CES 2019: Razer dives into the monitor game and refreshes the Blade

Posted: 8 January 2019 12:29 pm

27-inch display and enhanced laptops aimed at gamers.

Making a splash at CES 2019, Razer announced its new 27-inch gaming monitor, the first the company has developed.

Razer's CEO Min-Liang Tan said that the company "was very excited to expand our presence to include desktop displays".

With a gaming focus in mind, the monitor sports a WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel with AMD FreeSync adaptive synchronisation technology to reduce tearing. Staying in tune with performance, the panel will also support a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz and has a response time of 1ms in Motion Blur reduction mode.

Keeping with the gamer aesthetic that Razer has heavily contributed to developing, the monitor features a heavy matt-black finish and an aluminium base.

The not-hard-to-miss RGB bar at the bottom of the stand is typical of Razer, easily syncing with Razer's other Chroma devices through its software, Synapse. The stand has up to 90 degrees to tilt and is height adjustable, so users should be able to get the monitor into a position that works for them.

Focusing on cable management, the rear of the monitor stand neatly organises cables through grooves, hiding and appropriately routing them. The display will feature one HDMI, one DisplayPort, one USB-C and two USB-A ports, with the USB-C port supplying the panel with power.

Razer called the display an "early-design-phase model", so some small features may change prior to the launch later this year.

Razer wasn't just focused on its new monitor, though, with the company announcing the new range of Blade 15 devices.

Marketed as mobile powerhouses for creativity and gaming, the Blade 15 doesn't skimp on performance, no matter what model you look at. All of the devices are fitted out with an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H hexa-core processor capable of boosting up to 4.1 GHz, and the new line brings ray tracing to the party. The laptops feature NVIDIA's new RTX-series processors, with RTX 2060, RTX 2070 (Max-Q) and RTX 2080 (Max-Q) models being available for users with different requirements and budgets.

The 15.6-inch behemoth features a touch-enabled high-resolution 4K 60Hz display, which covers 100% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut, as well as a 1080p 144 Hz option better suited for gamers looking for a fluid experience.

For storage, you'll be getting an NVMe SSD, but you're limited to either 256 GB or 512GB out of the box, with up to 2 terabytes supported in total.

Razer is yet to release local pricing or a release date for Australia, but both will be available this year. Pricing for the Raptor hits US$699.99 and Razer Blade 2019 models start at US$2,299.99.

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