• Panel Type: VA
  • Display Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Connectivity: 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x DVI
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Viewing Angle: 178°(H), 178° (V)
  • Dimensions: 619 x 451 x 239 mm
  • Weight: 5.8kg
  • Pros:
  • Great balance of specs
  • Curve feels natural
  • Cons:
  • Lacks ergonomic adjustments

Crowning Debut

With how quickly the esports industry is growing and the continue dominance of PC gaming, it’s no wonder that many brands are looking to expand into related hardware. MSI has done the same, surprising us a few weeks ago with a surprised called the MSI Optix G27C2.

The Optix G27C2 is a 27-inch curved gaming monitor and it’s pretty well made for MSI’s first foray. It comes with a brushed matte hard plastic body and a stand with a solid steel base. The overall colour scheme is black and grey, with some dark maroon colour covering a few parts of the stand and body for that little bit of personality.
Build wise, it’s very solid, despite the stand feeling a bit hollow on the inside. Considering that it weighs 5.8kg as a 27-inch monitor, we feel that it’s a good balance; it’s enough to support the main display’s weight, yet light enough in case you need to move it or adjust its placement. Also, since it only has tilting and no swivel, rotate or height adjustment, it’s possible that you will find the need to adjust it every so often.

Setting the monitor up was simple enough, though a screwdriver – to screw the base to the stand and then the stand to the main display – was needed. The ports are down-facing, but are clearly labelled on the back, so plugging the cables in wasn’t difficult either. In terms of port availability, MSI has included one each for DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort on the left side of the back, while the power input is a standard 3-pin that’s on the right.

Being a VA panel, the Optix G27C2 strikes an excellent balance in refresh rate, colour reproduction (can go up to sRGB 110%), and brightness levels. The image quality also comes out quite sharp and the viewing angles are superb, making it great for not just gaming but also movies. Due to the larger screen size and curvature, the display also feels more immersive and natural. However, it does require that the user sit an optimum distance from the monitor.

In addition, adaptive sync can be enabled from the monitor’s OSD, which then reduces screen tearing. Without it, fast action games can show some tearing indeed, but once enabled the visuals on games like Battlefield 1 smoothen out. Of course, the drawback is that there’s a minor dip in FPS.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Great as a gaming monitor and can also perform well in movie playback, making it a great choice for your main gaming screen.

msi-optix-g27c2-600x500(previously published in issue February)