What you need to know
- Razer is updating its popular Raptor 27 gaming monitor for 2021.
- The new version keeps the same award-winning design, but adds THX certification, and a 165Hz refresh rate.
- Razer is also now selling a $99 VESA adapter for all Raptor 27 models
- Pre-orders start today for $799.99.
Now, 2.5 years later, Razer is giving the Raptor 27 a boost with a new edition that improves the hardware all-around while slightly increasing the pricing by $100. Here’s what’s new with the latest Raptor 27 and why we’re still excited for it.
The new Razor Raptor 27 (2021)
Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central
New for this year is an optional VESA adapter, 165Hz, and THX certification.
But there are a few notable changes for 2021. For one, the refresh rate is now bumped from 144Hz to 165Hz. While not a huge deal, when combined with newer NVIDIA RTX 30 series cards, the higher refresh ceiling is a welcomed addition. The 1ms response time remains the same.
The Raptor 27 is also now “the world’s first THX-certified gaming monitor.” Granted, Razer owns THX, but the companies operate independently. So, what does that label mean? It is effectively a system where THX ensures each display that leaves the factory meets stringent standards set by Razer. Specifically, each display undergoes “more than 400 individual tests to ensure color, tone, and images are displayed as their creators intended, for a stunning picture quality and level of detail.” So it is a lot like factory calibration but more rigorous.
|Screen size||27 inches|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 (WQHD)
|Refresh rate||165 Hz|
|Factory calibrated||Yes (THX Certified)|
178° wide viewing angles
|Brightness||420 cd/m² (350 typical)|
|VESA||Yes (optional adapter)|
|Ports||One DisplayPort 1.4
One HDMI 2.0b
Two USB Type-A 3.2 Passthrough
One USB Type-C PD (DP1.4 in Alt-mode)
That VESA adapter also works with the older version of Raptor 27, so no need to rush out and buy a new display just for that feature.
The optional VESA adapter lets you put the Raptor 27 on a mounting poll of your choice.Source: Razer
Pre-orders start today, with shipping in the coming weeks. The price does go up to $799 so you may want to scoop up a few of the older models if those new features don’t matter so much.
A perfect balance
Razer Raptor 27
Perfect for gaming or graphics work
Razer’s refreshed Raptor 27 (2021) delivers a 27-inch anti-glare WQHD monitor with exceptional color accuracy, brightness, and a sweet 165Hz adaptive refresh sync that will satisfy AMD and NVIDIA fans. But the excellent cable management, unique look, and RGB lighting seal the deal.
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