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MSI today announced a new gaming monitor, the Optix MAG281URF.

As explained in a press release shared by the manufacturer, the MAG281URF features a 4K IPS UHD panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate, which is made possible thanks to the display’s 2x HDMI 2.1 ports. Owners can also expect support for NVIDIA G-SYNC, peak brightness levels of 400 nits, and 95 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.

The Optix MAG281URF’s key features, per MSI:

  • Rapid IPS Panel: Provide ultra-fast 1ms GTG response time, make sure the intensity and purity of colors when gaming.
  • G-SYNC Compatible: Challenge any game without screen tearing, stuttering, flicker, or artifacts. G-SYNC compatible dynamically matches the refresh rate of the display to the frame rate of the GPU.
  • HDMI 2.1 – 144 Hz @ 4K: 4K UHD is a basic standard of next-gen console. The perfect image quality is not enough. By HDMI2.1, wider bandwidth allows we choose 144hz at 4K resolution. A perfect combination of PC gaming and Console Gaming.
  • Wide Color Gamut: Game colors and details will look more realistic and refined, to push game immersion to its limits. This monitor has excellent color performance. Color Gamut: DCI-P3 95% and sRGB 124%.
  • VESA Certified DisplayHDR 400: Provide eye-catching detail through contrast and shadows adjustment

Specifications

Panel Size27.9″ (70.9 cm)
Panel Resolution3840×2160 (UHD)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response time1ms (GTG)
Panel TypeRapid IPS
Brightness (nits)300 (typ.) / 400 (HDR Peak)
Viewing Angle178° (H) / 178° (V)
Aspect Ratio16:9
CurvatureFlat
Contrast Ratio1000:1
Active Display Area (mm)620.93(H)x341.28(V)
Pixel Pitch (H x V)0.16(H)x0.16(V)
Surface TreatmentAnti-glare
Display Colors1.07B (8 bits + FRC)
DCI-P3 / sRGB95% / 124%
Video ports1x Display Port (1.4a) 2x HDMI (2.1) 1x Type C (DP alt.)
USB ports2x USB 2.0 Type A 1x USB 2.0 Type B
Audio ports1x Earphone out
Kensington LockYes
VESA Mounting100 x 100 mm
Control5-way OSD navigation joystick
Power TypeExternal Adaptor 19V 6.32A
Power Input100~240V, 50~60Hz
DYNAMIC REFRESH RATE TECHNOLOGYG-SYNC Compatible
ACTIVATED RANGE48 – 144Hz
DCR100000000:1
HDR SupportHDR 400
Power consumption33.3W
Signal Frequency250~325.2 KHz(H) / 48~144Hz(V)
Adjustment (Tilt)-5° 20°
Adjustment (Swivel)-45° 45°
Adjustment (Pivot)-90° – 90°
Adjustment (Height)0 – 130 mm
Dimension (W x H x D)638.27 X 408.22 x 233.68mm

“The MAG series was born through rigorous quality testing and designed to be a symbol of sturdiness and durability,” MSI wrote regarding the display’s branding. “Focused on providing the best user experience, the MAG series has a simple installation process coupled with a friendly user interface making it the best choice for entry level gamers.”

Source: MSI

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5 Comments

  1. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 45290, member: 203″]
    I’m not really familliar with the Mag brand.

    It looks nice, but 28″ seems tiny for 4k.
    [/QUOTE]
    The MAG stuff is just MSI’s tiered branding thing. I’ve never liked it. They have MEG, MAG, and MPG. That said, I couldn’t agree more. 28″ is super tiny for a 4K and virtually pointless under 32″ as far as I am concerned.

  2. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 45290, member: 203″]
    It looks nice, but 28″ seems tiny for 4k.
    [/QUOTE]
    That’s cuz it is.

    [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 45305, member: 6″]
    …I couldn’t agree more. 28″ is super tiny for a 4K and virtually pointless under 32″ as far as I am concerned.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yupz. Zarathustra said in another thread that 4K really starts to come into its own at 40″, and I tend to agree with that. 32″ I have heard is the bare minimum size you wanna be at for 4K. Under that, just a waste.

  3. [QUOTE=”DrezKill, post: 45319, member: 230″]
    That’s cuz it is.

    Yupz. Zarathustra said in another thread that 4K really starts to come into its own at 40″, and I tend to agree with that. 32″ I have heard is the bare minimum size you wanna be at for 4K. Under that, just a waste.
    [/QUOTE]
    I’ve got a 28″ 4K, a 40″ TV I use as a monitor and an Acer Predator CG437K 43″. I have other various 4K TV’s around the house I’ve used as monitors as well. I’ve tried it on everything between 28″ and 65″.

    28″ just isn’t a great size for it. However, like most things it really depends on your use case. As a gaming monitor, it can work as the pixel density is nice. But, for everything else I think it sucks.

  4. I agree that 28″ would be a little small for a 4K monitor. I owned a 32″ non 4K MSI monitor a while ago and it was riddled with dead pixels after a while.

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