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Sceptre U278W-4000R Monitor Review

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as of Jun 24 2018 01:00 AM(?)
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Sceptre U278W-4000R Review

The Sceptre U278W-4000R Monitor is a mid-range monitor from Sceptre, a fairly unheard of brand, but with an impressive set of monitors. The Sceptre U278W-4000R has something for almost every user and could even fit quite respectably as a gaming monitor despite its lack of adaptive sync technology. Even so, it delivers sharp picture thanks to its 4K screen that’s best for everything including watching your favorite shows on Netflix. Find out more below – Sceptre U278W-4000R Review.


Pros

  • Excellent ultra-thin design
  • Excellent color reproduction, and resolution
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Wide port selection: HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort.

Cons

  • Offers only tilt adjustment
  • Lacks Adaptive Sync
  • 250 cd/m2 screen brightness – slightly below our ideal

Verdict

The Sceptre U278W-4000R Monitor is yet another member of the growing Sceptre brand name that shows much potential. Compared to other monitors of the same category, it costs excess of $140 less yet offering near identical features. So if you are in need of a high-resolution monitor at a budget, this is an option to consider. However, if you plan to use it in a brightly lit room or as a broadcast monitor, you may want to consider another monitor.

Sceptre U278W-4000R Specs


Display27 inches IPS monitor | 16:9 aspect ratio
Resolution3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz | 4K UHD
Response Time5 ms (G-to-G)
Viewing angle178˚ (Horizontal) / 178˚ (Vertical)
Brightness250cd/m2
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Built-in Speakers2 × 3W4Ω
Wall MountableYes | VESA compliant | 100mm x 100mm hole pattern
Eye Saver ModeBlue Light Shift mode
Preset Picture ModeStandard, User, Movie, ECO
Output Port3.5mm Mini-Jack for External Speaker / Headphone
Input Port
  • 2 x HDMI
  • 1 x DVI
  • 1 x DisplayPort (DP)
TiltBackward: 20˚, Forward: 5˚
Preset Game ModeRTS (Real Time Strategy), FPS (First Person Shooter)
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DESIGN AND FEATURES


Sceptre U278W-4000R Monitor Side view
The sceptre has a good stand but it’s Achilles Heel is lack of adjustment options.

The design of the Sceptre U278W-4000R monitor comes is a simple yet attractive design. It features a thin bezel and overall slim design with only the bottom bulging, where most of its internal components are located. The unit is supported by a gray metallic base plate and stand that support it quite rigidly.

While the stand does its work sufficiently well, its Achilles heel is that it doesn’t provide tilt, pivot and height adjustments as premium monitor stands do. However, in all fairness, this is not something to complain about considering the price this unit comes at. Monitors of $100 more features the same kind of stand and with have less impressive features.

The on-screen-display buttons are located at the right rear-end of the unit from the user. It takes a little getting used to master the controls since they are not located directly in sight.

 

The ports are located at the rear end of the unit, pointing horizontally from it. That means that in case you decide to wall mount it, you will need to leave a little room for the cables connected to the monitor. That, however, does not prevent it from being wall mountable.

The Sceptre U278W-4000R weighs 9.1 pounds and measuring 8.06 x 24.51 x 17.46 inches(with stand). Impressively, it happens to be lighter than most of its competition such as the LG 27UD58-B (12.3 lbs, 8 x 24.9 x 18.2 inches), ASUS Designo MX27UC (17.7 lbs, 4.8 x 27.6 x 21.2 inches) and the LG 27UD68-P (10.8 lbs, 7.3 x 24.2 x 17.9 inches).


Display panel and resolution

The Sceptre U278W-4000R comes in an impressive IPS panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The resolution alone is a rarity for 27-inch monitors which gives this Sceptre an edge and allows you to handle movies and images with flair. In addition to that, the  4K resolution is great for gaming, despite its lack of adaptive-sync feature. Impressively, most games play without screen tearing and motion blur unless one is playing very fast paced games. But if you are a casual gamer, the 5ms gray-to-gray response time and 60Hz refresh rate are quite sufficient.

However, if your interest lie in heavy gaming, you may want to have a look at the following options.

Gaming – 2160p (3840 x 2160p). Click here for our complete list of monitors.

ASUS MG28UQAcer Predator XB271HK bmiprzAOC U2879VFLG Electronics 27UD68P-BASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ
Size28”27”28”27”27”
PanelTNIPS TNIPSIPS
Refresh Rate60 Hz60 Hz60 Hz60 Hz60 Hz
Response Time1 ms4 ms1 ms 4 ms 4 ms
Adaptive syncFreeSyncG-SyncFreeSyncFreeSyncG-Sync
Price  See It  See It  See It  See It   See it

Viewing angles are also wide thanks to the IPS panel that it comes in.


PORTS

Compared to most budget monitors, the Sceptre U278W-4000R comes with a very impressive port selection. Rarely do you find a monitor with two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort. Often times monitors come with a VGA port, One HMDI port and if you are lucky, a Display port.

It comes with two HDMI ports (HDMI 2.0 & HDMI 1.4), a single DVI port and a single DisplayPort (DP) , along with an audio jack.

 

You might be wondering, what exactly is the difference between the HDMI 1.4 port and the HMDI 2.0 port.

HDMI 1.4 can handle:

  • 1080p (FHD) at 60 Hz
  • 2160p (UHD) at 30 Hz
  • 1080p (3D) at 120 Hz.

HDMI 2.0 on the other hand can handle a lot more data. It is the go-to cable for HDR and 4K displays.

It is sufficient for handling:

  • 1080p (FHD) at 120Hz HDR
  • 2160p (UHD) at 60 Hz HDR

For you to enjoy the Sceptre’s full potential at 4K resolution, your computer needs to have an HDMI 2.0 port, and you also need to have a HDMI 2.0 cable. Fortunately, shipped along with the Sceptre U278W-4000R is a HDMI 2.0 port just to make you life a little easier. The HDMI 2.0 port is backward compatible with HDMI 1.4.

Read more about ports and connectors right here.

PERFORMANCE


When it comes to performance, the Sceptre U278W-4000R does not disappoint. A little adjustments on the display settings is necessary right from the box to get it to its best. However, once that is done, color reproduction is nothing short of impresive. Contrast levels, on the other hand, are equally good with blacks being as dark as would be expected for an IPS panel display. Screen brightness is not all that high – not as much as we would have liked it. At 250 nits, the Sceptre U278W-4000R is sufficiently bright for indoor use but not as bright when it comes to outdoor use or use in a brightly lit environment.

Its build-in speakers aren’t much in our estimation, with shallow base levels and high pitch at high volume. However, at this price, we consider this as a good add-on that doesn’t count for much. Further, most people user external speakers of headphones when they are listening to music or watching videos.

Sceptre U278W-4000R Review : Side view
The side view reveals a sleek monitor with a great support system

CONCLUSION


The overall performance of the Sceptre U278W-4000R is nothing short of enjoyable. It is as functional as it is reliable for media consumption and content creation. Video and photo editors will be right at home with this monitor. Moreover, it handles moderate gaming fairly well especially if you don’t mind the lack of FreeSync or G-Sync technology. However, it is a good idea to give some thought about where you intend to use it, whether indoors of elsewhere considering its 250 nit brightness level.

All in all, if you need a remarkable working solution or just need to upgrade from your old monitor, the Sceptre U278W-4000 makes a viable option.

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2 thoughts on “Sceptre U278W-4000R Monitor Review

  1. Appreciate the review. I’ve read that the stand attachment gets in the way of a flush VESA mount. Seems awkward to have to use spacers to get around a protruding piece of metal. Can you speak to whether or not the attachment piece that is sticking out can be removed, or is it indeed permanently attached?

    1. Hi Ray, thanks for the comment. That’s a really good question. Yes, it is true that the stand attachment blocks the VESA mount. That’s one of the caveats of this monitor. Sceptre offers spacers to go with the monitor as part of the “mounting package.” You can contact them through this mail (sceptreTS@sceptre.com) if you’ve already ordered (delivery is free of charge). Concerning the attachment piece, yes it can be removed. The display, legs, stand (neck piece), bolts and cables all come separate in the box. You have to screw them together (Phillips screw driver included) to put together a solid stand. I hope that answers you

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