MSI Launches 144 Hz eSports Monitor

If you’re an esports player, you may want to take a look at MSI’s new range of 144 Hz monitors – the MSI Optix MAG273 and the MAG 273R.

Both of these two monitors are built with fast IPS panels and will feature a 144 Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time which will be great for eSports or fast-paced action games. While they will only be 1080p resolution, the other specs more than make up for it and will hopefully help in keeping the price down.

What Sets The Two New Monitors Apart?

There’s not a whole lot of difference between the two monitors in terms of the panel type and design. Both feature a simple, sleek, slim-bezel design with a gunmetal finish. 

Interestingly, neither of these monitor lines qualifies for a DisplayHDR certification because peak brightness only reaches 250 nits. This is despite MSI describing them as HDR Ready.

The MAG273 series will support AMD’s FreeSync, which means it probably supports G-Sync too, although we don’t have confirmation of that. Each of these new monitors will be compatible with MSI’s Gaming OSD app too which will help you change display settings. 

In terms of color and image quality, this series of monitors have panels using 98% DCI-P3 or 139% sRGB coverage. The viewing angle is 178° which should help with any color shifts or image distortion. 

When it comes to connectivity, the monitors will come with two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2, audio output, two USB Type-A 2.0 and one USB Type B 2.0 port.

The main differences are that they have different stands and the MAG27ER has extra RGB backlighting. The MAG273 has limited adjustment options, only supporting a tilt from -5° to 20° whereas the MAG273R allows you to adjust the height by 130mm too.

How Much Will They Cost?

At the moment, pricing information and when they will become available are not yet clear yet. The moment we hear an update, we will be sure to keep you updated. 

In the meantime, if you’re shopping around for a new monitor, be sure to check out our list of the best gaming monitors of 2020.