Despite the lower prices on TVs these days, the cost of monitors always seems to be high. If you want the most out of your gaming PC, one that takes advantage of technology on your video card, one that has all the bells and whistles for the best gaming experience. And that? That costs a pretty penny. Then comes the Pixio New PX277, which offers everything but 4K for a remarkably affordable price. You can nab the New PX277 for $399 MSRP. This is our review.
New Pixio PX277 Features
- 27 inch WQHD (Wide Quad High Definition) 2560 x 1440 pixels
- 144Hz liquid smooth, blur-free Refresh Rate
- IPS (AH-VA) Panel (178? Viewing Angle)
- Adaptive-Sync (Range: 30-144hz)
- 178? Viewing Angle
- Anti-glare screen
- 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
- 2x HDMI, 1x DP connection
- Gaming Mode
- Gaming Timer & Crosshair
The New PX277 is a 2560x1440, 144Hz refresh rate Adaptive Sync monitor, which means that it’s designed to work with FreeSync on AMD graphics cards. If you’re an Nvidia fan, that means you can’t really take advantage of the no-tear benefits (think NVIDIA GSync). Still, with the 144Hz refresh rate, and a decent GPU, you’re not going to notice much screen tearing anyway. If you’re an AMD user, you’re doubly fine.
The IPS panel the PX277 uses offers extremely wide viewing angles. While most of us will always be staring right at the screen, it’s nice to know that onlookers will get a good view if you’re using it for viewing parties or if you need to wander around the room while watching Punisher on Netflix. The 1000:1 ratio also means you’ll see little to no light bleed, even on very dark images. True blacks, for sure.
The New PX277 has 2 HDMI inputs (one 1.4 and one 2.0), a dual link DVI port, and one DisplayPort 1.2 (which you’d need for the FreeSync and the 144Hz refresh). There are some nice presets for the contrast and brightness too. I stick on Movie, as it tended to be a little darker. Add in Windows’ adaptive night mode, and you have a pretty comfortable and adjustable monitor.
The New PX277’s Design
Almost all monitors I’ve ever owned have been bulky, even as we’ve moved away from CRTs into flat panel displays. I have two 27” displays on my desk, and the Asus 27” is noticeably thicker, with a larger bezel and bulkier design. The New PX277 is incredibly light and slim, with a very thin bezel all the way around. It’s not quite the near-zero bezel you’d need for truly seamless display, but it’s far better than a 4K monitor that cost $200 more. The stand is sharp a sharp looking forked mount, that doesn’t add much to the footprint of the monitor on your desk. The only real downside of the design is that the PX277 doesn’t adjust height. It can tilt a decent amount, but for any height adjustments you’d have to fit it with an arm (it is VESA compliant).
The Pixio New PX277 offers one hell of a nice picture at 1440p for an affordable price. It would be excellent if it was 4K too, and when Pixio releases one I’ll be all over that. The 144Hz refresh, great contrast ratio, and 144Hz with FreeSync tech make this one a solid deal at $400. I find myself using the PX277 with 1440p resolution over the 4K Asus because of how nice the picture is. Definitely a monitor to put on your list to Santa.
Note: We were provided the New PX277 by Pixio for review purposes.