MSI Optix G273QF Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Feb 17, 2021 at 09:50 am
MSI Optix G273QF Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.5
Office
8.2
Gaming
7.1
Multimedia
7.0
Media Creation
5.6
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Adaptive Sync

The MSI Optix G273QF is a great gaming monitor. It has features most gamers would look for in a monitor, like FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and a 165Hz refresh rate. Its incredible response time results in smooth motion, and gaming feels responsive due to its very low input lag. It's also a good choice for co-op gaming thanks to the IPS panel's wide viewing angles, but that comes at the cost of a lower low contrast ratio, making black appear gray. It has good peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so visibility shouldn't be an issue in most well-lit rooms. However, its stand doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics, so it may be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position. It also has limited extra features, lacking HDR support and USB inputs.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The MSI Optix G273QF is good for most uses. It's a great gaming monitor thanks to its 165Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility. It also has extremely low input lag and very quick response time. It's good for office use and decent for content creators because it has a large 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution. However, the stand has terrible ergonomics, so it may be hard to place in an ideal viewing position. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR and doesn't have many extra features.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility.
  • Incredible response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Limited on features, like lack of HDR support.
7.5 Office

The MSI Optix G273QF is good for office use. It has a large 27 inch screen, and its 1440p resolution helps deliver clear text. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate if you're viewing from the side. It gets bright enough to combat glare and also has decent reflection handling. Sadly, it has terrible ergonomics, so it may be difficult to place it in an ideal position.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Gets bright enough to combat glare.
Cons
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • No USB inputs.
8.2 Gaming

The MSI Optix G273QF is great for gaming. It has a high 165Hz refresh rate with FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. The response time is outstanding, resulting in minimal motion blur, and it has extremely low input lag as well. Unfortunately, it's not an ideal choice for dark room gaming as its low contrast ratio results in blacks that look gray.

Pros
  • FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility.
  • Incredible response time.
  • Extremely low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.1 Multimedia

The MSI Optix G273QF is decent for multimedia use. Its 27 inch, 1440p screen helps deliver crisp images. It has wide viewing angles, so you can easily watch your favorite content with a friend. However, it has terrible ergonomics, making it difficult to place in an ideal viewing position. It also has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray when viewed in the dark.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • High 1440p resolution and 27 inch screen.
Cons
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.0 Media Creation

The MSI Optix G273QF is decent for content creators. The large screen and high resolution let you see more of your video's timeline without scrolling too much when editing. It also has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with a coworker or client. However, it may be difficult to place it in an ideal viewing position because it has terrible ergonomics.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • High 1440p resolution and 27 inch screen.
Cons
  • Terrible ergonomics.
  • Low contrast ratio.
5.6 HDR Gaming

The MSI Optix G273QF doesn't support HDR.

  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Office
  • 8.2 Gaming
  • 7.1 Multimedia
  • 7.0 Media Creation
  • 5.6 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Apr 19, 2021: We set the height adjustment to N/A by mistake. It has been fixed.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)
Weight (with stand)
9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)

The MSI Optix G273QF looks similar to other monitors from MSI, like the MSI Optix G27C5. It has a simple design with a wide V-shaped stand and thin bezels. It's mainly made out of matte plastic, and there's a bit of glossy plastic on the back. Although it's geared towards gamers, it shouldn't stick out in an office environment either.

Design
Stand
Width
18.6" (47.2 cm)
Depth
9.4" (23.9 cm)

The V-shaped stand takes up a lot of space, but there's enough room in front to place your mouse and keyboard. The feet are metal, and the stand supports the monitor well.

1.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

Update 04/19/2021: We set the height adjustment to N/A by mistake. It has been fixed.

The ergonomics are terrible as it only has tilt adjustments.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back panel is mainly matte with a strip of glossy plastic. Sadly, there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.4" (18.9 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
1.8" (4.6 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The MSI Optix G273QF's build quality is decent. It's made mainly out of plastic, except for the metal feet. The plastic feels a bit cheap, and the back panel near the inputs is a bit loose. The bottom bezel also isn't uniformly flushed against the screen. On the plus side, the stand supports the monitor well, and there isn't much wobble.

Picture Quality
6.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,249 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The MSI Optix G273QF has a mediocre contrast ratio, which is expected from an IPS panel. Blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it. It's higher than the advertised 1000:1 contrast, but this may vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.

7.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
312 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
317 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
315 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
316 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The MSI Optix G273QF has good peak brightness. It maintains its brightness extremely consistent across different content, and it gets bright enough to combat glare in most well-lit rooms. We tested peak brightness after calibration in the 'User' Picture Mode.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

8.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
43°
Color Washout From Right
40°
Color Shift From Left
62°
Color Shift From Right
59°
Brightness Loss From Left
46°
Brightness Loss From Right
43°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
63°
Gamma Shift From Right
60°

The horizontal viewing angle is excellent, which is expected from an IPS panel. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, making it a good choice for co-op gaming. The colors start to lose accuracy quicker from the right than from the left, but it shouldn't be noticeable to most people.

7.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
33°
Color Washout From Above
34°
Color Shift From Below
44°
Color Shift From Above
50°
Brightness Loss From Below
37°
Brightness Loss From Above
39°
Black Level Raise From Below
52°
Black Level Raise From Above
53°
Gamma Shift From Below
32°
Gamma Shift From Above
33°

The vertical viewing angle is decent. You still see an accurate image if you mount the monitor above eye-level.

8.2
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.221%
50% DSE
0.124%
5% Std. Dev.
0.482%
5% DSE
0.059%

The MSI Optix G273QF has great gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker, but there's almost no visible dirty screen effect in the center. Uniformity is much better in near-dark scenes. Note that gray uniformity may vary between units.

4.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.255%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Our unit of the MSI G273QF has bad black uniformity, but this may vary between units. There's significant clouding and backlight bleed throughout, which could get distracting when watching dark scenes in a dark room.

6.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
316 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
Normal
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
7,214 K
White Balance dE
4.18
Color dE
3.87
Gamma
2.19

The out-of-the-box accuracy is mediocre, but this may vary between units. Most colors are inaccurate and white balance is noticeably off. Color temperature is colder than the 6500K target, giving the image a blue tint. Gamma follows the target curve well for the most part, but some dark scenes are over-darkened while bright scenes are slightly over-brightened.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
User
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
14
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
95-97-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,493 K
White Balance dE
0.78
Color dE
0.58
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the accuracy is incredible. Any remaining color and white balance inaccuracies can't be spotted by the human eye. The color temperature is also really close to the target. Gamma follows the target sRGB curve better, but some dark scenes are too bright.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.4%
Adobe RGB xy
84.4%
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

The MSI Optix G273QF has an outstanding SDR color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content. For photo editors, it has impressive Adobe RGB coverage.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.8%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
88.3%
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User

The SDR color volume is remarkable. It displays bright colors well thanks to its good peak brightness but struggles with dark colors due to its low contrast ratio.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00%

There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes. This may vary between units.

9.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Even though the MSI Optix G273QF doesn't support HDR, it still accepts an 10-bit signal and has incredible gradient handling. You shouldn't notice banding with most content.

8.0
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.002%
Pixel Column Error
0.395%

Sadly, there's some vertical color bleed, which isn't ideal for content creation.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.5%
Indirect Reflections
3.2%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.4%

The MSI Optix G273QF's reflection handling is decent, almost exactly like the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. It handles a moderate amount of light well, but it's best to avoid placing it opposite a window or a direct light source.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The MSI Optix G273QF has good text clarity. Using ClearType (top photo) improves the appearance of diagonal lines as seen on the letters R, N, G, and S.

Motion
9.6
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.5 ms
Total Response Time
6.0 ms
Overshoot Error
1.4%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
3.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
6.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.3%

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Fast Chart Table Photo
Fastest Chart Table Photo

The MSI Optix G273QF has incredible response time at its max refresh rate of 165Hz. Motion looks extremely smooth with almost no motion blur. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Fast' because it has quicker response time than 'Normal' and much less overshoot than 'Fastest'. However, it still has some overshoot in darker transitions. If that bothers you, 'Normal' has none, but has a slower response time.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Total Response Time
11.1 ms
Overshoot Error
0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
11.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Fast Chart Table Photo
Fastest Chart Table Photo

The response time at 60Hz is outstanding. Once again, fast-moving content has almost no motion blur. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Normal' because it has significantly less overshoot than 'Fast' and 'Fastest'. This means that you may have to change the setting if the frame rate of your game drops.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The MSI Optix G273QF has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.

6.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

The MSI G273QF has a Black Frame Insertion to help reduce motion blur. However, it only works within a narrow frequency range, it can't be used with VRR enabled, and you can't adjust the brightness when it's enabled either.

Note: The BFI score is based on the minimum and maximum frequency at which it can operate, not the BFI's performance.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The MSI Optix G273QF has a remarkable refresh rate. You can only achieve its max 165Hz refresh rate over DisplayPort because it's limited to 144Hz over HDMI. Although it's not officially listed on AMD's website, FreeSync works natively. It isn't officially listed as G-SYNC compatible on NVIDIA's website either, but it's marketed as G-SYNC compatible, and it's automatically enabled in the NVIDIA Control Panel. G-SYNC only works over a DisplayPort connection.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.2 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
3.6 ms

The input lag is incredibly low whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or at 60Hz. It slightly increases with VRR enabled, but it shouldn't be noticeable at all.

8.3
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0"
Screen Area 310 in²

The MSI Optix G273QF has a great 27 inch screen with a high 1440p resolution. If you want a 1440p monitor with a larger screen, check out the LG 32GN650-B.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick

This monitor is limited on inputs and doesn't have any USB slots, either.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
No
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

There are only a handful of extra features on the MSI Optix G273QF, including:

  • Crosshair: Adds a crosshair on the screen for FPS games.
  • Frame Rate Counter: Displays the current frame rate.
  • Blue Light Reduction: Removes blue light to help reduce eye strain.

It's also advertised to be compatible with the PS5, but it doesn't have a dedicated Console Mode like the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, and we didn't test it.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

There's a joystick on the back right side to navigate the on-screen menu.

Features
In The Box

  • DisplayPort cable
  • Power supply and cable
  • VESA screw extenders
  • User manuals

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27 inch MSI Optix G273QF, which is the only size available. There's an MSI Optix G27CQ4P model that appears to be similar, with a 165Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution, but it has a VA panel instead. This means we expect it to have higher contrast and worse viewing angles than the G273QF.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their MSI Optix G273QF doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in November 2020, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The MSI Optix G273QF is a great gaming monitor that has a better response time than other 165Hz options. However, it doesn't support HDR10 and it has fewer extra features than similarly-priced monitors, like the Gigabyte M27Q. Also see our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best budget monitors.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q is better overall than the MSI Optix G273QF because it has many more features. The Gigabyte supports HDR, has Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture modes, and has a USB hub that allows you to connect your keyboard and mouse to the monitor. In terms of gaming performance, both monitors are similar with a quick response time, low input lag, and a high refresh rate.

MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is better for most uses than the MSI Optix G273QF, but they have similar gaming performance. They both have an incredible response time, very low input lag, and a 165Hz refresh rate for gaming. The MAG274QRF-QD has much better ergonomics, allowing you to easily adjust the screen. It also supports HDR10, which the G273QF doesn't, and it has many more features, such as a Console Mode that's designed for PS5 compatibility.

Dell S2721DGF

The Dell S2721DGF and the MSI Optix G273QF are two 1440p, 165Hz monitors with IPS panels, and the Dell is better for most uses. The Dell has much better ergonomics, allowing you to place the screen how you like, and it's better for well-lit rooms as it gets brighter and has much better reflection handling. The Dell also supports HDR, which the MSI doesn't, but it doesn't deliver a true HDR experience because it has low peak brightness and a terrible local dimming feature.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is better for most uses than the MSI Optix G273QF, mainly because it has more features. The ASUS supports HDR10, which the MSI doesn't, and it has significantly better ergonomics, allowing you to place the screen in an ideal position. In terms of gaming, both monitors are similar. They each have a BFI feature, but the one on the ASUS can be used with VRR enabled, which can't be done on the MSI. However, the MSI has a much better response time at its max refresh rate and 60Hz, resulting in smoother motion.

LG 27GN850-B

The LG 27GN850-B and the MSI Optix G273QF are two great gaming monitors. They offer similar overall performance with an incredible response time and low input lag. The MSI has a higher 165Hz max refresh rate that delivers a slightly smoother gaming experience. However, the LG supports HDR10, which the MSI doesn't, and it displays a wide color gamut, so it's a decent choice for HDR gaming.

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