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MSI MAG274QRF-QD Review

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92
779

Consumers

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The high response rate, low input lag, high refresh rate, and wide viewing angles make the MSI MAG274QRF-QD perfect for competitive gaming, but its low contrast ratio and mediocre blacks may force some to reconsider.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD is a late 2020, mid-tier MSI monitor release that pro gamers will love thanks to a high 160Hz refresh rate that guarantees tear-free gameplay and a rapid 1ms response time to eliminate monitor blur and provide crystal clear images when playing fast-moving games. The 27-inch display also features a Blue Light Reduction feature that prevents eye strain and guarantees a very comfortable viewing experience, especially for users that tend to work or play for long hours. Its use of quantum dot technology allows it to render mesmerizing images, and its fully ergonomic stand makes it a lot easier to adjust compared to the stand on the LG 27GL850-B monitor. Make sure to get to the end of this MSI MAG274QRF-QD review to establish whether it deserves some recognition as one of the best top computer monitors in the market.

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Consensus

our Verdict

The MSI MAG274QRF-QD is a great choice for competitive gamers, with its high refresh rate, rapid response time, and accurate colors. But if you’re looking for deep darks, you may be disappointed – its black levels are just okay, and it doesn’t have a local dimming feature.

ReasonS to Buy

  • High refresh rate, low input lag, and rapid response time for gaming
  • Stand has great ergonomics
  • Wide viewing angles
  • High color accuracy

Reason to Avoid

  • Low contrast ratio
  • Mediocre black levels

MSI MAG274QRF-QD Specs

Display TypeLCD
HDMI Inputs2
HDR FormatYes
Max Resolution2560 x 1440
Panel TypePanel TypeIPS
Refresh Rate165 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time1 ms
Screen size27"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyG-Sync

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)274.7916
Contrast Ratio (as ratio, x:1)1,086.675
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)100.2225
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)100
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)136.2825
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)81.3
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)10.8
Response Time (ms)5.5
Reflections % (Total Reflections)5.4
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)30
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)34
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)28
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)29

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Score Card

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Expert Score

84

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92

*.25

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Rating

    78
    The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a 27-inch gaming monitor that offers incredibly wide colors and… Read More

    By:

    Rob Shafer
  • PC Mag
    91.7

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD provides a crisp clear picture, with great motion and tearing protections…. Read More

    By:

    Christian Eberle
  • PC Mag
    91.7

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD has the largest color gamut we’ve ever seen and near-perfect out-of-box… Read More

    By:

    Geraint Evans
  • Tom’s Hardware
    92.08

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The MSI MAG274QRF-QD is a superb gaming monitor with a wide Adobe RGB color gamut,… Read More

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Laptop Mag
    68.34

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a 27-inch gaming monitor that offers incredibly wide colors and… Read More

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Gamesradar
    47.56

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is excellent for gaming. It has a 165Hz refresh rate with… Read More

    By:

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