The MSI Optix G321CQP is a 32 inch Quad HD Display from MSI. It was launched in 2022. It comes with a 10-bit Curved VA panel with Anti-glare/Matte finish. The max. resolution it can achieve is 2560 x 1440 with a refresh rate of 165 Hz and a pixel density of 93 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the next most important spec of a Display is its Color Reproduction Accuracy (defined by its color gamut specification).
This Monitor comes with 90% DCI P3 color gamut coverage. FYI, this is equivalent to 122.73% sRGB. The color accuracy on this monitor will be Lifelike! Thus, this display will also be useful for professionals who are interested in photo editing or color grading business.
Understanding Color Gamut
Color gamut specification of a display is a measure of the range of colors that the display can produce.
A panel with poor color reproduction will produce undersaturated/washed out colors that will spoil your immersive experience.
Different manufacturers use different measurement standards to specify color gamut. Such as — sRGB (standard RGB), NTSC 1953, DCI P3 etc.
For example, the color gamut of this Monitor is specified in DCI P3.
But don't worry, here is a chart that you can use to choose a Monitor with good color accuracy.
After color gamut, the static contrast of a monitor similarly impacts its picture quality.
Why its important?
There are two types of contrast specifications for a Display. Static and Dynamic. We are interested in static contrast ratio. Dynamic doesn't matter much.
This defines the intensity of black levels. That is, a Display with static contrast ratio less than 1000:1 may produce black images something like this:
Moreover, such Displays are likely to suffer from backlight bleeds that will rob your experience — as shown below.The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
Note that, static contrast ratio and resolution go hand in hand when it comes to details. To put it into perspective, a Display with low contrast ratio will show both dark gray and black as black, so lesser detail overall.
If given a choice, always prefer a FHD Display with high contrast ratio over a 4K Display with low contrast ratio.
This monitor features a static contrast ratio of 2500 : 1, well enough to produce deep blacks.
Coming to brightness, it is capable of producing a peak brightness of 250 nits. The backlight of this Monitor is powered by W-LED technology.
Now if you are a gamer, you should take a Monitor that features the lowest input lag and response times.
The input lag on the MSI Optix G321CQP is 5 ms and its minimum response time is 1 ms. Its the best you can get for gaming.
What is Input Lag and Why it matters ?
This lag is the amount of time at which your inputs changes the content of the Monitor. For casual Non-FPS games, input lag doesn't matter much.
For best of both worlds, get a Monitor that has an input lag and response time of < 20ms.
Dimensions and Ergonomics
The horizontal and vertical measurements of the this Display are 27.74 inches and 18.44 inches ( adjustable upto 3.54" ) respectively. Overall it weighs 6.95 KGs including its stand. Without stand, it weighs 5.75 Kgs. So plan your desk space accordingly.
Now, coming to ergonomics — VESA mount is supported on this Monitor with an interface size of 100 x 100 mm. It also supports tilt, swivel and pivot.
For display connectivity, MSI has provided two HDMI 2.0 (b; CEC) ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 (a) port on this monitor.
However, no USB ports are provided on this unit.
Now, coming to power consumption, this monitor uses 31.87 watts on average and 0.5 watts on standby.
Both 110V and 220V lines are supported on this unit.