MSI Oculux NXG251R 240 Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review 11

MSI Oculux NXG251R 240 Hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The MSI Oculux NXG251R is available online for $455/€459.
  • Superb gaming performance (low input lag, fantastic moving image sharpness)
  • One of the least expensive 240 Hz G-Sync monitors on the market
  • Fairly accurate colors at adjusted factory settings
  • Good luminance uniformity and very limited backlight bleed
  • Excellent gamma performance
  • Usable ULMB mode (plenty of brightness)
  • Extremely thin bezels (great for multi-monitor setups)
  • Nice height-adjustable stand
  • Built-in 3-port USB 3.1 hub
  • Intuitive OSD and controls
  • Color uniformity at lower brightness
  • Weak "custom" factory color profiles
  • Poor viewing angles (true for any TN panel)
  • Pointless RGB effects
  • Minimum brightness can't be set below 110 nits (non-issue for most)
The 24.5-inch MSI Oculux NXG251R has a lot going for it. First and foremost, its gaming performance is fantastic, completely in line with what you'd expect from a professional, eSports-grade gaming monitor. The 240 Hz panel does a great job with moving visuals, keeping them clear and sharp, and the integrated G-Sync module makes sure every single action is as smooth as butter. Pair this monitor with a good gaming PC, one that can run your games of choice at over 200 FPS in Full HD, and you'll get a very vivid representation of what it feels like to play like an eSports professional. There will be nothing but your own skill to hold you back in your multiplayer endeavors.

MSI placed the aforementioned panel inside a nice case with extremely thin side bezels. That makes this monitor a good choice for multi-monitor setups where you might have three of these lined up side-to-side. The overall build quality of the Oculux NXG251R is very good, and I also like the height-adjustable stand with some rudimentary cable management abilities.

The controls are excellent. Instead of experimenting with god knows what, MSI went with a simple 4-way joystick and a well-organized OSD. Navigating through the settings is a breeze. You won't have to fiddle with too many of them, though, as it's possible to get solid picture quality by only changing a few factory settings, which I covered in the picture quality section of this review. Of course, doing a proper hardware calibration will help you get the most out of this monitor, but do keep in mind that nothing you can do will make the colors as deep and beautiful as they can be on an IPS or VA panel. One other downside of a TN panel MSI cannot escape are the viewing angles—they're very narrow, so you better make sure you position yourself in front of the monitor properly. Luckily, the ability to adjust the height of the screen helps greatly in that regard.

Last but not least, the MSI Oculux NXG251R is one of the least expensive 240 Hz G-Sync monitors on the market. As it has no serious drawbacks, it is an obvious choice for anyone after a monitor with its exact combination of specs. It would be even more tempting if NVIDIA hadn't recently started supporting variable refresh rates on FreeSync monitors with their GTX 1000 series and RTX 2000 series graphics cards; a 240 Hz FreeSync monitor will set you back a full $100 less than its G-Sync counterpart.
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