Welcome to the next level, that is the slogan with which MSI promotes this esports monitor. And that is actually completely justified when we look at the features that this 4K monitor has. The monitor may be a bit on the large side, but it responds very quickly and displays colors beautifully.
The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD is a 4K 144Hz monitor that uses HDMI 2.1, HDR and Quantum Dot technology. We’ll explain what that all means in a moment, don’t worry. It is especially important that you take the next step towards gaming at a high level with this monitor, although the screen is also extremely suitable for the latest single player games.
An ultra-fast screen
The screen is very suitable for competitive gaming because it uses a rapid boost display, which gives it an ultra-fast response time and refresh rate, so you as a player will hardly suffer from monitor blur. The crystal-clear screen gives you an edge for precise decisions in fast-paced games. We tested the screen with Call of Duty: Warzone in combination with an RTX 3080. Where this monitor really comes into its own is in the area of input lag and response times, and that is clearly noticeable with the game we play. The screen comes very close to the promised values in terms of input lag and response times.
In addition to a 4K 144Hz panel, the MSI Gaming monitor also features HDR technology, which allows it to show images with more detail, a wider color scheme that differs when compared to a traditional monitor. This works especially well with the Quantum Dot technology. Quantum Dot technology lets you experience beautiful images with a range of more than a billion colors according to MSI, which are upscaled by means of an intelligent processor. Experience for yourself what the difference will look like on the MSI website. On the other hand, you do sacrifice something in terms of black values with this screen, because it still uses IPS. In very dark scenes, black colors can sometimes look almost gray.
Besides the fact that the screen itself is pretty good, there are also some cool features to make your life a little easier. This way you can connect a mouse and keyboard directly to the monitor. This also works with consoles, so you can easily play with a mouse and keyboard on a PlayStation or Xbox. Very useful in our opinion. Furthermore, it uses MSI Mystic Light, allowing the gaming monitor to display soft ambient light, which is easy to sync with other Mystic Light gaming products. Choose a color palette via your smartphone or the Mystic Light App to match your taste or choose to have the monitor display backlight that dances to the music you play via your computer. Cool right? And that too at the touch of a button.
The monitor is also perfect for use in conjunction with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X, but older consoles such as the PS4, Switch and Xbox One can also be connected. Monitors were previously mainly designed for PCs, but now it is also considered that users connect their consoles. Therefore, the screen has a special mode where you can enjoy a 120Hz experience while playing console games. As a result, both the screen and the console can enjoy the best performance. With HDR, HDMI 2.1 and a 4K resolution, this makes it the perfect screen to play high-level titles like Call of Duty, FIFA or other competitive games.
Although I like having multiple screens next to each other, it’s the perfect solution if you don’t mind switching. If you do have several monitors on your desk, the MSI Optix with its 32 inch is a bit on the large side. It is not a screen where you quickly add a second one.
Let’s review the specifications of the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD:
IPS Panel – Provides 1ms response time, optimizes colors and brightness. UHD High Resolution – Games look better and have more detail. 144Hz Refresh Rate – Responds faster and movements run smoother. 1ms Response Time – Eliminates screen tearing and choppy frame rates. Gaming Intelligence – Gaming Intelligence is the label of the software integrated into MSI products. These products contain AI gaming features specifically for gamers. NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible – Prevents screen tearing and stuttering, producing ultra-smooth lag-free gameplay. HDMI 2.1 – 4K 120Hz with HDMI interface for consoles. Gaming OSD App – Create the best settings for your games. Adjustable Stand – Change the position of the monitor for maximum ergonomics. VESA DisplayHDR 600 – Visuals are enhanced through contrast and shadows. Night Vision – Smart tuner that makes black details easier to see in dark areas. Mystic Light – Gives control over all RGB lighting.
The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD is now available at Computer science for €1199. Of course that is on the high side, but if we look at what the monitor does, it is on the high side for a screen. If you look at other screens with similar specifications, this amount is justified. You also need a powerful video card to control the panel.
The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD is a 4K 144Hz monitor that is perfectly suited for the more serious gamer. The panel is overloaded with bells and whistles and comes very close to the promised response times and input lag. It is interesting that the screen is not only aimed at the PC gamer, but is also perfectly capable of showing the most beautiful games on, for example, a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S, thanks to the addition of HDR and HDMI 2.1. However, the screen purely as a monitor is a bit on the large and pricey side.