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MSI Optix MAG322CQR 31.5in 165Hz Curved Monitor Review

The MSI Optix MAG322CQR is a stunning curved gaming screen. Colour accuracy is excellent out of the box and absolutely outstanding when calibrated. Colour uniformity is also excellent, and you get a fair selection of presets for different gaming and non-gaming activity types. The high 165Hz refresh with Freesync Premium adaptive synchronisation deliver a smooth gaming experience.

You also get a comprehensive range of video inputs including USB-C. The OSD features for helping your gaming are welcome, including onscreen refresh (showing the frame rate), crosshairs and a timer


This screen isn’t quite perfect, however. The USB hub is strangely only USB 2.0, with a mere two ports, making it best suited for keyboard and mouse connection only. There is no swivel on the stand. The price of close to £450 is also reasonably expensive when, for example, the 144Hz 32in AOC CQ32G1 is available for over £100 less, although this only offers 144Hz. There’s also a lack of design bling, assuming you like that kind of thing.

However, the quality available from the MSI Optix MAG322CQR, its 165Hz refresh and the fact it also includes USB-C connectivity, put it in a different class. This makes it highly recommended if you can afford the extra and want to upgrade to high-refresh curved gaming.

The MSI Optix MAG322CQR is usually available from Overclockers UK for £448.99, but is currently on offer for £398.99 HERE.

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Pros:

  • 165Hz refresh.
  • Curved screen for greater immersion.
  • Excellent colour fidelity; outstanding when calibrated.
  • Great colour uniformity
  • AMD FreeSync Premium adaptive sync.
  • 2,560 x 1,440 resolution is gaming sweet spot.
  • Decent range of gaming options in OSD.
  • Gaming OSD software control over settings.
  • USB-C video input.

Cons:

  • Not cheap.
  • Two-port USB 2.0 hub only.
  • No swivel.

KitGuru says: The MSI Optix MAG322CQR is a very capable curved gaming screen, offering excellent quality and a decent set of features. If you’re looking for high-refresh, large-screen entertainment it’s well worth paying the extra for.

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Rating: 8.5.

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