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Pixio PX259 Prime 25-inch 280 Hz Monitor Review: High Performance, Low Price

Most of the performance of pricier rivals

Pixio PX259 Prime
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To read about our monitor tests in-depth, please check out Display Testing Explained: How We Test PC Monitors. We cover brightness and contrast testing on page two.

Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

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Pixio PX259 Prime

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The PX259 Prime isn’t super bright but is bright enough. It doesn’t quite hit its 350-nit spec, but 320 nits is still plenty of light for any indoor environment. Black levels are mid-pack in this group, but contrast is a bit below average at 893.8:1. You won’t likely see a difference between it and the BenQ or Asus screens, but the top three monitors will have visibly more depth and deeper black levels.

After Calibration to 200 nits

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Pixio PX259 Prime

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Pixio PX259 Prime

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Calibration doesn’t help the contrast equation, unfortunately. We saw a slight drop to 836.6:1 But the PX259 Prime is no longer in last place; it moves ahead of BenQ’s TN panel. This is a monitor you buy for speed and value, not broad contrast.

ANSI contrast is a bit higher at 861.4:1, which speaks to Pixio’s quality control. The panel is smoothly toned with no visible uniformity issues and a sharp image which indicates a tightly fitted grid polarizer. Overall image quality is solid, if not incredible.

Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.