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Critics felt that the MSI Optix MAG273R was perfect for office use and casual gaming since it has a 144Hz refresh rate and wide viewing angles. On the flip side, they were not too pleased with its limited ergonomics and lack of speakers. They also complained that its HDR performance was mediocre.
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The MSI Optix MAG273R is a beginner-friendly 27-inch display that was first announced around mid-2020. Its 144Hz refresh rate may not be enough to earn it a spot on the list of the best computer monitors, but similar to some highly-rated gaming monitors released by MSI, it features a narrow top and side bezel that makes it easy to place as part of a multi-display set up. It also features a low 3.4ms input lag for gaming responsiveness and a 1354:1 contrast ratio that is pretty close to the MSI Optix G273QF’s 1249:1. Its 27-inch screen size is also slightly larger than the 25-inch MSI Oculus NXG253R, but its peak brightness level of 327 nits doesn’t square up to the 402 nits that the Pixio P7 Prime is capable of.
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Reviewers have hailed the MSI Optix MAG273R as a good monitor that works well for casual gaming and office use. The monitor has a decent 144Hz refresh rate, and even though it is not as high as the 165Hz offered by the MSI Optix G32C4, reviewers from Tom’s Hardware were happy that they did not come across any instances of screen tearing during their experiments. They were also delighted with how well it handled reflections in a well-lit room and noted that because its viewing angles were much broader than those of the Nexus EDG34, image quality remained high when viewed from the side.
However, experts from Monitor Nerds were not too pleased with its HDR performance, as they noted that content was not as richly saturated. They also felt that its ergonomics were not as good and didn’t appreciate its lack of speakers.
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The MSI Optix MAG273R is outmatched by the MSI MAG271CQR since the latter offers a higher 1440p resolution than the MAG273R’s 1080p Full HD screen resolution. Still, the MAG273R provides wider viewing angles, but the MAG271CQR is equipped with a higher 3372:1 contrast ratio that is much better than the MAG273R’s 1354:1 ratio.
While the MSI Optix MAG273R features two HDMI 2.0 and USB ports, the Samsung Odyssey G3 only has one HDMI 1.4 and USB port, meaning the MSI offers better connectivity options. Still, the Samsung monitor redeems itself with exceptional ergonomics, but it is ultimately outdone by the MSI’s support for HDR content and better viewing angles.
The MSI Optix MAG273R might not be as easily adjustable as the ASUS VG279Q, but it supports HDR content, which the ASUS monitor does not. On the other hand, the ASUS monitor has a higher brightness rating at 430 nits compared to the MAG273R’s 313 nits and also boasts a wide color gamut for SDR content with a 100% coverage of the sRGB color scale compared to the VG279Q’s 98.6%.
The MSI Optix MAG273R offers better color saturation than the MSI Optix MAG274R, as depicted by its 98% and 136% coverage of the DCI P3 and sRGB color scale against the MAG274R’s 95% and 132% coverage, respectively. However, the MAG274R counters with a slightly higher 300 nit peak brightness level compared to the MAG273R’s 250 nits and much better ergonomics.
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