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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review, Powerful 144Hz compatible gaming display adopted 27.9 inch RAPID IPS LCD panel

A high specification model with a wide operating range that results in high image quality and high speed response. You can also enjoy 4K/120Hz on PS5!

Story Highlights
  • Highlighted Features:
  • 4K High Resolution with 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • HDMI 2.1 interface supported
  • Rapid IPS with Smart Gaming
  • LESS BLUE LIGHT PREMIUM
  • Support features HDR400, Night Vision, KVM 2.0, and Gaming OSD App

MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review. MSI Computer introduced the 27.9-inch Optix MAG281 URF 4K gaming display, adopting RAPID IPS, on December 23 late last year. With a high specification 4K resolution that exceeds WQHD up to 27 inches, which is the current trend, a refresh rate of 144Hz and a response rate of 1 ms (GTG) is achieved. This time I want to review a product like that.

Screen size27.9 inches
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160 dots)
Refresh rate144Hz
Response speed1ms (GTG)
Panel drive systemFAST IPS
SurfaceNo glare
Color gamutsRGB Coverage: 99%
DCI-P3 Coverage: 95.38%
Max colorAbout 1,073 million colors
Viewpoint178° (H) / 178° (V)
Lighting300 (peak time: 400)
contrast ratio1000:1
Vertical angle adjustment (tilt)-5°~20°
Left and right swing function (swivel)-45°~45°
Screen rotation (shaft)-90°~90°
Height adjustment0~130mm
InterfacesHDMI 2.1 x 2 (HDCP: 2.3), DisplayPort 1.4a x 1 (HDCP: 2.3), USB Type-C (DP Alt mode) x 1, USB 2.0 Type-A (USB hub) x 2, USB 2.0 Type-B ( For PC connection) x 1, headphone output x 1
Size638.3 (W) × 233.7 (D) × 408.2 (H) mm
WeightAbout 7.7kg
Actual selling priceAround USD 1035
MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: Main specifications of Optix MAG281URF

High-end specs MSI Optix MAG281 URF

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: The MSI Gaming Display Optix MAG281 URF

Last time I reviewed the 27-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440 dot) MSI Optix G273QPF gaming display, but this time it’s a 27.9-inch, 0.9-inch larger, and 4K (3840 x 2160 dot) resolution model, which is the higher definition model.

The panel uses MSI’s native RAPID IPS to achieve high image quality and high-speed response. It’s compatible with HDMI 2.1, and it’s also a great feature that it can be connected to next-generation gaming machines like the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and played with 4K/120Hz drives.

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: Windows 11 displays the details screen. 144Hz selectable.

And also note that this model is equipped with hardware-grade blue light cut function (LESS BLUE LIGHT PREMIUM). Normally, blue light is suppressed at the software level and the screen becomes yellowish, but this product is characterized by the fact that color expression is preserved while blue light is always suppressed. The Eyesafe is also certified by the TÜV Rheinland, a third-party evaluation agency for displays in Germany.

Its dimensions are 638.3 (W) x 233.7 (D) x 408.2 (H) mm, its weight is about 7.7 kg, and a stable support is adopted. The swivel is 45 degrees left and right, and the height adjustment is up to 130 mm. The tilt is -5 to 20 degrees, and the pivot has a wide adjustment range of 90 degrees to the left and right.

The back is equipped with the MSI logo and LED lights. Compatible with Mystic Light, you can adjust the emission pattern and color to your liking. The OSD operation adopts the stick-type navigation buttons, which are the MSI gaming display standard. It would not be an exaggeration to say that there is nothing better than this in display settings.

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: On the back, the MSI logo and LED illumination are arranged nicely
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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: OSD operation is the familiar stick type navigation buttons

Apart from that, it also supports MSI “Game OSD” display setting tool. If you connect it to your computer with a USB cable, you can not only make the same settings as the on-screen OSD, but you can also automatically change the settings for each game or application. The Mystic Light mentioned above can also be set from here.

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: Very easy to operate with “Game OSD”. If you set it for each game or app, it will automatically set the optimal settings.

The interfaces are HDMI 2.1 x 2, DisplayPort 1.4a x 1, USB Type-C (Alt DP mode) x 1, USB 2.0 Type-A (USB hub) x 2, USB 2.0 Type-B (for PC connection) x 1, Output headphones x 1 available. With a USB Type-C port, you can switch between desk work and mobile work on your laptop with a single cable. However, because the maximum power supply is 15W, it must be a compatible notebook PC, but can also be used as a display for remote work.

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: Interfaces are HDMI 2.1 x 2, DisplayPort 1.4a x 1, USB Type-C (Alt DP mode) x 1, USB 2.0 Type-B (for PC connection) x 1, USB 2.0 Type-A (USB hub) x 2, Output headphones x 1

As a gaming function, it supports NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible, and when you combine it with a compatible grabbo, it reduces stuttering and tearing phenomena, so you can play long hours without stress. There’s also an anti-motion blur (MPRT) function that reduces afterimages, so you’ll have to choose one according to the game. It also has a night vision function that brightens up dark areas. Useful for finding enemies in dark places.

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: If you set the night vision function to AI, it will be optimized according to the image.

Plus, it’s Display HDR 400 compliant, so if you want a more realistic view of the world, we recommend playing with HDR enabled.

Nice to be able to connect with USB Type-C

I actually installed it and used it, but to play games at 4K resolution, it requires a certain amount of grabbo and engine power, but if the smoothness is high, it is easy to understand distant movements, and in a gaming environment it can maintain 144 fps. If so, the moves are smooth and fairly easy to play.

It’s HDMI 2.1 compliant, and it’s also the highest point you can play at 4K/120Hz when the PS5 is connected. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten my hands on the PS5 yet, so I can’t really try it out, but I’d like to get one when “Gran Turismo 7” releases. At that time, it would be great if I could play on this screen in combination with Hankon controller.

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: It can be set to 4K / 120Hz by setting OSD

The 27.9-inch size fits perfectly on a desk. You can put it in the foreground and enjoy the immersive feeling, or you can put it in the back and see it from a bird’s eye view. The adjustment range is wide, so you can customize it according to your playing style.

Of course, this product has excellent gaming performance, but it is also very good in terms of usability because it comes with USB Type-C and has a built-in USB hub. If you connect it to a computer using a USB Type-C cable, you don’t need to connect it with a USB 2.0 Type-B cable, you can send video, and it can also supply power. There is a big advantage that you only need a USB Type-C cable, where the cables are quite messy.

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: Connect to the VAIO Z with a USB Type-C cable. Not only you can project images, but you can also operate with the Gaming OSD, so you only need this cable.
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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: On the VAIO Z, it is properly supported. Where do you want a little more output

In particular, when using a notebook PC as a workbench, if you connect it to this product as a second display and use it, switching to mobile work can be accomplished by simply connecting and disconnecting a single cable.

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MSI Optix MAG281 URF Review: If you connect peripheral devices to a USB hub, you can use them by simply connecting a USB Type-C cable.

In addition, it is equipped with a KVM switch function, and if you connect a keyboard or mouse to a USB hub, connect one computer with a USB Type-B cable, and connect another with a USB Type-C cable, you can use the keyboard, or you can share two mouse devices. When working remotely in a home gaming environment, you can connect your laptop and use your usual keyboard and mouse without changing the connection.

For those who want to improve not only the game but also the work environment

It’s a little expensive, but it’s easy to use with USB Type-C and USB hub while having high definition with 4K / 144Hz drive with RAPID ISP panel and response speed of 1ms (GTG), high image quality and gaming level performance. Considering that it also has goodness, it may be appropriate.

I would like people who want to expand workspaces such as telework while amplifying 4K gaming environments, including the PS5, to consider this product.

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Score Assessment

Performance - 9.6
Facilities & Features - 9.9
Design & Easiness - 9.7
Price - 6

8.8

Overall

It's a little expensive, but it's easy to use with USB Type-C and USB hub while having high definition with 4K / 144Hz drive with RAPID ISP panel and response speed of 1ms (GTG), high image quality and gaming level performance. Considering that it also has goodness, it may be appropriate.

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