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MSI MPG ARTYMIS 273CQR and 323CQR WQHD 165Hz with 1000R curve

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Monitor and panel manufacturers have been keen to introduce increasingly curved screens. The curve or even the mere thought of the curve isn’t for everyone, but it’s designed to draw you into the experience with potential viewing comfort advantages often touted. The MSI MPG ARTYMIS 273CQR and 323CQR offer a steep 1000R curve, with the most commonly curved panel type (Vertical Alignment). A silver-coloured powder-coated metal ‘penguin foot’ stand design is adopted, with dark matte plastics used elsewhere. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen. Plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying buttons at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

Highly curved

A 27″ and 31.5″ VA panel is adopted with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution. A 165Hz refresh rate is supported with Adaptive-Sync, including AMD FreeSync Premium with a 60 – 165Hz VRR range (plus LFC). Other aspects of note include a 2500:1 static contrast ratio, light matte anti-glare screen surface, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and 10-bit colour (8-bit + FRC). A flicker-free WLED backlight offers a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and ~89% DCI-P3 colour gamut. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to help create a more relaxing viewing experience. VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is also included, allowing the reasonably generous colour gamut and 10-bit colour support to be put to use. This is only a basic HDR experience and doesn’t require particularly high peak brightness or local dimming on the backlight. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the included strobe backlight feature.

Other notable features include a ‘Smart Cross Hair’ which changes colour to improve visibility as the background colour changes and ‘Night Vision AI’. ‘Night Vision AI’ to enhance visibility in dark areas without upsetting brighter areas. And a ‘Smart Brightness 2.0’ brightness sensor is included which can adjust the screen brightness and colour temperature according to room lighting. The rear of the screen includes customisable ‘Mystic Light’ RGB LEDs as a strip and the brand’s Dragon logo, customisable via the OSD or using software. The included stand offers tilt, height (100mm or 3.94 inches) and swivel adjustment. It attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if preferred. The ports face downwards and include; AC power (internal power converter), DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C (15W PD assumed, DP Alt Mode and upstream data), 2 USB 2.0 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. KVM functionality is included, allowing USB peripherals to be shared between multiple systems. The monitor supports 120Hz Full HD for the PS5 (and Xbox Series X/S) whilst including a ‘4K’ downsampling mode, allowing the monitor to accept a ‘4K’ UHD signal.

Mystic lighting

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitors are listed for ~$500 USD.