Razer Ripsaw HD brings full HD screen capture to Xbox, PC, and Nintendo for $159

Razer Ripsaw HD
Razer Ripsaw HD (Image credit: Windows Central)

Razer is no stranger to online game streaming which is why the announcement of their new entry-level screen capture cared is not too surprising. That card dubbed Ripsaw HD goes on sale today for $159 comparing directly with the Elgato HD60 S card but ten dollars cheaper.

While direct recording and broadcasting at 60 frames per second (FPS) at full HD are welcomed, it's the addition of 4K 60 FPS passthrough that is really exciting. That makes Ripsaw perfect for high-end PCs or the Xbox One X, which have more sophisticated screen capabilities.

Additional features include a simple design, USB 3.0 connection (Type-C), and microphone and headset jacks for audio. Those audio bits allow for native audio mixing for the player's game and microphone with no latency or syncing delays.

For setups, users can go simple with the easy plug-n-play design or go all-out with a dual-PC configuration with a dedicated box for gaming and a secondary for streaming with the Ripsaw in between.

Razer Ripsaw HD specifications and features

Razer Ripsaw

  • Max capture resolution: Uncompressed 1080p 60 FPS.
  • Interface: USB 3.0 only.
  • Video Input: Digital – HDMI 2.0.
  • Audio Input: Digital – HDMI.
  • Audio Mix-in Input: 3.5 mm Mic-in / 3.5 mm Aux-in.
  • Video Output: HDMI 2.0.
  • Maximum Supported Pass-Through Resolutions: 2160p60.
  • Other Supported Resolutions: 2160p, 1080p, 1440p, 720p, 480p.
  • Includes: USB3.0 Type C to Type A cable, HDMI 2.0 Cable, 3.5 mm Audio Cable.
  • $159.99 USD / 169.99€ MSRP.
  • Razer.com – April 8th, 2019.
  • Worldwide - Early Q2, 2019.

Ripsaw HD works with Open Broadcaster Software, Mixer, Streamlabs, XSplit, Twitch & YouTube and lets users stream from any hardware including PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Razer Phone and more.

The look and feel with the Ripsaw HD places nicely within Razer's other entry-level streaming accessories like the Razer Seiren X microphone and Kiyo webcam.

Razer Ripsaw

Our short time with the Razer Ripsaw HD leaves us impressed (even if there's no Chroma lighting). The small, boxy design and simple setup for any of our systems makes us happy and that ever-so-slightly cheaper price tag compared to Elgato's offering is good for all consumers.

Look for the Ripsaw HD to hit Razer.com, Gamestop, and more retailers starting today with global sales beginning in the coming weeks.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.