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MSI MAG321CQR Review | An Affordable 32″ Curved Gaming Monitor

We’ll try to cover and explain every single detail there is to tell about, specification, feature and performance. Although, there’s really nothing that makes this monitor a bad choice, but either way, stick with us in the next couple of minutes to find out what makes this monitor so special, and worthy of its reputation.

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The MSI Optix MAG321CQR curved gaming monitor is built with gamers in mind, and to take your playing experience to perfection. It actually got the number 1 spot on our list of the best curved gaming monitors for this year. It features a 31.5″ viewing real estate and a 2560 x 1440 WQHD resolution on a curved panel.

To begin with, the stirring RGB illumination makes the monitor a true eye-catcher, while the Gaming OSD app makes it easy to configure the monitor to your exact preference using just a keyboard and mouse. Maintain silky smoothness when gaming or playing action-packed videos thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate and fast 1ms response time. It also supports FreeSync technology, for tear-free and stutter-free gaming.

To be more specific, MSI Gaming monitors are developed with AMD FreeSync technology to create the smoothest visuals for your gameplay. To do this, AMD FreeSync will sync your monitors refresh rate to your AMD GPU, which helps to eliminate screen tearing or stuttering. Enjoy the game the way it was meant to be enjoyed with ultra-smooth, lag-free visuals.

More on that, MSI gaming monitors use a curved display panel that has a curvature rate of 1800R, which is the most comfortable and suitable for a wide range of applications from general computing to gaming. Curved panels also help with gameplay immersion, making you feel more connected to the entire experience.

In addition, the MSI Optix series gaming monitor features a 31.5” WQHD 2560×1440 resolution, as we mentioned at the beginning, which allows for even finer details while playing the latest games or watching movies or videos. The Optix series gaming monitor will bring your game textures, characters, and environments to the next level for a more realistic experience.

Also, you can customize and set up your own color scheme through the MSI GAMING APP. With MSI Mystic Light, the Optix MAG321CQR’s RGB lights provide a soft ambient light that can easily be synced with any other Mystic Light enabled gaming product. Select any of the colors from the palette using your smartphone or the Mystic Light App to match your system style to your taste. Or just turn on gaming echo, letting your monitor backlight dance to music you play on the computer.

Furthermore, with the Gaming OSD app, it is very easy to set up your gaming monitor. You don’t need to use the buttons on the monitor and go through all the menus, just use the keyboard and mouse to configure your monitor. The app even gives you hotkey options so you can switch settings between different games with ease.

Now, as we mentioned earlier, MSI gaming monitors are equipped with a 144hz refresh rate + 1ms response time VA LED panel which has the most benefit in fast-moving game genres such as first-person shooters, fighters, racing sims, real-time strategy, and sports. An ultra-high refresh rate and fast response time monitor will put you ahead of your competition.

As you can tell by far, the MSI Optix MAG321CQR is a really uniquely designed monitor that will elevate your gaming experience to a whole new level.

To continue, the MSI Optix Gaming monitor is built to enhance your gaming sessions to be as comfortable as possible. With adjustments to tilt and height, easily change the position of the gaming monitor for maximum ergonomics and optimum viewing experience.

Accordingly, with a super narrow bezel, you will enjoy the best immersion possible in the latest games with a multi-monitor 180-degree setup. Experience better continuity between screens while playing games, working, or general computing.

For your information, this particular model also supports anti-flicker technology, while generic monitor displays normally have a flicker-rate of about 200-times per second, which is unnoticeable to the naked eye but can cause fatigue over time. MSI Anti-Flicker technology provides a very comfortable viewing experience by reducing the amount of flicker.

Blue Light reduction is also present, which means that the MSI Optix MAG321CQR is optimized to reduce the strain on your eyes by reducing the total amount of blue light displayed by the monitor to ensure you can game for longer periods of time without fatigue.

I personally am a huge fan of games such as CS: GO. When I first received the monitor, the first thing I did was jump into a competitive game of Counter-Strike. I can say that I was impressed with the output, and it definitely outperformed my expectations. I’ve never played CS: GO on such a large screen before, and I was expecting tearing and lag before I went into the game, but that never happened. This monitor is also a great option for people that like to play Fortnite and other MMO games such as DOTA2 because the large screen will seriously elevate your gaming experience to a whole new level. I’ve tested the Alienware 34″ monitor, which had similar results, but if we compare the price of the Alienware and the MSI monitor, we can see a huge difference.

I’ve been using dual monitors my whole life, and when I first got the MSI MAG321CQR I thought I would just use it for a few days and then switch back to my dual monitors. However, this wasn’t the case. I downloaded a software that can split the screen in half, and it was better than having a dual monitor setup. That’s why, if you use your computer to multi-task and work with spreadsheets, I would definitely recommend this monitor to you. With its curved screen, it makes everything much easier and that lets your eyes put in less effort to see everything.

One thing is for certain. If you had a smaller monitor before, then switching to the MAG321CQR will make you hate everything else. So, if you decide to buy it, please prepare to hate every other monitor that’s under 30″ large. Another thing that I want to note is that larger screens let you focus more on the tasks you have to complete.

For example, as you all know, I am a video editor. Using my dual monitors, it took me a much longer time to record and edit a 10-minute video compared to the MSI MAG321CQR. It honestly makes everything much easier, especially when you work with video production or photo editing. With this monitor, you can see the whole timeline of your video, and do the necessary edits on it without having to scroll all the time to find the part you want to edit.

Movies on a curved monitor are also another thing to talk about. But, I won’t say anything about that, because I want to let you feel the immersive experience of watching movies with a curved screen.

Moreover, for the price you pay, this monitor definitely delivers more value, and due to that, and its overall quality and performance, the MSI Optix MAG321CQR has managed to become a top option for gamers, editors, designers worldwide, so, if you’ve been looking for something similar for a fair and reasonable price, then this monitor could be your ideal choice.

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Jonathan Sandoval

Jonathan Sandoval

Just another regular guy living in Toronto, Canada. I am a professional writer and a part-time cooker. I love doing both of them!

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