MSI takes cues from Apple with its tiniest 4K monitor yet

MSI Modern MD242UPW may look a little familiar to Apple fans.

There’s a reason Apple products are held in such high regard. They just work, and they look great while doing it. Taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, MSI Modern MD242UPW crams a whole lot into a miniscule display, complete with a clean white finish that might seem a little familiar.

At 23.8in, it’s on the smaller side, especially with 4K resolution. It’s not the first dinky UHD screen, since the Dell P2423D is knocking around, but it’s the first I’ve personally seen for myself. The IPS panel boasts wonderful colour and DisplayHDR 400 certification goes a long way to making the blacks stand out.

Concerned about your safety, Eye-Q Check is on hand to regularly check your posture, making sure you sit upright. TÜV Certified anti-flicker and Less Blue Light Pro will also combat fatigue to its best ability. Essentially, this means the monitor has passed a bunch of high-quality tests so we can all recognise its prowess. Since this is the Pro version, it’s a hardware solution baked right into the monitor and should be a little more reliable than software alternatives.

Nestled in the rear are two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and a USB Type-C with 100W power delivery to juice up all your gadgets and gizmos. There’s a KVM switch with two USB 2.0 ports so you can use your mouse and keyboard across multiple PCs. And a pair of 3W speakers round out the offering. Sadly, I didn’t get to try them out, but the hustle and bustle of the show floor wouldn’t do them any justice anyway.

MSI Pro MP251 sits in front of a keyboard on the CES 2024 show floor.

MSI Pro MP251

True to its name, the Pro MP251 is all business. The best part about this 24.5in Full HD display isn’t the IPS panel, the 100Hz refresh rate, or the 1ms response time, but the fact you can mount an MSI mini PC to the back of it, turning it into an all-in-one.

Every so often, the Eye-Q Check pops up to remind you to take a rest so you don’t get fatigued. That’ll happen less often anyway, though, thanks to TÜV Certified anti-flicker and Less Blue Light. This is a software solution, mind you, so your mileage may vary.

As a throwback, ports include a D-Sub VGA connector alongside a HDMI, line-in, and headphone out. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen one of those in quite a while. And there’s a dual set of 2W speakers under the hood for good measure.

MSI Modern MD273QXP monitor shows off its colourful screen.

MSI Modern MD273QXP

Modern MD273QXP has many of the same features as the Modern MD242UPW, just fitted to a larger 27in screen. Once again, there’s 1ms response time, DisplayHDR 400 certification, two 3W speakers, a Type-C 100W power delivery option with DisplayPort Alt, Less Blue Light Pro, and a tool-less build.

The biggest difference is that MSI’s Modern MD273QXP focuses on linking everything together. You can daisy chain displays directly from the monitor rather than hooking them up to your PC. The KVM switch also caters to more devices with four USB 3.0 ports, a 1Gb LAN, and single USB Type-B connector.

This is the monitor you want on your side when you’re working, with a built-in Full HD webcam. It even contains a digital mic to pick up your sultry tones. I didn’t get to test either of these features, but once again, there’s a level of difficulty on the loud show floor.

MSI didn’t say when any of these monitors are hitting shelves, but they’re coming soon. In the meantime, check out MSI’s other CES 2024 releases, such as QD-OLED monitors and Monster Hunter peripherals.