Pixio New PX277 27-Inch FreeSync Monitor Video Review
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It’s still a pretty rough spot in the PC gaming and building space with pricing so out of whack for graphics cards and memory, making upgrading those things pretty difficult. I mean, I for one saved up the $400 bucks for a Radeon RX Vega 56 so we’d have one in house, and by the time I saved up…poof…they were gone. I was then left wondering what to do, so I upgraded my audio to a Bose Companion 5 system. Another option is something more practical, such as your monitor, like the 27-inch Pixio New PX277. If you’re still running something like a R9 390 or better, even a Fury class card, then 1440p gaming is a reality, of course with some dialed back settings on more modern games.
That’s where the Pixio New P277 comes in. See, if you’re on a smaller 1080p panel, even if it is a 144Hz one, there’s a lot to look forward to in this upgrade path. For starters it even features a gorgeous 27″ 2560×1440 AH-VA Panel wide 30-144Hz FreeSync window meaning you don’t have to push crazy high framerates to get the benefits of tear free gaming, and IF you drop below the 30Hz window you’re treated to Radeon’s LFC, or Low Framerate Compensation.
Out of the box you get the monitor, the stand, plus DisplayPort and power cables. So, everything you need to setup and enjoy a silky-smooth gaming experience.
The panel again is an IPH or AH-VA variety of IPS and features a wide FreeSync range of 30-144Hz, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a wide viewing angel of 178 degrees and a little disappointing in numbers, but not in practice, 6ms response time. Sounds unappealing, but was not an issue in gaming, even in games like Overwatch. As far as screen quality goes, at calibrated settings using our Spyder 5 and DisplayCal 3 software we were greeted with a 96.7% sRGB gamut coverage which will be fine for gaming, but a 70% Adobe RGB reading leaves it too low for professional creatives.
The design of the monitor is excellent and lends itself to being right at home in almost any situation and the bezel-less design is beautiful with only a small boarder around the panel, excellent for those wanting to use multiple monitors without having a HUGE gap between them. Control buttons are along the bottom right side and are easy enough to use and navigate, with the OSD being easy to use with no real complaints here. The stand is elegant but very basic, offering up tilt functionality, the included VESA support allows for monitor stand upgrades like their PX400 base.
The rear input is good with a built-in power adapter meaning no need for an external brick to wrangle. Display connectivity is good with DVI, 2 x HDMI and a DisplayPort connector. This monitor features something I never ever thought I would be saying…..good speakers! In fact, the first time I used them I thought there was a problem with my Logitech 2.1 setup when the volume knob didn’t function, only to realize it was using the monitor speakers! In the review video we take a listen to the speakers quality using our Zoom H1 to record with.
Gaming on this monitor was great. The RX 480 8GB we tested with ran games well into the FreeSync window resulting in a very good experience, even the R9 Nano offered a wonderful time with its limited 4GB of VRAM. Viewing angleS were good, as advertised. The response rate was a concern at 6ms, but blur is kept to a minimum as well as ghosting in our tests. There’s something to be said for variable refresh rate gaming, and if you haven’t tried it then I can’t possibly describe what you’re missing. However, if you’re running an NVIDIA card don’t fret too hard, because you can still use this monitor and access all it’s great features including the 144Hz refresh rate, you’ll just be giving up on the FreeSync aspect.
The following images were added because the above exaggerated the ghosting and gave a poor example of the actual monitor, the image was taken with a Canon T3i at 1/100 exposure time, not ideal for 144hz screen, but since the refresh rate was at a constant 50hz or 50fps it should be a more realistic representation.
At the end of the day it’s still a 2560×1440 144hz gaming monitor, and that’s not a bad thing at all. It’s pricing of $399 and often being found for $349 makes it a strong contender for your money. There’s no way this isn’t walking away with an editor’s choice award and it won’t be walking off my desk anytime soon.
The Pixio New PX277 is a great monitor for $399, even better at the often discounted $349. Offering an excellent gaming experience for the money and bringing the 2560-1440 30-144hz FS pricing to an all time low entry price!
- Well Priced
- Vivid picture with uniform lighting
- great speakers built in
- bezel-less design with very thin border
- VESA mounts
- no power brick
- stand is very basic
- sits very low with included stand
- response rate of 6ms is slightly behind competing products.
- slight ghosting exists