also has a much faster response time, resulting in clearer motion with less blur. The Razer Raptor has an incredible design, and unlike the ASUS it supports HDR, delivering a decent HDR gaming experience.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ
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Newegg.com

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is better than the Razer Raptor 27. The ASUS has a higher native refresh rate, and a faster response time, resulting in clearer motion with less blur behind fast-moving objects. The ASUS also has a more adjustable stand, and it can be VESA mounted. The Razer, on the other hand, has a nicer design, with a unique RGB lighting feature around the base.

Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD
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The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is slightly better than the Razer Raptor 27, and it's a bit better for gaming. The Aorus has a more adjustable stand, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position. The Aorus also has a faster response time, resulting in slightly clearer motion, with less blur behind fast-moving objects.

Pixio PX7 Prime
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Razer Raptor 27 and the Pixio PX7 Prime are very similar overall. The PX7 Prime has a slightly faster refresh rate and slightly clearer motion,  but it lacks an optional black frame insertion feature. The PX7 Prime has better ergonomics, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position.

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