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MSI G273QF 165Hz WQHD IPS model

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For many users 27″ 2560 x 1440 models hit the sweet spot, with IPS options particularly popular for their mixture of speed and colour performance. The MSI G273QF of the Optix series offers this, marketed as an “esports gaming monitor”. The screen has a simple homely design with lots of dark matte plastics and a Y-shaped stand base. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, comprising a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. And a slender hard plastic outer rim. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

A homely appearance

A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is employed, more specifically based on the AUO M270DAN08.2 AHVA panel which MSI refers to as ‘Rapid IPS’. This is accompanied by a 165Hz refresh rate, with Adaptive-Sync support including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync. With a 48 – 165HZ VRR range, plus LFC. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is used and a 1000:1 static contrast is specified alongside 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. True 8-bit colour is supported and a flicker-free WLED backlight is used, offering a colour gamut of 93% DCI-P3 (125% sRGB) and a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual isn’t a figure you should pay too much attention to. An ‘MPRT’ strobe backlight setting is included as an alternative to Adaptive-Sync. The stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility, with 100 x 100mm VESA holes included for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’).

VESA holes included

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$350 USD (£350). The G273QPF is available in some regions, including a fully adjustable stand with square base but otherwise similar to this model.