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MSI MPG321QRF-QD 175Hz WQHD IPS with DisplayHDR 600

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The 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution spread out across a ~32″ screen size provides a good deal of immersion and a decent level of ‘desktop real-estate’. The MSI MPG321QRF-QD of the Optix series delivers this experience, with the usual fairly subdued styling associated with the series. A mixture of matte dark grey plastics for a blended appearance. This is complemented by the dual-stage bezel design, with slim panel borders flush with the rest of the screen plus a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the monitor, situated towards the right as viewed from the front.

Dark matte plastics

The monitor employs a 32″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel, an AUO AHVA part more specifically. A 175Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ with a 48 – 175Hz VRR range plus LFC. A 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles plus 10-bit (achieved with FRC) colour support is touted. A very light matte anti-glare screen surface is offered. A flicker-free Quantum Dot LED backlight is included, with 95% DCI-P3 (99% Adobe RGB, 144% sRGB) colour gamut and 400 cd/m² (600 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance. VESA DisplayHDR 600 support is included, with local dimming (16 zones likely) plus the decent peak luminance of the backlight put to good use. Alongside the generous colour gamut and 10-bit colour processing.

The monitor also includes Low Blue Light (LBL) settings, with an ambient light sensor allowing the screen to adjust its brightness according to room lighting. ‘Mystic Light’ RGB LED lighting is included at the rear, alongside various material textures and a few bronze-coloured elements adding a bit of visual contrast. The included stand attaches via a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The included stand offers tilt, swivel and height (100mm or 3.94 inches) adjustment. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (~15-18W PD assumed, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 3 USB 3.2 ports plus upstream, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm microphone jack and 3.5mm combo jack. KVM functionality is included, allowing USB ports to be shared between multiple systems.


Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$700 USD.