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MSI Optix Mag271CQR Review

True Score

82
81
3

Experts

90
3,930

Consumers

Product Awards

GR Certified

Customer Favorite

Expert Rankings

The MSI Optix MAG271CQR impressed experts, and they recommended it for gaming, office, and moderate content creation. They lauded its AMD FreeSync, 2560 x 1440 resolution, and 144Hz refresh rate. However, like most monitors with VA panel technology, this device has narrow viewing angles. See our MSI Optix G272 review for an IPS panel model with wider viewing angles.

Table of Contents

Product Snapshot

Overview

The MSI Optix MAG271CQR is a 2019-model mid-range gaming monitor that promises visual immersion and high-resolution gameplay to enthusiasts. Like some of the best computer monitors, this device has a 1800R screen curve that provides an engaging viewing experience. It boasts a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync, reducing screen tearing. This device has a 2560 x 1440 screen resolution, delivering crisp text and images. An impressive contrast ratio also delivers deep blacks. This monitor has an impressive response time and very low input lag, providing fast gameplay. Continue reading our MSI Optix MAG271CQR review and see how it stacks up against the top gaming monitors available today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Reviewers were impressed by the MSI Optix MAG271CQR, endorsing it for gaming. Analysts at Tom’s Hardware praised its 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSynch technology, observing that it has smooth motion handling. Users who require a higher 165Hz refresh rate should explore the MSI Optix G27C6 review. This monitor has a VA panel with a very high 3,372:1 contrast ratio, delivering deep blacks even in dark rooms. The 27-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution pleased experts, who recommended it for office and moderate graphics work. Consider our Nixeus EDG 34 review if you need a larger 34-inch display. Clocking in at 12.1 ms in total response time tests and boasting a great 4.7 ms input lag, this device pleased researchers. Clocking in at 340 nits in the peak brightness tests, this curved gaming monitor pleased product testers, especially because it doesn’t have HDR tech. See our MSI Optix MAG273R review if you need an HDR model. The MSI Optix MAG271CQR impressed with its wide color gamut, covering 81.4% of the Adobe RGB color space. Reviewers at PC Gamer were pleased by the HDMI 2.0 ports, saying that they support 4K content. However, analysts criticized the narrow viewing angles of this display. If you need an IPS monitor with much better viewing angles, browser our MSI Optix G273QF review. Testers also criticized its ergonomically limited stand.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Impressive response time and input lag
  • Excellent contrast ratio
  • Good 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • Screen gets bright
  • HDMI 2.0 ports

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor viewing angles
  • Mediocre black uniformity
  • The stand is not very flexible

MSI Optix Mag271CQR Specs

Display TypeVA
HDMI Inputs2
HDR Formatn/a
Max Resolution2560 x 1440
Panel TypePanel TypeVA
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time1 ms
Screen size27"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)346.07
Contrast Ratio (as ratio, x:1)2,906.05
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)80
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)81.4
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)108.05
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)17.1
Response Time (ms)5.75
Reflections % (Total Reflections)5.2
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)36
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)34
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)29
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)33

All Tests

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Product Comparison

MSI Optix Mag271CQR Review

True Score

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Market Context

The MSI Optix MAG271CQR is a 2019-model mid-range gaming monitor that promises visual immersion and high-resolution gameplay to enthusiasts. Like some of the best computer…

The MSI Optix MAG271CQR is a 2019-model mid-range gaming monitor that promises visual immersion and high-resolution gameplay to enthusiasts. Like some of the best computer monitors, this device has a 1800R screen curve that provides an engaging viewing experience. It boasts a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync, reducing screen tearing. This device has a 2560 x 1440 screen resolution, delivering crisp text and images. An impressive contrast ratio also delivers deep blacks. This monitor has an impressive response time and very low input lag, providing fast gameplay. Continue reading our MSI Optix MAG271CQR review and see how it stacks up against the top gaming monitors available today.

The MSI Optix MAG272CQR has a better 165Hz refresh rate than its predecessor, the 144Hz MSI Optix MAG271CQR (this review). MSI has also equipped the…

The MSI Optix MAG272CQR has a better 165Hz refresh rate than its predecessor, the 144Hz MSI Optix MAG271CQR (this review). MSI has also equipped the new monitor with HDR, which is lacking on the MAG271CQR. Additionally, the newer MAG272CQR has a gentler 1500R curve than the 1800R curve of the older model.

The MSI Optix G27CQ4 has a better 165Hz refresh rate compared to the 144Hz of the MSI Optix MAG271CQR. The MAG271CQR, for its part has…

The MSI Optix G27CQ4 has a better 165Hz refresh rate compared to the 144Hz of the MSI Optix MAG271CQR. The MAG271CQR, for its part has a faster 12.1 total response time and better motion handling than the G27CQ4, which has a 13.5 ms total response time.

The Gigabyte M27Q has a faster 8.1 ms total response time compared to the 12.1 ms response time of the MSI Optix MAG271CQR. The Gigabyte…

The Gigabyte M27Q has a faster 8.1 ms total response time compared to the 12.1 ms response time of the MSI Optix MAG271CQR. The Gigabyte monitor also boasts a better 170Hz refresh rate than the 144Hz of the MSI display, and it has better viewing angles. The Gigabyte has HDR tech, PiP, and USB-C, all of which are lacking on the MAG271CQR.

Display Type

VA

HDMI Inputs

2

HDR Format

n/a

Max Resolution

2560 x 1440

Panel Type

VA

Refresh Rate

144 Hz

Response Time

1 ms

Screen size

27"

Dig Deeper

Score Card

E

Expert Score

81

*.75

We place a 75% weighted value on Expert Test Scores

C

Customer Score

90

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

82

Any product with a True Score above 80 is a Absolutely Fresh

Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Rating

    72
    Though the MSI Optix MAG271CQR has a couple of image accuracy issues, its superior gaming… Read More

    By:

    Unknown
  • Tom’s Hardware
    92.08

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The MSI MAG271CQR offers an immersive picture quality as well as smooth performance and plenty… Read More

    By:

    Adam Babcock
  • Display Ninja
    10.93

    Category Trust Rating

    78
    The MSI Optix MAG271CQR is a decent monitor for most uses. It’s designed with gaming… Read More

    By:

    Rob Shafer

Customer Scores