The Pixio New PX277 is one of the cheapest 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS FreeSync gaming monitors yet it offers a wide variable refresh rate range, additional useful gaming features, and a slim design with very thin bezels.
There any many different 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitors available on the market. For most people, this combination of specifications delivers the ideal gaming experience and we can certainly see why.
The Pixio PX277 is one of the cheapest such models available, yet it offers AMD FreeSync with a wide dynamic range, a slim bezel-less design, and additional useful gaming features.
Keep in mind that this review is of the 2017 model Pixio PX277, not the older model from 2016 which goes by the same name and is now discontinued.
The Pixio PX277 2017 model is also referred to as Pixio New PX277 or Pixio PX277-N.
First of all, the 2560×1440 resolution on 27″ sized screens ensures vivid details and plenty of screen real estate thanks to the rich pixel density of 108.79 pixels per inch.
The pixels are not individually distinguishable at all as they are on 24″-27″ 1080p monitors, and you don’t need to scale your UI like you’d need to do on 24″-32″ 4K monitors. With 1440p at 27″, you hit the sweet spot.
Moving on, the IPS panel of the Pixio PX277 display offers wide 178-degree viewing angles, a 6ms response time, a 230-nit peak brightness, and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio.
The colors are vibrant and consistent covering a bit over 96% of the sRGB color space meaning that you won’t be able to use the screen for color-critical work, but the image is crystal-clear with vivid colors nonetheless.
The Pixio PX277 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor delivers an outstanding performance with the average input lag amounting to just below 5ms making it perfect for competitive gaming.
Now, the response time speed of 6ms is slightly higher than the usually-advertised 4ms of certain modern IPS panels, but in reality, there’s hardly any ghosting of fast-moving objects noticeable.
Of course, if you want as little ghosting as possible, you should go with a TN panel monitor instead, but then you’d lose on color quality and viewing angles.
We didn’t run into any defects such as excessive IPS glow or dead pixels. The screen is flicker-free and has a low blue light filter, so it won’t cause you headaches or eye fatigue even after longer use.
At 144Hz, gaming feels considerably more responsive and immersive as opposed to the standard 60Hz displays which in addition to the striking colors and crisp details ensures an overall flawless gaming experience.
One of the more impressive features of the Pixio New PX277 27-inch monitor is AMD FreeSync; more precisely, its wide dynamic range of 30Hz to 144Hz given that FreeSync monitors usually have a more limited range of around 40-144Hz or 48-144Hz.
In fact, the previous PX277 model had a range of 55-144Hz.
If you have a FreeSync-compatible GPU connected to a FreeSync monitor, the refresh rates and frame rates become synchronized – similar to how V-SYNC works.
However, instead of waiting for GPU’s frame rates, the monitor changes its refresh rate dynamically thus eliminating the awful screen tearing and stuttering without introducing input lag.
Update: FreeSync also works without any issues when using a compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics card.
To clarify Pixio’s misleading information on the product webpage (pictured below), note that the Pixio PX277 FreeSync range amounts to 30-144Hz over the DisplayPort, but FreeSync is not supported over HDMI.
Other Pixio PX277 gaming features include the ‘LOS’ customizable crosshair overlays and Game Timer which places a timer on the screen for tracking cooldowns, pizza deliveries, and whatnot.
There’s also an FPS and RTS picture preset with optimal settings for these gaming genres in addition to Standard, Photo, Movie, and one customizable preset.
There are no Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes while the Pixio PX277 color settings include color temperature presets, and red, green, and blue color adjustments for calibration.
Enabling the OverDrive setting increases the response time speed of the monitor from 12ms to the advertised 6ms. It’s also vital to note that FreeSync and OverDrive can be enabled at the same time. So, you won’t be limited to 12ms response time when you turn on FreeSync.
Design & Connectivity
Unlike the older Pixio PX277, the new model boasts a slim design with ultra-thin bezels for a more cinematic viewing experience. The chassis is matte plastic and there’s a matte screen coating that prevents reflections. Alas, the screen is tilt-only, but there’s a 75 x 75mm VESA mount pattern.
Connector ports are as follows: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0 (HDMI-1), DL-DVI, a headphones jack, and audio line-in for the integrated speakers. Keep in mind that the Dual-Link DVI can’t reach 144Hz at 1440p, so use either HDMI 2.0 or DP 1.2.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Pixio PX277 price amounts to around $400.
While it was one of the cheapest 1440p 144Hz IPS monitors available back in the day – nowadays, you can find a lot better models for the same price such as the LG 27GL83A with a faster 1ms GtG response time, among other things.
Pixio PX277 Specifications
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||6ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (30Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DVI|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
- Wide FreeSync range
- Slim design with thin bezels
- Plenty of gaming features
- FreeSync doesn’t work over HDMI
- Tilt-only design