Pixio PX277 OLED MAX gaming monitor review: A diamond in the rough

27-inch QHD OLED gaming monitor with 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR400 and wide gamut color.

Pixio PX277 OLED MAX
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I’ve been talking about value a lot in this review because OLEDs are still expensive relative to LCDs of the same size and speed. But an OLED is so much better in every respect that I can’t see them as anything but the best choice for a desktop computer monitor.

In its typical fashion, Pixio is offering a display with many positive attributes and matches the competition in nearly every respect for a $100 discount. That may not seem like much, but it’s a start. We’ve already come a long way from the earliest OLED screens, which were vastly more expensive than they are today.

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The PX277 OLED MAX delivers the same super-low input lag and smooth motion processing as every other 240 Hz OLED. It has the same brightness and contrast, 475 nits for SDR and 814 in HDR mode, unmeasurable blacks, and infinite dynamic range. It covers almost 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which puts it above average. And with calibration, it’s accurate as well.

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Physically, it sports the same build quality except for the stand which is a tad wobbly. Unless you plan to set it up on a waterbed, that’s not an issue. The panel is very solid and looks built to last. You even get decent internal speakers, USB ports and LED lighting. There really isn’t anything sacrificed here for that $100 savings.

Though I wouldn’t call the Pixio PX277 OLED MAX a budget OLED, it is less expensive than the competition. It needs some love to perform its best, but it is a solid, great looking and very speedy monitor.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • oofdragon
    After calibration (or even prior) can anyone AB then against Asus etc just gaming with naked eyes? No? Then it should be editors top pick
  • cknobman
    $700 is getting closer.
    But 27 inch and 1440p is the real catch.

    This would be a buy at $500 though.