MSI Optix MAG321CURV 32-Inch 4K Gaming Monitor Review: Budget-Friendly

Gaming monitors come at a price premium over general use displays. Advanced technologies like Adaptive-Sync and fast refresh rates inevitably add cost. With HDR and extended color gaining popularity, controlling costs is an even greater challenge for shoppers and vendors. We’ve long espoused that for a monitor to be in the gaming genre, it needs to at least include Adaptive-Sync, usually Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync. Can you have a good gaming experience without it? We’ll find out with the MSI Optix MAG321CURV.

The MSI Optix MAG321CURV offers 4K resolution in a 32-inch curved VA panel. With a 60 Hz refresh rate that isn’t variable, it’ll be hard for it to compete with the best 4K gaming monitors on the market. But with HDR support and a $400 price tag (as of this writing), it’s worth considering as a lower-priced 4K option.  

MSI Optix MAG321CURV Specs 

Panel Type / Backlight VA / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size, Aspect Ratio & Curve Radius 32 inches / 16:9; Curve radius: 1500mm
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
Native Color Depth & Gamut 10-bit (8-bits+FRC) / sRGB
Response Time (GTG) 1ms
Brightness 300 nits
Contrast 2,500:1
Speakers None
Video Inputs 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C
Audio 3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.0 1x up, 2x down
Power Consumption 49w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base 28 x 20.2-25.4 x 10.5 inches (710 x 513-645 x 267mm)
Panel Thickness 3.3 inches (84mm)
Bezel Width Top/sides: 0.4 inch (10mm), Bottom: 0.9 (22mm)
Weight 16.1 pounds (7.3kg)
Warranty 3 years

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