The Sceptre C248W-1920RN is a cheap monitor with a 75Hz refresh rate and a curved screen which is why it's such as popular budget option. However, we highly recommend investing a bit extra in one of the much better alternatives available - all of which are mentioned in this review.
The Sceptre C248W-1920RN is one of the most popular budget monitors currently available. In this review, we’ll see how it compares to similarly priced alternatives, and find out whether it’s worth the money.
Based on a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel, the Sceptre C248W-1920RN monitor features a superior static contrast ratio in comparison to other panel technologies (IPS and TN) of 3,000:1.
This makes for deep blacks, bright whites, and a vivid relation between the darkest and the brightest tones. In fact, blacks on similarly priced, and even more expensive IPS and TN panel monitors look grayish in comparison!
VA panel displays also have very good viewing angles and color quality.
While the viewing angles are specified as 178° both horizontally and vertically, they’re not quite as impressive as the 178° viewing angles of the IPS technology.
Regardless, there are no particularly noticeable shifts in contrast, brightness, or colors when looking at the screen off-axis – only from extreme and unpractical viewing positions.
The colors are vivid and rich; much better than that of any TN panel at this price range. However, they’re not quite as accurate or consistent as what you might find on similarly priced IPS alternatives.
So, if you’re looking for a monitor for some entry-level color-critical work, this is not the one; although, you can do some basic content creation without any issues.
The Sceptre C248W-1920RN is perfect for casual gaming, watching movies, and other everyday activities as its high contrast ratio really makes the details in shadows of the picture pop, especially in dark rooms.
Further, the monitor has a peak brightness of 250-nits which is also standard for displays at this price range. Under normal viewing conditions, the screen will be more than bright enough.
The Full HD screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels results in a decent pixel density of ~93 PPI (pixels per inch) on the 23.6″ viewable screen of the Sceptre C248W-1920RN.
Although 1080p is old news, it’s still the most widespread resolution, and it looks great on ~24″ sized monitors. Plus, it’s not very demanding to drive allowing you to have smooth frame rates even in some of the more demanding games.
Moving on, the Sceptre C248W-1920RN display has low input lag of around ~10ms which means you won’t be able to notice or feel any delays at 75Hz.
Now, the monitor has a native refresh rate of 60Hz. In order to set it to 75Hz, you will have to change your Windows display settings and/or your GPU drivers settings, depending on your particular graphics card.
If you can’t find the 75Hz option in either settings options, you can create a custom resolution.
75Hz offers a very small but noticeable boost in motion clarity as opposed to 60Hz displays, but the gaming experience won’t be nearly as smooth as that of 100Hz+ gaming monitors.
The biggest downside of all VA-panel monitors is the pixel response time speed.
The Sceptre C248W-1920RN has a response time speed of 8ms (GtG – gray to gray pixel transition).
In fast-paced games, there will be some visible smearing behind fast-moving objects as the pixels can’t quite change in time. However, it is only really noticeable in darker scenes where dark pixels are predominant in the picture.
So, if you’re buying this monitor mainly for competitive FPS gaming, consider a TN or an IPS panel monitor instead – or at least a higher refresh rate VA model.
Our unit of the Sceptre C248W-1920RN curved monitor had no dead pixels or excessive backlight bleeding, but this varies across different units of the monitor. So, your mileage may vary.
The monitor has a flicker-free backlight and an integrated low-blue light filter (Blue Light Shift). These two features prevent headaches and eye strain caused by prolonged use of the monitor.
The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu of the monitor is not particularly user-friendly, but it contains all the standard image adjustment tools such as brightness, contrast, color temperature, input source selection, etc.
You even get some advanced picture adjustment tools such as backlight intensity, gamma, saturation, and tint (hue).
There are several pre-calibrated picture presets available as well including RTS, FPS, Movie, Eco, Standard, and User.
For OSD menu navigation, there are four hotkeys at the back of the monitor, at the right side. The top two buttons are used for ‘menu’ and ‘exit’ while the bottom two hotkeys are used as ‘up’ and ‘down’. The middle button is power on/off.
Unfortunately, the monitor doesn’t support the Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
Design & Connectivity
One of the main complaints regarding the Sceptre C248W-1920RN display is the marketing behind its ‘edgeless’ frame since the picture isn’t exactly edge-to-edge – there is a thin black border around the screen.
This is the case with all of the ‘edgeless’ or ‘borderless’ monitors available. With the current limits of technology, there has to be a narrow black frame around the picture.
As always, marketing images can be misleading. Still, the thin bezels with black borders are better than just having the plain old thick bezels.
Further, the monitor actually features a plastic stand and chassis, not metal; the ‘black metal’ product description refers to the color, not the material.
Overall, the design quality is decent and as expected at this price range. You can tilt the screen by -5°/15° or mount it on a third-party stand via the 75x75mm VESA mount pattern.
The screen also has a very subtle 1800R curvature which, for better or worse, isn’t noticeable once you get used to it.
Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4, VGA, a headphones jack, and dual 2W speakers for basic audio output.
Price & Similar Monitors
The Sceptre C248W-1920RN goes for up to $130.
For just ~$15 extra, you can get the AOC C24G1 which is also a 24″ 1080p monitor with a curved VA panel. However, it has a much better design (with height and swivel adjustments), AMD FreeSync, and a 144Hz refresh rate!
So, we highly recommend investing in the AOC C24G1.
If you want something cheaper, we recommend the Acer SB220Q. It has a slightly smaller screen, but much more vivid colors as well as smoother performance with faster response time and AMD FreeSync.
While the Sceptre C248W-1920RN offers interesting features such as 75Hz and a curved screen which can sound appealing at this price range, there are much better alternatives available for the money.
Sceptre C248W-1920RN Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Refresh Rate||60Hz (75Hz OC)|
|Response Time||8ms (GtG)|
|Ports||HDMI 1.4, VGA|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||3000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
- VESA mount compatibility
- Low input lag and 75Hz
- High contrast ratio and decent image quality for the price
- Tilt-only stand
- No AMD FreeSync
- Moderate ghosting in fast-paced games