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MSI MAG321QR-QD QHD IPS with QD LED backlight

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For some, ~32″ QHD panels provide just the right physical screen size and pixel density for an enjoyable gaming and general desktop experience. The MSI MAG321QR-QD is one such offering, coming in IPS flavour with a focus on vibrant colour output. The monitor has a ‘stealthy’ rather than overtly ‘gamery’ appearance, with dark grey matte plastic used extensively and a blended central brand logo. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with slender 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 screen, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

A simple front

A 31.5″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is used with matte anti-glare screen surface. We believe the BOE M315QHB-N20 CELL or similar with custom backlight fitted, more specifically. The monitor runs at up to 170Hz, with support for Adaptive-Sync – including Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ and AMD FreeSync Premium with 48 – 170Hz VRR range plus LFC. A 1200:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour is specified. A flicker-free QD LED (Quantum Dots + blue LED) backlight provides a colour gamut of 98% Adobe RGB, 97% DCI-P3 and 140% sRGB (81% Rec. 2020) alongside a 350 cd/m² (400 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance. The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, allowing it to respond to HDR10 content with 10-bit colour support and the generous gamut put to potentially good use. It doesn’t require particularly high brightness by HDR standards or local dimming to enhance contrast, however.

A 1ms MPRT response time (caution advised) is specified using the included strobe backlight mode. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings referred to as ‘Less Blue Light’ are included to attempt to create a more relaxing viewing experience. The stand is fully adjustable, including 130mm (5.12 inches) height adjustment. You can remove this to reveal provision for alternative 100 x 100mm VESA mounting, if preferred. A strip of ‘Mystic Light’ RGB LED lighting is included above and to the right of the stand, as viewed from the rear. Ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external power brick), DP 1.2a (HDR feature set), 2 HDMI 2.0b ports, USB-C (15W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 2.0 ports (plus Type-B upstream). PS5 1440p with VRR support is specified by the manufacturer for the HDMI ports.

A little RGB

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