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MSI outs the Optix MAG281URF: 4K 144Hz 28-in gaming monitor with 1ms response time, G-Sync, and HDR400, aimed at the eSports crowd

The Optix MAG281URF features a 4K 144Hz panel (Image source: MSI)
The Optix MAG281URF features a 4K 144Hz panel (Image source: MSI)
MSI recently announced the Optix MAG281URF, a 4K high-refresh monitor with HDR400, GSync, and a low response time. The Optix MAG281URF is targeted towards eSports players who are looking for a viable 4K option without sacrificing input lag or framerate.

MSI recently announced a new gaming monitor for eSports audiences, the Optix MAG281URF. The 28-in Optix monitor has a 4K 144Hz "Rapid IPS" panel, with a 1ms response time, alongside G-Sync compatibility. These check off basics for a competitive 4K 144 Hz monitor, but MSI does go a few steps further here. The monitor supports a wide, 10-bit color gamut along with HDR400 certification.

The panel being used here is likely edge-lit, however, meaning that HDR experience will likely not be that great. Moreover, we're looking at a lower peak brightness compared to something like the BenQ Mobiuz EX3210, which goes up to 600 nits. 

The monitor also features MSI's Less Blue Light Premium technology to mitigate eyestrain, as well as an RGB lighting strip which, oddly, is positioned on the rear of the panel.

MSI hasn't said anything about pricing or market availability, though we expect the Optix MAG281URF to ship at a sub-US$1000 price point. 

Check out the MSI Optix MAG 274R2 gaming monitor here on Amazon.

 

 

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Arjun Krishna Lal
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I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-12-17 (Update: 2021-12-17)