The MSI MGP27CQ, one of the most popular gaming monitors at CES 2018 is now finally available to provide fantastic gaming visuals and features for enthusiasts. The monitor is a result of the long-standing collaboration between MSI and SteelSeries who are both leading brands in the gaming industry. Read on if you are interested in what the MSI MPG27CQ is capable of and what promotions are in tow with this latest release.
MSI MPG27CQ Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 3.1 x 3, 3.5mm Jack2
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 24.1” x 21.88” x 14.94”
- Weight: 16.76lbs
Design and Features
The MSI MPG27CQ sports a unique, gamer-centric design that comes with unique features we haven’t seen before. The monitor comes with a gunmetal gray chassis with a subtle mix of red accents on the stand. The face is bezel-free except for the bottom strip which holds the product’s RGB LED strips.
This lighting feature isn’t for customizable decorative illumination alone since it includes the monitor’s main highlight. The LEDs respond to in-game events and notifications via SteelSeries’ GameSense which utilizes the LED’s customizable effects. Take note that you have to be using a compatible app or game like Overwatch and Discord to take advantage of this add-on.
We’ve seen this feature on high-end gaming keyboards, but it is difficult to monitor the reactive lights when you are concentrating on a game. Monitoring cooldowns and skills on a keyboard can be cumbersome since you have to keep your eyes on the screen. With the LED’s placement on the MSI MPG27CQ, this shouldn’t be an issue since it would be easier to notice the lighting effects.
The LED feature is extended to the back of the monitor to act as a bias light aside from its primary purpose. On this side, you will also find MSI’s Dragon logo and an OSD joystick for easy navigation. The combination of brushed and textured finishes gives the product its sophisticated characteristic, signifying its status as the brand’s flagship gaming monitor.
Even if it may seem gimmicky to some, the MSI MPG27CQ is a fully functional gaming monitor that comes with all the crucial features. You get a fully ergonomic stand that comes with height adjustments, tilt, and swivel, although you can’t pivot the screen since this is a curved monitor. You can also go with aftermarket mounts since the MSI MPG27CQ is VESA compatible.
The MSI MPG27CQ’s connectivity isn’t as rich as most monitors, but it already includes everything you will ever need. The layout offers DisplayPort 1.2 along with two HDMI 2.0 slots for 1440p 144Hz video, and three USB 3.1 slots for accessories. There are no speakers, but you there are jacks for your headphones and microphone.
Display and Performance
The MSI MPG27CQ sports a 27-inch curved VA panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 4ms response time for excellent visuals and superb gaming performance. The contrast ratio is specified at 3000:1 for extreme blacks along with a 400cd/m2 backlight which allows for a more refined brightness adjustment. The screen’s 1800r curve is a bit more aggressive than some options, providing a certain level of immersion for its users.
The VA module on the MSI MPG27CQ isn’t only for deep blacks and excellent visibility. This panel tech also offers extended gamut coverage, which for this model is specified at 115% sRGB or 100% NTSC. This aspect should create the extra vibrancy which helps colors pop out, even more, making the monitor perfect for gaming.
VA panels also typically have a 4ms advertised response time, but the MSI MPG27CQ states it can do up to 1ms. While this aspect needs to be taken with a grain of salt, it isn’t impossible for a VA monitor to be slightly faster than its competitors. We are speculating that this product will come with an Overdrive feature that can boost the pixel transitions, although we cannot yet comment on its effectiveness.
The MSI MPG27CQ is also FreeSync compatible which creates a buttery-smooth and tear-free experience. This feature combines with the VA panel’s excellent specifications to provide gamers with a fantastic visual experience which s impossible with vanilla displays. Even if we haven’t tested this beast out, we think input lag will be minimal, so your gaming enjoyment is guaranteed.
Thoughts on the MSI MPG27CQ
The MSI MPG27CQ is a refreshing take on the gaming monitor genre which is probably why the monitor won an innovative award during CES 2018. The combination of a competent display with excellent features such as SteelSeries GameSense and FreeSync pushes the boundaries beyond the usual selling points. The monitor is a suitable choice if you simply want a brilliant product or if you are building a gaming ecosystem based on SteelSeries’ technologies.
The good news is that the MSI MPG27CQ and its 1080p variant, the MGPG27C are now available at our favorite retailers. The brand is now having a special worldwide launch promotion which bundles a SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mousepad with the purchase of these monitors. To redeem this freebie, users should register the product in this link. You can also access a guide for this promotion here.