The Pixio New PX277 gaming monitor

One of the primary reasons for getting into PC gaming is the best visual experiences, but one of the biggest hurdles is the potentially high cost.

Factor in PC hardware, a gaming monitor with high resolutions, high refresh rates, and technology that works with brand specific video cards, and suddenly you’re in premium territory.

Enter Pixio and their New PX277 display. Pixio’s focus is high quality gaming panels with a low price point, and the PX277 is no exception. It’s got high end features and a remarkably accessible price.

You can pick up the New PX277 for $399.

Features

This is a 2560x1440, 144Hz refresh rate Adaptive Sync monitor, which means that it’s designed to work with FreeSync on AMD GPUs. Those of you on Team Green are out of luck with this one, though they can still take full advantage of the price, high resolution, and high refresh rate.

Pixio prides itself on only using high-quality panels from major manufacturers like Samsung and LG, and the New PX277 continues that tradition. This monitor uses an IPS (AH-VA) panel that offers extremely wide viewing angles up to 178-degrees. Even at the most extreme angle I didn’t notice any color shifting or significant dimming. I also didn’t experience any light bleed, even while looking at very dark images.

The New PX277 has a number of connection ports. There are two HDMI inputs (1.4 and 2.0), a dual link DVI port, and a DisplayPort 1.2. You’ll need to connect via DisplayPort to take advantage of Adaptive Sync, and the 144Hz refresh rate.

This display comes with a handful of contrast and brightness presets. Users can choose from Standard, Movie, Picture, FPS, RTS, and User Set. As someone who stares at a monitor for roughly 12 hours a day, I prefer my brightness and contrast on the dimmer side. At 100 percent for both adjustments, I found looking at the screen uncomfortable. Lowering both to 50 percent was my sweet spot.

Unfortunately, I could only adjust the User Set preset. I was unable to take advantage of the FPS preset and adjust it to my liking.

I’m also not convinced that the presets for FPS and RTS make a significant difference to player performance or the gaming experience. Nevertheless, the option is nice to have.

It was also nice to have eye-strain reducing features. Since most of my PC screen time is spent writing instead of gaming, it was a pleasure to find flicker-free technology and Low Blue Light modes. Users can adjust the low blue light effect to their liking. Additionally, I found my eyes felt far less tired than they normally do after hours of use compared to my cheap budget monitor at home.

There are two features that I struggled with, the first is the on-screen countdown clock. Through the OSD menu, users can place a countdown clock of predetermined values on the screen. I’m not sure how this is useful in and of itself since any game that has time-limited tasks typically has a countdown timer built into the game already. Furthermore, I don’t think a countdown clock on the monitor is any more convenient than using a smartphone as a timer.

The second feature I struggled with was the Line of Sight on-screen crosshairs. Ostensibly, it’s meant to function as a gaming aid to help aim without having to use iron sights. While I can see the benefit of having artificial crosshairs, for some reason I couldn’t get the crosshairs to stay on permanently. Instead, they would disappear after roughly 10 seconds. I could turn them on again using the monitor hotkey, but that felt cumbersome and diminished the value of the feature.

It’s hard to complain about an optional feature, but the implementation was a little confusing.

Play of the Game


We’ve been playing a lot of Destiny 2 around the GameCrate office, and the Pixio pulled it off nicely.

It’s a good looking game, and running it at 2560x1440 and 144Hz was a delightful experience. We dropped in an RX480 GPU, and Freesync made the game run buttery smooth.

It’s a solid panel for sure. The blacks looked good, the color was bright and clear, and it was hard to tear myself away from the display when the day was done.  

For those of you with AMD GPUs, it’s pretty hard to beat this price to performance ratio.

Design

I’m not being cute when I refer to the monitor as the New PX277. That’s actually the model name, and it’s printed on the left side of the monitor’s bottom bezel.

That heavy branding is a little silly considering it would be difficult to confuse the New PX277 with the PX277, which was thick, bulky, and framed the screen with fat bezels. The  New PX277 is light, svelte, and attractively styled with a slim profile, minimalist stand, and thin bezels.

However, the screen doesn’t quite reach the bezels. There’s roughly an eighth of an inch of black space between where the screen ends and plastic begins. It’s not ugly by any means, but it’s something to consider for multi-monitor setups.

 Also, the monitor tilts, but does not have height adjustment. Thankfully it is VESA compliant, so mounting to a height-adjustable arm is an option.

Performance

I use a budget monitor at home, so using a gaming monitor with all the bells and whistles was an eye-opening experience. I loaded up DOOM on our test machine and I was immediately struck by how crisp and fluid the visuals were. The color fidelity was also remarkable. Crawling through dark environments finally immersed me in the shadows I had expected when I first played the game instead of the synthetic dark greys that I actually got on my home monitor.

After using the New PX277, I am a believer in FreeSync; I think it actually makes me a better gamer. All of the movements were smooth and predictable, allowing me to rack up those headshots.

I did not notice any input lag. Even when I purposefully slid the mouse around to see if I could lose my sense of the action on screen, I was still clearly oriented and knew exactly where enemies were and what direction to take. It really is like having a new pair of eyes.

The Pixio New PX277 offers a great gaming experience with no compromise. Users get a lot of screen real estate, a high resolution, 144hz, and premium visual technologies that make a substantial difference. Some of the superfluous extras are questionable, but the New PX277 attains its goal of being a highly functional gaming monitor at a hell of a price.