Pixio PX277h Introduction
The Pixio PX277h is a reasonably priced 27-inch 1440p 144Hz IPS monitor with AMD FreeSync 2 and HDR support.
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 HDR (High Dynamic Range) 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 far superior contrast, local dimming, and a wider color gamut.
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 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 easily controlled via the 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 modes, and PiP/PbP as well as three different crosshair overlays.
Furthermore, the monitor is flicker-free and has an Eye Saver mode which eliminates the harmful low-blue light, so you can watch the screen for hours without straining your eyes.
AMD FreeSync 2
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.
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.
Update: FreeSync also works without any issues when using a compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics card.
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 as the stand is tilt-only.
Connectivity options include HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, 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 ~$400.
At this price range, you can get a better newer display, so make sure to visit our best gaming monitor under $400 buyer’s guide.
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|