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MSI NXG253R 360Hz Full HD G-SYNC IPS

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Modern IPS technology can deliver rapid pixel responsiveness. Refresh rates are also being pushed up. The MSI NXG253R of the Oculux series joins the ranks of the 360Hz IPS monitors, designed with competitive gaming in mind. The styling is quite simple rather than overtly ‘gamery’, with most stylistic elements found at the rear rather than front of the screen. Dark grey to black matte plastics are used throughout. The top and side bezels adopt a dual-stage design, with slim panel border flush with the screen and a slender hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

The low-key front

A 24.5″ 1920 x 1080 (Full HD or 1080p) IPS-type panel is used. A 360Hz refresh rate is supported, with ‘full fat’ G-SYNC via a module. Other aspects of note include a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and matte anti-glare screen surface. 10-bit support is specified (8-bit + FRC dithering), whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight offers an 84.09% DCI-P3 (109.63% sRGB) colour gamut and 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. This is somewhat broader than the 99% sRGB gamut typically specified for competing models but not particularly generous compared to most monitors that would claim to be ‘wide gamut’. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included, whilst basic HDR10 support is offered. Nothing fancy as the colour gamut and backlight capabilities are too restrictive for a true HDR experience. Reflex Latency Analyser is included, allowing measurement of overall system latency. This requires a compatible Nvidia GPU as well as a compatible mouse. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (caution advised), whilst Nvidia’s ULMB mode is included as an alternative to G-SYNC.

The monitor has a few dashes of colour at the rear, including the red joystick and clear ‘Nvidia G-SYNC 360’ branding. An RGB mystic light feature is mentioned in the product specifics, with the MSI stating: “The Oculux gaming monitor provides a soft ambient light in its back panel, and MSI Mystic Light allows you to select any of the colors from the palette to match your system to your taste.”. It isn’t clear from current information where these LEDs are located, however. The stand is fully adjustable, including 130mm (5.12 inches) of height adjustment and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. Most of the ports face downwards and include; HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4, a 3.5mm headphone jack, DC power input (external ‘power brick’) and a USB 3.2 Gen1 upstream port. The accompanying 3 downstream USB ports are found at the left side of the monitor, as viewed from in front. Although primarily designed for high frame rate and high refresh rate PC gaming, 1920 x 1080 @120Hz for the PS5 and compatible Xbox consoles is also supported.

Some colour at the rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$800.

MSI NXG253R