MSI MAG301RF Monitor Review

The MSI MAG301RF is a sleek and powerful gaming monitor that should be on everyone’s wish list. With its versatility and performance, this 2560×1080 200Hz 1ms FreeSync IPS UltraWide Gaming Monitor will make you rethink the way you game. The MAG301RF has many features to entice gamers from all genres including shadow control, black stabilizer, crosshair overlay, gamma correction settings, FPS mode for First Person Shooters games such as CS: GO or Overwatch that have darker scenes where enemies are hard to see in dark environments with scant lighting. This monitor also comes with a built-in USB 3.0 hub so you can easily connect devices such as your keyboard and mouse without having to find an external port on the

It has an excellent refresh rate of 200 Hz for reduced lag and ghosting during gameplay. The MAG301 also features the Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio (MDC) technology that delivers deep blacks and bright whites together with 10-bit color depth via 8-bit + A-FRC panel to provide more than one billion colors that cannot be displayed by conventional monitors.

MSI Full HD Rapid-IPS 1ms 2560 x 1080

  • 200Hz Refresh Rate
  • 30″ Rapid-IPS panel LED backlight (2560 x 1080 full HD)
  • Rapid Boost (200Hz + 1ms)

Product Specifications:

  • Screen size: 31.5″
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1080
  • Refresh Rate: 200 Hz (DFC)
  • Response Time: 1 ms (GTG)
  • Aspect Ratio: 21:9
  • Curvature: 1800R
  • Brightness: 300 cd/㎡
  • Contrast Ratio: Mega DCR 100M:1 (1000:1)
  • Colour Gamut Coverage: NTSC 72% /sRGB 130%
  • Speaker Output Power: 7 W x 2
  • Pixel pitch: 0.3114(H) x 0.3114(V) mm
  • Angle of View (CR=10): 170 degrees (horizontal), 160 degrees (vertical)

Gaming Performance

The MSI MAG301 delivers smooth and responsive gameplay through its 200Hz refresh rate paired with a 1ms response time. This monitor is especially effective in First Person Shooter games where you need to be on top of your game, or when playing any other fast-paced games like racing simulators like iRacing and F1 2017.

The MSI MAG301 also has many features that will enhance your gameplay experience including Color Vibrance, Black Boost for greater visibility in dark scenes, and Flicker-Free technology to reduce eye strain that is caused by simply staring at the monitor for too long.

It features AMD FreeSync™ technology to eliminate screen tearing and choppy frame rates. FreeSync technology ensures seamless and smooth gameplay as your character moves from bright to dark environments—making the experience more fluid and less sporadic.

The MAG301 also has a crosshair overlay feature that helps gives gamers an aiming point in FPS games. The crosshair can be enabled through the monitor’s OSD settings, or it can be toggled on and off with the press of a hotkey.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight monitor with sleek design and solid build.
  • Wide viewing angle.
  • Many gaming features such as Flicker Free, Black Boost etc.
  • USB Hub built into the monitor is very convenient.

Cons:

  • Resolution not 4K but still very sharp with a pixel density of 97.4 PPI
  • Refresh rate is not as high as the 240 Hz advertised on the product page but still very smooth with a refresh rate of 200Hz. This may be due to the FreeSync technology that limits the monitor’s maximal display frequency to 144 Hz.
  • The build quality could have been improved further by adding an adjustable

Build Quality

The MSI MAG301 is a very attractive monitor with its sleek design and curved screen. It has game-mode OSD options that are customizable to fit your needs. The monitor’s build quality could have been improved by adding adjustable feet instead of fixed ones at the bottom, as well as an adjustable arm for tilt, swivel, and height adjustment so you can adjust the screen to your preferred position.

The monitor also has a glossy screen with medium reflection and backlight bleeding around the edges is noticeable when watching dark scenes, however, it is not as bad as some other monitors in this price range.

Overall the monitor is very solid and provides excellent value for money with its many features.

Picture Quality

The MSI MAG301 is a 31.5″ monitor with a wide viewing angle of 160 degrees both vertically and horizontally. With a contrast ratio of 100M:1, it produces very sharp and vibrant images and has excellent color reproduction due to its sRGB coverage of 130%.

Colors look very natural yet still vivid and bright, making them perfect for gaming, movie watching, and graphic design.

It can reproduce 16.7 million colors with 8-bit color depth through the DisplayPort 1.2a which allows for smoother gradients in an image when compared to monitors that only use 6-bit+FRC color rendering.

The monitor’s anti-glare screen helps reduce reflection and glare, making it ideal for viewing in bright environments.

The MSI MAG301 has 4 game modes that you can change using the monitor’s OSD menu depending on what kind of game you are playing. The available game modes are ‘FPS’ (for First Person Shooter games), ‘RTS’ (Real-Time Strategy games), ‘Gamer’ (Custom mode), and ‘sRGB’.

As mentioned before, the MAG301 only has a maximum display frequency of 144 Hz which is not as high as some other monitors in this price range. This may be due to the FreeSync technology that limits the monitor’s maximal display frequency to 144 Hz when used with AMD graphics cards. The refresh rate is still very smooth at 200 Hz and could be a lifesaver in FPS games where reaction speed can determine life or death.

The monitor also has a 4ms response time which may seem too slow for gamers who prefer 1 ms response times, however, the MSI MAG301’s input lag of 8.3ms is imperceptible to most human beings.

Conclusion

The MSI MAG301 is a very solid gaming monitor that provides excellent value for money. It has a sleek design and a wide viewing angle with vibrant colors perfect for gaming, movie watching, and graphic design.

It also has many customizable game modes that can be quickly changed using the dedicated hotkeys on the monitor as well as through the OSD which is very intuitive and easy to use.

Although the monitor has a relatively slow refresh rate it still provides a very smooth gaming experience while having an imperceptible input lag which makes for a great overall gaming experience.

If you are looking for a 31.5″ monitor that can excel in both gaming and productivity then this is definitely the monitor for you.