Recently, a set of 25-inch screens with a 360Hz refresh rate are on the market, which is expected to become The best gaming monitor Suitable for gamers of e-sports level. These screens represent the pinnacle of speed and fluency, but they are not cheap. If you find it difficult to solve the problem with the 25-inch size, 1080p Resolution monitors that cost $600 or more, have relief available. For half, you can run at 280 Hz and add only 2 or 3 milliseconds of total input delay. How could this be? Check out Pixio PX259 Prime.
300 USD At the time of writing, this is a IPS The panel runs at 280 Hz on DisplayPort, 240 Hz through HDMI, and has AMD Free synchronization beside High dynamic rangeThis is a simple solution that provides most of the performance of the fastest display at half the price.
Pixio PX259 Prime specifications
|Panel type/Backlight||IPS/W-LED, edge array|
|Screen size/aspect ratio||Screen size/aspect ratio|
|Maximum resolution and refresh rate||1920 x 1080 @ 280 Hz|
|FreeSync: 48-280 Hz|
|Native color depth and color gamut||8 bit/sRGB|
|Response time (GTG)||1ms|
|Brightness (mfr)||350 nits|
|Contrast (mfr)||Contrast (mfr)|
|Video input||2 display ports 1.2|
|2 HDMI 2.0|
|Vocal||3.5mm headphone output|
|USB 3.0||not any|
|energy consumption||21 watts, brightness @ 200 nits|
|Panel size WxHxD w/base||22 x 16.5 x 7.1 inches (558 x 420 x 180 mm)|
|Panel thickness||1.9 inches (48 mm)|
|Border width||Top/side: 0.2 inches (6 mm)|
|Bottom: 0.7 inches (18 mm)|
|weight||9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)|
PX259 Prime achieves 280 Hz without overclocking through DisplayPort and 240 Hz through HDMI. Due to its lower 1080p resolution, it can run at 280 Hz on many graphics cards. Our tests have shown that it is only a little slower than the fastest monitor we have tested. And that little bit is something few people can perceive.
PX259 Prime The monitor has not been certified by Nvidia, But we confirm that it is flawless Synchronize We used HDR and 8-bit color to operate in our tests (see: How to run G-Sync on FreeSync monitor).
You can also get HDR support, if you are a contrast fan, this is not the right monitor for you. The dynamic range is just the average of SDR and HDR, there is no high-output backlight or extended color. Pixio keeps the color gamut slightly larger than sRGBHowever, this is typical of this type.Of all the high-speed 25-inch monitors we tested, only HP’s Omen 25i Has extended colors. Even expensive 360 Hz screens can use sRGB.
Assembly and accessories
PX259 Prime has a basic bracket, base, short column and panel, which can be snapped together. After assembly, the packaging is strong and light. The only cables you get are the DisplayPort cable and the external power supply.
Any style of Pixio display can be called “corporate foundation”. Pixio didn’t pay too much attention to their game intentions. And because the performance of Pixio screens is usually higher than its price point, people may use the term “sleeper”. The only clue is the LED light on the back. It is a string of LEDs that extends about three-quarters of an angle from one side to the other. The lamp is offset by the brushed texture moulded in hard black plastic. You can neither control the LEDs from the on-screen display (OSD) menu, nor turn them off. Fortunately, they are not too bright. There is also a 75mm VESA bracket at the back, if you want to use an arm or bracket, you need to provide a fastener for it.
You can use the four buttons that protrude slightly from the bottom right edge of the bezel to navigate the OSD. They are very stiff and a bit sharp. Pressing them can cause some discomfort, but to be fair, we press them a lot more times than most people.
From the side, you can see an ultra-thin panel less than 2 inches thick. The only ergonomic adjustment is the tilt, which is 5 degrees forward and 15 degrees backward. There is no rotating display or adjusting its height, and the position of the panel is a bit low, in line with our taste. We had to tilt it up to meet our sight. If you want to set it to be completely vertical (our preferred position), you need some kind of base.
Two HDMI 2.0 and two DisplayPort 1.2 inputs are very rich. The maximum speed of each is clearly marked as 240 Hz for the former and 280 Hz for the latter. Both support HDR10 signal with Adaptive-Sync. You can connect your console via HDMI and run Adaptive-Sync at 120 Hz with a resolution of 1080p. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but no USB port.
The OSD layout of PX259 Prime is reasonable, with six sub-menus. The controls are a bit concise, with four rigid buttons. We have been spoiled by joysticks, and hope Pixio will include them too. But the setup is very simple, once you dial in the image, you don’t have to visit the OSD often.
There are five main picture modes. The game opens with four additional presets and three user memories that can be individually calibrated. For the sake of simplicity, we stick to the default standard and create our calibration from there.
Manual image adjustment is where all the game options are. You only need to adjust Overdrive, FreeSync and MPRT. Advanced DCR proposes a dynamic contrast function, but it seems to only increase edge enhancement; it does not extend the contrast of SDR or HDR. In order to get the best picture, it should be turned off. MPRT is a backlight strobe that reduces blur. It will only reduce the brightness by about 10%, but it will not make the movement smoother. When the frame rate exceeds 200 frames per second (fps), it is best to set Overdrive to 60%. It produces perfect motion resolution without ghosting. In fact, it is one of the best overloads we have seen on any monitor.
Calibration options include user-adjustable color temperature, but unfortunately there is no Gamma Preset. We found that the gamma is a bit lighter, about 2.0, even though it is a straight line tracking. Adjusting the color temperature produced positive results, which we will elaborate on in our benchmark test.
When viewing HDR content, you must manually enable the function using the HDR switch in the “Color Adjustment” menu. This is a bit cumbersome, but for some games, it provides a small improvement in image quality. The results vary from game to game.
Pixio PX259 Prime calibration settings
PX259 Prime needs calibration to get the best image. It is adjusted to a good color standard, the only flaw is the light gamma. We used the standard picture mode in all tests and games.After using the RGB slider, we achieved good results Grayscale And color gamut tracking, there is no obvious error. The only color gamut available is sRGB.
The following are our recommended calibration settings for Pixio PX259 Prime.
|Brightness 200 nits||56|
|Brightness 120 nits||27|
|Brightness 100 nits||20|
|Brightness 80 nits||13|
|Brightness 50 nits||3 (minimum 43 nights)|
|Color temperature user||Red 100, Green 81, Blue 86|
The PX259 Prime can be calibrated for HDR, but the settings can also be retained, and vice versa. We insist on SDR calibration for everything. If you want to have independent calibration, you can use the memory in the game screen mode to create up to three configurations.
Games and hands-on
Compared with other FHD 25-inch monitors, PX259 Prime performs well. After calibration, the screen looks clear and saturated, with accurate colors. Our test found that the contrast is slightly below average, but it still looks good when performing workday tasks, browsing the web, or watching videos. Dark content looks a little darker, but shadow details are always visible. The optical gamma of the display means that the image depth is slightly less, but because the gamma tracks a straight line, we can see all the elements of the image at every brightness level.
Even though sRGB is the native color gamut, the colors are very rich. We have become accustomed to extended color displays, so we missed the boldest shades. But whether it is work or entertainment, PX259 Prime can present a very saturated picture.
Gaming is the main focus of PX259 Prime, and it performs well in this regard. Speed is irreplaceable, and 280 Hz has a positive effect on response and smoothness. Fast movement stays sharp and does not reduce resolution. We easily maintained 280 fps Call of Duty: World War II Follow us Best graphics card, Since there is no significant input delay, our fragment count is higher than normal. A fast monitor will definitely make the player better. Aiming and shooting while moving is easier and more accurate.
The PX259 Prime has one of the best overloads we have seen on any monitor. With a setting of 60%, we never saw motion blur or jitter. Adaptive-Sync works perfectly with FreeSync and unofficial G-Sync support.While playing Doom is eternal, The frame rate is slightly lower, about 230 fps, but the response is still very fast, with no noticeable input delay.
We tried HDR in both Eternal doom with Call of Duty: World War II. exist doom, It has a slight improvement in contrast. The tone curve provides better black levels and more depth. The colors also look more saturated. We will definitely use HDR mode in this game. call-of-duty But it looks similar. HDR did not improve its appearance. PX259 Prime pays more attention to speed than HDR performance, but it is clear that certain games will benefit. Changing the mode is troublesome because you have to enter the OSD every time, but in some cases, it is worth it.
Older titles, such as tomb Raider, It looks very good on PX259 Prime. After the calibration is in place, the colors are rich and detailed. Although the color gamut is only sRGB, its accuracy improves saturation. Although the pixel density is relatively low, it does not detract from the gaming experience. High frame rate and smooth motion are as important as the number of pixels.
Finally, the built-in speaker is powered by a 3W operational amplifier and plays politely in the upper mid-range. We haven’t heard too many influential voices from them, but they are not distorted.