Launched in the year 2022, the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD Xbox Edition is a 32" 4K Monitor from MSI. It comes with a 10-bit IPS panel with Anti-glare/Matte finish. The maximum resolution it can achieve is 3840 x 2160 @ 144 Hz with a pixel density of 139 ppi.
Now, the very next spec of a Display that impacts picture quality is its Color Gamut.
The MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD Xbox Edition comes with 97% DCI P3 color gamut coverage. This is equivalent to 132.27% sRGB. The color quality on this monitor will be Lifelike! Thus, it is also ideal for professionals who are interested in photo editing and color grading business.
What is Color gamut ?
Color gamut specification of a display indicates the range of colors that it can produce.
A panel with poor color reproduction will produce undersaturated/washed out colors that will spoil the immersion.
Different manufacturers use different measurement standards to specify color gamut. Viz — sRGB (standard RGB), NTSC 1953, DCI P3 etc.
In case of this Monitor, its color gamut is specified using DCI P3.
But you don't need to worry about that, here is a chart that will help you choosing a Monitor with good color accuracy.
Other than color accuracy, the static contrast of a Monitor also impacts its picture quality.
Understanding Static Contrast
A Display with low static contrast ratio will not produce deep enough blacks and may bleed backlight as below:The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
The static contrast ratio of above Display is rated 800:1. So make sure you get a Display with a static contrast of >= 1000:1. More is better.
Also note, 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 produce less shades of colors, so lesser detail overall.
If given a choice, I will prefer a FHD Display with high contrast ratio over a 4K Display with low contrast ratio.
This monitor is rated with a static contrast ratio of 1000 : 1 — good enough for a display in this range.
HDR is also supported on this Monitor in form of DisplayHDR 600.
As for brightness, it is capable of producing a peak luminance of 600 nits. The backlight of this Monitor is powered by W-LED technology. This amount of brightness is good enough even for a well-lit room!
Now if you want a display primarily for gaming, you should take a Monitor that features the lowest input lag and response times.
The input lag on the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD Xbox Edition is 5 ms and its minimum response time is 1 ms. Gamers will love this Monitor.
Understanding Input lag and response time
This lag is the amount of time at which device inputs changes the content of the screen. For casual Non-FPS games, input lag doesn't matter much.
Although for better experience, look for a Display that features an input lag and response time of less than 20ms.
Dimensions and Ergonomics
The horizontal and vertical measurements of the this Display are 28.63 inches and 18.98 inches ( adjustable upto 3.94 in ) respectively. In total it weighs 10.2 kgs including stand. Without stand, it weighs 9.0 Kgs. So plan your desk space accordingly.
Now, speaking of ergonomics — If you plan to wall mount the Monitor, you can make use of 100 x 100 mm VESA mount (to be purchased separately). The display supports Swivel and Tilt, however there is no support for Pivot on this Monitor.
For display connectivity, MSI has provided two HDMI 2.1 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4 (a) port on this Monitor.
To connect USB devices, you have — 1x USB 2.0 (Type-C; upstream; DP Alt Mode), 3x USB 2.0 (Type-B; upstream) and 6x USB 2.0 (Type-A; downstream). Other connectivity ports include one 3.5 mm Microphone In port.
Now, coming to power consumption, on average, this monitor uses 67.2W. On standby, it takes 0.5 W.
For powering this monitor, you'll need either a 110V or 220V outlet @ 50Hz-60Hz.