Sceptre E205W-1600

Sceptre E205W-1600 Review

Sceptre's $70 monitor offers far more than you would think possible!
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as of Oct 07 2018 19:05 GMT (Details)

Sceptre E205W-1600 Review

It is not so often that you come across a monitor like the Sceptre E205W-1600, that’s both super affordable yet performs as expected. Perhaps we can fill you up with the details of how this is possible. Before today, you probably had never heard of Sceptre. It so happens that they’ve been around for the past 30 years, and are quite a reliable brand. We’ve reviewed a couple of their products and we haven’t found one we throw tantrums about. The Sceptre E205W-1600 offers excellent color reproduction, wide viewing angles, and good port selection. Find out more about it here.


  • Supremely affordable
  • Good selection of ports
  • Energy efficient
  • Solid color reproduction
  • Beautiful bezel-free design
  • Comes with a bonus speaker set


  • Neck connected to display not completely removable


The Sceptre E205W-1600 V1 is, without doubt, one of the most affordable monitors you will find in the market today. Despite its low price, it suffers no compromises on quality as would be expected. It makes a choice selection for anyone in the market for a reliable budget monitor.

Sceptre E Series E205W-1600 V1 Specs


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SpecializationValue, General Purpose, Gaming
Weight5.36 lb
Device colorGray
Dimensions18.4 in x 7.2 in x 13.6 in
WarrantyOne Year Limited Parts and Labor


Display Size20 in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Other resolution1600 x 900
Monitor FeaturesLED Backlit
Horizontal Viewing Angle170 deg
Vertical Viewing angle160 deg
Horizontal Refresh Rate75 Hz
Response Time5 ms
Brightness180 Cd/m2 / nits
Monitor FeaturesColors: 16.7M (RGB 6-bit Hi-FRC)
Display Ergonomics - Monitor physical adjustments ? Tilt
Ergonomics DescriptionBackward: 15 degree, Forward: 5 degree


HDMI ports1
DVI ports1
VGA port1
Other portsHeadphone / Microphone combo Jack

Audio And Video

SoundBuilt-in speakers
Other featuresTwo 2W Speakers

Other Features

SecurityKensington Lock
Other featuresVGA cable is supplied, 100mm x 100mm VESA mount


Price of new product$66.49
Price of used product$65


In line with modern monitor trends, the Sceptre E205W-1600 V1 features a beautiful shiny black exterior with a moderately thick bezel. Its design is a little behind modern trends when it comes to bezel thickness, but if all you need is a functional and reliable monitor, that will be the least of your worries.

The on-screen-display buttons are located at the bottom right end of the monitor. Next to the power button is an LED that lights up bright blue when the monitor is turned on. The light blinks blue when on stand-by and lights red when the monitor is turned off.

Its ports are located at the rear right end of the monitor (looking from the back). You will notice that the rear center where is a little thicker and bulkier than the rest of the monitor. Also present is a 100mm x 100mm VESA mount pattern that makes it possible to wall mount the unit. One needs four 7mm M4 screws to mount the unit.

The bottom plate is pretty sturdy and supports the monitor well enough that it doesn’t wobble around or topple over easily. However, when we need to mount the system on a wall or on an independent stand, that’s where we hit a snarl. Protruding from the display is a neck that connects to the bottom plate to hold the unit upright. The problem is that while the bottom plate is easily removable, the neck that connects to it is not. One has to go through a laborious and taxing process of removing the whole back cover to get to the two screw that holds it in place, something that’s not very welcome to most users. So if you’re a wall mount, think about this and whether you’ll be comfortable with it.

Well, nothing much was done to help out with cable management – which is not something we’ll begin worrying ourselves about at this price point. Nonetheless, it would have been really nice to have had a slot on the stand or some other ingenious design to help out with the cables.

The Sceptre E205W-1600 also comes with a pair of 2 Watt speakers at the rear of the monitor facing away from the front. At this price point, getting a pair of speakers is definitely a bonus, so don’t expect too much from them. They are loud enough to hear when working in a fairly quiet environment as they aren’t that big on audio volume. The good thing is that although they aren’t loud, the quality of sound from them is decent. They don’t offer much base but at least sound doesn’t get distorted at max volume.


The Sceptre E205W-1600 comes with a very decent selection of ports. It comes with an HDMI port, a DVI, and a VGA port while its competitor, the Acer G206HQL comes with only a DVI and VGA port. It’s really nice to have an HDMI port since this is what most of the world use for display today. Since VGA and DVI cables do not transmit audio, an audio in jack is also provided along with an audio jack to connect your external speakers/ headphones.


When it comes to performance, the Sceptre E205W-1600 far exceeds what we expected from it. Color reproduction is quite good – with a wide color range of 16.7 Million colors. Its good enough for watching movies and general productivity, though not quite there as far as photo editing levels of color accuracy are concerned.

While the manufacturer does not indicate what kind of panel is used here, we feel that its likely a VA panel. VA panels fall somewhere in between TN panels and IPS panels when it comes to color reproduction and viewing angles. That explains the fairly wide viewing angles (170 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical) and good color reproduction. However, compared to higher-end monitors, contrast levels suffer a hit (don’t mind all the 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio advertised. It doesn’t count for much. What matters is static contrast ratio).

Contrast ratio simply refers to the ratio of how black blacks appear to how bright whites appear on a display. When watching a movie on a monitor, you want to see ‘dark blacks’ rather than ‘gray blacks’. Good thing the Sceptre E205W-1600 doesn’t suffer too heavily from a low contrast ratio. You will barely notice it unless you place it next to a higher end monitor with a better contrast ratio.

The Sceptre E205W-1600 offers a 180 nit brightness level, which is good enough for use even in a fairly brightly-lit room.

While it’s not a gaming monitor, it can handle light-gaming quite well. Its 5ms response time ensures that it does not suffer from motion blur in fast-paced games. However, if you plan on gaming competitively, a gaming monitor will prove a better choice. This Sceptre E205W-1600 sports a decent 75 Hz refresh rate which places it in league with the majority of monitors in general use.


The Sceptre E205W-1600 is, without doubt, an excellent monitor, a well deserving choice for cash-strapped buyers looking for a reliable system. It offers good color reproduction, a fast response time, decent 75Hz refresh rate, a bright display and a bonus set of speakers. On the other hand, it suffers from a poor static contrast ratio and a ‘hanging neck’ when mounted. They say ‘you get what you pay for’, but with the Sceptre E205W-1600, you get so much more. What do you think?

Edwin M

Professionally a Mechanical Engineer and a Tech Nerd at heart, Edwin is above all a passionate hobby guitar player and proud gospel music listener. He writes reviews of gadgets he would love to buy and recommend.