MSI Optix MAG273
(Credit: MSI)

MSI has announced two new 27-inch gaming monitors are on their way to consumers in the form of the MSI Optix MAG273 and Optix MAG273R. Both monitors include IPS panels that feature a 144Hz refresh rate and a fast 1ms response time, which gears them toward the competitive eSports community. The 1080p displays also come High Dynamic Range (HDR) Ready with support for AMD FreeSync.

The HDR-ready claim can be a bit misleading, however, because the brightness of each monitor can only reach 250 nits — the measurement of the intensity of visible light. This falls below the 400 nits requirement for DisplayHDR.

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(Credit: MSI)

The monitors also support the MSI Gaming OSD App 2.0, which will allow users to control settings through software as opposed to just buttons on the monitors themselves. This feature allows custom settings for different software and will automatically apply those settings when that software is open.

No price or release date was given for the Optix MAG273 and MAG273R by MSI.

Additional monitor details

On top of the display features themselves, the MAG273 and MAG273R each feature two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2, two USB Type A 2.0 pass-throughs, and a USB Type B 2.0 pass through. As far as the differences between the two monitors are concerned, there aren’t many. Both displays are similar, but the MAG273R includes MSI Mystic RGB backlighting and stand height adjustment up to 130mm. Both displays are VESA compatible as well.

The full specs of the two new monitors can be found below, courtesy of MSI:

Technical Specifications
Model
Optix MAG273
Optix MAG273R
Screen Size
27″ (69cm)
27″ (69cm)
Panel Type
IPS Panel
IPS Panel
Aspect Ratio
16:9
16:9
Panel Resolution
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
144 Hz
Response Time
1 ms
1 ms
Adaptive Sync
AMD FreeSync
AMD FreeSync
DCI-P3/sRGB
98% / 139%
98% / 139%
Viewing Angle
178° (H)/178° (V)
178° (H)/178° (V)
HDR
HDR Ready
HDR Ready
Contrast Ratio
1000:1
1000:1
Mystic Light
Yes
N/A
Tilt Adjustment
-5° ~ 20°
-5° ~ 20°
Height Adjustment
0 ~ 130mm
N/A
I/O
  • 1x USB 2.0 Type B
  • 2x USB 2.0 Type A
  • 1x Display Port (1.2a)
  • 2x HDMI (2.0b)
  • 1x Earphone out
  • 1x USB 2.0 Type B
  • 2x USB 2.0 Type A
  • 1x Display Port (1.2a)
  • 2x HDMI (2.0b)
  • 1x Earphone out
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