MSI MAG271R review


The MSI MAG271R is a 165Hz VA 1080p gaming monitor that has a flat-screen, unlike most VA models with a high refresh rate. So, those who can not bypass the curved screens, can now finally choose a 1080p 144Hz + VA display.

Image quality

Based on a VA (vertical alignment) panel with a 3000: 1 static contrast ratio, a maximum brightness of 300 nits, and 8-bit true color depth with a wide color gamut (118% sRGB, 92% DCI-P3) MSI Optix MAG271R with immersive image quality Offer deep blackness and true colors.

However, its 1080p resolution is not perfect considering its 27-inch screen size because it has a pixel density below the average of 82 PPI pixels per inch.

Therefore, the image is somewhat pixelated but somewhat tolerable. But it is good enough for entertainment purposes, such as watching videos and playing video games.

The backlight of the monitor uses DC (direct current) to adjust the brightness, so there is no flicker, which together with the built-in filter with low blue light, ensures a comfortable viewing experience.

In addition, the MSI MAG271R monitor has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees, which means that when you look at it from certain angles, its color, contrast or brightness do not change.

Performance

The MSI MAG271R input delay is up to 4 milliseconds, which is fast enough to eliminate noticeable delays between your actions and the on-screen response.

When it comes to the speed of time, ie the number of times pixels change from one color to another, MSI has not specified the standard pixel change from gray to gray (GtG).

Instead, they specified only the 1ms MPRT speed (moving image response time) obtained through the backlight.

To enable MPRT 1ms, go to the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu and set the response time to “Fastest” or turn on the Anti Motion Blur feature. Both do the same thing. They activate the backlight, which reduces the blur of perceived motion of fast-moving objects.

However, when MPRT is activated for 1 millisecond, screen flicker is introduced, and although invisible to the human eye, people who are sensitive to it may experience headaches after prolonged use of the monitor.

In addition, MPRT reduces the maximum screen brightness by 1 millisecond during an active time and can not work simultaneously with FreeSync / VRR (variable refresh rate).

Therefore, when you are not using Anti Motion Blur technology, the actual MSI MAG271R response speed is closer to 4ms-5ms (GtG), which is standard for VA panels.

In general, a little visible trail remains behind fast-moving objects, especially in darker scenes, but if you’re not an FPS hardware gamer, it’s certainly tolerable.

Features

AMD FreeSync allows you to synchronize your monitor refresh rate with your GPU frame rate. As a result, you get a variable refresh rate that, as long as your FPS is in the VRR range of the monitor, gets rid of all the tearing and stuttering of the screen, which in this case reaches 60-165 Hz / FPS.

Below 60 frames per second, LFC (Low Frame Compensation) comes into play, forcing the monitor to multiply the frame rate for smoother performance. For example, at 50 frames per second, the refresh rate reaches 150 Hz.

While not approved by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compliant, you can use FreeSync with NVIDIA compatible graphics cards.

However, some users experience brightness flickers when FreeSync / G-SYNC is enabled.

This only affects some monitor units, and the flicker is mostly below 60 frames per second and/or when your frame rate fluctuates a lot.

Unfortunately, this problem affects many monitors based on Samsung VA panels, and we hope that the GPU driver update will fix it in some cases.

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Next, the MSI MAG271R 165Hz game display has a 5-way OSD joystick on the back of the monitor and a very user-friendly menu that makes simple and quick OSD settings.

Useful game features include preset game mode (FPS, quiz, RTS, RPG, and user), Screen Assistance (Custom Intersection), and Night Vision, which is mostly Black Tuner 2.

When on “A.I.” Adjustable, night vision features increase the visibility of objects in the dark without overexposing bright areas.

When the OSD menu is not open, you can use the joystick as a shortcut for specific OSD functions. For example, pressing the joystick down opens the Screen Assistance option. You can also customize your shortcuts for these shortcuts.

Additionally, you can get the MSI Gaming OSD app for your smartphone, which lets you use your phone as a remote control for OSD-related settings including turning the monitor on / off, changing the input source, Play mode, and so on.

Design and connection

MSI MAG271R has a sturdy design with matte black/dark gray coating, thin edges, and a matte anti-glare screen. The screen can be adjusted up to 130 mm, tilted 20-5 degrees, or installed with a VESA 100×100 mm pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, dual HDMI 2.0 ports, headphone jack, and dual USB 2.0 hub. AMD FreeSync is supported via DP and HDMI with a VRR range of 60-165 Hz.

On the back of the monitor, there is Mystic Light RGB lighting, which you can customize to shine in different colors and patterns.

Specifications

Screen Size27-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate165Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Motion Blur Reduction1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (60Hz-165Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0
Other Ports2x USB 2.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
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Conclusion

Overall, the MSI MAG271R is an excellent gaming monitor with immersive image quality, smooth performance, and many useful features. Alas, the price is too high due to the alternatives. However, since this is a relatively unique model, some users may turn a blind eye to it.

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