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MSI MAG 323UPF 160Hz 4K IPS with HDMI 2.1 and USB-C

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Some really appreciate the immersion and versatility afforded by ~32″ ‘4K’ UHD models and raised refresh rates. The MSI MAG 323UPF offers this, including HDMI 2.1 capability which supports a 120Hz ‘4K’ UHD signal for devices including the Xbox Series X and PS5. The monitor offers simple styling with plenty of dark matte plastics. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, including a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus thin hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

The front

The monitor uses a 32″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel, with 160Hz refresh rate and support for Adaptive-Sync plus HDMI 2.1 VRR. This allows technologies such as AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ to be used, with 48 – 160Hz VRR range plus LFC. A matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, with 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour support. A flicker-free WLED backlight provides a 440 cd/m² (600 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance and 95% DCI-P3 (93.6% Adobe RGB, 125.7% sRGB) colour gamut. The peak of blue light is shifted to less energetic wavelengths (TÜV Rheinland certified Low Blue Light Hardware Solution) to potentially aid viewing comfort.

The monitor responds to HDR10 content with VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification. This includes raised but not exceptional brightness for HDR and basic edge-lit local dimming. It also allows the screen to put its reasonable gamut and 10-bit colour support to good use. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual isn’t a figure to put much weight on. The stand attaches centrally and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3 USB 2.0 ports plus Type-B upstream, USB-C (90W, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), DP 1.4 (with DSC), 2 HDMI 2.1 (48 Gbps) ports and an AC power input (internal power converter). 2-device PbP and PiP is also supported, alongside KVM which allows easy USB peripheral sharing and display switching between 2 systems.

The rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$700 USD.