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Razer Raptor 27: beautiful and catastrophic

Razer Raptor 27: beautiful and catastrophic

You can love one brand and hate another. Razer is one of the brands that can be described as “divisive”. Divisive because it is often identified by a part of the PC gaming community as the “Apple of the PC world”: expensive products boosted with massive marketing. But it’s also divisive because in the middle of all this, we sometimes find interesting and really endearing products.

The Razer Raptor 27 could be one of them with a really audacious design, which dates back to 2019 but which benefits in 2021 from a “refresh” with notably a slab capable of supporting 165Hz. The slab thus allows you to enjoy a resolution of 1440P at 165Hz thanks to the latest miracles of IPS, which is entering the gaming monitor market in force.

Razer Raptor 27: a beautiful product…

The display comes with quite a few standards and certifications with adaptive sync via Nvidia G-Sync Compatible and AMD FreeSync Premium at the forefront. HDR 400 and 95% DCI-P3 coverage are included. With the marketing bullshit never far away, it’s even been THX certified “to ensure that the image displayed is as true to the source as possible.” Razer claims that its Raptor 27 is the first monitor in the world to receive this certification.

Razer Raptor 27

The number one argument of this screen is its design: ultra original and, dare we say it, BEAUTIFUL. It’s quite rare to be able to get excited about the design of a product in the PC world, but honestly, it’s something that happens more often with a Razer product. The overall design and build quality of this screen immediately caught our attention from our first meeting at CES 3 years ago.

The presence of such a screen in a set-up illuminates the whole, it’s indisputable… But the purpose of a screen is not to be primarily an object of decoration… but a technical disaster

Because let’s get to the heart of the matter: a 27″ billed at 999,99€ must have more to offer us than a high-flying plumage. And that’s where things get complicated. The price is obviously disproportionate but the qualities of this screen are also catastrophic. First of all, the colorimetric rendering is dramatic according to the tests made by Techspot. So much so that our colleague wonders if the THX certification is not simply a swindle. But things don’t stop there, since the response time performance is below what we find on monitors with prices between 300 and 450€ like the LG 27GL850. In short, it seems inconceivable to buy this screen even with a price divided by 2. This is a harsh and rather incomprehensible observation, especially when you want to offer premium products.

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