Sceptre C278W-1920R 27 Inch Curved Monitor Review

Sceptre C278W-1920R Review



  • Comes with decent port system HDMI,VGA, Display Port
  • Full HD screen
  • 27 inches of pure bliss and curved screen estate
  • Great flawless design with thin bezel
  • Great starting price
  • VESA wall mount standard



  • Isn’t future proof-lacks USB Type-C


The Spectre brand isn’t as prominent as other brand names, but we love outstanding craftsmanship and always stand to call them out. When I first saw, the Sceptre C278W-1920R | See at Amazon my first reaction was to check for its price, and that was of course impressive at under $200. There are a number of options within this price range, so I stuck a while longer to find out what really made it stand out. It is in the crosshairs of the VIOTEK NB27C 27″ LED CURVED COMPUTER MONITOR and Samsung CF390 Series Curved 24-Inch FHD Monitor (C24F390) which both didn’t have much screaming out for them apart from a lower price tag and 1.78:1 aspect ratio (we’ll talk about them later).

Nonetheless, the Sceptre C278W-1920R works with 1080p resolution, has a sleek curved  27 inch IPS screen, 16:9 aspect ratio, standard 60Hz refresh rate and brags of 5ms response time. From that alone you can get that it in no gaming monitor, but this screen should provide stunning picture and video for movies and other home entertainment. It doesn’t take home the Editor’s choice for home monitors but makes a respectable attempt at it.


Despite not having a glorious brand name that’s every homestead’s cup of tea, the Sceptre C278W-1920R wowed us with its sleek aesthetics and curved screen. It’s an eye pleaser with many similarities to other larger brands we’ve seen in the past; which is a good thing. It’s made of ultra thin brushed metal and flaunts an almost micro-thin bezel giving it a premium minimalistic look. This 8.5 pound friendly beast stands on an oval support base with a short arm connecting it to the back of the monitor. The mounting arm is VESA wall mounting standard approved meaning you can easily have it mounted to the wall.

The downside however, is that the arm doesn’t allow for pivot, height or swivel adjustments which is sad. But considering it’s a home monitor used majorly for entertainment, that shouldn’t be that much of a problem. Notice that I’m not condoning its lack; it would be superb if it had those options. A good monitor should adjust whichever way you require it to rather than stand stiff as a fiddle. Even so, for the price it is a great buy that would satisfy users with no much need to adjust the stand. Moving on, the back is also home to few ports namely the HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort for connections to other external devices. Missing are the more common USB 3.0 and future proof USB 3.0 Type –C used to connect storage devices, mobile devices and input devices.

At the front, the 27-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel delivers a stunning 1920 by 1080 Full HD display. This means great viewing angles and robust picture and video quality with no exception to when you’re streaming online. You can enjoy fast streaming on YouTube, Netflix at 1080p without it breaking a sweat making this monitor ideal for entertainment. The IPS screen is above all Sceptre’s selling point for this beautiful screen, besides the 27 inch respectable screen scale. IPS screens give of the best color quality and grayscale in the industry, unlike their TN panel counterparts. But the latter are better for gaming thanks to better response times and refresh rates. Speaking of which, our unit fronts 60Hz refresh rates and 5ms response times which is adequate for its use unless you want to go over and beyond. The Samsung LC27F591FDN shares a similar price tag and more or less similar specs.


To begin, let’s just get a few things off the table with this monitor. It’s not a gaming monitor and don’t expect to find any of these features: great grayscale performance or FreeSync technology. Considering the price, it isn’t exactly a drag to miss these features. However, the  Spectre C278W-1920R does handle gaming quite well, although not as well as do gaming monitors. Very fast games may suffer from appreciable ghosting and screen tearing. However, this is not very common considering that it has a 5ms response time.  On color matters, the Sceptre did show a bit of poor color accuracy right of the box.

The dark frames weren’t as pronounced as they were ideally meant to be be, but I guess that’s because I’m forever spoilt by premium monitor screens. Even so, the screen should give off rich, uniform color while watching the next Spiderman movie; that’s without unnecessary motion blurs, color shifts and dimming. The monitor comes with 178˚ horizontal and 178˚ vertical viewing angles which should deliver respectable picture quality. The great thing with curved screens is the immersive experience they bring ensuring every shade of gray and excellent shadow for images and video its achieved; and that’s what the Sceptre C278W offers. It is a good thing for this monitor and is something industry leading monitors have too.

This monitor breezes through HD content with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Ultra-wide monitors typically come with 21:9 which offer a wider viewing pleasure, but 16:9 will still ensure you feel close to the action. Industry leading monitors offer 144Hz refresh rates hence making sure images aren’t blurry or suffer from screen tearing when loading fast moving images, especially while gaming. The Spectre C278W-1920R has a refresh rate of 60Hz which positions it as a mid-perfomance monitor ideal for home and office use. But as mentioned earlier, it is not wholly suited for competitive gaming.

Sceptre C278W-1920R SPECS

  • Screen Size               27 inches
  • Resolution                1920 x 1080
  • Viewing angles         178˚ (horizontal)/ 178˚ (vertical)
  • Refresh Rate             60Hz
  • Response Time         5ms
  • Brightness                 250cd/m2
  • Ports                          HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA
  • Speakers                   Built-in Speakers
  • Weight                      8.5 pounds
  • Dimensions               24.3 x 8 x 16.8 inches
  • Aspect Ratio             16:9
  • Display Type             LED


Yes the Spectre C278W-1920R Curved Monitor might be a bit low on specs unlike many other monitors we’ve reviewed in the past. But it’s strikingly thin In-Plane Switching (IPS) display is worth having and the curved screen extremely immersive. It doesn’t promise outlandish gaming performance because its refresh rate isn’t ultrafast, but you will definitely have a ball with it as an entertainment monitor. It’s a beautiful screen with just the right measure of screen estate for the price. Although it doesn’t make the cut for our Editor’s choice monitor, it’s a great monitor that won’t break the bank.

Buy the Sceptre C278W-1920R 27 Inch Curved Monitor at Amazon


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