Sceptre C305b Review

Introduction

The Sceptre C305B-200UN is an affordable ultrawide gaming monitor yet it features a rapid 200Hz refresh rate! Here’s everything you need to know about this display.

Image Quality

The Sceptre C305B monitor is based on a 29.5″ VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with a static contrast ratio of 3,000:1, a peak brightness of 250-nits, 8-bit color depth support, and ~90% sRGB color gamut.

In comparison to IPS ultrawides, you don’t get as vibrant or accurate colors, but you do get a higher contrast ratio which makes for deeper blacks and a more vivid relation between the brightest and the darkest shades.

The colors look good on the Sceptre C305B-200UN nonetheless, it’s more than bright enough under normal viewing conditions, and it’s a real treat when playing content in a dark room where you can really take advantage of the monitor’s high contrast ratio.

Further, the 2560×1080 screen resolution results in a high pixel density of 94.19 PPI (pixels per inch) when displayed on the 29.5″ viewable screen of the Sceptre C305B which makes for plenty of screen space and sharp text and details without any scaling necessary.

Note that the monitor is as tall as a regular 23″ 16:9 monitor which may take some time getting used to as the monitor can appear too wide for its height.

In comparison, a 34″ ultrawide monitor is as tall as a 27″ monitor and can therefore deliver a more immersive viewing experience.

However, there are two things to consider when it comes to comparing the Sceptre C305B-200UN to similar 34″-35″ ultrawides.

First of all, a 34″ ultrawide with a 2560×1080 resolution has a much lower pixel density, so details and text won’t be as sharp and clear, but rather a bit pixelated.

Alternatively, you could get a 34″ 3440×1440 ultrawide monitor, but these displays don’t only cost more, they’re also a lot more demanding on your CPU/GPU, especially at higher frame rates.

So, the Sceptre C305B-200UN offers the perfect balance between screen resolution and size and it’s a great budget option for those who cannot afford more expensive models and/or better PC rig.

Performance

We were pleasantly surprised by the monitor’s pixel response time performance. It was not a smear-fest we were expecting from an inexpensive 200Hz VA panel.

VA panels are known for inferior response time, especially when it comes to transitioning of dark pixels which results in noticeable black smearing of fast-moving objects.

Naturally, at 200Hz, there’s visible trailing behind fast-moving objects which is more obvious when dark pixels are involved, but it’s tolerable.

You can also set the monitor to 144Hz. At this refresh rate, there’s less ghosting.

So, depending on the game you’re playing and your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate, you’ll be able to find the perfect settings.

In undemanding and competitive games, you can take advantage of the full 200Hz refresh rate, and if the trailing becomes too noticeable, you can dial it back to 144Hz.

The Sceptre C305B-200UN input lag amounts to just below 5ms which makes for imperceptible delay even at 200Hz.

Naturally, for strictly competitive FPS gaming, a 240Hz gaming monitor with a TN panel and much faster response time is preferred, and you can even get one at this price range.

The Sceptre C305B-200UN is more suited for those who prefer immersion over sheer performance in competitive games, but it’s also great for casual multiplayer gaming, watching movies, and even office-related work due to the extra horizontal screen space the 21:9 ratio provides.

You can check a list of all games that support 21:9 here. For content that doesn’t support 21:9, you will have to choose between having black bars at the sides, zooming/cropping, or stretching out the picture to fill the screen.

Compatible content such as 21:9 movies provide a more cinematic viewing experience whereas in video games, you’ll get an extended field of view for more immersive gameplay.

As it’s the case with all LED-backlit monitors, some backlight bleeding is expected and while this varies between different units of the monitor, our Sceptre C305B unit had no excessive backlight bleed.

Features

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Moving on, the Sceptre C305B-200UN display supports AMD FreeSync all the way up to 200Hz with a 48-200Hz variable refresh rate (VRR) range.

As long as your FPS rate is within this range, the monitor will change its refresh rate dynamically and thus eliminate all screen tearing and stuttering with minimal (~1ms) input lag penalty.

FreeSync also works with compatible NVIDIA cards without any issues.

In addition to the power button, there are four hotkeys beneath the bottom bezel at the right side of the monitor which you can use to navigate the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu.

The menu itself isn’t pretty, but it has all the tools you will need including the standard brightness, contrast, and RGB settings as well as the advanced hue/saturation and gamma adjustments.

Other useful features include pre-calibrated picture presets including FPS and RTS modes, Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture, Blue Light Shift which filters out the harmful low-blue lights, and response time overdrive (on/off).

Design & Connectivity

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The design of the monitor is decent considering its price; the stand is sturdy, but it’s tilt-only. You can, however, mount the screen on a third-party stand using the provided 75x75mm VESA adapter.

At the back of the monitor, there are two red LED strips which you can disable in the OSD menu. The monitor has a curvature of 1800R which is subtle but noticeable at 30″.

Note that there’s 1/4″ of black border around the screen, so the image is not edge-to-edge which is standard for ‘borderless’ monitors.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, two HDMI 1.4 ports, a headphones jack, and two 3W integrated speakers.

The HDMI 2.0 ports (labaled as HDMI1) supports 2560×1080 up to 165Hz while the HDMI 1.4 ports max out at 1920×1080 120Hz or 2560×1440 75Hz.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Sceptre C305B-200UN goes for around $300 which is great value for the price.

Alternatively, you may want to consider investing ~$100 more for the MAG341CQ (3440×1440 100Hz) or the Samsung S34J55W (3440×1440 75Hz).

For more information and the best deals, visit our dedicated best ultrawide monitor buyer’s guide.

Conclusion

All in all, the Sceptre C305B is an excellent gaming monitor for the price. It provides an immersive viewing experience as well as smooth performance for a very appealing price.

Sceptre C305B-200UN Specifications

Screen Size29.5-inch
Screen Curvature1800R
Resolution2560×1080 (UWHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate200Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-200Hz)
Speakers2x3W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, 2x HDMI 1.4
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (75x75mm)

The Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • High contrast ratio and rich pixel density
  • AMD FreeSync up to 200Hz

The Cons

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
Sceptre C305B-200UN Review
  • 8.5/10
    Design - 8.5/10
  • 9/10
    Display - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Performance - 8.5/10
  • 10/10
    Price/Value - 10/10
9/10

Summary

The Sceptre C305B-200UN provides a high contrast ratio for deep blacks and bright whites while AMD FreeSync and 200Hz refresh rate ensure buttery-smooth performance.

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