MSI has announced a couple of new gaming monitors which will join its Optix stable. Both new models leverage PrismSync illumination and SteeSeries GameSense. The new MSI Optix MPG27C and MPG27CQ are identically sized (27-inch) curved monitors differentiated by the resolution of the panel used; 1920 x 1080 pixels, and 2560 x 1440 pixels respectively. As an added bonus for the QHD model, it has a better maximum brightness too; up to 400 nits (rather than up to 250 nits).
Looking at the main picture above you can immediately see the five RGB light segments along the lower edge of the monitor bezel. These can be programmed by the SteelSeries Engine to notify users of in-game timers, stats, cooldowns or even Discord notifications. Around the back of the monitor you can see the more decorative 'Mystic Light' RGB lighting and ambient lighting effects source.
The major differences between the MSI Optix MPG27C and MPG27CQ were mentioned in the intro, other than that the monitors have a lot in common such as;
- 1800R curved VA LED panel with wide viewing angles
- A 'frameless' design
- 1ms response time
- 48 to 144Hz refresh rate with Adaptive Sync
- 115 per cent sRGB gamut, 100 per cent NTSC gamut
- 2x HDMI (MPG27C: v1.4, MPG27CQ: v2.0), 1x DisplayPort 1.2 inputs
- Headphone, Mic, Combi jack
- 612 x 556 x 380mm size with (VESA 100x100) stand, 7.6Kg
- Tilt 5° ~ 20°, Swivel -40° ~ 40° , Height 0 ~ 120 mm adjustments
- USB 2.0 Hub (USB 3.1 in MPG27CQ)
In addition to the features and specs above, the monitors both feature gaming overlays such as crosshairs, low blue light and anti-flicker tech.
At the time of writing I can find the MSI Optix MPG27C listed in the UK for £449, and the MPG27CQ for £519. Both were listed as 'coming soon'.