MSI MPG27CQ

A com­pe­tent gam­ing mon­i­tor with plenty of LED bling to com­pli­ment your tricked-out gam­ing rig.

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A27-inch dis­play makes for the ideal sin­gle mon­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence. Big enough to fill most of your vi­sion, but not so big that you’re mov­ing your nog­gin all over the place to see what’s go­ing on. It’s cu­ri­ous then, why MSI de­cided to give the Op­tix MPG27CQ a sub­tle 1800R curve. Be­sides this prob­a­bly mar­ket­ing in­duced odd­ity, the Op­tix MPG27CQ is a solid gam­ing mon­i­tor.

144Hz re­fresh rate with FreeSync sup­port and low re­sponse time (~9ms full black to white) will keep the twitch gamers happy. 2560x1440 will be use­ful for web brows­ing and other stuff when not gam­ing. 82% DCI-P3 colour gamut means it’s bet­ter than most pan­els in this price range for sat­is­fy­ing colours. Even those into a bit of bling will like the in­clu­sion of RGB LEDs on the base of the Op­tix MPG27CQ that can be con­trolled via Steelseries’ GameSense soft­ware.

Be­ing a VA-type panel, con­trast is great, but view­ing an­gle suf­fer com­pared to an IPS. At 27-inches with a slight curve, mak­ing sure you’re smack bang in the mid­dle of the dis­play shouldn’t be an is­sue. Back­light­ing on the Op­tix MPG27CQ is very even, with no ob­vi­ous bleed­ing ei­ther.

De­spite the Op­tix MPG27CQ panel be­ing of high qual­ity, cal­i­bra­tion was dif­fi­cult due to the lim­ited OSD op­tions. Luck­ily out of the box the Op­tix MPG27CQ is fine, but it could be so much bet­ter if MSI pro­vided more flex­i­bil­ity to tweak colour set­tings.

$699 WWW.MSI.COM |

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