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MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED Monitor review: Worth the premium

MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED Monitor review: Worth the premium

Rich vivid colours and deep blacks
High refresh rate, HDMI 2.1 and VRR support
Extras like KVM switch and gaming features
Expensive for a 27-inch monitor

OLED monitors are having their moment now, thanks in part to new models released by brands like MSI. The latest MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED gaming monitor offers everything a gamer desires — high refresh rate, HDMI 2.1 ports, and VRR support — and throws in useful extras like a built-in KVM. And that's not counting the outstanding visuals offered by its QD-OLED panel, like perfect blacks, vibrant colours and incredible viewing angles. Yes, it's expensive, but I think this monitor is worth the premium.

The OLED panel on the MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED monitor is super-slim, but the sleek look is somewhat spoilt by the chunky rear protrusion containing the internal components and I/O ports. MSI says this OLED uses graphene film and has a custom heatsink for better heat dissipation. But the screen itself still feels warm to touch. And I could actually feel a slight warmth when my hand is close to the screen.

Quick specs

  • 27-inch QD-OLED panel, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels
  • Up to 360Hz refresh rate, 0.03ms response (GTG)
  • Integrated KVM feature
  • DisplayPort 1.4a, 2x HDMI 2.1 (WQHD@360Hz), 2x USB-A, USB-B, USB-C (90W PD), headphone jack

I did find the squarish stand to be a bit large. But it's very stable, and like the rest of the monitor, feels solidly-built. There's good height adjustment (110mm), and you can swivel, tilt and rotate the screen. Cables can be routed through the stand. The MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED has a DisplayPort, and two HDMI 2.1 ports that provide the full 48Gbps bandwidth for game consoles, along with HDMI CEC support. The single USB-C port supports up to 90W power delivery. The included USB-B to USB-A cable is required for MSI's Gaming Intelligence app, which lets you tweak the monitor settings via a PC (more on that later).

If you want a more flashy look, turn on the backlit MSI logo. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Visuals on the MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED are superb, as you'd expect from a QD-OLED panel. It's factory calibrated, and looks great. It also handles reflections very well despite the glossy finish, which is important for those using it in a well-lit environment. In addition, the peak SDR brightness is 250 nits, which is more than enough. But HDR performance is muted compared with OLED TVs. Highlights don't stand out as much, though gamers probably don't appreciate being dazzled while playing. You can choose between VESA's DisplayHDR True Black 400, or a peak 1,000 nits brightness in the setting. While the latter may seem brighter, it's not sustainable — True Black 400 offers the better experience overall.

The MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED uses the latest QD-OLED panel from Samsung. One of the improvements is there's less colour fringing around text — compared with some older OLEDs — due to a more optimal sub-pixel arrangement. I also liked that the monitor can resize to a smaller 24.5-inch size, which is preferred by some gamers for certain genres like first-person shooter games. Then there are a whole bunch of other gaming features, from showing a refresh rate counter to a countdown timer to an aim magnifier.

These features can be toggled quickly by Navi key shortcuts, which you trigger by pushing the joystick (located on the underside of the monitor in the middle) by any of the four cardinal directions. These shortcuts can be set in the OSD or in Gaming Intelligence app. To use this app, you have to connect your PC to the monitor via the USB-B to USB-A cable. It's definitely more convenient to adjust the monitor settings using mouse and keyboard, though the initial setup can feel clunky. Note that you can only update the firmware through the app, which makes it almost mandatory.

Next to the joystick control are the power button and a customisable shortcut key. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Also found in the OSD settings for the MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED and the Gaming Intelligence app are several OLED burn-in mitigation tools that you typically find in OLED TVs, like pixel shift, as well as taskbar and logo detection. MSI promises a three-year warranty with coverage for OLED burn-in, so presumably the manufacturer has confidence in its product.

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At S$1,599, the MSI MPG 271QRX QD-OLED monitor is expensive compared with a similar 27-inch LCD gaming monitor. But OLEDs look so much better than LCDs, especially for movies and gaming that I think they are worth paying more for. And the MSI is right up there with the best monitors in terms of gaming features like refresh rate and VRR support. Finally, this is the market price for a premium OLED monitor. The Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM, for example, is S$1,899, albeit with a larger 34-inch curved screen, while Samsung's recently-announced 32-inch, 240Hz Odyssey OLED G8 monitor is S$2,058. Get the MSI now at Shopee and Lazada.

Note: Review unit provided by MSI.

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