Streaming devices review: 10 capture cards tested

The best way to stream or record


Razer Ripsaw

The Razer Ripsaw is the only capture card in the test that doesn't come with any software. Instead Razer recommends OBS or XSplit. OBS is freeware, whereas the more extensive versions of XSplit have to be paid for. Despite Razer indicating that XSplit is 'included', the only thing you'll find is a download link on the website that leads to a free version of XSplit. We don't really count XSplit as Razer's included software, as you can also download and use it with every other capture card.

Before you can use the Ripsaw, you'll have to download and install Razer Synapse and register for a Razer account. After those actions Synapse will download the required drivers for the Ripsaw. These steps are entirely unnecessary in our opinion, but unfortunately these steps are required if you want to use Razer products. Lastly we want to note that using the Ripsaw is very comparable to streaming with OBS, except that it's also capable of recording the signal of another PC. The Ripsaw does not support hardware encoding: the CPU will have to do this with its x264-encoder.

It should also be noted that the Ripsaw's bottom has an anti-slip surface. For this reason it doesn't move as much compared to other devices with smaller anti-slip pads.

In combination with OBS the Ripsaw has better image quality than all other capture cards, although the difference is fairly limited. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Ripsaw doesn't encode video by itself. OBS uses x264 by default, which leads to good image quality. It's worth noting that the reds deviate slightly from the original, something we did not see on any other models.

The Ripsaw costs about 160 pounds, which is a bit much considering it lacks a built-in encoder or any included software.

Razer Ripsaw Game Capture Card
The Razer Ripsaw.

The Razer Ripsaw is the only capture device that does not have any included software.

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