If you’re a gamer looking to upgrade your monitor, wouldn’t you appreciate a monitor designed for gaming? The ultrawide MSI Optix MPG341CQR is one of those monitors, and once you make the jump to this size and quality of the monitor, you won’t ever want to go back. I will go over some of the design features of the MSI monitor so you can decide if it’s worth the $800 price tag for your setup.
MSI has made a big push for a monitor that looks amazing on the surface in addition to its strong technical capability. The black body, frameless bezels, and copper accents look sleek. RGB lighting along the edge of the screen allows for a custom glow that you can sync with your keyboard and the rest of your setup, although I did find that the software for syncing the LEDs could use some improvement. However, I appreciate that MSI included a nub-style joystick for navigating the display menu instead of the standard row of four or five buttons that you see on cheaper monitors.
The MSI Optix MPG341CQR offers no shortage of connectivity options. You will find two HDMI ports, a charging USB-C, one DisplayPort connection, and three USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, one of which has quick charge capability. There is also an upstream USB port on the back and standard headphone and microphone ports. MSI does include a webcam, but for some reason, they chose to place it on the bottom of the screen, the result of which is an awkward angle when streaming or video chatting.
In technical performance, the MSI Optix MPG341CQR is not the most potent monitor out there, but it’s nothing to complain about, either. The max resolution is 3440×1440, which runs at a super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate — faster than similar competitors max out at 100Hz or 120Hz. The contrast ratio is an impressive 3000:1, so blacks and colors both look great, even though the MPG341CQR does lack local dimming ability.
Gamers will appreciate helpful options in the settings like an assistive crosshair in the center of the screen, night vision mode that brightens up black areas on the screen, and the ability to check the refresh rate live in the bottom corner. In addition to the overall technical solid performance of the monitor, it’s an excellent choice for gamers.