Where's the best place to buy the Razer Ripsaw HD?
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
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 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.
Get it now
Full HD streaming, 4K passthrough
Razer's entry-level Ripsaw capture card packs all the features we want in streaming hardware in 2019 at a price that will make its opponents envious. With a sleek design and easy setup no matter your hardware Ripsaw should tear through the competition.
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