MSI Optix MAG272CQR Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅23-06-20
Closer Look

Those wanting to avoid the ultra-wide format will be pleased to know the MAG 27 is a 16:9 display. The only visible bezel can be found on the bottom-edge, the screen itself runs right to the very edge, but, it should be noted when inside Windows, there is a 5mm black digital border between the edge and the usable area. The viewable area does not fit precisely to the very edge as you can see on the “Viewing Angles Page”.

MAG 27 adopts a 1500R curve which is ideal for a 27-inch display like this. For larger screens, the curve increases to around 1800R typically.
Some displays can feature a reflective or shiny surface texture, which can at times be distracting, but we’re pleased to see that our MAG 27 utilises more of a matt material with anti-glare properties.

Around the back things are in keeping with the gaming audience to which this model is designed for. MSI has given the reverse some attractive styling – it’s just a shame will be hidden during use!

The stand features a sliding mechanism which allows for 130mm of height adjustment – while the display does not offer the ability to turn, there is -5°~20° of tilt movement available.

To access the OSD settings there is a small red joystick on the back panel which allows navigation through the menu system.

The feet arrive separated to the stand and screen on arrival and must be installed before use. They are extremely sturdy and well-made (steel) and in the centre there is a small gap for feeding power, display and peripherals cables through, to maintain a tidy desk.

Tucked away underneath the backpanel there are an interesting assortment of ports which are all up-to-date with current technology and standards. Available here we have:

• 1x Power port
• 1x Headphone jack
• 2x HDMI 2.0 ports
• 1x DisplayPort 1.2
• 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type A
• 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type B
• 1x USB Type-C

This provides us with a good variety of video outs and also supplies fast USB connectivity, should this be required.

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