Razer Launches Raptor 27, the First THX Certified PC Monitor

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Razer has announced a new 27-inch PC monitor that it says is the first in the industry to receive THX certification. It features a Quad HD (1440p) monitor with a 165Hz refresh rate, a one-millisecond response time, and covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

Razer says that this new monitor keeps the same design as its predecessor with a matte-black finish and forced aluminum base as well as a “high-end” textured fabric back and built-in cable management channels. As expected for a monitor made by a company primarily known for gaming, it also features Razer Chrome RGB lighting that can display up to 16.8 million colors with a variety of lighting effects. That lighting can be synchronized with other Synapse 3 compatible devices for a computing space with a connected and cohesive vibe. Synapse 3 can also be used to control the Raptor 27’s settings like color, contrast, and brightness.

While the aluminum base will appeal to some, Razer is also offering a Raptor VESA adapter which is sold separately but is designed to fit all Raptor models. It adds a VESA compatible mounting plate to the rear of the monitor and replaces the fitted base unit to allow the monitor to mount to a stand or bracket of the user’s choice.

The monitor uses a 165Hz wide-angle IPS display at Quad HD resolution — 1440p or 2560×1440 pixels — with support for both AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync adaptive synchronization technology. As far as color accuracy is concerned, the Raptor 27 promises to cover 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and supports HDR400 capability. Razer has not published how much of the sRGB color gamut it covers or what its maximum brightness is, though HDR400 requires it to at least hit 400 nits of peak brightness.

THX certification requires a display to undergo more than 400 individual tests to ensure color, tone, and images are displayed “as their creators intended.” To date, THX has not certified any other PC monitors, though last year TCL’s television line was the first to feature THX certification for its game mode.

The Razer Raptor is available for pre-order immediately from Razer.com for $800. No anticipated delivery date was provided at the time of publication.

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