Pixio PX276 Review: 1440p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor

The Pixio PX276 is one of the cheapest 1440p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync gaming monitors yet it features a wide dynamic range, slim design, and more cool gaming features.

Bottom Line

The Pixio PX276 is one of the most affordable 27-inch 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitors.

It features FreeSync with a wide dynamic range, a slim design, and more useful gaming features.

Design:
(2.5)
Display:
(4.0)
Performance:
(4.6)
Price/Value:
(4.0)
3.8

Want a 144Hz gaming monitor with a 1ms response time speed for the best performance in competitive first-person shooters?

The Pixio PX276 is one of the most affordable 144Hz 1ms gaming monitors with the 2560×1440 screen resolution, AMD FreeSync technology, and gorgeous slim design!

Image Quality

The TN panel of the Pixio PX276 display, like all TN panels, has limited viewing angles of 170° horizontally and 160° vertically.

This causes the image to shift in color and contrast if you are looking at it from certain angles, but this isn’t an issue as long as you are sitting directly in front of the screen.

Furthermore, in comparison to other panel types such as IPS and VA, the TN has the lowest color quality, but if all you care about is responsiveness and performance.

Performance

The Pixio PX276 has a very fast response time speed of only 1ms, which makes for instantaneous pixel transition from one shade of gray into another.

As a result, there’s no ghosting behind fast-moving objects in fast-paced games, which allows you to focus on your target without distractions.

The same TN panel model (M270DTN01.0), made by AU Optronics, is also featured in the popular, and now discontinued, BenQ XL2730Z eSports gaming monitor.

Features

1440p 1ms monitor

Moving on, the Pixio PX276 27″ 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor has additional useful features available that can serve you well in competitive gameplay.

Pressing the ‘down arrow’ hotkey on the monitor opens up the Game Menu, where you can find customizable crosshairs for better shooting accuracy. You can also set an on-screen timer.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, under the ECO settings, you can find pre-calibrated picture presets for Photo, Movie, Game, FPS, and RTS modes as well as a standard and a customizable profile.

Other features include the standard RGB color settings, brightness, and contrast, etc. – but, there are no PiP and PbP modes. For the 1ms response time speed, make sure to enable the OverDrive setting.

Finally, the Pixio PX276 monitor also supports AMD FreeSync, so you can synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate with a compatible graphics cards to entirely eliminate screen tearing and stuttering. It works with compatible NVIDIA cards without issues too.

Design & Connectivity

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The modern and slim design of the monitor includes thin bezels for seamless multi-monitor setups, matte anti-glare coating against sunlight reflection, 75 x 75mm for VESA mount stands, and -5/15 degree tilt ergonomic adjustment.

Connectivity includes DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DVI, audio line-out for the headphones, and line-in for the integrated speakers.

Keep in mind that FreeSync works over the DisplayPort only, and not over HDMI – even though the manual and webpage suggest otherwise. The Pixio PX276 FreeSync range is 30-144Hz, thus supporting LFC.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Pixio PX276 price amounts to ~$300, which makes it one of the cheapest 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitors.

As this is an older monitor, visit our always up-to-date best gaming monitor buyer’s guide for the best deals available.

We highly recommend the LG 27GL83A, which is just as fast as the Pixio PX276, but also offers much better colors and wider viewing angles.

If you’re looking for something similar closer to the $300 mark, consider the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD.

Conclusion

Overall, the Pixio PX276 is a fantastic display for the price.

You get a crisp image quality with vivid details due to the high screen resolution as well as responsive gameplay thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time speed, and low input lag.

On top of that, you get AMD FreeSync with an impressive dynamic refresh rate range, some cool gaming features, and a slim design with thin bezels.

Specifications

Screen Size27-inch
Resolution2560×1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (30Hz-144Hz)
Speakers2x3W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DVI
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (8-bit)
VESAYes (75x75mm)

The Pros:

  • Exceptional FreeSync range
  • Thin bezels
  • Plenty of gaming features
  • Low input lag and quick response time

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only design
  • FreeSync doesn’t work over HDMI
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Inferior image quality to IPS and VA panels

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Rob Shafer
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.