MSI Optix MAG27CQ Gaming Monitor Review
1440P 144 hertz curved gaming, monitor from msi, so let's check it out and see if it's something you should consider as mentioned. This is a 27 inch monitor with a 16 by 9 aspect ratio and runs at the 1440p resolution. So 2560 by 1440 it's got adaptive. Sync, so you'll need an AMD graphics card. In order to take advantage of this. Unfortunately, I've only got nvidia cards here. So I wasn't able to test this. The panel also runs at 144 Hertz, which is a great choice for gamers and, as you may have noticed, it's got an 1800 R curve. This is a fairly noticeable curve, especially for a monitor of this size, but after using it for a few weeks, I did start to get used to it. The panel also has a 1 millisecond MRP T response time and as a peak brightness of 215 it's it's. Also a VA panel and to me the colors, look great, I couldn't notice any changes, even when looking at the screen on sharp angles and msi lists that it's capable of 178 degree viewing angles both vertically and horizontally in terms of color accuracy. Msi note that the panel is capable of 110 percent of srgb and 85 of ntsc and when testing with my Spyder 5 Pro, I got results of 100 srgb, 79 percent of ntsc and 84 percent of Adobe RGB. Unfortunately, the spider doesn't track srgb above 100, but in any case this seems pretty good and I've happily been using it for content creation.
The panel also has a three thousand to one contrast ratio. I have also performed my usual backlight bleed test, which involves having the screen completely black in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to display any bleed. So this is a worst case scenario test. As you can see, that does appear to be a little bit of bleed. However, even in a dark room, I was only just able to notice the bit down the bottom of myself, although it was very slight and under normal lighting conditions, it was perfectly fine, although this will, of course vary between monitors, it's, not all just about the panel, Though, taking a look at the rest of the monitor, it's got a silver v shape stand. The bezels are fairly thin at around nine millimeters, based on my own measurements. The stand can also be removed, revealing a standard 75 millimeter face amount. The on screen display was pretty easy to use and navigate through there's a joystick on the back right hand, side, which you press to access the menu. Speaking of the back it's, a matte black plastic with some red accents, including red lighting strips on the left and right. These only light up red and breathe on and off, and I found that they weren't really bright enough to notice unless in a completely dark room. But you can turn them off if you prefer. The io is on the back towards the bottom and faces down there's a DVI port, HDMI 2.
0 port DisplayPort, 1.2 output, 3.5 millimeter, headphone jack and power in blue, no USB hub or speakers here. The HDMI port supports up to 120 Hertz, so you'll need to use DisplayPort for the full 144 Hertz refresh rate there's, also a Kensington lock nearby. As for the included cables, you get a HDMI, cable, a DisplayPort, cable and, of course, the power, cable and external power. Brick, both the stand and display together weigh in at around five point eight kilos, although due to the large size, I wasn't able to test this myself despite the stand being covered in plastic it's metal inside, and it does a pretty good job at supporting the panel. Even if I bumped my desk, it only wobbles little as for the overall dimensions. The panel itself is around sixty one point: two centimeters in width and thirty six point three centimeters in height, so it's not that large of a screen. It only feels just a little different coming from my old 24 inch monitors, but still the extra space is definitely better there's, a fair bit of adjustments available to width minus five to fifteen degrees of tilt minus thirty to thirty degrees of swivel and 6.5 centimeters of Height adjustment with enough tension so that the screen actually stays where you leave it no pivot. Here the power consumption for the monitor is listed as sixty watts on the spec sheet and while testing at 144 Hertz with minimum brightness and the backlighting on.
I found it to sit at around 15 watts at 50 percent brightness, the total power draw rose to 27 watts and at a hundred percent brightness it increased to 41 watts. Turning the backlighting off only decrease to the power drill by one or two watts. So far the looks pretty good, but how was it actually used there today? This was my second time with the high refresh rate 1440p monitor like this, and, to be honest, I preferred this one, the other one that I used was 32 inches, which I think I'd. Personally, prefer to have it 4k. The curve here was quite aggressive for me, but after a few weeks I got used to it and didn't really mind it, although I'm still not sure if I prefer it, but I suppose it's personal preference, the high refresh rate, was really nice ler, especially in games. When my framerate could get high enough in modern games, you'll need a powerful graphics card to actually take advantage of the higher refresh rates, especially a 1440p resolution, but for less demanding eSports titles like overwatch and csgo. You can get away with the lower end graphics card, especially if you're willing to drop the settings down a bit playing overwatch on medium settings with my Nvidia 1080 ran well above 144 FPS and the gameplay was very smooth the whole time if you've got a lower End graphics card: you could always drop the resolution down to 1080p.
Instead, while gaming I've also used the monitor to edit some videos – and that went well too, I found 1440p at 27 inches to be a great size. Any larger and I'd probably be looking at 4k. Although, unfortunately, we can't get 4k monitors with high refresh rates like this just yet and graphics cards, aren't, really powerful enough anyway. I found this monitor to be really good for gaming and then also great for all other tasks, although this will, of course depend on your personal preference regarding the curve. As for the price it's going for about 600 Australian dollars here in Australia or around 450 US dollars on Amazon for my international viewers, putting it in a similar range to many other monitors with these specs and on the lower side for such a monitor with a Curve, so what did you guys think about the MA g27 CQ gaming monitor from MSI? I really liked the high refresh rate at the 1440p resolution from games to just browsing on the internet. Everything felt Meissen smooth at first. I was impartial to the curve and even while finishing this review, I thought I didn't really like it, but when I went back to a regular monitor, it did kind of feel strange, like the corners were just too far away or something it's hard to describe. But I think I'd probably prefer the curve, even at the 27 inch size. The color accuracy of the display was also great and over like using it to edit videos over the last few weeks.
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