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MSI Creator PS321QR: Gaming Monitor

Although well known for its range dedicated to gaming, MSI also offers products for creators. From that Creator range MSI, let us control the MSI Creator PS321 QR32, a large 32-inch screen for professionals.

This monitor is an eye-catching design tool. MSI Creator PS321QR HDR does not distract with design, exuding elegant simplicity. In a studio where style counts, it will fit perfectly. The most important is on its matrix, while the monitor itself cannot be denied grace and visual lightness, although its screen diagonal is 32 ”.

The supplied stand is a relatively standard desk stand for a monitor in this range. It allows a horizontal rotation of 30 ° on both sides, or 60 ° in all, to tilt the screen from -5 ° forward to + 20 ° backward on a horizontal axis, and finally, we can also increase the height of the foot by 10 centimeters. The stand is very well suited to the relatively heavyweight of the beast and the screen’s dimensions. Overall it shows no weakness in supporting the screen.

As for use, you can use the screen without turning your head from right to left thanks to the viewing angles of 178 °, but it is still more comfortable to do so.

Pros and Cons

PROSCONS
Perfectly calibrated gammaNot G-Sync compatible
VESA DisplayHDR 600 certificateHigh power consumption
High brightness
Magnetic cover included

Key Specification

MSI Creator PS321QR
$CHECK PRICE
BrandMSI
Model Creator PS321QR
CurvedNo
Weight9.57 Kg
ColourBlack
Dimension451 to 551 mm in height with the foot
432.37 mm in height without the stand
727.7 mm in width
235 deep with feet
67.76 in-depth without the stand
Height retractable feetYes, 10 cm from top to bottom
Tilt adjustmentFrom -5 ° forward to + 20 ° backward on a horizontal axis
Rotation adjustment60 °, i.e. 30 ° to the right and to the left on a vertical axis

Design

The 32-inch screen, i.e., 80 cm diagonal for a total weight of 9.57 Kg. Due to its dimensions, the MSI Creator PS321 QR32 takes up space. So this is a product that is more suited to be used with a single or two-screen setup if you have an extensive desk.

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In the box, we find, the screen of course, but also:

  • Screen foot
  • Magnetic Screen Cap
  • Power cable
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB cable
  • Getting started guide
  • Warranty card
  • Factory Color Calibration Report

The screen is rather thick, with its maximum thickness of 67.76 mm without the stand and 235 mm of thickness with the stand. This is not a problem, though, because, considering the weight and size of the product, you won’t be moving it that often anyway. As for the size of the product, we end up with a 400.7 to 500.7 mm x 807.1 mm x 260.4 mm, which is a substantial size given the characteristics of the product.

As for the design is really the stand included with the screen that let’s see that this is product-oriented for professionals and creators. But also to the gamer, thanks to its high refresh rate of 165 Hz. In other words, the screen itself rather sober for MSI, with a discreet mention of the brand through a logo at the bottom of the monitor.

On the back of the monitor, there is a matte black back adorned with the MSI logo in relief at the top left, and in well on the left the joystick as well as a connector block on which we find 2 HDMI as well as a DisplayPort, a USB -C, from USB-B and a USB-A and a micro port. There is also at VESA level a strip of RGB LEDs that run along with the support.

The edges of the screen, although present, are thinner than some screens of the same range. However, the bottom edge is for the shot prominent with its 2 centimeters wide, but that’s not disturbing. However, at the bottom of the screen, we find the MSI logo in the middle of the border.

The foot of the screen is also imposing, mainly in metal, accompanied by plastic, and offers easy assembly. However, this can be quite inconvenient if you don’t have a deep enough desk. We notice that the foot is deep enough to hold the screen well on the desk and give it optimal stability. For those like me who use a worktop designed primarily for the kitchen, be careful. However, the foot remains really easy to assemble with a system of clips.

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Picture/Display

Display TypeIPS
Size31.5 inch
Screen Format16; 9
WebcamNo
Colors1.07 billion
Gamut99% AdobeRGB
99% sRGB
95% DCI-P3
Response time1 ms
Resolution2560 x 1440 p
Pixel pitch0.2832 mm x 0.2802 mm
Brightness400 cd / m²
Contrast ratio1000:1
Refresh RateHDMI: 144 Hz
DisplayPort: 165 Hz
USB-C 3.1: 165 Hz

When it comes to the display quality and the comfort  the main expectation is excellent display quality. The frequency, as well as the colorimetry, are also two criteria to which this screen responds. At first glance, the resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels in 16: 9 allows a good density of pixels for a picture of great sharpness.

This resolution is an excellent compromise between Full HD and 4K UHD, which allows an excellent ratio in terms of image quality. This helps keep images and videos crisp. Accompanied by a very high refresh rate of 165 Hz, to believe that MSI has put everything in this screen, size, resolution, refreshment, design, and elegance.

The colors of this MSI Creator PS321QR are very nice, the resolution too. The display is HDR, and DisplayHDR 600 certified and covers 95% of the DCI-P3 spectrum and 100% of the sRGB, and 100% AdobeRGB spectrum.

In-game, the image quality is excellent, the IPS panel is excellent, which helps to enhance this product, which is relatively expensive. The resolution is pleasant; even on a 32-inch panel, we only notice very few pixels, if not at all. Finally, let us note the 32 inches for the games. It is good but much too big for the FPS type CS: GO, Valorant, or even Call Of Duty Warzone, even if the 165 Hz seems to make up for the negative point of the size largely.

But it is largely suitable for Triple-A or scripted games like GTA V, Red Dead Redemption, or the latest CyberPunk, the images in these games are just beautiful, and the refresh rate (if you can get it running) of 165 Hz adds a perfect immersion.

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As for the details, we have deep and almost perfect colors; we have nothing to reproach this MSI Creator PS321QR. But now comes the refresh rate of this screen. Indeed, the latter is higher than my average on gaming screens, 165 Hz here instead of the standard 144 Hz. It is certainly only 21 images per second more, not necessarily perceptible to the eye. Naked, but we can see some differences. The images are even smoother, and it becomes so much fun to play on this screen that you never want to part with it. In addition, the latter is compatible with AMD FreeSync, but not G-Sync. It’s a shame for such a price.

Connectivity

HDMIHDMI x 2
DisplayPort x 1
USB-C 3.1 x 1
Audio inputStereo jack x 2
Micro x 1
Audio outputStereo headphones
USB1 USB-A, 3.0
1 USB-C, compatible alternative DisplayPort mode
1 USB-B
Integrated card reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC
LoudspeakerNo
Video / image technologyAMD FreeSync Premium Pro
Low Blue Light
Dimming in 16 zones
Image Enhancement
Factory hardware calibration
Anti Motion Blur

There is a classic connection on this model, namely for video 2 HDMI ports, 1 DisplayPort, and a USB-C 3.1 port. These are necessary to take advantage of the high resolution of the screen and the 165 Hz. Generally, the HDMI does not really go above 60 Hz. That is why we will use the DisplayPort like any gamer who respects himself and the USB-C for office work with the MacBook Air M1.

But that’s not all; it also comes with other ports as follows:

  • 3 USB-A, 3.0
  • 1 USB-C 3.1, Alternate DisplayPort mode compatible
  • 1 USB-B 3.1
  • SD card reader
  • 2 3.5 mm jack port

The USB-B port is used to connect the display to the computer to supply power to the other USB ports on display. Lastly, USB-A and USB-C allow you to connect different peripherals so that your PC recognizes them. This saves you if you do not have enough USB on your PC to go through extension cords and other adapters.

OSD Menu

When the OSD menu is called, 6 tabs appear. These are the main windows, and when switching between them, the settings displayed at the top of the OSD menu are changed. This type of layout resembles the one known from gaming panels, and graphics will not use some of them (like changing the refresh rate), but you can clearly see the second face of the MSI Creator monitor.

Menu operation- The OSD menu is operated with a 5-way joystick (4 pages + press). After clicking, the appropriate menu opens. Swiping in either direction brings up an editable shortcut. The default shortcuts are:

  • Color Profile Selection – Pro Mode
  • Source selection
  • Design assistance
  • Alarm clock

Power

Power ConsumptionNormal: 60 Watts
Stationary: 0.5 Watts
Power Supply100-240 V, 50/60 Hz

Conclusion!

The MSI Creator PS321QR is a great display for creators, gamers, and office users. We appreciate its refresh rate, its size of 32 inches, its resolution of 2560 x 1440, the versatility of this screen. Because of the size, you can easily watch a movie or a series without worry. It is really a very good screen that we can only recommend, despite a slightly high price, the quality is there.

The MSI Creator PS321QR is a perfect all-rounder and with excellent picture quality. We regret that it lacks G-Sync compatibility and speaker, but we appreciate the image quality and aesthetics.

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