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MSI MAG 274QRF QD E2 review: Affordably good

MSI MAG 274QRF QD E2 review: Affordably good


If you're hunting for a gaming monitor that doesn't break the bank, the MSI MAG 274QRF QD E2 is one to consider. It packs a 27-inch 180Hz QHD quantum-dot IPS display, a KVM switch, HDR400 support, and a pretty reasonable price of S$549.

Quick specs

  • 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution
  • 180Hz refresh rate
  • 27-inch Rapid IPS panel, up to 400 nits brightness
  • Connectivity: 2x HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4a, Type-C with 65W PD, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A, Type-B USB, audio jack

The 180Hz refresh rate is nice, and above the usual 144Hz or 165Hz found on other gaming monitors. While it doesn't have a 4K resolution like the Prism+ PG270, I think this monitor's 1,440p resolution is perfect for its 27-inch size. It's only slightly bigger than my 24-inch Full-HD Dell gaming monitor, but the extra sharpness from the higher resolution is nice. In fact, this is one of those times I think having a bit more screen real estate is nice. The MSI MAG 274QRF QD E2 monitor was tested with the Asus Dual GeForce RTX 4060 OC.

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Other features of the MSI MAG 274QRF QD E2 is adaptive sync, which helps to eliminate screen tearing. Ports-wise, this monitor comes with all you need. You get one Display Port (1.4a), two HDMI (2.0b), and a Type-C port that can work as a DisplayPort alt mode and supports 65W PD charging. There are also two Type-A USB ports, and a Type-B to connect to your PC. The built-in KVM switch allows you to control two PCs through the monitor when you plug in your keyboard and mice into its USB ports. You will need to connect the USB-C to a laptop, and the USB Type-B port to a PC to get it to work.

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While I prefer to mount the MSI MAG 274QRF QD E2 on a monitor arm, the included stand is pretty good, allowing for tilt, swivel, height, and rotation. The screen supports HDR400. Turning it on gets you a brighter screen and pretty decent blacks. There's some backlight bleed at the edges, but it's not that noticeable unless you're looking out for it. I do feel the colours can be a bit saturated, but you can tweak it.

To control the on-screen display, there's a joystick at the back of the monitor. From there, you can tweak the monitor's various settings, such as turning on the 65W PD or maxing out the response time. You can also toggle the joystick downwards to choose an on-screen crosshair to help you aim better in FPS games.

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At S$549, the MSI MAG 274QRF QD E2 is priced a tad higher than its competitors. But it does have some niceties, such as a built-in KVM switch and 65W power delivery that its competitors lack. I don't think you can go wrong with this monitor, but if you want the best picture quality, you'll need to look at a Mini-LED monitor such as the Hisense G7H. Grab the MSI MAG 274QRF QD E2 from Shopee or Lazada.

Note: Review unit provided by MSI.

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