Pixio PX278 Review: 1440p and 144 Hz on the Cheap

A gaming monitor with 27 inches of TN value

Pixio PX278
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Viewing Angles

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The PX278’s TN panel isn’t ideal for sharing. From 45 degrees, the image is decidedly reddish in hue with a light reduction of around 40%. This is an improvement over older TN panels, which cut light by 60% or more offaxis. As a 27-inch monitor, the PX278’s perfectly usable by one person sitting 2-3 feet away. What you give up in viewing angles, you make up for in speed. 

Screen Uniformity 

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Our PX278 sample showed a slight rise in luminance at the top of the screen. According to our meter, the center zone is the darkest. With all the lights in the room turned off, we could just barely see these errors in the black field test. On the other hand, we couldn’t see any problems in actual content, and other PX278 samples will measure differently than ours. 

Pixel Response and Input Lag 

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The PX278 is a speedy panel that matches screen draw time with monitors running at 165 and 170 Hz. It makes the most of its 144 Hz refresh rate which is easy to achieve, thanks to the QHD resolution. Total input lag is just a touch behind the rest, but at 29ms, only the most skilled gamers will notice a difference. For most competitors and any casual player, this is a very good monitor that offers a smooth responsive gaming experience. 

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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.