...though there's a premium attached to the 144Hz refresh rate, the end result is sumptuously smooth action with either a GeForce or Radeon graphics card.
Going purely by the numbers alone, it would be easy to suggest that MSI's Optix MPG341CQR struggles to justify its lofty £870 price tag.
Out-the-box colour accuracy isn't great, average peak brightness makes for a lacklustre HDR experience, and the RGB lights and awkwardly-positioned webcam add little to the overall package.
Yet we've reviewed enough products to know that there are instances when the benchmark results don't always tell the full story. When gaming post-calibration, the MPG341CQR is surely a feast for the eyes, with punchy visuals, a subtle curve and an UWQHD resolution that brings certain games to life.
Using a modern VA panel, MSI has managed to keep ghosting mostly at bay, and though there's a premium attached to the 144Hz refresh rate, the end result is sumptuously smooth action with either a GeForce or Radeon graphics card. We'd like to see MSI's high-end displays offer factory calibration over niche features such as Night Vision and Anti Motion Blur, and that extra attention to detail would help elevate the panel from good to great.
Bottom line: if you can get past the price tag, MSI's Optix MPG341CQR delivers on its promise of silky gaming at a lush 21:9 aspect ratio.
Curved UWQHD at up to 144Hz
Makes games look and feel tremendous
Works with both FreeSync and G-Sync
Gaming OSD software comes in handy
USB-C DisplayPort is a welcome addition
Costs almost £900
Colour accuracy could be better
HDR support is basic
MSI Optix MPG341CQR
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