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Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

Pixio PX7 Prime MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.9
Mixed Usage
7.8
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.8
Multimedia
7.8
Media Creation
6.7
HDR Gaming
Size : 27"
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 165 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync

The Pixio PX7 Prime is a very good 1440p, 27 inch monitor. It delivers great gaming performance, with an excellent response time, which results in clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has outstanding low latency for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. The PX7 has excellent gray uniformity, great peak brightness, and decent reflection handling, so it's a good choice for brighter rooms. Like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, but unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 7.1
Motion 9.1
Inputs 9.0
Pros
  • Fast response time.
  • Outstanding low input lag.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.
  • HDR doesn't add much.

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7.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
:
8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
11.4 lbs (5.2 kg)

The Pixio PX7 Prime has a decent design. It looks similar to LG's Ultragear lineup, including the LG 27GL83A-B, but isn't quite as well-made. The stand has decent ergonomics, but the height adjustment isn't quite as good as most other gaming monitors we've tested.

Stand
Width
:
13.5" (34.3 cm)
Depth
:
6.3" (16.0 cm)

The stand is very similar to LG Ultragear monitors. Unfortunately, it doesn't support the monitor very well, and it wobbles a lot.

7.3 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
3.7" (9.4 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -45° to 45°
Tilt Range : -15° to 5°

The stand has a decent range of motion, so most people shouldn't have any issues adjusting it to their ideal viewing position. The height range is a bit narrower than most similar monitors, but this shouldn't cause any issues for most people. There's an angle guide along the base to assist in swivel adjustments, but this doesn't add much.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is plain. There's no quick-release for the stand, but it can be VESA mounted. There's no cable management, which is a bit disappointing.

Borders
Borders
:
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The Pixio PX7 Prime has thin borders on three sides, great for a multi-monitor setup.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
2.0" (5.1 cm)

The monitor sticks out quite a bit from the stand, but is quite thin when VESA mounted.

6.5 Build Quality

The PX7 Prime has okay build quality. It's almost entirely made of plastic, and it can be easily bent. The stand has decent ergonomics, but wobbles quite a bit, so VESA mounting might be a good idea.

7.1

Picture Quality

The Pixio PX7 Prime delivers decent overall picture quality. Like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, but it isn't as well-suited for gaming in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity. The PX7 has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue for most people, and it has excellent gray uniformity. Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, this doesn't add much, as it can't get very bright in HDR.

6.0 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1011 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

Like most IPS monitors, the Pixio PX7 Prime has a low contrast ratio, causing blacks to appear gray, especially in a dark room. These results are very similar to the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

This monitor doesn't support local dimming. The above video is provided for reference only.

8.1 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
352 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
401 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
400 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
401 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
402 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

Great peak brightness, more than bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms.

6.4 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
:
336 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
383 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
384 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
384 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
384 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
384 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
382 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
383 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
383 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
383 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
383 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.000

Unfortunately, like many similar monitors, the Pixio PX7 Prime can't get very bright in HDR. Small highlights don't stand out in most scenes. There are very few monitors that can get bright enough in HDR to display content the way the creator intended.

Note that in HDR mode, many settings are disabled.

7.5 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
42 °
Color Shift from Right
:
42 °
Brightness from Left
:
50 °
Brightness from Right
:
50 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

Like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. This is great if you often share your screen with someone else, or even if you just like sitting close to the monitor, as the sides of the screen remain accurate.

7.6 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
23 °
Color Shift from Above
:
23 °
Brightness from Below
:
30 °
Brightness from Above
:
29 °
Black Level from Below
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

Like most IPS monitors, the Pixio PX7P has good vertical viewing angles.

8.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.896 %
50% DSE
:
0.106 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.628 %
5% DSE
:
0.063 %

Excellent gray uniformity. The corners of the screen are slightly darker than the rest of the screen, an effect known as vignetting, but this isn't really noticeable with most content. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better, and there aren't any significant issues.

1.9 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
4.725 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

Unfortunately, the Pixio PX7 Prime has bad black uniformity, with noticeable backlight bleed along the bottom edge especially. This varies between units, so let us know if your results differ from ours.

7.2 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Standard
Luminance
:
282 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
80
Contrast Setting
:
50
RGB controls
:
Warm
Color Temperature
:
6743 K
White Balance dE
:
3.03
Color dE
:
3.46
Gamma
:
2.21

Out of the box, this monitor has decent accuracy. Some scenes are a bit darker than they should be, and there are some errors in shades of gray and in some colors, but most users won't be able to notice these.

9.4 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Standard
Luminance
:
104 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
15
Contrast Setting
:
52
RGB Controls
:
47-49-50
Color Temperature
:
6504 K
White Balance dE
:
1.09
Color dE
:
0.73
Gamma
:
2.20

After calibration, the Pixio PX7 Prime is much more accurate, and there are no noticeable inaccuracies.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

9.2 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
99.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
85.4 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: Standard (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Standard

Excellent SDR color gamut, covering the entire sRGB color space used by most SDR content. Coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is also excellent, great for professional photo editing.

9.4 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
97.5 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
90.8 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Standard

Outstanding SDR color volume. Due to the low contrast ratio it can't display deep, saturated colors very well, and like most current monitors, blues aren't as bright as other colors.

6.7 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
Yes
DCI P3 xy
:
66.7 %
Rec. 2020 xy
:
68.3 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'

Decent HDR color gamut. It can display a wide color gamut, but coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most of today's HDR content is only decent.

6.3 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
62.4 %
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
62.8 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR 'On'

Mediocre HDR color volume. It can't display bright, saturated colors in HDR, and is limited by the low contrast ratio.

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.00 %

There are no signs of image retention on the Pixio PX7 Prime, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast, static test image for ten minutes.

9.7 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

Excellent gradient handling, with very little banding. The PX7 Prime can only accept a 10-bit signal with the "HDR" setting turned "On", which limits the settings that can be adjusted. With this setting off, this monitor can only display an 8-bit signal, and there's a bit more noticeable banding.

7.7 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.001 %
Pixel column error
:
0.460 %

Unfortunately, there are some signs of color bleed on this monitor. Although this isn't very noticeable with most content, it might be an issue for media creators.

7.0 Reflections

Decent reflection handling, similar to the LG 27GL850-B. Bright glare from a window might still be an issue in some rooms, but it's bright enough to overcome most glare.

9.1

Motion

The Pixio PX7 Prime has outstanding motion handling. It has an excellent response time, resulting in extremely clear motion, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has an excellent refresh rate, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature, but the backlight is completely flicker-free at all brightness levels, which is great.

9.1 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
4.1 ms
100% Response Time
:
12.1 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
Middle

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Photo
Low Chart Photo
Middle Chart Photo
High Chart Photo

The Pixio PX7 Prime has an excellent response time. We recommend the 'Middle' setting for the response time overdrive, as the 'High' setting has noticeably more overshoot, but only a slightly faster response time. This results in clear motion, with little blur behind fast-moving objects and almost no noticeable motion artifacts. Although the response time isn't quite as fast as the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD, there's less overshoot, resulting in less-noticeable ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

7.5 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great. Unlike the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD, there's no black frame insertion feature, though.

9.3 Refresh Rate
Native
:
165 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
:
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

The Pixio PX7 Prime has an excellent fast refresh rate, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.

There have been a few reports of ghosting issues when using this monitor with an NVIDIA card and G-SYNC compatibility manually enabled. During our testing, we didn't experience any issues with this, but let us know in the discussions below if you do.

Over HDMI, the Pixio PX7 Prime is limited to a refresh rate of 144Hz.

9.0

Inputs

The Pixio PX7 Prime has outstanding low input lag, resulting in a responsive gaming and desktop experience. The 27", 1440p screen is great for multitasking, and allows you to see more fine details in your favorite games.

9.5 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
3.7 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
9.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
5.9 ms
10 bit HDR
:
3.7 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A

Outstanding low input lag, resulting in an extremely responsive gaming experience. The 60Hz input lag is also excellent, great for console gaming.

8.4 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 3.7 MP
Pixel Density : 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 27.0 inches
Screen Area : 310 sq inches

27", 1440p monitors like this one deliver a great amount of screen real estate, perfect for multitasking or to see more fine details in your favorite game.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 2 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 1 (USB 3.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No
Power Supply : External Brick

There are two DisplayPort inputs and a single HDMI port. During testing we discovered that if two or more cables are connected to the monitor, but one of them isn't connected to a source device (PC, console, etc.), the PX7 won't display anything until that cable is removed from the monitor. This shouldn't be an issue for most people.

Features

The Pixio PX7 Prime has very few additional features. It supports HDR10, but doesn't have any speakers, and has very few additional gaming features, but it can add virtual crosshairs to any game.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
No
HDR10 : Yes
Multiple input display
:
No

The Pixio PX7 Prime has very few additional features. Like most gaming monitors, it can add virtual crosshairs to any game.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

Similar joystick control as the one found on most LG monitors. It's very easy to use, and the OSD is easy to navigate.

In The Box

  • DisplayPort Cable
  • Power Brick
  • Power Cable
  • Screwdriver

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" Pixio PX7 Prime, which is the only size available. There are other Pixio monitors available, but we don't expect them to perform the same.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their PX7 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
PX7 27" 1440p 165Hz  

The PX7 Prime we reviewed was manufactured in August 2019.

Compared to other Monitors

The Pixio PX7 is a great gaming monitor at an impressive price point. It's a great choice if you don't want to pay more for the extra features common on other monitors. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1440p gaming monitors, and the best 27 inch monitors.

LG 27GL83A-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 27GL83A-B and the Pixio PX7 Prime are very similar overall. The PX7 Prime has a slightly faster refresh rate, and slightly better ergonomics. The LG 27GL83A-B has a faster response time, resulting in slightly clearer motion, but most people won't notice much difference.

LG 27GL850-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 27GL850-B is slightly better than the Pixio PX7 Prime. The LG has slightly better viewing angles, and a faster response time, resulting in slightly clearer motion, although most people won't notice this.

Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD and the Pixio PX7 Prime are very similar overall. The PX7 Prime has a higher native refresh rate, but most people won't notice much difference. The AD27QD is a bit more feature-packed, with an optional black frame insertion feature and tons of gaming features, but otherwise performs about the same as the PX7 Prime.

ASUS VG279Q
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Pixio PX7 Prime and the ASUS VG279Q are very similar overall, but the ASUS is better for gaming. The PX7 Prime has a higher native resolution and a higher refresh rate, and it supports HDR, but this doesn't add much. The ASUS VG279Q, on the other hand, has better ergonomics, a slightly faster response time, and an optional black frame insertion feature.

LG 27GL650F-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Pixio PX7 Prime is slightly better than the LG 27GL650F-B. The Pixio has a faster refresh rate and a higher resolution display, as well as slightly better ergonomics. The LG has an optional black frame insertion feature, resulting in slightly clearer motion if you don't mind flicker.

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7.9 Mixed Usage

The Pixio PX7 Prime is a very good monitor for most uses. It's a great gaming monitor, with low input lag and a fast response time. It's also very good for office use, multimedia, or media creation, but it doesn't look as good in a dark room. It's a decent monitor for gaming in HDR, but mainly due to its gaming performance, as HDR doesn't add much.

7.8 Office

This is a good monitor for office use. The 27", 1440p display is great for multitasking. It also has wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and decent reflection handling. It also has decent ergonomics, so you can easily place it in the ideal viewing position. Unfortunately, it has limited connectivity, with no built-in USB hub.

8.3 Gaming

This is a great gaming monitor. It has a fast response time, low input lag, fast refresh rate, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. The 27", 1440p screen is great for gaming. It also has decent ergonomics, great peak brightness, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room.

7.8 Multimedia

This is a good monitor for multimedia. The great resolution and size makes it easier to see more fine details in videos, and the image remains accurate at an angle, perfect for sharing videos with your friends. Unfortunately, it isn't great for late-night viewing, as it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.

7.8 Media Creation

The Pixio PX is a good monitor for media creation. It has a great resolution and size, so you can see more of your work at once. It also has wide viewing angles, low input lag, and decent ergonomics. It has an excellent SDR color gamut, with great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used for professional photo editing.

6.7 HDR Gaming

The PX7 is a decent monitor for gaming in HDR, but mainly due to its great gaming performance. It has low input lag and excellent motion handling, but it can't get very bright in HDR, and can just barely display a wide color gamut.

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