Since we are in between launched of both graphics cards and processors MSI did not have a whole lot of new things to show off at CES this year, but one thing they had was their brand new Optix MPG27CQ Gaming Monitor. One of the coolest things about this display is that it has a row of RGB LEDs on the front, which are not just there to look good, but can also give you a visual aid in games, giving you a live view of health, ammo, and more.
The monitor itself is a 27-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) VA panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. On top of that you have an 1800R curve, 1 ms response time, adaptive sync to prevent screen tearing, a frameless design, and 178-degree wide viewing angle. So just the monitor itself is pretty awesome.
The real star of this display is of course the RGB LEDs on the front. They are set behind a diffuser so they illuminate properly. These RGB LEDs were designed in collaboration with SteelSeries and you control them with the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, which is some of the best out there.
While you can customize different LED effects and have the monitor sync with your other SteelSeries gaming accessories you can actually use the RGB LEDs to display useful information. Using the Engine Apps section of the SteelSeries engine we can configure the left LEDs to show health and the left to show ammo. You can do this on your SteelSeries keyboard of course, but when you are gaming you are not looking down at your keyboard. This can not only be used for games, but other apps as well, one example is having the LEDs change colors when you get a message of Discord.
Another added bonus is that you have RGB LED’s on the backside of the display as well.
No word yet on pricing, but MSI tells us this display will be shipping in Q1 of this year.