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MSI MAG321QR 165Hz WQHD IPS model

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For those seeking an immersive experience, a good pixel density and decent ‘desktop real-estate’, ~32″ WQHD models can certainly make sense. The MSI MAG321QR of the Optix series offers this, combined with a high refresh rate IPS-type panel. The monitor offers the fairly pared back styling associated with some others in the series, with matte dark grey plastic and black central brand logo. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen. And a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

Pared back styling

A 31.5″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is employed with 165Hz refresh rate, which we believe to be a BOE IPS-ADS panel more specifically. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ – with a 48 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC. A 1200:1 static contrast ratio is plus 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified. A matte anti-glare screen surface is used, whilst the screen supported a 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) bit depth. A flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 93% DCI-P3 (127.1% sRGB) colour gamut and 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are also included, whilst VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included. This allows the monitor to put its reasonably generous colour gamut and 10-bit colour processing to good use, alongside a 400 cd/m² peak luminance. Stronger luminance and local dimming to enhance contrast is not required at this HDR level.

A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the included strobe backlight mode. As usual, don’t put too much weight on such figures. A strip of customisable ‘Mystic Light’ RGB LEDs is found at the rear, above the stand attachment point. The included stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment (130mm or 5.12 inches) and can be removed and replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if desired. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C (15W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 2.0 ports plus upstream.

A dash of RGB

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Information on price and availability still to come.