Our review unit, the Sceptre E248W delivers a solid full HD display with a 75Hz refresh rate and built-in speakers, making it ideal for home-office users shopping for a mid-size monitor on a budget.
- Solid display quality
- Attractive design
- Built-in speakers
- Average brightness
- Limited connectivity
While Sceptre may be best known for making inexpensive general use monitors and a few TVs, the company is making a push toward budget (yet performant) gaming monitors. Our review unit, the Sceptre E248W-19203RS isn’t part of the newer gaming line, but rather a very affordable productivity monitor for daily use. This 24-inch monitor boasts a Full HD (1920 X 1080) resolution, a decent 75Hz refresh rate and built-in speakers.
While this monitor isn’t the most colourful around, its edgeless design is marvellous to look at, making it one of the best monitors you can find under $100.
The E248W-19203RS is housed in a glossy-black cabinet, with a matching curved stand supporting the screen in landscape mode. Sceptre designed this monitor with an edgeless frame, just like the Acer CB272 bmiprx making it look more expensive than what you’re paying for this monitor. It measures 22.7 x 16.7 x 7.6 inches and weighs 8.4 pounds, which is a nice fit for any home-office workspace. The stand allows for tilt adjustments (back and forth), height, pivot or swivel adjustment aren’t supported at this price. The back has VESA mounting holes, just in case you need to prop it on a wall.
It’s a plug and play monitor meaning, you just connect the HDMI or VGA cable into the back of the monitor to your PC or monitor, then connect the power adapter to the mains. Once powered on, Windows will install the requisite drivers, and you are done. This monitor supports Windows 10, once installed, in your Graphics control panel, it will be listed as an extended display. From the available options, you can have it as the primary display, mirror your primary display, or have it as an extended display.
Inputs and Settings
It gets the most basic I/O inputs: D-Sub, DVI, and two HDMI ports, but it doesn’t get USB port or DisplayPort, which is available on monitors that cost more. It does, however, get a pair of built-in speakers, something we didn’t have in its predecessor from last year, the Sceptre E248W-19203RS.
You are paying for a basic monitor, so you’re getting the same basic settings for Brightness, Contrast, and Blue Light adjustments, along with the usual analog (Position, Focus, and Clock) settings. You won’t find any advanced settings, such as the 6-Axis-Color and Gamma settings that you get with most high-end monitors.
Right out of the box, the Sceptre E248W delivers accurate colors. On a chromaticity chart, red, green and blue colors are rendered to the ideal CIE coordinates. Although it doesn’t get the clarity of high-end IPS monitors, it compensates with acceptable viewing angles with some loss of luminance when viewed from top, bottom, or side angle. It produces rich and well-saturated scenes from Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, via the HDMI port.
The maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080, a 5M:1 contrast ratio, a 5ms response time and 250cd/m2 brightness level. The panel does a good job at displaying fast-moving items, though you’ll get some lag in modern games at high resolutions.
While not intended for gaming, the Sceptre E248W-19203RS holds its own against pricier monitors on both PC and Sony PS4 games. Granted, there are occasional instances of motion and blur and minor screen tearing, but if you’re after casual after-hours gaming, it’ll get you going. The panel’s 13.7-millisecond input lag (the amount of time it takes for the monitor to react to a controller command), is relatively short, but not as short as the 9.5 milliseconds from the BenQ SW2700PT.
The Sceptre E248W has a lot going for it, from the full HD resolution to the inclusion of built-in speakers, a sleek edgeless design and a 75-refresh rate. The monitor has its downsides, like limited gaming capability and middling screen brightness. But on the whole, it manages to combine strong performance in daily tasks and a price that’s hard to beat for a 24-inch monitor leave us more than willing to recommend Sceptre E248W-19203RS. That it costs almost the same as our favorite 21-inch general use monitor, the Acer SB220Q bi is just icing on the cake.