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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level
We rounded up a somewhat diverse group of screens to compare against the PX247. We’ve already reviewed two other Pixio panels, the Pixio PXC273 and Pixio PX278. Also here is the Cooler Master GM27-CF, BenQ Zowie XL2411P and Acer Predator XN253Q. Panel technology includes IPS, VA and TN.
Pixio claims 350 nits max brightness for the PX247, but our sample couldn’t quite get there. The monitor’s 310.2358 nits though is more than adequate and on par with other SDR-only gaming monitors. The PX247 also goes down to an ideal minimum of 53 nits when brightness is zeroed, perfect for playing long hours in a darkened room.
With a reasonable black level of 0.3193 nit, the PX247 comes just a tad shy of the average 1.000:1 contrast figure we see from most IPS and TN screens. If you want a more dynamic range, Pixio’s PXC273 offers an excellent 27-inch VA panel. But among the other TN panels in this group, the PX247 holds its own.
After Calibration to 200 nits
Our calibration (see the Calibration Settings on page 1) improved the PX247’s contrast to 1,055.7:1, showing a nice gain. RGB sliders that start center range are the reason. We were able to make balanced adjustments that improved dynamic range. You can get close to these results by changing the color temp preset from Normal to Warm. That raised the gamma value slightly too, which is a good thing.
ANSI contrast suffers a bit because our sample had a few slight hotspots -- more on that later. Image depth is still equal to any good IPS panel we’ve reviewed though. For its $170 selling price, we can’t complain. Only a VA panel will have a wider dynamic range. And the PX247 is certainly superior in quality to most TN displays in this regard.
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