Pixio PX248 Prime Review: 1080p 144Hz FreeSync IPS Gaming Monitor

The Pixio PX248 Prime is one of the cheapest 24" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync IPS gaming monitors! Here's what you need to know about it.

Bottom Line

The Pixio PX248 Prime is an excellent budget gaming monitor, but we recommend investing a bit more in a better model. However, if you’re on a really tight budget, the PX248 Prime won’t disappoint you for the price.

Design:
(3.5)
Display:
(4.6)
Performance:
(4.3)
Price/Value:
(4.0)
4.1

If you’re looking for a budget gaming monitor, the Pixio PX248 Prime is the cheapest model you should consider!

Image Quality

For most gamers with budget PC rigs, a 24″ 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor is all that’s needed for a smooth and enjoyable gaming experience.

The 1920×1080 Full HD resolution looks decent on 24″ sized screens with 92 PPI (pixels per inch), which results in reasonably sharp details and a fair amount of screen real estate, while not being very demanding on CPU/GPU.

Next, the IPS panel offers 178° wide viewing angles, ensuring that the image doesn’t shift in contrast, brightness, gamma or color at skewed angles. Thanks to such image consistency, you can even use the Pixio PX248 Prime for basic color-critical work.

We recommend using the sRGB color temperature preset found in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu for the most accurate image quality out of the box.

The monitor covers the entire sRGB color space, and even has some extension beyond it with 103.26% sRGB gamut volume, providing you with accurate and vivid colors.

What’s more, the Pixio PX248 Prime monitor has an excellent peak brightness of 400-nits, so it will be able to get bright enough even in well-lit rooms.

As expected from an IPS monitor, there’s some IPS glow and the static contrast ratio amounts to 1,000:1, meaning that you won’t get as deep blacks as that of VA panels with ~3,000:1 contrast ratio.

However, VA monitors have other disadvantages – especially at this price range, such as significantly slower pixel response time speed, VRR brightness flickering issues and gamma/saturation shifts.

IPS glow is manageable as you can just add some ambient lighting behind your screen and if you’re gaming in a dark room, avoid cranking up the screen brightness!

Performance

Amd Freesync

The Pixio PX248P supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz variable refresh rate range. VRR makes the monitor synchronize its refresh rate to your GPU’s frame rate, thus completely preventing screen tearing and stuttering at no perceptible input lag penalty.

Even though it’s not certified by NVIDIA as ‘G-SYNC Compatible’, VRR works without issues when using compatible GeForce GPUs (10-series or newer) over DisplayPort.

Alternatively, you can use the 1ms MPRT feature, which enables backlight strobing to reduce perceived motion blur at a cost of picture brightness, but it can’t be active at the same time as VRR.

The Pixio PX248 Prime has four response time overdrive modes: Off, Low, Medium and High. We recommend sticking with the ‘Low’ mode as the Medium and High modes are too aggressive and can introduce visible pixel overshoot.

With the Low mode, you get no prominent trailing behind fast-moving objects for a smooth fast-paced gaming experience. Input lag is very low at ~4ms of delay, which is imperceptible.

Features

Pixio PX248 Prime OSD Menu

Beneath the bottom bezel of the screen, there’s a directional joystick for quick and easy navigation through the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu.

Useful gaming features include Black Equalizer (improves visibility in dark scenes), crosshair overlays, on-screen timers and various picture presets, including three custom profiles.

Besides the standard image adjustments (brightness, contrast, color temperature, etc.), you also get aspect ratio control (full, 16:9 and 4:3), sharpness, gamma (off, 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4), hue/saturation and auto input detection.

The backlight of the monitor is flicker-free (unless MPRT is enabled) and there’s a low-blue light filter.

Design & Connectivity

Pixio PX248 Review

The stand of the monitor is fairly sturdy, but it’s tilt-only by -5°/15°. The screen has 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility and a matte anti-glare coating that prevents reflections.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 (144Hz), HDMI 1.4 (120Hz), a headphone jack, dual 2W built-in speakers and a USB port for service only.

The 1080p 120Hz mode is supported on both the PS5 and compatible Xbox consoles, but VRR only works on Xbox via AMD FreeSync.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Pixio PX248 Prime goes for $160, which makes it one of the most affordable 24″ 1080p high refresh rate IPS gaming monitors.

There are a few different versions of this monitor. We’ve highlighted the main differences in the table below.

 Pixio PX248
Prime
Pixio PX248
Prime S
Pixio PX248
Prime Advanced
Refresh Rate144Hz165Hz144Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)4ms (GtG)1ms (GtG)
Brightness400-nits400-nits300-nits
sRGB Gamut Volume103% sRGB113% sRGB119% sRGB

We recommend getting the Pixio PX248 Prime Advanced model since it has the widest color gamut and the fastest pixel response time speed for just $10 more.

However, if you want a monitor with a better design, check out the AOC 24G2SP, the LG 24GN650 and the Gigabyte G24F-2. These are a bit more expensive, but they can be found on sale for a similar price as the Pixio models.

To learn more about monitors and ensure you’re getting the model most suited for your personal preference, visit our comprehensive and always up-to-date best gaming monitor buyer’s guide.

Conclusion

All in all, the Pixio PX248 Prime is an excellent budget gaming monitor, however, we recommend investing $10 extra in the PX248 Prime Advanced model or checking out if one of the above-mentioned models by AOC, LG and Gigabyte are on sale.

Specifications

Screen Size23.8-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time (GtG)4ms (GtG)
Response Time (MPRT)1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive-SyncFreeSync (48-144Hz)
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0
Other PortsHeadphone Jack, USB (Service-only)
Brightness400 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
103% sRGB
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros:

  • Wide viewing angles
  • Vivid colors
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 144Hz

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

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Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.