MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

The MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor is a new Quantum Dot display model from the gaming brand that hopes to win you over. Quantum Dot isn’t anything new. The tech has been around since 2017 in most TVs and gaming monitors have included it since 2020.

Essentially, quantum dot tech is meant to provide better colours, cleaner whites, darker blacks and improved brightness. If done correctly, you’ll be able to look at a non-QD display and immediately tell it packs the tech. This is especially true for TVs.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

The MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor wants to deliver all the benefits of QD in a smaller form factor display while also being relevant for gamers who are looking for the most modern gaming features. For the most part, this display does just that. However, for every good feature, there’s one that simply doesn’t deliver.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Design

Starting off with the MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor design, this curved monitor packs a 27-inch VA panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Similar to MSI’s other MAG displays, it is completely black with a two-leg stand. On the front, there’s an MSI logo and the screen takes up a good chunk of real estate. The bezels around the display are also noticeably thin but nothing extraordinary.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

The stand itself is practical and gives the display some versatility when it comes to its movement. The monitor can be moved up and down. It can also tilt down by 5-degrees and up by 20-degrees. These slight tilts are more than enough to add a bit of viewing versatility to your seating.

The stand included a cutout for cable management where I could plug the cables in and slide them through the cutout on the stand to tidy up the table. On the back, there’s also an RGB strip which can be toggled through the MSI Control Centre and the built-in UI system. There’s also a strange shiny plastic bit at the top back side of the monitor. It doesn’t really do anything and is just there for cosmetic reasons.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

Speaking of ports, the MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD includes one DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.1 port and a USB-C port. There are also two USB Type-A 2.0 ports and an earphone out port. The best performance is possible using the DisplayPort and USB-C port which both reach 2560 x 1440p at up to 170Hz. The HDMI port is limited to 2560 x 1440 at 144Hz.

I also need to mention that the USB-C port does have power deliver up to 15W so you can charge your phone and other accessories using this port.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

Apart from that, the MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD is a pretty basic-looking monitor. Sure, there’s RGB on the back but that’s about it. The stand is okay and works and the button layout is easy to master after spending enough time twiddling the analogue nub around and pressing inputs.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Performance

The MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD didn’t really impress me when it came to its display quality. Right off the bat, I noticed this QD display was incredibly dim. Even after calibrating the screen, it remained very dark and in a light room, difficult to use.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

The peak brightness on this panel sits at a measly 289 nits which isn’t ideal at all. Not only does this not fail HDR certification (which MSI has happily slapped on the product as a feature) but everything you do on the monitor looks dull and washed out.

A 300-nit monitor means you’ll need to use this display in a dark room. You can see from the photos I took how dark the image is.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

 

Apart from the poor brightness, the monitor’s modern gaming features do work well. The 1ms response rate and 170Hz refresh rate feel great to use. The included G-Sync support also helps with screen tearing and input lag. This monitor has all the “good” features which are really considered basics now.

When it comes to the settings and UI, I could tweak the MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD through the MSI Gaming Intelligence software on the PC. Here, I could change various presets and apply certain refresh rates to different modes.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

 

If you’re using this monitor for console gaming, all of this is doable on the monitor itself. You can also disable RGB, enable a crosshair and turn on and off smoothing. The system also offers some handy eye care features including Low Blue Light and anti-flicker. These are welcome additions.

Overall, I didn’t hate the panel on the MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD but it isn’t great. The poor brightness means you’re not getting much visual quality out of it at all. However, I do need to praise the monitor’s colour accuracy.

MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor Review

Then again, a colour-accurate gaming monitor isn’t really something you’ll care about. Especially a curved one. If you’re hungry for a colour-accurate monitor for content creation, you’ll get a flat monitor with that feature. I kind of wish MSI focused more on the panel quality and brightness here instead.

For R10,000, I can’t recommend this MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD. There are simply far better monitors on the market that deliver brighter panels. A dim gaming monitor is a real deal-breaker. Everything you do on it is ruined by poor brightness. The whole “quantum dot” feature also feels poorly implemented given how dull this display is.

This MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD Gaming Monitor review is based on a unit sent to us by MSI. The monitor is available locally for R9,999. 

Summary

The MSI MAG 275CQRF-QD is a hard selling given how poor its brightness is. At 300 nits, this monitor struggles to pump out HDR content and everything you do on it looks washed out and dull.

Overall
6/10
6/10
Marco is the owner and founder of GLITCHED. South Africa’s largest gaming and pop culture website. GLITCHED quickly established itself with tech and gaming enthusiasts with on-point opinions, quick coverage of breaking events and unbiased reviews across its website, social platforms, and YouTube channel.

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