The MSI Optix G27C4 is one of the better 1080p gaming monitors that I’ve had the pleasure to own, with its beautiful design & well-made features. MSI has a big reputation in the PC world thanks to their incredible engineering abilities when it comes to motherboards. At the time of writing, the MSI Z490 Carbon is not only one of the most popular, but one of the most powerful motherboards on the market.
I’ve found MSI to also do well when it comes to gaming monitors under $500, which is why I recently picked up the MSI Optix G27C4 for reviewing purposes. In today’s article, we’ll go through everything you need to know, and by the end of it, you’ll have an idea of whether it’s for you or not.
We’re going to start by talking about what we love most, and then we’ll get into any potential cons.
What I Love About The MSI Optix G27C4
The first thing that drew my attention to the MSI Optix G27C4 is the large, wide size of 27″, which makes gaming an absolute delight. 27 to 32 inches is the higher end of the monitor size scale, looking more like a small TV.
When you pair the size with the curve, you get the best gameplay immersion you could ask for. Large screens with curves give you a lot of space to see things, while also condensing them in a smooth fashion.
One feature that’s absolutely essential for me is high refresh rates. The bare minimum I will use personally is a gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, however, the MSI Optix G27C4 has an even higher rate of 165Hz! This allows for a much smoother gameplay experience, particularly if you play on higher frame rates.
The refresh rate refers to how many times the screen updates. The MSI Optix G27C4 also has a rapid response time of 1ms, which refers to how fast the colors update. When you pair these two features together, you get a superiorly polished experience.
There’s also compatibility for AMD FreeSync, which allows anyone with an AMD GPU to automatically keep their framerates in sync with their refresh rate. The result is tear-free & fluid gaming!
The wide color gamut brings a bolder range of colors with more realism & definition. This gives a major boost to the quality of the display and is really nice to have on 1080p. It helps bring us one step closer to better immersion.
The MSI Optix G27C4 also uses technology for anti-flicker & less blue light. This is going to be incredibly helpful for eye strain. If you work with computers or watch TV, you’ll really benefit from this feature so that your eyes can get a little bit of a break while you game.
The last feature I want to touch upon is the VESA mount capabilities. If you don’t know what this is, it’s the type of mounting that allows you to put the monitor on either your wall or a desk with VESA supports. The end result is the illusion of a “floating monitor”.
I like using VESA mounts for putting my gaming monitors higher up. A lot of gaming desks come with supports for this, similar to TV stands.
What Could Be Improved
All in all, I really like this monitor, especially for the price. There’s only one major flaw I can think of that could make or break this buy for me. To make matters worse, it’s a feature that the Amazon listing (when I bought it, at least) specified having, and yet it does not. And that would be height adjustment.
I personally use multiple monitors for both my gaming set up & my working set up. As none of my monitors are the same, it’s nice to be able to adjust the height so that they match. Beyond that, the adjustable-height is useful if your desk is too short if your gaming chair can’t adjust, or in any other number of scenarios.
I’ve worked with a ton of monitors, and I’ll say that compared to others in this price range, this is one of the more “minor” problems. I never dealt with dead pixels or screen bleeding, so that’s a major plus. But adjustable height is really important to me, so definitely disappointed about that.
Overall this is a beautiful monitor with tons of capability. The incredibly high refresh rate & rapid response time allow us to get the most out of our gameplay through smooth frame rates. The wide color gamut gives us beautiful contrasts & superior levels of detail for 1080p. The large size & curve of the screen are the icing on the cake for me.
It’s a shame the height cannot adjust, however. It does work with VESA mounts at least, so if that’s something you use, then the height adjustment is less of a worry for you.
If you go ahead and buy this monitor, let us know what you think! Does it meet your standards? We love hearing your feedback & experiences so we can further help our readers make educated purchases. Have something you think we should be reviewing? Let us know and we’ll look into it! Thanks!