We all knew this was coming. Razer has released their first gaming monitor, marking this the first time the gaming hardware manufacturing company's entrance into the standalone display space.
Announced at CES 2019, Razer confirmed the Razer Raptor which will be released later this year with a price tag of US$699.99. As expected, it's a heavy price tag from Razer, but that just means the Raptor is bound to come with tech that would enhance any gamer's experience
Raptor has a 27-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and between a 1ms (with Motion Blur reduction) and 7ms (typical) response rate. The screen reaches a brightness of up to 420 nits, and it supports HDR (although Razer hasn’t specified which HDR standard, specifically). There is one downside; the monitor only supports AMD’s FreeSync tech, not Nvidia G-Sync. So people with Nvidia may want to skip out on this monitor for now.
In terms of design, you can expect the Chroma colours that is Razer's branding at the bottom. You can adjust the height and swivel the monitor to 90 degrees and you can access the chords and connections easily without having to move much. There are super thin bezels around the display to make the screen look wider, and also comes with an integrated cord management system on the back. The monitor also includes special flat, Razer green-colored cables for managing inputs without spoiling the design (specifically, a power cord, HDMI, Displayport, USB-C and USB-A).
In terms of actual performance and reviews, Razer has not allowed that just yet so we will have to wait and see. Until then, it's definitely something to keep an eye on for Razer products this year. In the meantime, you can find out more about the Razer Raptor on their official website.