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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The borders of the Razer Raptor 27 are incredibly thin on three sides, great for a multi-monitor setup.
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.
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.
The Razer Raptor 27 doesn't support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.
Great SDR peak brightness. This monitor should be able to overcome glare in any room.
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.
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.
Very good vertical viewing angles. There shouldn't be any issues looking at this monitor from above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Outstanding SDR color volume. It's mainly limited by the low contrast ratio, as it can't produce dark saturated colors very well.
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.
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.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for ten minutes, which is great.
The Razer Raptor 27 has outstanding gradient performance, with no noticeable banding in any shade.
Unfortunately, there are some signs of color bleed. This shouldn't be an issue with most content, though.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The 1440p, 27 inch screen is great for gaming or multitasking.
The single USB-C port supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and USB-C power delivery, but it's also the upstream port.
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.
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.
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.
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We don't know when the Razer Raptor 27 we reviewed was manufactured, but the product label can be seen here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.