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OLED monitors are prime candidates for high refresh rates, given their exceptional pixel responsiveness. The MSI MPG 271QRX delivers this, with its high refresh rate QD-OLED panel. The monitor has simple and smart styling, with a low-profile stand base and dark grey bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are dual-stage with slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus slim hard plastic outer part. An ‘active area’ surrounds the image, used for pixel shifting to help mitigate image retention. This is one of several ‘OLED Care 2.0’ measures, with another including ‘taskbar detection’. This is designed to dim the taskbar, a large static element on the desktop. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick beneath the central region of the bottom bezel.

A simple and smart design

A 27″ Samsung Display QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) panel is used with glossy anti-reflective screen surface, 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution and 360Hz refresh rate. VRR support is offered including HDMI 2.1 VRR and Adaptive-Sync, providing wide support for systems including PCs, the Xbox Series X and PS5. Technologies such as AMD FreeSync and Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ can be used, with 48 – 360Hz VRR range plus LFC. A 150,000:1 static contrast ratio, 10-bit colour and 178°/178° viewing angles are specified. The monitor is factory calibrated with specified DeltaE <2, whilst the screen is 'flicker-free' with 250 d/m² (1000 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance and 99% DCI-P3 (98% Adobe RGB, 138% sRGB) coverage. The screen provides reduced energetic blue light output with a TÜV Rheinland certified hardware solution for Low Blue Light (LBL), potentially improving viewing comfort. A custom heatsink design with graphene film is included for passive cooling, rather than active cooling being provided with a fan.

The monitor provides a dynamic HDR10 experience, with VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 certification. Alternative HDR settings with higher brightness peaks are included. The monitor’s per-pixel dimming plus good brightness peaks, 10-bit colour and generous gamut make it a good candidate for solid HDR output. A 0.03ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual you should pay little attention to – even if OLED technology is known for its exceptional pixel responsiveness. A ‘Mystic Light’ RGB LED lighting feature is included towards the top, at the rear. The stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal provision for 100 x 100mm VESA mounting. The provided stand is fully adjustable including height (110mm or 4.33 inches) adjustment and pivot into portrait. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.1 ports (48Gbps), DP 1.4 (with DSC), USB-C (90W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 2 USB 2.0 ports (plus Type-B upstream) and AC power input (internal power converter). KVM is supported for easy peripheral sharing and display input switching between 2 systems. The 3-year warranty included with the monitor covers OLED burn-in for peace of mind.

Mystic RGB LED lighting

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website, with the monitor listed ~$800 USD. An alternative version with darker bottom bezel, lower USB-C PD (15W) and no additional USB ports or KVM functionality is also listed, the MAG 271QPX.