The Pixio PX247 is an affordable gaming monitor with a 144Hz IPS panel that is designed to offer smooth and vibrant images. This model packs essential features such as FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility, but it does have a few limitations which helped in reducing the price further. The Pixio PX247 takes the fight to its established competitors with very aggressive pricing, but how does it compare when it comes to performance?
Pixio PX247 Specifications
- Screen Size: 24 Inches
- Resolution:1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 1ms MPRT
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 350cd/m²
- Speakers: Yes (2 x 2 Watts)
- Stand: Height – No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (75 x 75)
- Connectivity: HDMI 1.4 x 1, DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, 3.5mm Jack
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 21.65” x 15.31” x 5.12”
- Weight: 6.6 lbs
Design and Features
Pixio utilized every angle necessary to make the Pixio PX247’s price as low as possible, so the monitor looks plain without any gamer-centric features. The chassis is finished in matte black which helps keep it dust and smudge-free while making it look like your regular office monitor. However, the bezels on this variant are noticeably thicker, so you can enjoy the screen even more.
The Pixio PX247 is one of the smallest 24-inch monitors we’ve tested since its depth only reaches a little over five inches. That’s great for users with limited desktops or those with several peripherals on deck since the stand will not interfere with them. The monitor is also lightweight at under seven pounds, making it ideal for gamers who go to LAN sessions with their buddies.
Build quality for the Pixio PX247 could use some improvements especially in the stand and its adapter that sticks to the chassis. The monitor wobbles when moved and there are times where the display doesn’t look level. The plastics on the body are good, but we recommend getting a better stand if you are going to use this option as your primary.
The Pixio PX247’s OSD uses a button layout placed below the bottom bezel to make them easier to reach. However, joysticks are pretty much a requirement for gaming monitors nowadays since they are easier to use. Each of the buttons are responsive and tactile, but you’ll be spending less time with less wrong presses trying to get to a sub-menu with a joystick.
Another must-have feature the Pixio PX247 is missing is a fully-adjustable stand since the included part can only offer tilt. Its also rather short, so some users may feel that the display is too close to the desk surface. You can use a 75 x 75 VESA adapter to remove this limitation, but that adds cost that will put you in range of better-equipped options like the AOC 24G2.
There are no valuable extras on the Pixio PX247’s connectivity layout which only includes video inputs and a single 3.5mm jack. You get a DisplayPort 1.2 slot and a secondary HDMI 1.4 connector which should hold a gaming PC and a gaming console on the side. That’s usually enough for most users, but we know a few with complex setups that will need more options, such as USB connectors.
There are built-in speakers with the Pixio PX247 to complete its budget-friendly package. This added feature extends the value of the monitor for mixed-use since it makes this model suitable for working at home. You don’t have to wear headsets to hear your workmates in a conference call, plus you don’t have to shell out the additional dough to buy a separate set.
Display and Performance
The Pixio PX247 sports a 24-inch IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. It s backlight is rated at 350 cd/m2, while the contrast is at 1000:1 like most IPS panels in the market. The PX247 is currently the cheapest 144Hz 1080p IPS option in the market, positioning it as aggressively against its premium competition.
IPS panels in 1080p with a refresh rate of 144Hz used to be unavailable since the panel tech was reserved for high-end options until recently. It’s a desirable format since its easy to run with many modern GPUs, plus most won’t need to adjust since the pixel density is common with older monitors. You don’t get a lot of extra details or sharpness at this resolution, but visibility is great since you won’t have to squint to see tiny objects.
The Pixio PX247 reproduces 99% of the sRGB gamut, but its color accuracy is dismal with a DeltaE average of 4.9 which simply too high. The color temperature exceeds the 6500K greatly, so the screen has a bluish tint which is most noticeable when viewing white backgrounds. This means that factory-calibration was not applied, so you have to do it manually to get better results.
Thankfully, the Pixio PX247 recovers when its calibrated, presenting a more balanced temperature with a lower DeltaE of 2.8. You can get better results with a colorimeter, but we don’t think it’s necessary for the product’s prime purpose. Buying it will also break the value proposition of this display, so make sure to dial in some settings manually to get the best out of the device.
Contrast, on the other hand, is great at 1120:1 for the Pixio PX247 while gamma sat at 2.1 by default. Lowering the brightness to around 40% helps these scores tremendously without dimming images too much. Blacks are not as deep as they are on VA models, but you get better grayscale performance by doing this adjustment.
The Pixio PX247 also did not exhibit any backlight leaks or clouding which affects panel uniformity in a negative way. The screen looked evenly lit and vibrant from the center to the edges, and only a colorimeter can discover the very minor differences. However, take note that this aspect varies wildly between each unit made due to manufacturing tolerances.
The Pixio PX247’s motion handling is quite decent, but you need its overdrive feature to correct some of the trails and ghosting. Using the middle level provides the best results, since anything higher will induce overshoot. Make sure that you are running at 144Hz since anything lower will show inverse ghosting no matter which level of overdrive you use.
The Pixio PX247 is a FreeSync gaming monitor, but its also compatible with G-Sync for Nvidia GPU users. This capability extends the value of the monitor since you are not locked to one GPU brand during upgrade cycles and you don’t have to re-buy your monitor in case you switch. Input lag sits at 5ms, so there is no need to worry about delays while gaming.
Thoughts of the Pixio PX247
The Pixio PX247 is a little rough around the edges, but it transforms into a decent product if you are willing to work with it. The IPS panel’s default profile isn’t recommended for daily use, so adjusting settings or calibrating is highly recommended. Once done, it instantly becomes better than many TN models we’ve tested when it comes to image quality.
However, there are a few limitations that many will consider as deal-breakers with the Pixio PX247. You don’t get a very good stand with the monitor, especially since it only offers tilt for adjustments. Overall, the AOC 24G2 is a better option for 10-20 bucks more, but this model is a great option if you want to spend as little as possible.
- Slim and Lightweight
- Good Color Coverage and Contrast
- Responsive and Low Input Lag
- FreeSync/G-Sync Compatible
- Poor Factory Calibration
- Flimsy Stand
- Build Quality Needs Improvement
- Only $10 to $20 cheaper than better options
About the Author:
Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.