Facial recognition was some sort of Sci-Fi tech almost a decade ago, but now it has made its way to the consumer where the most popular premium phone in the world almost completely relies on this technology for almost all its security purposes, obviously here I am talking about the iPhone X with its FaceID. In PCs, facial recognition has been prevalent in the laptop space with Windows Hello integration as they’re carried around and a lot of people can have access to the devices.
Obviously, with Desktop computers, this hasn’t been very prevalent as it doesn’t seem very crucial in a device that just sits at home. But when has that stopped evolution in technology. MSI’s MPG341CQR monitor which had been teased at CES which is coming out in Q3 of this year at $799.
The MSI MPG341CQR is a 34-inch ultrawide QHD(1440p) monitor with a widescreen 21:9 and a 1800R curvature. With such dimensions, this monitor boasts productivity but that’s not all it has, as it also offers a 144hz refresh rate with a 1ms response time making it a great choice for gamers who can push those frames at that high resolution.
The webcam doesn’t just use it’s facial recognition techniques for unlocking the device, MSI has incorporated a lot of bells and whistles to complement its use and warrant its worth.
The monitor will automatically calibrate the brightness based on the ambient lighting in the room. The monitor has a VA panel along with a 3000:1 contrast ratio with 84% DCI-P# and 105% sRGB color gamut coverage and support for a max brightness of 400 nits.
The monitor doesn’t come short of I/O ports, which include two HDMI 2.0, two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A and one DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-B, headphone, mic in and a pc to monitor audio jack combo each. Which is almost as good as the ports you’d find in a small form factor pc itself.
The MPG341CQR also brings to the market a new technology that MSI had shown off earlier called Night Vision. When turned on, the monitor will automatically detect darker areas on the screen and make them brighter without interfering with the rest of the image keeping the exposure natural. MSI had shown a demo of the feature earlier by showing how the infamously dark episode of Game Of Thrones newest season looks with and without the feature.
The monitor also includes a pleasing “GAMERY” aesthetic with one RGB strip on the bottom and a custom RGB design on the back. Although with the dimensions and the features this monitor would be amazing for productive uses, it seems to be aimed more towards gamers with the decisions made relating to its design.
And it seems like it could be a big hit with someone who requires a PC for both with its extremely reasonable price tag of $799.