At this writing, the MSI Optix MAG341CQ is the least expensive 34-inch WQHD resolution ultra-wide, 100Hz, FreeSync gaming monitor currently available. That it delivers solid gameplay with good contrast and vivid color is simply icing on the cake. While a few features have been left out, this screen provides solid performance for gaming, video and general computing.
The downside is there are some grayscale and gamma accuracy issues.We wish we could have achieved a better grayscale calibration, and the monitor should have a darker gamma curve. And users looking for speakers, USB, or a headphone jack will have to search elsewhere because the MAG341CQ doesn’t have any. But this seems a worthy sacrifice to keep the price down.
Gaming performance is without fault. Though there are faster ultra-wide gaming monitors out there, like the Samsung C49HG90, the MAG341CQ makes the most of its 100Hz and even manages to match response and lag times with the 120Hz AOC AG352UCG6. Though there are no blur-reduction modes or overdrive levels (it’s either on or off), we enjoyed smooth play with instant response to control inputs and tear-free motion processing.
You can spend a lot more for an ultra-wide gaming monitor but if you’re willing to give up a few features, the MSI Optix MAG341CQ fills the bill at an attractive price.
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