Sceptre C275B-144MN Review
The Sceptre brand is to the greater majority, unheard of. But that doesn’t mean their products don’t match up, though we must admit there are companies out there that will tell you all you want to hear then end up selling you junk. Well, at least that’s not the case with the Sceptre C275B-144MN. The Sceptre C275B-144MN monitor comes with a bunch of features that gamers desire to have, yet managing to stay significantly lower priced. Among its features include a 3ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync in addition to being curved. Stick around to find out more.
- No screen tearing thanks to the AMD FreeSync feature
- Fast response time – 3ms
- Smooth frame transition – due to having a 144Hz refresh rate
- Slim bezel
- Sturdy metallic stand
- VESA compliant – means that it is wall mountable
- Strong plastic body
- No dead pixels whatsoever
- Loud clicky OSD buttons
- Ships with an overly sticky protection film around the bezel
The Sceptre C275B-144MN without doubt among the best displays in its category. In addition to that, it also offers arguably the best price-feature balance you will find in the market today. We liked it and do recommend it to any gamer looking for a 1080p display.
Sceptre C275B-144MN Specs
|Panel Type||LED-Lit TN display | 16:9 Aspect ratio|
|Screen Size||27 Inch” 1800R curvature|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels | Full- HD|
|Response time||3ms (Grey to grey)|
|Refresh rate||Up to 144Hz refresh rate|
|Screen brightness||220 cd/m²|
|Viewing angles||178˚ (horizontal)/ 178˚ (vertical)|
|Tilt stand||Yes | Backward: 15˚, Forward: 5˚|
|Preset picture mode||Standard, User, Movie, ECO|
|Preset game mode||RTS (Real Time Strategy), FPS (First Person Shooter)|
|Dimension||24.1 x 8.7 x 17.3 inches|
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DESIGN AND FEATURES
With just a single glance at the Sceptre C275B-144MN, you can’t help but notice the thin bezel that surrounds the curved screen… very thin. We have been around monitors for a long time and we can tell you it doesn’t get better than this. You’ll be hard pressed to find a monitor with such a thin bezel in the market today (on such a low price).
Aside from the thin bezel, one can’t help but notice the curved screen. Curved screens are slowly becoming more common in the market as more an more users join in on the action. Driven by curiosity plus a desire for deeper immersion, curved monitors have proved that they are here to stay. However, if you are new to curved screens, you might need a little time to get used to them – but once you do, you’ll never want to go back.
In terms of aesthetics, the Sceptre C275B-144MN looks sleek and gorgeous, with an all-black body. Nothing about it screams gamer, which is something we really liked. This means that it can fit anywhere, be it in an office or home setting. The back is smoothly curved with the ports located at the bottom just below the joint where the stand meets the display.
The stand is made of metal and doesn’t take much to set up. An instruction manual with pictures is issued along with a double head screwdriver (flat and Phillips heads) to facilitate the process. Also included is a DisplayPort cable. Once the stand is set up, you will be quick to note how sturdy the setup is, and that it doesn’t wiggle around even when making angle adjustments. The column of the stand has space that works great for cable management too.
The stand supports tilt adjustments of 20 degrees; 5 forward and 15 backward. It, however, does not offer height adjustment.
There’s, however, one ugly little detail we need to mention. Once you unpack the monitor, you have to peal off some sticky plastic film around the bezel. The film overly sticks and if done in haste leaves glue marks all around the place, which needs clean up afterward. I really wish they chose a more gentle film which didn’t demand as much effort to get off. All the same, that should not be too big an issue to handle.
All the standard ports that you would expect in a 27-inch monitor are included. These include two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts and an audio in/ out port. Included in the package is a DisplayPort cable.
Performance wise, the Sceptre C275B-144MN does not disappoint either. Any gamer will appreciate faster refresh rates when given the option. With a 144Hz refresh rate, the Sceptre C275B-144MN is able to render perfectly smooth images with no blurs whatsoever. Not that Sceptre sets it monitors at 60Hz by default. You have to manually change the settings via the OSD (on-screen display) along with your windows settings (if you use Windows) before getting a piece of the pie. Once you do, you will be surprised at how smooth things get.
Now, probably you are wondering whether a 1920 x 1080p resolution is sufficient for a 27 Inch monitor. The answer is yes and no. Ideally, 1080p should go with monitors that are 24 inches and below. Nonetheless, that does not mean that it won’t work well in a 27inch display. In our experience, the Sceptre C275B-144MN provides sharp, clear images despite being a 27 incher.
FreeSync Enabled display
In addition to the rapid refresh rate, the Sceptre C275B-144MN 27 monitor comes FreeSync enabled. FreeSync is an AMD technology that aims at eliminating screen tearing and stuttering due to differences between a graphics card’s frame rate and a monitor’s refresh rate. Now, if you have a NVIDIA graphics card, you probably are wondering whether the two will work together. The answer is yes. In our tests, the two worked perfectly together with no notable screen tearing. You can read this article to get some more insight as to why.
Viewing angles were quite wide, thanks t the SVA panel that the Sceptre C275B-144MN comes in. SVA panels fall in between IPS panels and TN panels when it comes to color reproduction and viewing angles. They do not offer as colors as richly as do IPS panels, but they are quite good nonetheless. We also noted that color accuracy was good straight out of the box with whites showing no tint and a wide variety of colors displayed.
We, however, did a little color and contrast adjustment to suit our preferences, which we found easy to do via the OSD buttons. With a static contrast ratio of 3000:1, it figures why colors look so real. Toggling between the RTS AND FPS modes for the different games we tested allowed gameplay at over 70fps with no lag or screen tearing whatsoever thanks to the availability of FreeSync.
The Sceptre C275B-144MN is a budget monitor that has a lot to offer to gamers and general users alike. We really liked the level of perfection that was demonstrated its design and manufacture. Also, the additional features such as fast response time, 144Hz refresh rate, a super slim bezel, and good color reproduction make one among favorites in its category. We would definitely recommend it to any gamer out there in search of a budget 144Hz 1080p display that’s bound to deliver.
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