The MSI Optix MAG272CQR could be the screen that convinces you to go curved. It boasts great performance, and just the right resolution at 2.5K that is the current best compromise between frame rates and detail, so this monitor should really be able to take advantage of its 165Hz capability and adaptive sync.
You even get a USB C input, which adds future proofing. This isn’t an absolutely perfect screen. Only having two USB downstream ports that are a little inaccessible at the back means you will most likely only be plugging in keyboard and mouse this way, not a memory key. The lack of swivel adjustment is also an odd omission.
However, you’re getting all this quality and ability for under £350, which makes this screen a bit of a no-brainer if you’re looking to upgrade from an older Full HD 24in monitor. You’re not paying any premium over 144Hz models, and there aren’t any significant weak spots either. Unless you have the budget for something bigger and wider, this is the Must Have screen for the everyday gamer.
The MSI Optix MAG272CQR is available from Currys PC World for £339.
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- Reasonable price.
- 2,560 x 1,440 is a good balance between quality and attainable frame rates.
- Great colour accuracy (excellent when calibrated).
- 165Hz refresh.
- FreeSync 2 adaptive sync.
- Decent level of controls for gamers.
- Gaming OSD 2.0 software makes configuration easy.
- USB C video input.
- Built-in USB 3.2 Gen1 hub.
- Headset hanger.
- Only two USB downstream ports.
- No swivel.
- Not yet on G-sync Compatible list (although it did work during testing).
- Low 300cd/m2 brightness limits HDR abilities.
KitGuru says: The MSI Optix MAG272CQR is our new mainstream gaming champ, with excellent performance and a decent set of features for a reasonable price. It’s time to go curved!