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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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

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

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
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.