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MSI MAG245R 144Hz Full HD IPS model

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There is an attractive range of 24″ Full HD high refresh rate models for gamers on a budget. The MSI MAG245R of the Optix series delivers this experience, with an IPS-type panel and their usual unassuming styling. Dark grey matte plastics are used extensively, including for the moderately thick bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are sleeker, with a dual-stage design that encompasses a slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. And a slim hard plastic outer component. 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. Or using the Gaming OSD app for more adventurous users.

Dark grey appearance

A 23.8″ 1920 x 1080 (Full HD or 1080p) IPS-type panel is employed. Likely using BOE’s MV238FHB–NG0 IPS-ADS CELL with a custom backlight. A 144Hz refresh rate is supported, with Adaptive-Sync including AMD FreeSync and Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’. A 48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC is supported. Other aspects of note include a 1000:1 specified static contrast ratio, 178°/178 viewing angles and 8-bit colour (6-bit + FRC assumed). A matte anti-glare screen surface is used whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight is included, with a 94.6% DCI-P3 (127.7% sRGB) gamut specified and 250 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to promote enhanced viewing comfort. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the ‘MPRT’ strobe backlight setting, as an alternative to Adaptive-Sync. A strip of Mystic Light RGB LEDs is included at the rear, to the right of the stand neck. These can be customised using the Mystic Light app. The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including 130mm (5.12 inches) height adjustment. This can be removed and replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution if preferred. The ports face downwards and include; DC power (external ‘power brick’), 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, DP 1.2a, 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 2.0 ports (plus upstream).

Mystic lighting

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~€300.

MSI MAG245R