Razer is still relatively new to the monitor market. After the already hugely popular Razer Raptor of 2019 refresh the 27-inches now. The focus this time is on the color representation, while gaming features are not neglected. The 2021 Raptor is one of the first monitors to be officially THX certified.
The certificate awarded by the famous Hollywood effects company stands for a highly accurate color representation. This means that the Raptor 27 is particularly suitable for the content creator target group, who not only play games on their monitor but also edit videos. The white point is almost perfect, and the color space coverage in the DCI-P3 color space, which is important for videos, is an excellent 95.5%. Luminosity and sharpness are also at the top level. With QHD resolution, it’s not that easy to achieve high frame rates in demanding games.
It is, therefore, all the more pleasing that with fluctuating frame rates, AMD FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync (via driver-side compatibility) intervene and keep the scrolling smooth, depending on the graphics card used. Ergonomics has fallen victim to the desire for design extravagance: the solid base does not allow for height adjustment.
See detailed review: Razer Raptor 27 (2021)
Gigabyte puts the full focus on gaming with its 27-inch G27FC. The curved monitor hardly allows itself any weaknesses here. With a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz and synchronization with AMD and Nvidia graphics cards (G-Sync Compatible), you will experience an extremely smooth and impressive gaming experience.
For some, the offered Full HD resolution may be a bit too low considering the size of the screen, but the majority of gamers will be more than happy. You can also tease out some sharpness in the image settings. The rest of the equipment is also impressive. The most important ergonomic functions are available, three graphic interfaces are offered, and the two USB ports even have a quick charge function.
Thanks To The Narrow Screen Bezels; the G27FC is also a serious option for multi-monitor use. There is nothing to complain about in terms of price; you get a lot here as a gamer.
Pros and Cons
|Razer Raptor 27 (2021)
|165 Hz QHD panel
|Excellent performance in games
|Very good color representation
|Wide range of interfaces
|FreeSync and G-Sync compatible
|Class Value for money
|No built-in speakers
|Somewhat cheap-looking choice of material
|Not height adjustable
|A higher resolution would have been nice
|Razer Raptor 27 (2021)
|6 April 2021
|613 x 362 x 40.55 mm
|610 x 367 x 84 mm
|2560 x 1440 pixels
|1920 x 1080 pixels
|2 x USB 3.2 (downstream)
1 x USB 3.2 (upstream)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Displayport 1.4
1 x 3.5 mm Out
|2 x USB 3.0 (downstream)
1 x USB 3.0 (upstream)
2 x HDMI 1.4
1 x Display Port 1.2
1 x 3.5 mm
|2 x 2 W
|Pixels Per Inch
|60 W (average)
|55 W (maximum)
Razer Raptor 27 is equipped with a 165Hz fast panel. We recommend setting it to the maximum Overdrive setting for gamers, as pixel persistence is still a bit noticeable. The high refresh rate creates a feeling of playing at your fingertips, and a small input lag is also considered an advantage. FreeSync Premium and G-Sync Compatible support prevent frame tearing.
An important advantage of the Raptor Raptor 27 (165 Hz) is high-quality color reproduction. The white point temperature was almost perfect; the DeltaE deviation was within the normal range. The coordinates of the color spaces also matched well if you selected them separately in the menu. So the new Razer 27-inch monitor is also suitable for content creation professionals. Brightness and contrast were expected from an IPS, although the matte anti-reflective coating slightly reduces the subjectively perceived contrast level. There is a DisplayHDR 400 certification, but you should not expect spectacular HDR playback.
Overall, the Razer Raptor 27 (165Hz) looks good on a desktop, is built to last, and offers great color reproduction. And even without THX modes, which seem redundant to us. The pixel persistence could be slightly less for games, but the input lag is small, and the rest of the characteristics are quite convincing. Do not forget that a 27-inch monitor costs a lot.
The Gigabyte G27FC: Due to the high contrast value, the rich black, the good color representation, and the high refresh rate of 165 Hertz, games look very good and display as soft as butter thanks to image synchronization.
However, I cannot recommend it without further ado for operation, primarily as an office monitor. On the one hand, this is due to the Full HD resolution, which in my opinion, is hardly up-to-date for text and writing. On the other hand, this is due to the formation of streaks and ghosting. This is difficult to avoid due to the VA technology, even if Gigabyte tries to counteract this as best it can.
At around 240 USD, the G27FC offers great overall features and an image quality package. The icing on the cake is the support for Freesync and G-Sync (via G-Sync Compatible), which guarantees an always steady picture without picture tearing when gaming.