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The Complete MSI QD-OLED Monitor Range Round-up and Guide

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Introduction

Over the last few months we’ve seen a wide range of new OLED monitors released from various manufacturers, and no one seems to be releasing as many new models right now as MSI. They’ve been quick to market with new and exciting models, and we’ve reviewed several of these during Q1 including their new 27″, 32″, 34″ and 49″ models, and we are now planning to review some of their other new models over the next couple of months as well. With so many to choose from, including several similarly named options of the same size in their range, we thought it would be useful to do a round-up of all the new models to hopefully help you decide which one is right for you. We will also take this opportunity to explain what some of the key features of these models are, and why they may be useful to you. We will also share our thoughts on the new monitors based on our current testing, and talk about some of the new models we are reviewing soon.

Models Covered in this round-up

We’ll be discussing and comparing models from both the MAG and MPG ranges, and will explain the differences later on as well. This includes screens in sizes of 27, 32″, 34″ and even 49″ so there’s something in there for everyone hopefully:

ModelScreen SizeResolution and Refresh RateOur reviewPurchasing
MAG 271QPX QD-OLED27″2560 x 1440 @ 360HzBuy here
MPG 271QRX QD-OLED27″2560 x 1440 @ 360HzAvailable hereBuy here
MAG 321UPX QD-OLED32″3840 x 2160 “4K” @ 240HzBuy here
MPG 321URX QD-OLED32″3840 x 2160 “4K” @ 240HzAvailable hereBuy here
MAG 341CQP QD-OLED34″ ultrawide3440 x 1440 @ 175HzAvailable hereBuy here
MPG 341CQPX QD-OLED34″ ultrawide3440 x 1440 @ 240HzComing soonComing soon
MPG 491CQP QD-OLED49″ super ultrawide5120 x 1440 @ 144HzAvailable hereBuy here
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MPG vs MAG range

Up front we should make a distinction here between the MSI monitor product ranges. You will see OLED monitors being released in the MAG series which is their more “mainstream” line-up, as well as their MPG “premium” line-up. The screens often have very similar model names so be careful when selecting which one is right for you, but look out for the inclusion of “MAG” or “MPG” in there to identify which model is which.

Where two screens are available of the same size but in different ranges, the underlying panels and associated panel specs are normally the same, it’s just some of the additional features that vary. This leads to the MAG models being a lower cost than the MPG series, but they have a few features missing which may or may not be important or useful to you. Keep in mind as well that the MAG series are more widely available at the time of writing, so that’s another factor to keep in mind if you’re after a new screen now.

We will provide some direct comparisons between some of the models later on but the differences are generally in 1) their design and aesthetic, 2) the ports provided, and 3) the support for MSI’s software and firmware updates. More details on these features later.

QD-OLED Panels

One defining characteristic of all of these new OLED monitors from MSI is the use of QD-OLED technology panels from Samsung Display. This is a competing option to the other widespread panel technology produced by LG.Display which is called WOLED. Both technologies provide familiar benefits of OLED panels, including:

  1. Near-instant, true <1ms G2G response times which are consistent across all refresh rates, during VRR situations, and have no visible overshoot issues. This makes the technology very well placed to handle gaming, and support the high refresh rates you will find with OLED panels.
  2. Per-pixel level local dimming which supports excellent HDR performance. Each pixel can be individually lit or turned off, which leads to true blacks, a basically infinite contrast ratio (subject to ambient room lighting conditions), and the avoidance of all halos and blooming that you can get on even the best Mini LED / LCD monitors. This makes OLED a very popular technology choice for HDR gaming and video.
  3. High refresh rates which, combined with the excellent response times, create excellent motion clarity for gaming. The higher the refresh rate the better, although there’s a point where further increases become much harder to spot in real use. Higher refresh rates also accommodate higher frame rates and help reduce end to end system latency as a result for competitive gaming. All these OLED models discussed here are at least 144Hz, and reach up to 360Hz!

Each competing OLED technology has it’s pros and cons at the moment, with some differing performance characteristics to keep in mind:

  1. Panel coating – All these QD-OLED panels in the MSI monitor range have what we refer to as a “semi-glossy” panel coating finish. It’s cleaner and clearer than WOLED panels which have a fairly grainy looking matte anti-glare (AG), so the image looks sharper and crisper, and it also makes blacks and colours pop a bit more too. The downside to this coating finish is that it does cause more glare and reflections than matte AG coatings, so you need to be more careful if you’re using the screen in a well-lit room, and with the positioning of light sources. It handles reflections a bit better than glossy OLED TV’s you might see, as there are some added AR (anti-reflective) properties, but it’s more of a challenge in this area than the matte AG WOLED alternatives. At the moment we do prefer QD-OLED’s semi-glossy finish overall personally for the overall image quality.
  2. Black depth – because of the structure of QD-OLED panels, their lack of a polarizer and the use of a Quantum Dot layer to create the colours that you see, they can suffer from raised blacks in some situations. Where light sources reflect off the screen it can cause blacks to start to look more dark grey in colour, or even have a bit of a purple tint to them. We explored this situation in a lot of detail in our article here, where we compared the black depth of all competing OLED technologies and panel coating options in different lighting conditions. You need to be mindful of your lighting levels and positioning with QD-OLED panels, and they are better used in darker rooms at night, or where light sources are mostly behind the monitor and do not therefore directly hit the panel surface. This is one area where WOLED panels fair better overall though.
  3. Text rendering – you may see this talked about as an issue with OLED panels in general, and something which may be a concern if you want to use them for general office and Windows applications. Both QD-OLED and WOLED panels have a non-standard sub-pixel structure which is different from the straight RGB stripe that Windows OS expects. The two competing technologies are a bit different here but let’s focus on QD-OLED since all the MSI models are based on this technology:
Macro photos of sub-pixel layout courtesy of Little Snowman

Since Samsung Display first introduced QD-OLED monitor panels in 2022, their technology has gone through 3 generations, linked to each year. So last year in 2023 was gen 2, and this year in 2024 the new panels are gen 3. You can find more information about their technology and generations in our article here. The different generations become relevant later, as there are a mix of gen 1, 2 and 3 panels being used by MSI in their range.

QD-OLED technology has a triangular sub-pixel layout, although it is at least in the correct R-G-B order. The original Gen 1 panels from 2022 have a diamond-ish shape and it was these panels which led to the initial concerns around text clarity from users as they were the first OLED monitor panels to market at the time. You get some colour fringing on text, and it doesn’t look as sharp and clean as it does on an LCD.

Some improvements were made with Gen 2 panels in 2023 with the pixel shape now more square and with higher pixel fill. This resulted in better text rendering with less visible fringing. It wasn’t perfect or fully fixed, but it was noticeably better to the point where most people are likely to find them fine.

Gen 3 panels in 2024 have kept the same squared edges to the sub-pixels although their shapes have changed very slightly. In practice on screens with a similar pixel density (e.g. a 49″ gen 2 panel and a 27″ gen 3 panel) the text looks identical, so the same benefits from gen 2 have carried over in to those newer panels from this year. Where pixel density is then increased, like on the 32″ 4K panel, remaining issues are basically eliminated and the text looks very clear and sharp and it’s very hard to spot issues with fringing.

Other improvements through the generations have been focused on the manufacturing process and efficiency, as well as panel longevity. The latter is a little hard to quantify and validate, but in theory the newer generation panels should be more robust and energy efficient.

QD-OLED Panel Generation Overview

Click for larger version

We’ve also provided an overview of the different panel sizes and specs from each of the generations. All of these 5 different panels are being used across the MSI QD-OLED monitor range, and we will explain more as we talk about each model later. For a full run down of Samsung’s QD-OLED and LG.Displays WOLED generations and panels, as well as a look at what’s planned for the future, check out our guide here.

Key features explained

MSI QD-OLED monitor range features infographic – click for larger version

The new MSI OLED monitors have a wide range of extras and features that you will probably have heard about before, but may not fully understand their usage and benefits. We thought it would be useful to break them down here so you can decide if you need any of these on your screen, which in turn could help you decide between the different models available. Click on the infographic above for the full size version.

USB type-C

All their new OLED monitors feature a USB type-C connection. It’s a small, physically reversable connection that can provide single cable connectivity from laptops and other compatible devices. You can simply plug in that single cable from the laptop to the monitor which will then send video, data and power all over that single connection which makes it really easy to use, and very plug and play. That removes cable clutter and keeps your desktop simple and clear.

The video signal is sent over a USB-C feature called “DisplayPort Alternative mode” or “DP Alt mode”, and allows you to run up to the screen’s full resolution and refresh rate as with the other provided video connections. It’s the same as if you were using the separate DisplayPort video connection.

Data connectivity is provided as well, allowing you to then plug devices, USB sticks and so on in to the USB ports on the monitor if you want, and treat them like a USB hub for your connected laptop.

The USB type-C connection also delivers power to your laptop which means you don’t have to plug it in separately to a power supply, and can charge the battery while it’s connected to the monitor. The power delivery that can pass from the monitor to the connected device varies a bit between the MAG and MPG models which we will discuss later, but all the new models have this feature. You might need to consider how much power your laptop or other device needs to draw to operate fully or charge.

When you want it

If you’re connecting a laptop which has USB-C output and want to have a simple, single cable connection

KVM switch

A built-in KVM switch in the monitor allows you to connect a single keyboard and mouse to the monitor itself (via the USB data ports included), and then control two connected systems from that single setup. You have one PC connected via DisplayPort or HDMI to the monitor for video, and then use the normal USB A > B cable to connect that PC up to the monitor for the data transmission. The other device, like a laptop for instance, can then be connected via the USB type-C connection which handles video and data (and power delivery too). You can then switch between which system the keyboard and mouse are controlling, which are connected up to the monitor’s USB data ports. Not everyone is going to need this feature of course, but it might be useful to some people.

When you want it

If you want to connect two systems/devices to the same monitor but only use a single keyboard and mouse to control both

HDMI 2.1

All their new models include the latest generation of HDMI connectivity as well. You can use HDMI from your PC graphics card if you want, although there’s no real reason to do so above using DisplayPort. These ports are more useful to accommodate external devices, most importantly modern games consoles like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

By including proper HDMI 2.1 capable ports (and not all screens labelled as HDMI 2.1 actually feature these things!) the new MSI OLED monitors can support resolutions and refresh rates up to 4K at 120Hz, including even on those displays which aren’t natively 4K via a feature called ‘virtual 4K’. They also include HDMI capabilities like Variable Refresh Rates (VRR) for gaming, and HDMI-CEC which detects when you power on the console/device, and auto-switches over to that input for you.

When you want it

If you want to play a modern games console (Xbox Series S/X or PS5) on your monitor

Virtual 4K

Virtual 4K support allows a screen that has a resolution lower than 4K (3840 x 2160) to accept an input signal sent at 4K. For instance even the 27″ 2560 x 1440 resolution and the 34″ 3440 x 1440 resolution monitors can accept a signal being sent at 3840 x 2160. Obviously the screen only has so many physical pixels, so it then in turn has to scale that signal back to the panels native resolution, but this can be useful in a couple of ways.

Most notably, the Xbox Series X games console can only operate in HDR mode if it is set to 4K resolution output. If the monitor did not accept a virtual 4K input signal, you wouldn’t be able to use HDR from that console! That is a major gap on occasions where virtual 4K is missing on some monitors. The other potential benefit is that by sending a higher resolution input signal (4K), you may be able to enhance the image detail a little compared with just sending a lower resolution. It’s a bit like the principles behind NVIDIA’s DSR and DLDSR technologies, which upscale the input resolution above the panel’s native support. Having virtual 4K support allows you to do this from input devices where it’s supported if you want.

When you want it

If you want to play a modern games console (Xbox Series S/X or PS5), especially relevant for the Xbox to give you HDR support

OLED Care 2.0

Every OLED panel needs to include some kind of care and maintenance features to look after the panel over time and enhance longevity. This is necessary to help mitigate the risk of image retention and burn-in, which is an inherent challenge with OLED technology when they are used for static content like you may commonly do with a monitor.

Panel cleaning cycles which run periodically to refresh the pixels and panel are standard across the market, and they are of course included here. Some monitors will also offer a pixel shift function, which basically moves the image on the panel a few pixels from time to time to therefore move around slightly where any static elements may be located. MSI’s range features this function too, with settings to control the frequency of its movement, although there’s no option to fully disable it here.

With their OLED Care 2.0 feature set, MSI have also added a few extra protection features which we’ve not seen in the market before. It’s good to see further innovation in this area which is often an area of concern for potential buyers when considering an OLED monitor. The ‘boundary protection’ feature can adjust the luminance of the boundary between two images or an image and the background, to help mitigate the risk of sharp edges and borders which can often remain static during desktop use. A similar ‘taskbar detection’ feature dims the Windows taskbar which again is a risky static element during general use. Finally a ‘multi-logo detection’ feature detects on screen static elements like logos (e.g. on TV streaming) or HUD’s in games and dims those a little too. Each of these new settings can be turned off if you find them problematic or distracting in any way, or you can control the frequency and level of the dimming. It’s good to have as many of these turned on as possible to help mitigate the risk of image retention.

When you want it

Everyone should want panel protection features for OLED screens, but they’re especially useful if you want to use the screen for static content, office, Windows etc

Custom heatsink and graphene film, with fan-less design

For those who like a silent setup, MSI’s models thankfully have a fan-less design, unlike some other OLED monitors on the market which include a small, active cooling fan inside to keep the panel and components cool. Instead of that approach, MSI have opted to use a custom heatsink and graphene film which handle the heat dissipation effectively, and avoid the need for any fans to be used.

When you want it

If you’ve got a silent system, or just generally want to avoid active cooling fans

3-year warranty including burn-in cover

Thanks to the comprehensive OLED Care 2.0 suite of protection features, and the fan-less, heatsink cooling solution they’ve used, MSI have recently added 3 year burn-in cover to their OLED monitor warranty. This should give you some added peace of mind about image retention and burn-in risk, as that’s a long period of time in which you can use the screen normally and discover whether your typical usage patterns will be ok or not. It’s good to see MSI and other manufacturers offer extended warranties and burn-in cover now.

Gaming Intelligence App

This is MSI’s software app that you can install on your PC and which allows you to control the screen settings, modes and options quickly and easily from your PC without needing to fiddle around with the OSD menu. It’s quick and easy to use, and includes a few nice extras like being able to export and import your settings. We’ve even provided settings files from our reviews of the models we’ve tested. The software can also be used to carry out firmware updates on compatible monitors. Note that the Gaming Intelligence app is not supported on the MAG range models, with the exception of the 34″ MAG 341CQP which we will talk more about later.

When you want it

If you want simple and easy control over your screen settings and profiles, as well as the ability to do things like upgrade the monitor’s firmware

Mystic Light

This is a small and subtle RGB lighting feature present on some of their monitors like shown in the above image. This can be synced with other Mystic light enabled gaming products from MSI, and can be controlled using your Smartphone and the Mystic Light app too. Keep in mind whether you or anyone else is going to be able to see the back of your monitor when considering if this is important or a nice-to-have for you.

When you want it

If you like RGB lighting features, or have other peripherals and components with them – especially if they’re also MSI Mystic Light compatible

Firmware updates

Many of the new models (but not all) feature support for firmware updates, carried out easily via the Gaming Intelligence app when the screen is connected to your PC via USB. This allows for bug fixes, improvements and updates over time and we’ve already seen recently MSI release a wide range of updates for their MPG 321URX and MPG 271QPX models based on some feedback we gave them, and on user feedback they’ve listened to. A couple of the MAG series models do not support firmware updates and we will cover that later when we compare the MPG and MAG models where applicable.

When you want it

To give you peace of mind around bug fixes and performance improvements over time

Choosing the right model

So far we have reviewed 4 of MSI’s new QD-OLED monitors (linked below), with a 5th coming soon. Overall performance characteristics are very similar between all the models we’ve tested, so in a way the choice can simply come down to which form factor, size and resolution you want for your use-cases. We found through our testing that all of the models had excellent response times, low input lag, good colour accuracy, working sRGB emulation modes and very similar HDR performance and setup. There are a few things omitted from the MAG series screens, but all the MPG series have the same set of features and extras as well.

Available new MSI QD-OLED models

ModelScreen SizeResolution and Refresh RateOur reviewPurchasing
MAG 271QPX QD-OLED27″2560 x 1440 @ 360HzBuy here
MPG 271QRX QD-OLED27″2560 x 1440 @ 360HzAvailable hereBuy here
MAG 321UPX QD-OLED32″3840 x 2160 “4K” @ 240HzBuy here
MPG 321URX QD-OLED32″3840 x 2160 “4K” @ 240HzAvailable hereBuy here
MAG 341CQP QD-OLED34″ ultrawide3440 x 1440 @ 175HzAvailable hereBuy here
MPG 341CQPX QD-OLED34″ ultrawide3440 x 1440 @ 240HzComing soonComing soon
MPG 491CQP QD-OLED49″ super ultrawide5120 x 1440 @ 144HzAvailable hereBuy here
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27″ models

The most common, mainstream size would be a 27″ screen which offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution and a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. This size and resolution has been available for a while in the monitor market, but the vast majority of available screens released before are based on an LG.Display WOLED panel instead, which offers “only” a 240Hz refresh rate. The MAG 271QPX and MPG 271QRX were two of the first screens to be launched this year using Samsung’s new QD-OLED panel instead, which has an increased 360Hz refresh rate. We found in our testing that this offered some small improvements in motion clarity and gaming performance, although 240Hz was of course already very fast. If you’re a competitive gamer then every little helps though.

More evident we think for general users would be the differences in image quality that we talked about earlier in terms of panel coating and text clarity. We prefer the semi-glossy coating finish of these QD-OLED panels to the pretty grainy looking matte AG coating of the alternative WOLED panels. This will depend on your personal room lighting and you do need to be more careful about reflections and glare, but overall we prefer this at the moment. The image looks cleaner and clearer than on competing 27″ 240Hz WOLED screens with a matte AG coating.

The text clarity is also quite noticeably better we felt. This had been improved on these gen 3 QD-OLED panels compared with older gen 1 panels, and side by side with a 27″ WOLED screen the differences are quite noticeable. Text is clearer and sharper on the QD-OLED version. Our current recommended best 27″ OLED monitors are therefore from the new QD-OLED range.

The 27″ models are going to be ideal for those who don’t have the space for the larger screens, if you’re upgrading from perhaps a smaller ~24″ size, and just generally want what is the most common monitor screen size nowadays.

32″ models

This new OLED screen size is definitely receiving the most interest from the market at the moment, and that’s because it’s offering something new and different in this space. It’s the first time we’ve seen a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) available to natively handle common 4K input devices and content easily. That’s also been incorporated in to this larger 32″ size (more precisely 31.5″) which then affords you more desktop space without the need for major OS scaling, and a larger physical screen area that improves immersion for gaming and multimedia.

The arrival of 4K resolution in the OLED market has also signalled a decent improvement in pixel density, increasing from the ~110 PPI of previously available panels to 140 PPI here. That helps provide a sharper and more detailed image, and also enhances text clarity even further, basically eliminating visible fringing issues.

The 32″ models have a lower 240Hz refresh rate but this is still excellent in terms of motion clarity, and combined with that 4K resolution is a dream spec for many people. Powering a screen at this resolution and refresh rate is going to be a challenge though of course so make sure your system is up to scratch too. The 32″ models are going to be ideal for people who want something a little bigger, maybe for gaming from a control pad or games console where you sit a bit further away from your desk, or for watching movies and video too.

34″ ultrawide models

The next size up would be the 34″ ultrawide models and unlike the 27″ and 32″ options, these have a curved format. It’s a subtle 1800R curvature which we think is comfortable and appropriate on an ultrawide of this size and width, without feeling too aggressive or steep. It’s better than the very steep 800R curvature you will see on some competing WOLED-based monitors in our opinion.

These screens have a 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio and they’re really nicely suited to split screen multi-tasking, and for any games where this aspect ratio is supported. It gives you a nice wide field of view, and it’s really comfortable to work with for office applications.

  • Our review of the 34″ MAG 341CQP is available here, and we will have a review of the MPG 341CQPX soon
  • You can buy the MAG 341CQP here. The MPG 341CQPX is not yet available but coming soon

49″ super ultrawide models

The largest size in the range, and currently the largest OLED monitor size you can buy, is the 49″ model. This is actually the one size where MSI only have an MPG model in their range, not an MAG model. This option gives you a really huge screen size to work with and it has a 32:9 super ultrawide aspect ratio. It’s the same screen size and resolution area in fact as dual 27″ 1440p monitors, so the total resolution available here is 5120 x 1440. This model has an 1800R curvature again which is subtle and appropriate, and again we prefer this to more aggressive curves like 1000R that you will find on some 49″ LCD monitors.

It’s great for multi-tasking and split screen work, and also if you want to use the Picture in Picture (PiP) or Picture by Picture (PbP) functions to handle multiple inputs at once. Some games also support 32:9 aspect ratio as well, so if you’re in to flight simulators and racing games for instance where this is more common, it’s an excellent experience. One thing to note about the MSI 49″ model is that it has the lowest refresh rate of the range at 144Hz, so it’s a bit slower than the other available models. This size is a great option if you’re thinking of upgrading from a dual monitor setup or want something that will handle productivity applications or multiple inputs really nicely.

Choosing between the MPG and MAG versions

Hopefully the above has helped you decide on which screen size is right for you. The one remaining consideration is whether you should buy the MPG or the MAG model. The MAG models should be a little bit cheaper than the MPG equivalents and also tend to be more readily available right now, at a time when demand is very high and the MPG models are commonly out of stock. If you’re after a screen more urgently, the MAG models are well worth a look.

We’ve provided a summary of the differences in specs and features in the table below. Apart from this, you can assume all other features are the same between the models. The only thing not included in this table is the slightly different design to the rear enclosure of the screens which we’ve included in photos.

MPG vs MAG series feature differences – click for full size version
MPG vs MAG series rear enclosure design differences – click for full size version

27″ and 32″ models

The 27″ and 32″ models differ is in the following areas:

  • The MPG model has a higher power delivery from its USB type-C port of 90W, whereas the MAG model offers only 15W
  • The MPG model has 2x USB data ports whereas the MAG model doesn’t have any
  • The MPG model supports user updatable firmware whereas the MAG model does not
  • The MPG model supports their ‘Gaming Intelligence’ app whereas the MAG does not
  • The MPG model has some simple ‘Mystic Light’ RGB lighting on the back of the screen whereas the MAG model doesn’t
  • They have different style rear enclosures with different patterns as shown in the photos

34″ models

The 34″ ultrawide models are a bit different and break away from the pattern of the smaller 27″ and 32″ options. In this size, the MAG series screen (MAG 341CQP) still offers USB data ports, user-updatable firmware and support for the Gaming Intelligence app. The USB type-C port has a lower power delivery still (15W vs 98W here for the MPG model). The main differences though are in the panel generation and its spec.

Whereas on the 27″ and 32″ models it’s the same underlying panel on both MAG and MPG versions, in the 34″ segment it’s actually different. The MAG uses one of the original gen 1 Samsung QD-OLED panels, originally launched in 2022, and that has a 175Hz refresh rate and the original, older sub-pixel layout that we talked about earlier. This is the same QD-OLED panel as used in all the other available 34″ ultrawide QD-OLED monitors on the market at the moment, so it is widely established and used. It has been combined though with all the modern features, connections and extras from the MSI 2024 OLED monitor series though and is currently our recommended and favourite 34″ OLED monitor. We still prefer this gen 1 Samsung QD-OLED panel to the more recent LG.Display WOLED alternatives, even though the latter has a higher 240Hz refresh rate and is more recent. The screen coating, text rendering and certainly the more subtle curvature of the screen (1800R vs 800R) are superior in our opinion.

Later this year MSI will be launching the MPG model (MPG 341CQPX – news piece here) which will be one of the first monitors to market to make use of a new Samsung QD-OLED panel with a 240Hz refresh rate. Although the panel is being produced in 2024 alongside their gen 3 panels (27″ 360Hz and 32″ 4K 240Hz options), Samsung actually classify this themselves as gen 2, as it doesn’t include the ‘Quantum Enhancer’ technologies that the other sizes offer and which is a key part of their third generation. It does however have the newer updated sub-pixel layout. Because of the anomaly of it being produced in 2024 alongside gen 3 panels, we like to label it as gen 2.5. So, the forthcoming MPG model will offer a higher refresh rate and the updated pixel layout from the newer QD-OLED panel which makes it an attractive option. We look forward to reviewing that screen very soon.

  • Further reading: for more information on all the current and future WOLED and QD-OLED panels, and an explanation of the different generations check out our video guide here.
ModelScreen SizeResolution and Refresh RateOur reviewPurchasing
MAG 271QPX QD-OLED27″2560 x 1440 @ 360HzBuy here
MPG 271QRX QD-OLED27″2560 x 1440 @ 360HzAvailable hereBuy here
MAG 321UPX QD-OLED32″3840 x 2160 “4K” @ 240HzBuy here
MPG 321URX QD-OLED32″3840 x 2160 “4K” @ 240HzAvailable hereBuy here
MAG 341CQP QD-OLED34″ ultrawide3440 x 1440 @ 175HzAvailable hereBuy here
MPG 341CQPX QD-OLED34″ ultrawide3440 x 1440 @ 240HzComing soonComing soon
MPG 491CQP QD-OLED49″ super ultrawide5120 x 1440 @ 144HzAvailable hereBuy here

Summary

Hopefully that provides a good explanation of all these modern features you see available on new OLED monitors, helping you to decide whether you want and need things like USB-C, KVM switches and the likes. MSI have released an impressive new monitor range this year with excellent performance and features from our testing. Choosing the right screen for you really boils down to which size and resolution is going to be most suited to your uses, and your desktop space and MSI have made it simple by keeping largely the same key feature set across all their models. If you want to save a bit of money, or can’t find the top-end MPG models available then the slightly lower spec MAG models provide a decent alternative as well. Hopefully it’s clearer from the above now on where these models differ from one another.


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