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MSI Optix G273QF Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Feb 17, 2021 at 09:50 am
MSI Optix G273QF Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
7.1
Office
8.2
Gaming
6.7
Media Consumption
6.8
Media Creation
3.0
HDR
Size
27"
Resolution
2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
No

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

6.9 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.
7.1 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.
6.7 Media Consumption

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.
6.8 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.
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Office
  • 8.2 Gaming
  • 6.7 Media Consumption
  • 6.8 Media Creation
  • 3.0 HDR
  1. Updated Jun 13, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Apr 19, 2021: We set the height adjustment to N/A by mistake. It has been fixed.
  3. Updated Feb 17, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Feb 12, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

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.

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.

2.1
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
No
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

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. The MSI Optix G273QPF variant appears to be the same monitor, but it has height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, and it can be rotated to portrait orientation in either direction. The back panel is mainly matte with a strip of glossy plastic. Sadly, there's no cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
18.6" (47.2 cm)
Base Depth
9.4" (23.9 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.4" (18.9 cm)
Weight (With Display)
9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)

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.

Design
Display
Housing Width
24.2" (61.5 cm)
Housing Height
14.6" (37.0 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
1.8" (4.6 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Controls

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

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

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

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.

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 Brightness
Real Scene
312 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
316 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
316 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
317 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
317 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
316 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
315 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
316 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
316 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
316 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
316 cd/m²
ABL
0.000
Minimum Brightness
58 cd/m²

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 Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
N/A
Peak 2% Window
N/A
Peak 10% Window
N/A
Peak 25% Window
N/A
Peak 50% Window
N/A
Peak 100% Window
N/A
Sustained 2% Window
N/A
Sustained 10% Window
N/A
Sustained 25% Window
N/A
Sustained 50% Window
N/A
Sustained 100% Window
N/A
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.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.181%
50% DSE
0.167%

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.

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. There's significant clouding and backlight bleed throughout, which could get distracting when watching dark scenes in a dark room.

6.1
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
User
sRGB Gamut Area xy
132.7%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
3.40
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,301 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.20
Color dE (Avg.)
3.68
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
50
Measured Brightness
187 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The out-of-the-box accuracy is mediocre. 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.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
User
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.2%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.64
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,443 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.35
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Settings
97-99-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
14
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

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.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.4%
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
84.4%
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.

9.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.8%
sRGB Picture Mode
User
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
88.3%
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 Coverage xy
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

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

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

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
Subpixel 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.

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.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
120 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
60 Hz
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
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.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.7 ms
Total Response Time
6.9 ms
Overshoot Error
1.7%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
10.2 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
11.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FastestChartTablePhoto

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.

8.2
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
3.8 ms
Total Response Time
9.6 ms
Overshoot Error
5.9%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
5.2 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
14.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
24.9%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FastestChartTablePhoto

7.6
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
6.0 ms
Total Response Time
13.1 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
8.0 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
17.5 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
NormalChartTablePhoto
FastChartTablePhoto
FastestChartTablePhoto

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.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
137 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
137 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
No

Refresh RateMotion Blur Photo
160HzPhoto
120HzPhoto

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.

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.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.5 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
4.0 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.

8.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Measured 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.

5.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1440p @ 60Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
No
7.5
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
Yes
Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No

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

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
0
USB-A Rated Speed
No USB-A Ports
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No
Inputs
macOS Compatibility

There are no significant issues using this monitor with a recent MacBook Pro. The variable refresh rate feature works well in games. Windows go back to their original position when it wakes from sleep, but it's a bit slow to wake up.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
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.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

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. There's also a variant with much better ergonomics, the MSI Optix G273QPF. It appears to be the same monitor, but it has height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, and it can be rotated to portrait orientation in either direction.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MSI Optix G273

The MSI Optix G273QF is much better than the MSI Optix G273. The G273QF has a higher native resolution, so text is easier to read, and games are more detailed and sharper. The G273QF has a much faster response time, with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects at any refresh rate, and it has lower input lag.

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