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Where's the best place to buy the Razer Ripsaw HD?

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

Where's the best place to buy the Razer Ripsaw HD?

Best answer: Right now the best place to get your hands on the new Razer Ripsaw HD is either at Amazon or Razer's own store.Option A: Razer Ripsaw HD (opens in new tab) ($160 at Amazon)Option B: Razer Ripsaw HD (opens in new tab) ($160 at Razer)

Pick your poison

The Ripsaw HD is available to purchase now from both Amazon and Razer, so the choice of where to get one is really down to which you prefer.

In a pinch, Amazon is probably better for most, since it'll likely have cheaper shipping, and if you do need to return it for any reason their customer service and returns policy is usually excellent and very easy to deal with.

Why the Ripsaw HD is worth buying

Razer Ripsaw

You're certainly not short of good choices when hunting for a capture card these days, and the Ripsaw HD has some pretty strong competition. But it has plenty going for it that makes it worth a shout.

For one, if you're an Xbox One X owner, the Ripsaw HD allows 4K60 passthrough, meaning you can enjoy your games as they were intended while capturing or streaming at a lower resolution. Currently, that's not available on any Elgato external capture card.

AVerMedia is a closer competitor to the Ripsaw HD, with the similarly priced Live Gamer Portable 2 Plus (opens in new tab) also offering 4K60 passthrough. Where the Ripsaw HD has an edge here is its use of not only USB-C, but USB 3.0 behind it for virtually zero latency. That's important for streamers, since you want your game action to be in perfect sync with your own reactions.

Razer also doesn't mess around bundling capture software you may or may not ever use. It makes use of the Razer Synapse 3 application to deliver firmware updates, but otherwise you just get straight into your favorite broadcast software. It works perfectly with all the big three options: Streamlabs OBS, OBS Studio and XSplit.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.