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MSI MPG 274URF QD 160Hz 4K IPS with HDMI 2.1

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Update: Our video review of this model has been published. News piece below initially published 25th March 2024.


The exceptional pixel density of ~27″ ‘4K’ UHD models provides benefits for both work and play. The MSI MPG 274URF QD is one such model, with a wide gamut IPS panel focusing on a mixture of speed and vibrancy. HDMI 2.1 support is included, allowing a 120Hz ‘4K’ UHD signal to be provided for devices including the Xbox Series X and PS5. The monitor has simple styling with plenty of dark matte materials and a low-profile stand base. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with slim 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.

The front

A 27″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is used with support for a 160Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync also features, allowing VRR technologies such as Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ and AMD FreeSync to be used with 48 – 160Hz VRR range plus LFC. Other points to note include a matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour support. A flicker-free QD LED backlight provides a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and wide gamut (98% DCI-P3, 99% Adobe RGB, 145% sRGB). Basic HDR10 support is provided at the VESA DisplayHDR 400 support, allowing the screen to use 10-bit colour processing and put its generous gamut to potentially good use. The brightness is quite limited by HDR standards and no local dimming is specified, however.

A 0.5ms grey to grey response time is specified, but don’t put too much weight on this figure as usual. The stand attaches centrally and can be removed to reveal provision for alternative mounting via 75 x 75mm VESA. A strip of ‘Mystic Light’ RGB LEDs is located above the stand attachment point. Full ergonomic flexibility is offered, including 110mm (4.33 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 USB 2.0 ports (plus Type-B upstream), 2 HDMI 2.1 (48 Gbps) ports, DP 1.4 (with DSC), USB-C (65W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. KVM is supported, allowing easy display input switching and USB peripheral switching between 2 systems. 2-device PiP/PbP is also supported.

The rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for~$430 USD (~€600).