Pixio PX277 Review: Best Affordable 144Hz FreeSync IPS Gaming Monitor

pixio px277 review

Introduction

The Pixio PX277 delivers impeccable image quality and traits usually found only in much more expensive gaming monitors. With crisp 1440p image resolution, IPS panel color accuracy and 144Hz rate, you will be able to enjoy in immersive gaming for a surprisingly low price. Besides these key features which are alone worth more money than the monitor costs, you will also have the FreeSync technology and a few exclusive gaming features as well.

Features

The FreeSync technology allows you to connect your compatible AMD graphics card straight with your monitor. By doing so, you will gain a more steady FPS rate even in more demanding video games. Furthermore, you will not encounter any screen tearing or stuttering while gaming but maintain a fluid and smooth gameplay even at maxed out settings.

The Pixio PX277 display produces a high image quality without any screen flickering. In addition, it also provides you with a low level of the harmful blue light. With these features, you will be able to endure countless hours of heated battles in video games without straining your eyes. The level of the blue-light can be manually adjusted in the OSD settings.

The Pixio LoS (Line of Sight) feature is an exclusive feature of the Pixio PX277 which allows you to set one of the twelve custom crosshair overlays on your screen. This ability gives you the edge over your opponents in competitive FPS games as you will have a steady and precise aim on your doomed targets at all times; lock and load.

The Game Mode is yet another useful gaming oriented feature. It functions as a black color level stabilizer as it brightens the dark objects in darkened areas of the game. Thus giving you a more clear and visible sight of your enemies lurking in the dark. The image quality will not be lost in this procedure but remain perfectly fine.

Besides these features, there are several more in the OSD settings menu which can be enabled including Bypass, Dynamic Frame Control, Noise Reduction, and the Overdrive which allows you to swap between certain response time speeds.

The OSD menu is user-friendly and allows for quick adjusting by the buttons at the bottom right bezel. The six buttons include a shortcut for the LoS feature, a HOT feature which gives you the factory calibrated settings, Source allows you to quickly select different screen modes, Menu, Volume, Aspect Ratio and a power button.

Once you’re in the OSD menu of the Pixio PX277 IPS monitor, you will have a nice overview of all settings including the brightness, contrast, color format, color settings, picture quality, multi-window settings, display settings, and audio settings. Color modes provide you with several well-optimized presets including Standard, Vivid, Game, Game1, Game2 and a Movie preset. Depending on the type of game you’re playing you should check all the modes to best suit your preferred display.

The multi-window settings simplify the connection of more PCs or compatible devices to the one screen including the Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes. Additionally, you can set several different aspect ratios, and choose between four different color temperature modes including Warm, Normal, Cool, and two Low Blue Light preferable for reading and resting your eyes.

Performance

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The IPS panel of the Pixio PX277 144Hz monitor ensures flawless color accuracy desirable by professional designers and photographers. The higher color depth and precision also contributes to the image quality in gaming as colors become more vivid and details more expressive. The IPS panel also offers exceptional viewing angles of 178 degrees both horizontal and vertical, allowing you to enjoy gaming at any angle and watching movies from distance in all corners of your room. The screen of the monitor is coated with an anti-glare material which eliminates the annoyance of the sunlight reflection.

The IPS glow is a common drawback of the IPS panel monitors. On an entirely black ground, while in a unlighted room, you will be able to notice a slight glowing in some parts of your screen, usually at the edges. This is perfectly normal, and you won’t be able to notice it in video games, movies or any other regular activity.

The response time of 4ms is impressively good, especially considering the price of the monitor and the fact that it has an IPS panel which produces higher color accuracy at the cost of a bit slower response time, unlike TN panel monitors. The 4ms response time will eliminate any ghosting or image blurring of fast-moving objects in video games or movies. However, high-end competitive gamers will not be entirely satisfied with this response time as in their professional FPS games, every millisecond counts.

The 144Hz rate ensures smooth and fluid gameplay. If you’ve been using an ordinary 60Hz monitor and are looking for an affordable 144Hz monitor, this is it. Such change of the Hz rate will have you never wanting to look at any monitor below 100Hz as the motion of the objects becomes flawless in comparison to standard monitors. If you have a powerful graphics card, preferably an AMD one because of the FreeSync feature, you will be able to play more demanding games at maxed out settings with zero issues. Since the frame rate range of the Pixio PX277 PC screen amounts from 55Hz to 144Hz, you will be able to maintain fluid gameplay even when the framerate suddenly drops as the picture won’t judder.

In order to get the most out of the Pixio PX277 display, it is advisable to calibrate the colors. You may do so by using any of the calibration tools on the internet or even the OSD settings menu. With the available adjustments of the brightness, contrast, gamma and sharpness you are bound to find the perfect image display for yourself. Still, the adjustments straight out of the box are close to the idealistic, so only professional designers may need to tweak the colors a bit.

Specifications

  • 27-inchScreen
  • 2560×1440 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • 4ms Response Time
  • Ports: 2x HDMI1.4, DisplayPort 1.2a, Mini DisplayPort, DVI-D
  • FreeSync Technology
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2331mm
  • Brightness: 350cd/m2
  • Built-in Speakers: 2x5W

Design

The performance of the Pixio PX277 definitely outshines the design of it. This 144Hz gaming monitor has rather thick bezels of around 1 inch, making it not quite desirable for multi-display. Furthermore, the base of the monitor (not the stand, but the little glass thing) is not detachable which results in an awkward looking wall mount option. Apart from that, the stand is also somewhat unsteady and easily wobbled. Besides the ability to tilt, the monitor lacks other ergonomic functionalities. It’s better to just buy a seperate stand for this gaming monitor or use a wall mount.

Regardless of the monitor’s aesthetic and design drawbacks, it’s still much more than worth its money; even if you bought an additional separate base for the monitor to use instead of the given one, you would still pay a lot less money than you’d for any other monitor with 144Hz, 1440p, and the FreeSync technology.

Connectivity

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The Pixio PX277 FreeSync monitor offers an extensive range of connectivity assuring peace of mind for the variety of users. There are two HDMI1.4 ports, one DVI-D Dual Link, DisplayPort 1.2a, and a Mini DisplayPort. Keep in mind that in order to achieve the 144Hz rate you must connect your monitor through either the DisplayPort or the MiniDisplayPort. This means that laptops and PCs with the built-in graphics card on the motherboard won’t be compatible with the monitor, as the Pixio company clearly states.

The Pixio PX277 monitor also features built-in speakers of 2x5W. The sound produced by these speakers isn’t anything special in terms of quality but the volume can achieve a decent level which makes them a good backup set of speakers. The audio cable is included with the monitor, and so are the DisplayPort cable, the DC adapter, and a power cable. It’s worth noting though that most gaming monitors out there don’t have speakers as powerful as 10W combined, so that’s something worth to consider.

Price

Apart from the 144Hz rate, FreeSync technology, and the 1440p resolution, the price of the monitor is an another very appealing attribute of the Pixio PX277. However, the low price doesn’t always have to mean that there will be something wrong with the monitor, and it certainly is not the case with this one.

The presumption that this monitor is made of lesser quality materials and secondary parts is entirely wrong. The sole reason behind the cheap price is the fact that the Pixio doesn’t have a middleman retailer which would take profit of their sale; instead, you get their monitors straight from the Pixio company. In fact, the Pixio PX277 has basically the same panel as the more popular ASUS MG279Q and the Acer XG270HU.

Keep in mind that there are two possible purchases of the Pixio PX277. The standard purchase includes the one to five acceptable pixels policy, where you can RMA the monitor only if it has 6 or more dead pixels on the screen. While if you pay extra 50$ you can get the pixel perfect version. So, depending on how much you’re bothered with a few dead pixels on your screen, you should purchase accordingly; as 1-5 dead pixels may be unnoticeable to some but agonizing to others. The extra 50$ still make this monitor way more affordable than any other 144Hz gaming monitor with the similar or same traits.

Conclusion

The overall excellent performance and brilliant display make this gaming monitor the best 144Hz FreeSync IPS monitor for the money. While the design could be a little better and prettier, it is still tolerable and decent, especially for the price. By spending at least $200 or more for a more popular monitor brand you would still have all the same values as the Pixio PX277 monitor, albeit maybe a prettier design. It all comes down to whether you’re willing to pay more for the design than for the actual performance and display attributes. This quite cheap but very good monitor hence earns an overall rating of 9.0/10.

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