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MSI gaming monitors go big and bold with world's first 1000R curved screen and more

By Vijay Anand - on 6 Jan 2020, 7:33pm

MSI gaming monitors go big and bold with world's first 1000R curved screen and more

MSI's 34-inch Optix MAG342CQR is the world's first 1000R curved gaming monitor.

Earlier in 2019, MSI pledged support to focus and expand their curved gaming monitor lineup sighting analyst reports of their rapid market share increase. Their popularity is not by chance as they have got a compelling lineup with gamer-centric features that could give users an unfair advantage.

This year at CES 2020, MSI’s pledge comes true as they unveil more gaming monitor models to tackle varying user needs. Top on the list is the Optix MAG342CQR, a 34-inch behemoth that uses a VA-type curved screen that’s said to follow the same curvature of the human eyeball thanks to its new 1000R curved display panel.

Another view of the MSI Optix MAG342CQR ultra-wide gaming monitor.

A rear view of the expansive monitor.

How did the 1000R curved screen come about? This gaming monitor has 21:9 aspect ratio with a panel resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 pixels resolution, and that contributes to the gentle display curvature over a wider area. Despite the high resolution and large screen size, the Optix MAG342CQR has a 144Hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time, VESA HDR Display 400 certified and of course, has MSI’s Mystic Lighting feature. Note that there have been other 1000R curved monitors, but given these specs, this is the world’s first 1000R curved screen gaming monitor.


What if you need a big screen and very high refresh rates?

MSI’s new Optix MAG322CR has you covered with an expansive 32-inch screen like their previous year’s flagship but at a Full HD resolution. Instead, this model pumps up the panel refresh rate to 180Hz! A refresh rate this hight is quite unheard for a big screen. Equipped with AMD FreeSync, this screen will match well with an AMD graphics card powered machined for a big-screen, tear-free gaming experience.


Need a high-resolution, big-screen gaming monitor and high refresh rates?

Building on last year’s 32-inch MSI flagship gaming monitor, the Optix MAG322CQR maintains the WQHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) resolution and 1ms response time with an even higher screen refresh rate of 165Hz! With the updated specs, the Optix MAG322CQR is now the company’s first AMD FreeSync Premium certified gaming monitor.


Do you need a screen optimized for eSports games?

Optix MAG251RX is MSI's new esports monitor.

Esports gamers don’t really need an expansive screen, but they do need one that’s easy on the eyes to track everything that happens onscreen and respond quickly. The new Optix MAG251RX is the right fit with its 25-inch FHD resolution IPS screen, 1m response time and 240Hz refresh rates, and is on the NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible list.


How about a truly portable gaming monitor?

The Optix MAG161 is a one-of-a-kind portable screen explicitly made for gaming.

The Optix MAG161 15.6-inch portable IPS display is CES 2020 innovation award winner with a slick 240Hz refresh rate. MSI clearly wants to provide you with a more premium gaming experience on a laptop with this unique offering and you can read up more about it here.


What if you’re both a gamer and a creator?

Then the Creator PS321QR should be the one to eye on. This 32-inch QHD screen (2,560 x 1,400 pixels resolution) with a 16:9 aspect ratio supports a DCI-P3 colour space of 95%, and Adobe RGB at 99% for creators, while for gamers, it has a 165Hz high refresh rate panel with a 1ms response time. It might cost you a pretty penny, but it satisfies a wide requirement set.

There's also a 4K resolution capable version called Creator PS321UR and it tops out at a 60Hz refresh rate at its native resolution.

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