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Pixio PX276 Review: 1440p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor Under 350 USD

By November 24, 2018 One Comment
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Introduction

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

The Pixio PX276 is the most cost-efficient 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor with the 2560×1440 screen resolution, AMD FreeSync technology, and a gorgeous slim design!

Image Quality

If you want the best performance, you will have to sacrifice image quality, at least at this price range.

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, it is a fair trade-off.

Performance

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TN panels have the fastest response time speed of only 1ms which makes for instantaneous pixel transition from one color into another.

As a result, there’s no ghosting, trailing, or motion blur of 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

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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, contrast, etc adjustments though 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 AMD graphics card to fully eliminate screen tearing and stuttering.

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 a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4, an HDMI 2.0, a DVI, an 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 $309.99 MSRP making it the only 27″ 1440p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync gaming monitor available under $350.

If you’d rather have better color quality and cope with a little bit of ghosting, check out the Pixio PX277 IPS version of this monitor or the Pixio PX277h with FreeSync 2 and HDR10 support.

In case you’re interested in an affordable 32″ 144Hz monitor, Pixio offers three great models including the Pixio PX325C 1080p curved, the Pixio PXC32 1440p curved, and the Pixio PX329 1440p flat version with a 165Hz refresh rate.

Looking for an equally good price/value deal for a 1080p 144Hz monitor? Check out the AOC G2460PF!

Conclusion

Overall, the Pixio PX276 is an amazing display for the price. You get a crisp image quality with vivid details due to the high screen resolution as well as an immersive and 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.

Pixio PX276 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)

What We Loved

  • Cheapest 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor
  • Exceptional FreeSync range
  • Thin bezels
  • Plenty of gaming features

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • FreeSync doesn’t work over HDMI (even though it says that it does on the webpage/manual)

Writer

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

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