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MSI MAG272QP and MAG272QR 27 inch WQHD 165Hz flat VA model

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Update: Refreshed information to include very similar ‘QR’ model that’s more widely available. News piece below initially published 4th September 2019.


A range of 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) monitors are now available, with high refresh rate panels of all 3 LCD flavours. The MSI MAG272QP and MAG272QR, of the Optix series, are high-contrast VA additions to these high refresh rate WQHD offerings. They have a simple and fairly understated aesthetic, with plenty of matte dark and medium grey plastics. The top and side bezels are very slender, featuring a dual-stage design. This includes a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen, plus a thin hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a small joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the bottom right as viewed from in front.

An understated appearance

A flat VA (Vertical Alignment) panel is used with a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution. As with the AOC AG273QX, this is a flat rather than curved panel. This offers a 165Hz refresh rate, with support for Adaptive-Sync – including AMD FreeSync on compatible systems, with a 48 – 165Hz variable refresh rate range (plus LFC). Other aspects to note include the use of a light matte anti-glare screen surface, 3000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. 10-bit colour is supported (8-bit + FRC), whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight is used offering a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 95.6% DCI-P3 coverage (123.7% sRGB). The monitors respond to HDR10 content, potentially putting the colour gamut and bit depth to good use. But they are not compliant with even the lowest VESA DisplayHDR standard – so only offer a very basic HDR experience, with relatively limited luminance and no local dimming support.

The monitors include a ‘Night Vision’ gamma enhancement setting, designed to lighten up dark shades to enhance visibility and give a competitive advantage. A 1ms response time is specified; take this with a huge dose of salt. This is almost certainly an MPRT response time using a strobe backlight mode. The rear of the monitors are mainly matte black plastic, with a brushed-textured area towards the left side. Plus glossy black plastic with a grey pattern running from this area to the top right. The ‘QR’ model includes a ‘Mystic Light’ RGB LED strip in this region, which is the only feature distinguishing the two models. There is also a red and silver MSI Dragon logo at the left side and a red plastic joystick, for a little visual interest and contrast. The included stand is fully adjustable and can be replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, if preferred. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C (DP Alt Mode), 2 USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Some visual interest at the rear

Further information on the QP and QR models can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The ‘QR’ model is more widely available, priced at around ~$350 (£280).