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MSI Introduces the Optix MAG342CQ Monitor: 34" VA, UWQHD, 1500R, 144 Hz, 1 ms, Adaptive Sync

MSI has announced another entry into their Optix MAG monitor lineup. The MAG342CQ makes use of a big, 34" VA panel with UWQHD resolution (3440 x 1440) that offers up appealing specs for a gamer: 144 Hz refresh rate paired with a (rated) 1 ms response time and a comfortable, not too aggressive 1500R curvature. The inclusion of Adaptive Sync (which means support for variable refresh rate technologies) helps add to its gaming pedigree.

Brightness however takes quite a dive o this particular panel, as its typical luminance apparently sits at a mere 250 nits. Despite that, the VA panel enables a contrast ratio of 3000:1, with good color coverage (DCI-P3 89.48% / sRGB 112.2%). I/O is assured by 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x earphone jack x1. No time to market or MSRP was available at time of writing.

MSI Sells its 3 Millionth Gaming Monitor in 3 Years, Launches Limited Edition MSI Optix Monitor

MSI, the world's leading manufacturer for gaming hardware, has achieved the milestone of selling over 3 million monitors. The company began its foray into delivering top-notch visual experiences to gamers years ago with reliable PC hardware. However, it only stepped into the world of display technology with its first Gaming Monitor launch in 2016. Since then, MSI has re-affirmed its commitment to quality and delivered value to gamers time and again. And over the years, it has learned more about what gamers love and have focused on designing the best display products on the market. Today, it knows that this commitment hasn't gone unnoticed.

MSI is proud to announce a groundbreaking milestone for its Gaming Monitors - 3 million Gaming Monitors sold in just 3 years! As a relatively fresh entrant to display technology, this is an honor for the company that has spent considerable time and effort to really understand what gamers want out of a Gaming Monitor.

MSI Announces Optix MAG272CQP Monitor: 27", WQHD, VA, FreeSync Premium, 165 Hz, 1500R

MSI today announced another entry into their MAG monitor lineup in the form of the MAG272CQP. As the name implies, we're looking at a 27" affair packing a WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440). The panel is a VA type (as implied by its 3000:1 contrast ratio, although at a basic 300 nits maximum brightness), and has a curve ratio of 1500R. The monitor supports VRR (marketed as FreeSync Premium), and 165 Hz refresh rates with 1 ms response times.

I/O is (generously) assured by 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI2.0, 2x USB3.2 Gen.1 Type-A, 1x USB3.2 Gen.1 Type-B, 1x USB Type-C (DisplayPort Alternate), and an earphone jack. no word on pricing or actual release date was available at time of writing.

MSI Announces Optix G242 eSports Monitor: 24" 1080p, IPS, 144 Hz, VRR, 250 nits

MSI today announced yet another addition to their gaming monitor staple in the form of the Optix G242. This monitor drops the MAG prefix, denoting a higher-end solution, and should therefore (and according to its specs) be priced lower than those solutions. The Optix G242 features a relatively small, 24" diagonal that offers up an IPS panel with 1080p resolution. A now "normal" 144 Hz refresh rate is served up in that package, and perhaps more interestingly, the panel displays up to 16.7 million colors covering a wide color gamut display coverage rated at 94.6% DCI-P3 and 127.7% sRGB. VRR is also supported for additional gaming capabilities, either in the form of FreeSync or NVIDIA's G-Sync Compatible branding.

The 250 nits maximum brightness are nothing to write home about; that said, the Optix G242 features MSI's "AntiFlickr" technology and an incorporated "Blue Light Reduction" filtering mode. Contrast is quoted at 1000:1. I/O is assured by 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 1.4, and 1x Earphone jack. Body sizing is a beautiful (as all supposedly are) 540.2 mm width, 228.2 mm depth, 411.6 mm height, and 3.33 kg. No word on pricing or availability were available at time of writing.

MSI Intros Optix MAG301 CR2 Ultra-Widescreen Curved Monitor

MSI today introduced the Optix MAG301 CR2, a 30-inch ultra-widescreen curved monitor with 1500R curvature, WFHD (2560 x 1080 pixels) resolution; and a list of gaming chops. Built with a VA panel, it offers 200 Hz refresh-rate, 1 ms (MPRT) response time, AMD FreeSync Premium support, 178° viewing angles, and 3000:1 static contrast ratio. Among its connectivity options are USB-C (including DP passthrough), DisplayPort 1.2a, and two HDMI 2.0 inputs. Specs aside, the Optix MAG offers the full suite of MSI Gaming innovations, including OSD Gaming (gaming overlays), and presets suited to specific gaming genres. The company didn't reveal pricing.

MSI Releases Optix MAG272C Monitor: 27" VA, 1080p, 165 Hz, 1 ms

MSI today announced a new addition to their monitor lineup in the form of the Optix MAG272C, a 27", VA-based monitor with a 1080p resolution. The monitor's refresh rate is set at 165 Hz for fluid content consumption and/or creation, and the 1 ms response time is well in-line with the expected specs for monitors that have gaming on their crosshairs. The presence of FreeSync Premium and a 1,500R curvature helps to improve the package on offer.

Contrast is being quoted at 3,000:1, with 178º viewing angles and maximum brightness at 300 cd/m². The display offer 100% sRGB coverage and a respectable 89.5% DCI-P3 color-space coverage. There are anti-flicker and blue-light filtering capabilities built-in. I/O is taken care of by 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2a, 1x USB Type-C (DP Alt mode), as well as 2x USB 3.0 hub ports. No pricing information was available at time of writing.

MSI Intros Optix G241V 23.8-inch E-sports Monitor

MSI today released the Optix G241V, a 23.8-inch gaming monitor targeted at the e-sports segment. This monitor is a value variant of the Optix G241 the company announced in May, with a lower refresh rate on offer. Featuring an IPS panel with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, the G241V offers 75 Hz refresh rate, 4 ms (GTG) response time, and support for AMD FreeSync technology. You get much of MSI's proprietary display tech, including "Night Vision," a dark area brightener, game presets (display settings specific to game genres); and likes of flicker reduction and low blue-light. Other vital panel specs include 250 cd/m² maximum brightness, 100000000:1 DCR, 178°/178° viewing angles, anti-glare surface treatment, and 81.2% / 102.4% coverage of the DCI-P3 and sRGB palettes. The company didn't reveal pricing.

MSI Announces Optix MAG274R Gaming Monitor for E-Sports

MSI, the world's leading manufacturer for true gaming hardware, is proudly expanding the hardware possibilities for all gamers. This time, we are honored to introduce our latest IPS eSports Gaming Monitor: Optix MAG274R. Equipped with an IPS panel, a high refresh rate of 144Hz and a fast response time of 1 ms, Optix MAG274R will let you enjoy the best viewing experience and the smoothest gaming experience at the same time.

Why IPS? Compared to a traditional TN panel, IPS panels provide a wider viewing angle with minimum color shifts and an astonishing viewing experience. However, most gaming monitors are not equipped with IPS panels due to response time. For a fast response time equal to or less than 1 ms, you had to turn to TN or VA panel gaming monitors in the past. With the ever-changing nature of technology, fast response time and high-quality viewing experience are no longer mutually exclusive. Always improving, MSI will keep on challenging itself in the design of gaming monitors, and ensure that you are always ahead of your opponents.

MSI Announces the Optix PAG272 Monitor Family With Four Models - One of Them With Quantum Dot

MSI today announced the release of not one, not two, but four monitors to their Optix lineup, under the Optix PAG272 family. These monitors aim to cater to all budgets, apparently, as their features vary across resolution and refresh rates according to the model number. RGB lighting on the back of the monitors is stock across the lineup. Starting from the top-down in terms of specs, the Optix PAG272URV features a 27", IPS panel sporting 4K resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate, a 4 ms GtG response time, FreeSync (non-Premium), and VESA Display HDR 400 certification. I/O is taken care of by 2x HDMI (1.4), 1x HDMI (2.0) and 1x DisplayPort (1.2).

That's not the most impressive display, though - that honor is reserved for the Optix PAG272QR2. The Optix PAG272QR2 features a 27", IPS panel sporting 1440p resolution, 165 Hz refresh rate, a 1 ms GtG response time, FreeSync Premium, and an HDR-ready badge (with maximum brightness set at 300 nits). I/O is taken care of by 2x HDMI (2.0) and 2x DisplayPort (1.4). The more interesting spec in this panel, though, is the addition of a Quantum Dot layer, which greatly improves color rendition: MSI claim 10 bit colors (8 bit + FRC) with 150% of the sRGB color gamut coverage, alongside 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, and 98% of the DCI-P3 color space, which makes this an interesting panel not only for gaming, but also for color-sensitive tasks.

MSI Announces the Optix G241 and G271 Monitors: 1080p IPS, 144 Hz, 1 ms, AMD FreeSync

MSI today announced two new diagonally-different additions to its monitor lineup. Under the Optix branding, the Optix G241 and G271 monitors both feature a 1080p IPS panel ticking at 144 Hz refresh rates. 1 ms response time is featured in both monitors, as is support for AMD's FreeSync. Where both panels differ is in the color space they're offering: the 27" G271 offers a slightly narrower 92% DCI-P3 coverage (94% on the G241). Viewing angles (178º), maximum brightness (250 cd m²) and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio are equal between both monitors.

I/O-wise, we're looking at 2x HDMI 1.4b, 1x DisplayPort 1.2a, and 1x audio out. The Optix G271 is available starting from a very interesting $239, while the G241 is available for $189.99.

MSI Releases Optix G27C5 Curved Monitor: 27" VA, 1080p, 165 Hz, 1 ms, FreeSync, 1500R

MSI today announced the imminent release of their Optix G275C gaming monitor. This is a 27" affair packing a Samsung-manufactured VA panel, offering a 1080p resolution and a maximum 165 Hz refresh rates. For snappy, responsive gaming, this refresh rate is backed by a 1 ms response time, as well as support for AMD's FreeSync technology (which should also be compatible with NVIDIA cards through their G-Sync Compatible support). Maximum brightness is low - 250 nits, contrast ratio stands at 3000:1, and there's 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 (which increases to 113% in sRGB terms). The monitor also features an aggressive 1500R curvature.

There's 178º viewing angles, and I/O is taken care of by 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI and 1x audio out. Quality of life adjustments include only -5 to 20 ° tilt adjustments and a narrow frame design with 3 sides that suppresses the top / right / left bezel width. There's also support for MSI's Anti-Flicker & Less Blue Light technologies. Pricing wasn't announced, but expect it to be priced higher than the Optix G27C4, which can currently be had for $340.
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