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MSI Modern MD271QP Professional Monitor Review

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With its 27-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, the MSI Modern MD271QP professional monitor is your "window to the world". The monitor sports a sleek design with minimal bezels on the top and both sides, while the controls and MSI logo sit at the base of the screen along with a pair of built-in 1W speakers.

In addition to being fairly slim, the Modern MD271QP's stand can tilt, swivel, and swivel while allowing you to raise or lower the height of the monitor. The monitor also has VESA mounting holes on the back in case you prefer to use it with a monitor arm instead of the stand.

MSI has included a variety of ports including HDMI (1.4), USB Type-C, DisplayPort (1.2), and an audio jack so you can easily connect your laptop or computer to the Modern MD271QP. A 75Hz refresh rate ensures smooth scrolling, while MSI Anti-Flicker and Less Blue Light technologies keep your eyes from straining or straining.

While we wish MSI had included some cable management features, used slightly more powerful built-in speakers, and shipped the monitor with a USB-C cable to connect it to a laptop, overall we were very happy with the design and the performance of the Modern. MD271QP. If you're looking for a 27-inch, 1440p monitor aimed at business users rather than gamers, this could be the perfect device to enhance your work-from-home experience.

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Price and Availability

The MSI Modern MD271QP is currently available direct from MSI for 259.99, but you'll need to head over to B&H Photo if you want to buy the white version, which costs €10 more at 269.99. However, if you like the design of this monitor, don't mind going down from 1440p to 1080p, and don't plan on using a DisplayPort connection, you can pick up the MSI Modern MD271P on Amazon for under $200.

Design

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Design

With the trendy MD271QP, MSI has really outdone itself when it comes to monitor design. In fact, this monitor (along with the MD241) won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2021 for its "clean, understated design characterized by a slim silhouette and curved lines."

Buttons

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This 27-inch WQHD monitor has super slim bezels on the top and both sides, while the MSI logo and on-screen display buttons are located at the bottom. The two 1W speakers are also housed at the bottom of the screen.

Side view

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While the front of the monitor is flat, its back curves toward the center where the screen meets the included stand. However, thanks to the inclusion of 75 x 75mm VESA holes on the back of the MSI Modern MD271QP, you can also attach it to a monitor arm. The included bracket is circular at the top and attaches to the back of the screen without the need for tools. A black center piece that connects to the square base of the stand holds the monitor in place and also allows you to adjust its height.

Ports

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All ports of the MSI Modern MD271QP are located on the back of the monitor in a cutout. Here you'll find an HDMI 1.4 port, a DisplayPort (1.2), a USB Type-C port that outputs an HDMI 2.0 signal, and a headphone jack, as well as the device's DC power port.

Box

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Configuration and hardware

The Modern MD271QP monitor sent to TechRadar Pro for review arrived in a large brown box with a picture of the front and back of the device and a handle for easy portability.

Unpacked

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Once unboxed, we are left with the monitor itself, the stand base, the monitor arm, an instruction booklet, an HDMI cable, and the DC power adapter.

Stay

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While the base of the mount needs to be screwed onto the monitor arm with a thumb screw, the monitor arm simply needs to be aligned and pushed in until it clicks into place.

Datasheet

Here are the full specifications of the MSI Modern MD271QP monitor submitted to TechRadar Pro for review:

Panel size: 27 inch

Panel Type: IPS

Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (WQHD)

Brightness: 250cd / m2

Contrast: 1000:1 (TYPICAL)

Refresh rate: 75Hz

Response time: 5ms

VESA: 75 x 75mm

Inputs: 1 x HDMI (1.4), 1 x USB Type-C (HDMI 2.0 signal), 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x headphone jack

Adjustment: Tilt (-5° to 20°), Pivot (-30° to 30°), Pivot (-90° to 90°), Height Adjustable Leg (110mm)

Weight: 5,8 kg (12,79 lbs)

Dimensions: 613,5 x 401,5 x 200,81 mm (24,15 x 15,81 x 7,91 inches)

Overall, the assembly process was pretty easy and only took a few minutes. We also liked the Modern MD271QP's tool-free design and clear assembly instructions.

As for the specifications of the modern MD271QP, the monitor features a 27-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (WQHD). Its panel has a refresh rate of 75 Hz, a response time of 5 ms, a contrast ratio (TYP) of 1000:1 and can display 16,7 million colors at 8 bits. The HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C ports are also capable of pushing a resolution of 2560 x 1440 at 75 Hz. The modern MD271QP can display 250 nits of brightness, and its anti-glare surface treatment allows you to easily use the monitor in brightly lit rooms.

The two 1W speakers were powerful enough for basic video calls and viewing online content, though you may want to connect external speakers or use the audio jack on the back of the monitor if you need the volume to be even louder.

Used

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Use and performance

Since MSI also submitted the Summit E16 Flip 2-in-1 laptop for review, we first tested the Modern MD271QP monitor by propping the device up on a laptop stand and connecting the two via a USB-C cable. Setting everything up was quick and effortless, but you'll need to provide your own USB-C cable, as none is included in the box. However, the image quality was clear, and the monitor was able to power the laptop and charge it at the same time.

Monitor with desktop PC

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In our second round of testing, we decided to connect the monitor to a PC via HDMI, although DisplayPort 1.2 is also available. The Modern MD271QP was instantly recognized by Windows, and its 1440p resolution gave us enough screen space to easily run two programs side by side.

Since the modern MD271QP can tilt, swivel, swivel, and adjust height, we had no problem making sure the center of the monitor was aligned with our eyes. This was also true when used with a raised standing desk, which can't be said for all monitors.

OSD menu

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One of the things we liked most about the modern MD271QP was its OSD menu. Not only are all the buttons labeled on the bottom right of the monitor, but the OSD menu text is large enough to read and navigation was easy too. From here you can change the inputs and adjust the contrast, dynamic contrast ratio, color temperature, and aspect ratio. MSI also included the ability to turn off the monitor after one minute of inactivity, as well as an eco mode so it uses less power overall.

Competition

If you're looking for a 1440p monitor to use when working from home or perhaps to increase your productivity in the office, the Dell Video Conferencing Monitor 27 (S2722DZ) is another viable monitor, albeit a little more expensive at €399 at the time. Of the writing. It's similar in design to the modern MD271QP, but it also has two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and even a pop-up webcam for video calls. The two built-in 5W speakers are also more powerful, and its stand has a hole in the middle to help you route monitor cables to your PC neatly.

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monitor in portrait mode

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