MSI PRO DP20Z 5M & Modern MD271QP review

MSI's latest mini PC and 27-inch monitor may look unassuming, but they're a surprisingly capable pairing for creatives on a budget.

MSI Modern MD271QP monitor
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Our Verdict

The MSI PRO DP20Z and MD271QP make a great pairing for creatives wanting a well-priced PC and monitor for moderately intensive workflows. Computing performance is both speedy and near-silent, and refreshingly for a mini PC, there's a generous selection of ports. The MD271QP monitor doesn't look like much, but its colour accuracy is surprisingly high - it's a cracking display if you can do without 4K and wide P3 colour coverage.

For

  • Capable performance
  • Versatile PC connectivity
  • Very quiet, even under load
  • Decent monitor image quailty

Against

  • Utilitarian black plastic look
  • Poor Adobe RGB / P3 coverage
  • No dedicated GPU option

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If you're after a small form factor (SFF) / mini desktop computer, you're spoilt for choice. There are highly configurable PC options like Intel's NUC and Gigabyte's Brix, not to mention the evergreen appeal of the sleek Mac Mini with its powerful Apple M1 system-on-chip processing power. Now MSI want's a piece of the mini PC action with its not-so-catchily named PRO DP20Z 5M. As mini desktop PCs go, it's not the smallest, measuring 85 x 160.55 x 193.3mm. But unless you're working off a seriously small desk, this PC is still extremely compact, and if you want something a little less tall, other PRO-series models are available with a lower physical profile.

MSI PRO DP20Z 5M PC review

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MSI PRO DP20Z 5M benchmark results
BenchmarkScore
Cinebench R238894
Geekbench 5 (multi core)6263
Geekbench 5 (single core)1478

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

MSI PRO DP20Z 5M & Modern MD271QP review

The MSI PRO DP20Z and MD271QP make a great pairing for creatives wanting a well-priced PC and monitor for moderately intensive workflows. Computing performance is both speedy and near-silent, and refreshingly for a mini PC, there's a generous selection of ports. The MD271QP monitor doesn't look like much, but its colour accuracy is surprisingly high - it's a cracking display if you can do without 4K and wide P3 colour coverage.

Ben is the imaging labs manager for Future titles, including for Creative Bloq's sister site Digital Camera World. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to man for technical insight. With years of experience in testing cameras, monitors and calibrators, he's able to recommend the best buys for creatives.