27″ MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ: Review
- 1.1 Pros
- 1.2 Cons
- 1.3 Unpacking and Extras
- 1.4 Image Quality
- 1.5 Price & Similar Monitors
- 1.6 FreeSync from AMD
- 1.7 Lighting in RGB
- 1.8 Design
The 27″ MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ comes out right when the market for PC gaming monitors is at its peak. It has a 1440p pixel grid and a 27-inch screen. It is a great way to balance the amount of visual detail and how smoothly the game runs. The Optix has a look that is unmistakably MSI. That implies it’s very angular and comes in black and red.
The stand is a heavy-duty tripod design that can be adjusted in swivel, height, and tilt to fit a wide variety of environments. Its monitor’s ultra-wide viewing angle makes it ideal for use in unconventional or poorly lit environments. It’s an excellent contender for multi-monitor setups thanks to its small bezel and gentle 1800R curve.
No matter how you look at the panel, the colours will always be accurate. Unfortunately, that’s when the romance peters out. The panel’s performance isn’t much to write home about, but the wide viewing angles are excellent. The colours are vibrant, but the screen as a whole suffers from a lack of contrast due to weak white saturation as well as inadequate black levels.
27″ MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ Specifications
|Screen Size||27 Inch|
|Contrast Ratio||3000:1 (static)|
|Other Ports||2x USB 3.1, Microphone & Headphone Jacks|
- Superior RGB lighting innovation
- Large Static Contrast Ratio Color Space
- Ergonomic layout and several interface options
- Very bright at its peak
- The dark pixel smearing is noticeable at moderate to high levels.
- Not many games have GameSense support.
Unpacking and Extras
The 27″ MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ comes in three pieces that can be put together without tools. The panel snaps onto the upright, or you can use the 100mm VESA mount lugs to attach a new arm or bracket. MSI is kind to include HDMI, USB 3.0, and DisplayPort cables.
The power supply is an outside brick that has its cord. You also get a quick start guide, a warranty card, and an analog audio cable. If you only have one MPG27CQ monitor, the curve is slight and won’t affect how you play games. It is made more accessible by the monitor’s thin 8mm top and side bezels. The bottom strip is 1 inch (25.4 mm) long and has five thin bands of LED lights.
The 27″ MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ monitor has a WQHD resolution of 25601440 pixels, which gives its 27-inch screen a rich 108.79 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) pixel density. With such a high pixel count, you get a lot of screen space and the most detail possible without scaling. In short, it’s the best balance between screen space and detail clarity. The monitor has a VA panel with an actual 8-bit colour depth and covers 115% of the sRGB colour space.
Price & Similar Monitors
The MSI Optix MPG27CQ costs about $450, which is a lot because it has many unique features. The AOC CQ27G2 is a 1440p 144Hz curved VA-panel gaming monitor that costs only about $250. It has the same image quality and performance but has less brightness or extra features like RGB lighting. For this price, you can also get a great 1440p 144Hz IPS to monitor, like the LG 27GL83A.
FreeSync from AMD
If your graphics card supports AMD FreeSync, the 27″ MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ game monitor curves. FreeSync matches GPU frame rate to monitor the refresh rate. It eliminates screen tearing and stuttering within the monitor’s dynamic refresh rate. MSI Optix MPG27CQ FreeSync supports LFC and 48-144Hz/FPS (Low Framerate Compensation). NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics cards support FreeSync. FreeSync or G-SYNC causes some units’ brightness to flicker. The brightness flickers most when your FPS is below 48FPS or changes.
Lighting in RGB
The SteelSeries GameSense RGB lighting on the 27″ MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ differs from most monitors with RGB lighting because it does more than make colors glow. This makes your gaming experience better. It lets you set the five RGB panels on the bottom bezel to show your health, ammo, cooldowns, killing blows, and other similar values in games that support it. Even if your favorite games don’t support the SteelSeries Engine, you can still sync the RGB LEDs with the rest of your MSI-compatible gear and change the lighting on the front and back of the monitor. It’s too bad that not many games support it, but we hope that will change over time. Popular games like CS: GO and DotA 2 are supported.
The 27″ MSI OPTIX MPG27CQ comes with a monitor that has a 1800R curve. This isn’t very noticeable on a 27-inch screen, but it immerses the viewing experience. The monitor can be adjusted in height by up to 120mm, tilted by -5° to 20°, swiveled by -45° to +45°, and has a 100 x 100mm VESA mount pattern, but it can’t be turned on its side.
DisplayPort 1.2a, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a dual-USB 3.1 hub, audio line-out and microphone line-in ports, and a combined audio jack are all ways to connect to the monitor. You can use any of the three display connectors to get 25601440 at 144Hz and FreeSync. The monitor also has a coating that prevents glare and fragile borders, making it perfect for gaming setups with more than one screen.