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Pixio PX276 27 inch 144Hz 1ms WQHD Monitor Review

When 'budget' comes knocking on the WQHD door
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$349.99
as of Jun 24 2018 05:00 PM(?)

Pixio PX276 Review

The Pixio PX276 is a 27 Inch budget gaming monitor that features a WQHD display, 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync. Its thin bezels and low price distinguish it among competitors of the same category, yet managing to offer satisfactorily good service. However, it may not be fit for every user. Find out why – Pixio PX276 Review.

Pros


  • Comes with no dead pixel
  • Lower priced than competition with similar features
  • Good quality build
  • Thin bezel
  • Adaptive-sync feature ensures there is no screen tearing
  • Fast response time thus no motion blur
  • Being a 27inch 1440p ultrawide, it offers more screen space for work and play
  • 75 x 75 VESA panel – thus is wall mountable

Cons


  • Poor color accuracy. Requires color calibration out of the box
  • Stand offers no height adjustment
  • Crackles for some time after turning off or on
  • Supplied DisplayPort is a hit or miss affair
  • Adaptive-Sync technology only works with AMD Radeon series Graphic Card

Verdict


The Pixio PX276 has a lot to offers as a gaming or general use monitor – best of all being its price. But while all this is true, it suffers significantly when it comes to color accuracy, which is why we do not recommend it for video and photo editors. All in all, the Pixio PX276 makes an excellent buy at a steal.

Pixio PX276 Specs


Panel TypeWide Viewing TN (M270DTN01.0) | 16:9 Aspect ratio
Screen Size27 Inch”
Screen Resolution2560 x 1440P (WQHD) | Anti-glare
Response time1ms (Grey to grey)
Refresh rateAdaptive Sync (Range: 30-144Hz)
Screen brightness300 cd/m²
Viewing angles170˚ (horizontal)/ 160˚ (vertical)
Tilt standYes | Backward: 15˚, Forward: 5˚
Free SyncYes
Preset picture modeStandard, Movie, Photo, Game, User
Preset game modeRTS (Real Time Strategy), FPS (First Person Shooter)
Contrast ratio1000:1
Ports
  • DVI
  • 2 x HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • Audio in/out
Dimension24.17 x 17.32 x 7.36 inch (with stand)
Weight10.25 Ibs
  •  Buy the Pixio PX276 27 inch 144Hz 1ms WQHD Monitor at Amazon

DESIGN AND FEATURES


One look at the Pixio PX276 and you fall in love with it. What draws you to it is nothing more than its its micro-thin bezel and smoothly crafted black body. And best of all, it comes with a resolution of 2560 by 1440, which makes the images withing the thin bezel stand out further.

Front view of the Pixio PX276
Note the super thin bezels of the Pixio PX276

The bezel at the top and side measure roughly less than an inch. Looking from the side, the top part of the display is uniformly slim, with only the middle part packing up some girth. The metallic stand after being attached to the display offers sufficient stability – yet remains to be a little bit underwhelming. On a further downside, the stand offers only tilt motion – 5 degrees forward and 5 degrees backwards – which is what you expect to find in most monitors anyway, but a little more freedom would really have made it for us. That is why we think that its a good idea to go with the VESA stand that is offered with the monitor, which in our opinion be a worthy investment into the future.

Side view of the Pixio PX276 - Pixio PX276 Review
Side view of the Pixio PX276

The lower bezel houses the on screen display(OSD) buttons located at the bottom side of the bezel. Hidden from the eyes are two down-firing speakers located just beneath the main body. They make a nice addition to the display and offer loud and quality sound for their purpose. Most 27 Inch displays do not come with speakers, likely to keep costs down, which is why we were really impressed to find speakers in this unit. However we understand that most users would rather use external speakers, so the integrated speakers is not exactly a pro for them. All in all, its nice knowing that you got more value than you actually needed.

CONNECTIVITY


The Pixio PX276 comes with a decent port selection. All the ports you expect to find in a 27 Inch display are present, and more. It comes with two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, a DVI port and and Audio in/out port. With these ports, all your needs are pretty much covered. Also supplied is a DisplayPort cable, which for the most part, is a hit or miss affair. Considering that keeping prices low is a major consideration for manufacturers, you can see why much wasn’t spent in picking out a high quality cable. Our best advice would be to get a certified cable for this monitor, or at least keep some money aside for when it starts acting up.

For more about port and cables, read out comprehensive article here.

Ports of the Pixio PX276 - Pixio PX276 Review
Port selection of the Pixio PX276; DVI, 2 HDMI, DP and Audio in/out

PERFORMANCE


The Pixio PX276 comes adorned with a 27 Inch WQHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440P pixels. Considering that its is a TN panel, viewing angles are decent (170˚Vert. and 160˚Hor.) but not comparable to those of an IPS panel display. But when compared to ordinary TN standards, the Pixio is very well placed. Its super thin bezel makes the 27 inch display appear even larger than it is, and more classy in addition to offering lots of real-estate for work and play. Thanks to this large display, you can open two or three pages simultaneously on the same work space. The high pixel density further affords you as the user crisp and detailed images – although with a little calibration. More on that below.

Among the Pixio PX276’s features include a 144hz refresh rate which enables liquid smooth and blur-free images, Adaptive-sync technology which provides dynamic refresh rate control to make sure there is no tearing and input lag while on gameplay, and a fast 1ms response time which eliminates motion blur.

The Adaptive-Sync features works with AMD graphics cards to ensure that the frames rendered by the graphics card are in sync with those being displayed. Thus, screen tearing is eliminated even under rapid gameplay. The downside to this feature is that it works only with AMD Radeo Series graphics cards. That leaves users with NVIDIA graphics cards out in the cold. That is one of the cons one aught to consider when purchasing this monitor. However, you can still use the monitor with a NVIDIA card, but with the AMD Freesync features off without experiencing screen tearing. By turning off V-Sync and uncapping the FPS, you can experience smooth gaming all the same.

Pixio does a great job when it comes to delivering quality, considering that it is a small company and needs to build its brand name. At least with the Pixio PX276, you an expect to get a monitor with no dead pixel. Usually, getting five dead pixel and below is considered acceptable in the industry. However, manufacturers are forced to work hard to make their products perfect thanks to the increasingly competitive market they are in.

When it comes to color reproduction right out of the box, the Pixio PX276 might not match up to the best of your expectation. You may notice notice the brightness and colors change a bit (i.e., gamma) as you move your head around, although the effect is limited. Minus calibration, the display looks acceptable for gaming, movies, and regular use but would fall short when it comes to professional photo or video editing and color work. Otherwise, color reproduction is acceptable if 100% color accuracy is not required. With calibration, you will be more than pleased with the color accuracy that results from your efforts. A little adjustments on the OSD and on your operating system, plus a little eye work via some free online tools – you will get the display rocking very impressive colors.

Tuning on or off the Pixio PX276 results in some crackling sound from the display, perhaps due to static that is generated by the display. While this might bother some people, it is aught not be a deal breaker. However, over time, the sound is likely to subside.

CONCLUSION


If it is a matter of affordability, the Pixio PX276 is without doubt among the most affordable 27 inch monitors you will come across. It features all the desirables gamers and ordinary day-to-day users would be looking for in a monitor. However, its limitation to AMD Radeon Series Graphics cards keeps it at arms length from user with NVIDIA graphics cards owing to compatibility issues. Unlike the Sceptre C275B-144MN that can make by with NVIDIA cards, the Pixio PX276 cannot. Despite this the Pixio PX276 still stands out as a powerful gaming monitor that we can comfortably recommend to our readers.

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