Sceptre E248W-1920 Review
Got a brand new desktop and now you’re thinking of completing the puzzle with the last piece? Having a monstrous PC might lose value if you don’t have a great monitor to match with. Especially considering the number of hours you spend daily on your screen. The Sceptre E248W-1920 is a sensible investment for users in the market for plenty of screen estate for their home and office tasks. It spots a Full HD display screen with decent brightness, aspect ratio and response time. Because this monitor comes with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen, the viewing angles are great and response time is the normal average of 5ms. Read the Sceptre E248W-1920 Review where we break it all down.
- Great design
- VESA Mount Ready
- Budget price
- Full HD Screen
- Average performance
- Not build for gaming AAA titles
We’ve been writing about gaming monitors for far too long. And now every monitor I look at, I do through a gaming lens and point of view if you catch my drift. But that doesn’t have to be the case because not everyone is interested in gaming. Sometimes all you need is a monitor for home use and handling day-to-day office tasks. The Sceptre E248W-1920 fits that bill impeccably. It handles the job with fast motion, has an IPS screen so viewing angles are clean and lastly is easy on your pocket. Ideally, we recommend it as a budget choice for home/office tasks; watching movies, multimedia editing and light gaming.
Sceptre E248W-1920 Specs
|Screen Size||24 inches|
|Aspect Ratio||Widescreen 16:9 Default 4.3|
|Response time||5ms (G-to-G)|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (NATIVE) 5,000,000:1 (DCR)|
|Viewing angle||Typical 170/160 Degree|
|Colors||16.7M colors (RGB 6-bit+Hi_FRC)|
|Dimensions||25.6 x 8.6 x 17.7 inches|
|Ports||· Single HDMI|
· DVI port
· VGA port
· PC Audio in 3.5mm
|Warranty||One Year Limited Parts and Labor|
|Speakers||Built in 2Watt x 2 stereo speakers|
|Inside the box||Monitor Display x 1, Base x 1, User Manual x 1, Power Cord x 1, VGA x 1|
|VESA Hole Pattern||100mm x 100mm|
|Power Input||100 – 240V AC, 50/60 Hz. 1.1A (Max.)|
Design and Features
At 25.6 x 8.6 x 17.7 inches and weighing 12.6 pounds, the Sceptre E248W-1920 is a modern home monitor with all the tweaks to get by daily tasks. This 24 inch IPS panel comes housed in a black cabinet with thin bezels and attractive sleek frame. From the top, you’ll notice the frame is nice and thin with a silver plastic finish. The base however is slightly bulkier and has a sturdy metal finish to keep all the important parts safe.
The display is supported by a removable stand which is easy to connect to its base right out of the box. The stand doesn’t allow for much adjustments as other premium monitors in the market, but it’s a glaring tradeoff you’ll have to bear with. There is no height adjustment but in return for the tradeoff, you get a budget monitor; so in my view all is still good. Notably, the Sceptre E248W-1920 also offers VESA support and the cabinet has four holes for mounting the screen to the wall. The holes have a VESA wall pattern of 100mm x 100mm.
To realize the full potential of your PC, you need a great display with decent resolution and response rate among other things. The Sceptre E248W-1920 is a great 24 inch display that ticks all the right boxes. It features a Full HD resolution IPS panel with 5ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 (NATIVE) contrast ratio and 1:78:1 viewing angle. The latter makes for great viewing angles meaning images at the furthest edges of the screen corners are crystal clear. Meanwhile 5ms response time is pretty decent for this monitor and is enough to eliminate ghosting and trailing on softcore gaming without the need of a graphics card on the PC or Adaptive Sync technology. Also, it can handle fast moving objects and motions with a flair, especially in movies and games.
Moving on, the (1920 x 1080) Full HD display comes with a widescreen 16:9 Aspect ratio. Right out of the box the default setting is 4:3 so you will have to tweak the settings to get to the widescreen Aspect ratio. Besides from pulling a modern and stylish look, the Sceptre E248W can get as bright as 250cd/m2 which is great for day-to-day tasks. You will have to go to the menu to max out on the brightness for the best viewing experience.
Sceptre is known for packing a bunch of features in their home monitors, and like the couple of monitors we’ve reviewed the Sceptre E248W-1920 also packs in-built speakers. The sizeable 2-watt stereo speakers are loud and provide decent bass performance. They can play music to a small gathering of people in your office and still be audible.
For the warranty, Sceptre offers a 1 year limited warranty covering parts, service and labor on new purchases from Authorized Dealers (Amazon Qualifies). On arrival, you’ll find a DisplayPort, USB cable and a Setup Guide.
You get a nice selection of ports with this Sceptre monitor. They’re all located at the rear which implies you will have to get your hands behind there to adjust the brightness and other settings. The monitor is raised slightly high by a heavy-duty stand so getting your hands behind the display1 or under it should be a cinch.
The connections include a HDMI port for connecting to you Blu-ray player, DVD player or gaming console for instance PlayStation. Then there is the DVI and VGA for connecting your other devices; your DVI connects to a CPU Lastly the rear also house the Audio in and power connection for you monitor.
To adjust your brightness, color presets and volume, you need the function buttons. These you will beneath the lower bezel on the right hand side of your monitor. Additionally, you can navigate the channels through here and power down the system through the power button in the same location.
Speaking of color presets, there are four options available to adjust the overall balance of white colors in your picture. Sceptre calls it color temperature and they consist of Cool, Normal, Warm and User Color. To access these, you will have to go through the Menu button to adjust your color. Other settings include Picture Settings, Color adjust, Image setting, Signal Source setting, OSD Menu (changing the language) and Miscellaneous option (for Volume, Reset, Scale – 4:3/16:9 and other information).
Good Grayscale, colors are slightly off
On performance section, we ran a few tests to put the Sceptre E248W-1920 on its paces. Streaming the Wakanda movie on 1080p revealed decent color accuracy and like many other IPS monitors, no color shifting. Of course, owing to typical 170/160 Degree viewing angle, images are clear and shades of light and dark gray are well portrayed.
Also on our gaming test, we ran a few games like Crysis 3, Hitman and CS:GO which all played but with noticeable motion blur and screen tearing. Without Adaptive Sync running the monitor, fast motion in gaming did present a challenge even with the 5-millisecond and pixel response in play.
Even so, compared to other monitors in its league, the Sceptre E248W-1920 has great energy efficiency.
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To sum it all, the Sceptre E248W-1920 is a good choice for users looking for a monitor with ample screen estate, and don’t want to spend a bucket load. It delivers great viewing angles, houses a healthy port selection, decent 60Hz refresh rate, 5ms response time, offers Full HD resolution, fairly decent color accuracy and a great aesthetics to top it off.
We wouldn’t recommend it for gaming as it doesn’t make the cut for intensive AAA gaming. For that we recommend you to check out our best gaming monitors list.
For a sub-100 bucks monitor, the Sceptre E248W-1920 is a steal and we easily recommend it for day-to-day home/office users.
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