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Razer Raptor 27 Review: Best-Looking Gaming Monitor

The Raptor 27 is a stunning first effort gaming monitor for Razer, combining high style and excellent performance in a solidly built package that’ll be the envy of fellow gamers.

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Many gaming monitors sport extra style and panache to make their intentions clear. But the Razer Raptor 27 outdoes them all. Not only are its capabilities on full display, it exudes a premium feel and elegance that’s simply unmatched. From its understated shapes and angles to the textures of its forged aluminum base and fabric-covered back, it looks like an expensive piece of hardware. Even the feel of its movements suggests high-end. It’s like pressing buttons and moving levers in a Honda Civic versus an Infiniti Q60. You know without looking that you’re interacting with something special.

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Fortunately, the Raptor 27 couples performance cred with its styling homerun. Running at a reliable 144Hz, the Raptor 27 keeps up with competing 144Hz and even 165Hz monitors. Then, it adds some of the best HDR we’ve seen in an edge-lit panel, along with a huge color gamut that enhances all content. Our only complaint is there’s no sRGB gamut mode for SDR accuracy. But many won’t have an issue with the oversaturated color.

Out-of-box grayscale accuracy is merely average, but with a few small adjustments to the RGB sliders (see our recommended settings), the Raptor 27 hits a standard that qualifies it for professional use. If you need a DCI-P3 reference monitor, this one hits the marks with a super-low average color error of 0.83dE. Meanwhile, the sRGB error is an acceptable 2.44dE. When we fired up our favorite and familiar games, we enjoyed the extra color saturation and excellent HDR contrast. And turning on HDR with SDR material brightened the environment and increased dynamic range without harming highlight or shadow detail.

The Raptor Razer 27 delivers high style and performance and premium build quality. Unless you spend a lot more money for a bleeding-edge tech screen, like the Acer Predator X27, Asus ROG PG27UQ or Alienware AW5520QF OLED monitor, you won’t find a better image than this. In the mid-priced gaming monitor category, it appears to have no equal.

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  • Brad1
    Why any monitor above bottom tier would be lacking a VESA mount is beyond me. Pass.
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  • Ninjawithagun
    HDR400 is a joke and shouldn't even exist. For a true HDR experience, HDR1000 is the milestone for which all HDR monitors should be measured.
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  • BrushyBill
    What panel does this Monitor actually use?
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  • sizzling
    BrushyBill said:
    What panel does this Monitor actually use?
    IPS
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  • sizzling
    Barely any better than monitors selling for £200 less. That’s Razer branding.
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  • BrushyBill
    sizzling said:
    Barely any better than monitors selling for £200 less. That’s Razer branding.
    Yeah I get that. I'm personally not a fan of Razer. I just wanted to know if anyone knew the specific Panel they used for this thing.
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