Pixio PX5 Hayabusa 240Hz Monitor Review
Sept. 20, 2019
The world at large is finally catching up to something gamers have known for years—Esports is the real deal. Thanks to the high production value of Blizzard and Riot tournaments, big networks like ESPN are seeing its legitimacy and getting into the mix. It takes a good deal of talent to play at that level, but it also takes a good gaming monitor that doesn’t hold you back. The Pixio PX5 (See it at Amazon) aims to be that monitor. With a 240Hz max refresh rate, 1ms response time, low input lag, and FreeSync support, the PX5 makes a great case to be the 240Hz gaming monitor for anyone that wants to be competitive.
Pixio PX5 Hayabusa 240Hz Monitor Review – Design and Features
The Pixio PX5 is a 25-inch 1080p TN display. Visually, its design is very subdued. The top and side bezels are ultra-thin while the bottom is just under 0.75-inches wide. On the left of the bottom bezel is the PX5 Hayabusa tag in a dark gray that blends into the black coloring of the monitor. On the bottom right is a soft blue LED that indicates when the monitor is on. The stand is also black with a crescent foot and a grooved support shaft. The only bling—if you can even call it that—is a degree marker to show how far the monitor swivels (it can go up to 45 degrees left or right). The PX5 can also tilt forwards 5-degrees, back up to 15-degrees, rotate 90-degrees in a portrait position, and up 3.5-inches. The monitor is also VESA-mount compliant.
On the back right of the unit is a joystick menu control. Pushing the joystick in the four cardinal directions without opening the menu acts as a quick select for picture mode, crosshair on/off, HDR on/off, and input select. Pressing the joystick opens the menu, selects options, and turns the monitor off (with a long hold). The menu isn’t the most intuitive with the joystick control movements, but any joystick movements do respond quickly. You can quickly access four menu options (picture mode, crosshairs, input select, HDR on/off) by moving the joystick in one of the cardinal directions instead of opening the full menu.
All the connections on the PX5 are down-facing. There are two HDMI (one 2.0 and one 1.4), a DisplayPort 1.2, a 3.5mm audio out, and a USB that’s used for firmware updates. There’s a DC connection for an external power brick. Pretty minimal, but this is a monitor for fast gaming performance and not extended functionality like USB hubs or speakers.
The panel has an excellent 1ms gray-to-gray response time, expected for a TN panel at this point. Over DisplayPort and HDMI 1, refresh rate tops out at 240Hz (HDMI 2 is limited to 144Hz). The PX5 is HDR capable over DisplayPort and HDMI 1 after turning it on in the monitor’s menu (as well as your computer’s display properties). For the FPS players there are three crosshair overlay options, each in red or yellow.
FreeSync is available over all connection ports, but if you don’t have an AMD video card do not fret. Nvidia Turing Series-10 cards and above can still utilize the anti-tearing technology on the Pixio. The FreeSync gaming monitor isn’t on the official G-Sync Compatible gaming monitor list on the Nvidia website, so issues are possible, but I didn’t witness any tearing while having FreeSync enabled with my GTX 1070 Ti.
Testing was done with a Photo Research PR-650 spectroradiometer and CalMAN 2018 calibration software. When testing, a numerical DeltaE value is used to indicate how close to perfect a measurement is. A DeltaE of 1.0 or below is considered perfect as any difference from reference is indistinguishable. 3.0 or lower is excellent and it is hard to see a discrepancy without scrutiny, while above that value any variations become more perceptible.
Pixio PX5 Hayabusa 240Hz Monitor Review – Testing and Gaming
The overall color temperature of the Pixio PX5 is a little high, which leads to a blue tint to grays and white. Because of this discrepancy, grayscale tracking has an average DeltaE of 4.4. Not terrible, but the blue tint is easily apparent. Gamma in the default 2.2 setting is a little high. I changed it to 2.0 and the curve came closer to a 2.2 average level.
Color accuracy is one of the banes of TN panels, but while playing I was impressed with what looked to be relatively accurate color reproduction. The PR-650 confirmed that, measuring a DeltaE average of just 2.6 for the primary and secondary color points (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow). It’s more the norm to find uncalibrated TN panels over 3.0 with one or two wildly inaccurate points. sRGB gamut coverage came in at 98.4%, and DCI-P3 gamut coverage was 77.1. The viewing angle will cause a color shift starting for me around 30 degrees. Blues especially gained a purple tint.
Getting a Pixio PX5, or any Esports monitor, isn’t about accurate color and wide viewing angles though. It’s about low response times, fast refresh rates, and a tear-free image. The PX5 delivers those in spades. To start, I alternated between setting the response time in the menu on middle and high. Both exhibited a clear picture free of any ghosting, vibrant colors, and my aiming game was definitely an improvement over my IPS panel.
While playing , I set it to a 240Hz and turned on the frame rate tracker. With my GTX 1070 Ti, frame rates sat between 170 and 200fps. Gameplay was super smooth and blurring was at a minimum. Weapon fire happened lightning fast too, as the Pixio input lag (measured on HDMI with a Leo Bodnar lag tester) was only 13.6ms. The menu response time setting didn’t adversely affect it, either. I might still be light years away from the Overwatch League level of play, but my gameplay performance definitely increased.
The same was true in Destiny 2. Everything felt quick and accurate. Frame rates were a bit lower than Overwatch, mostly coming in around 120Hz with occasional dips into the 90s. It didn’t feel like the smoothness suffered significantly with the lower frame rate. The HDR in Destiny 2 looks pretty good on the Pixio too. Max brightness measures 425 nits, so it’s not the same level highlights you’ll get on a TV with a console, but explosions and sunlight still have some nice pop to them.
The Pixio PX5 Hayabusa has an MSRP of $349.99, but can be found on Amazon, the Pixio website and Newegg for $300.
Pixio PX5 Hayabusa 240Hz Monitor Review – Purchasing Guide
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