Looking for the best gaming monitor under 400 USD?
The Pixio PX277h is a 27-inch 1440p 144Hz IPS monitor that’s available for over $100 less than the popular similar models from Acer and ASUS.
Based on an AHVA (IPS) panel by AU Optronics, the Pixio PX277h features wide 178-degree viewing angles as well as accurate and consistent colors, so the image will remain perfect no matter the angle you’re looking at the screen.
The WQHD 2560×1440 resolution will provide you with 78% more pixels than the standard 1080p but it’s also more demanding to drive, so make sure your PC rig can handle gaming at 1440p.
Moreover, the pixel density of 1440p at 27″ amounts to 108.79 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) which allows for maximum detail and plenty of screen space without any scaling needed.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
The Pixio PX277h 27-inch 1440p IPS monitor also boasts the HDR10 support.
Compatible content will allow the display to boost its maximum luminance up to 600-nits which will make the picture considerably brighter and details in highlights and shadows more noticeable.
Although HDR of this Pixio monitor provides a slight improvement over the standard image quality, it’s still pale in comparison to displays with full HDR support which is accomplished by an even brighter luminance of at least 1,000-nits, a superior contrast, and a wider color gamut, among other things.
Therefore, we don’t recommend the Pixio PX277h solely for its HDR support; it’s more of a nice bonus feature to have rather than one of its main selling points.
The IPS glow is minimal on the Pixio PX277h and only bothersome if you’re in a dark room with brightness cranked up to the max. We also didn’t detect any dead pixels nor excessive backlight bleeding.
Moving on, the response time speed amounts to 5ms (GtG) once you enable the OverDrive setting in the OSD (On-Screen Display). Some minor ghosting and motion blur of fast-moving objects in video games is expected even at 144Hz.
Nothing game-breaking, but if you’re an aspiring competitive FPS gamer, you’d be more satisfied with a TN panel version of this monitor, the Pixio PX276, with a 1ms response time but an inferior image quality and no HDR.
A 144Hz refresh rate ensures a more responsive and enjoyable fast-paced gameplay which in addition to the vibrant colors, rich pixel density, and a decent response time speed make for an overall immersive and smooth gaming experience.
Navigation through the OSD menu is made easy by four buttons placed at the bottom-right part of the Pixio PX277h HDR gaming monitor.
The menu offers plenty of adjustable settings including five different gamma settings (from 1.8 to 2.6), different color temperature and PiP/PbP modes as well as three different crosshair overlays.
Furthermore, the monitor is flicker-free and has an Eye Saver Mode which eliminates the harmful blue-lights, so you can watch the screen for hours without feeling eye fatigue.
AMD FreeSync 2
Finally, AMD FreeSync 2 technology makes this monitor ideal for AMD and Xbox One users.
FreeSync allows the display to change its refresh rate according to the GPU’s frame rates which in turn eliminates screen tearing and stuttering without introducing a significant amount of extra input lag.
The Pixio PX277h FreeSync range is 40-144Hz/FPS via both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0. In case your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate dips below the lower end of the range, LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) will double the frames to maintain smooth performance.
FreeSync 2, as opposed to the regular first-gen FreeSync, also makes HDR gaming more responsive by bypassing certain tone mapping processes to minimize input lag.
NVIDIA users can also use the monitor and HDR, but without the variable refresh rate.
Design & Connectivity
The Pixio PX277h 1440p HDR monitor features a rather simplistic design with somewhat thick matte bezels, anti-glare screen coating, and limited ergonomics including tilt-only adjustment and 100 x 100mm VESA mount.
Connectivity includes an HDMI 2.0, an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, an audio line-out for the 2×3 integrated speakers, and a USB port for firmware updates.
Keep in mind that only the HDMI 2.0 (labeled as HDMI-1) port supports HDR.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Pixio PX277h price amounts to $399.99 MSRP and it’s definitely worth the price considering that other similar monitors cost at least $100 more.
On Amazon, you will also find the more affordable Pixio PX276 with a TN panel which we recommend for competitive gaming.
If you don’t care for HDR at all, the Pixio PX277 offers a wider dynamic range (30-144Hz), an extra DVI port, and a slimmer design.
Finally, Pixio also offers three 32″ VA monitorisplays with just as exceptional price/value. These include the Pixio PX325c 1080p 144Hz curved monitor, the Pixio PXC32 1440p 144Hz curved monitor, and the Pixio PX329 1440p 165Hz flat model.
Overall, the Pixio PX277h is one of the most affordable 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitors which is by itself a sweet deal already. Add to that the HDR10 support and FreeSync 2, and you get an exceptional value for the money, especially if you have a powerful AMD graphics card.
Pixio PX277h Specifications
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||5ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (40Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||USB 3.0, Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
|High Dynamic Range||HDR10 Over HDMI 2.0|
What We Loved
- Unbeatable value for the money
- AMD FreeSync 2
- HDR10 support
- Vibrant colors, crisp picture, and smooth performance
What We Didn’t Like
- Tilt-only design
- HDR support only via HDMI 2.0
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.