Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
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Razer announces its first gaming monitor, the Razer Raptor

Razer announces its first gaming monitor, the Razer Raptor

United Kingdom pricing and availability for the Razer Raptor have yet to be confirmed, with the company setting a U.S. recommended retail price of $699.99 (around £550 excluding tax) and a launch 'later this year' once the design has been finalised. The panel averages 420 nits of brightness, covers 95 percent of the DCI-P3 spectrum and has a 1000:1 contrast ratio.

Razer has announced an all-new gaming monitor designed for eSports, and it's calling it the Razer Raptor. The IPS screen itself is 27-inch with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, and it stretches edge to edge with no bezels. Beyond that, it has a 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate and support for FreeSync- something that Nvidia GPU owners will be able to take advantage of in the future. But the monitor alone is not the whole story regarding Razer and its focus on display tech at CES 2019. For now, Razer is calling it an "early design phase model". It emits a rainbow glow under the stand, and you can configure it and/or sync the lighting with other Razer gear via Synapse 3 software.

Perhaps the most interesting new features is the monitor's interesting cable management system.

These ports include an HDMI 2.0a port, a DisplayPort (unspecified standard), a USB-C port that can be used to charge mobile devices and can be used as another DisplayPort, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and a headphone jack.

Around back, Razer has included channels to route cables, and a company rep told us flat cables will come with the monitor in the box. Even better, however, is the panel tilts upwards 90 degrees, letting you connect them from the front instead of from the back, which is an infinitely easier experience.

Regardless, if you're simply a huge Razer fan (or you have cash to burn), you can look forward to snagging the Raptor 27 later this year, though we don't have a specific release date yet.

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