Sceptre C248W-1920RN Monitor Review
A slick curved monitor for the home office or entry-level desktop gaming
There’s a lot to like about the Sceptre C248W-1920RN including very good image quality, impressive grayscale performance and a very reasonable price than most curved 24-inch monitors. It is a good choice for budget gaming, better still, it can double as a very able monitor for video watching.
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The Sceptre C248W-1920RN is a curved 24-inch FHD (1,920-by-1,080) designed for casual gamers, or users who spend equal amounts of time working on a desktop PC and a laptop PC. Although not as expansive as the Samsung CRG9 49-inch Curved Ultrawide Monitor we recently reviewed, the C248W is a much more conventional monitor than that super-ultrawide behemoth.
Its resolution and refresh rate are commonplace among 24-inch gaming monitors, but its appearance is rather unique, and looks expensive than its actually costs.
It does a nice job displaying both games and video in standard definition, thanks to a VA panel with decent color gamut and a 75Hz refresh rate, a step up from the 60Hz in most budget monitors. It lacks advanced color adjustments, but it’s still one of top picks for budget gaming monitors. The C248W-1920RN does stand out, however, for a winning mix of features and performance at its price.
With its ultra-slim bezels and silver cabinet, the Sceptre C248W-1920RN will look nice on any desktop. The cabinet is supported by a stand consisting of a circular-shaped base and a cylindrical arm, but lacks height, swivel, and pivot adjustments, only has the ability to tilt.
The curved 24-inch VA panel’s resolution mazes at 1,920-by-1,080 and has a 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning doesn’t struggle to display Full HD (1080p) video. Other features include a 5-microsecond gray-to-gray (G-to-G) response time, 250cd/m2 peak brightness, 75Hz refresh rate, 1800R curve ratio and a 3M:1 contrast ratio; all common in the sub-$250 price point.
Inputs and Presets
At the rear of the Sceptre C248W-1920RN monitor, facing the back are an HDMI port, a VGA, a headphone jack and a DC connector. There are four VESA mount holes if you need to hang the monitor on a wall or a custom stand for a dual-monitor setup. Still on the back, there are five small function buttons on the left side (if you’re looking at them from the back).
The On-screen menu offers a nice selection of picture settings, although it doesn’t give you advanced six color adjustments that you get in more expensive gaming monitors like the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q. For the adjustments, the Standard setting gives the best overall picture, since the rest of the options are either too dark or overly bright.
Sceptre bills the C248W-1920RN as a gaming monitor, but it’s more or less a productivity monitor that can be used for casual gaming. With the recent uptake of powerful Nvidia GeForce 10-Series and 2019-released RTX 20-Series graphics cards, a 75Hz resolution monitor will not be the best. With such GPUs, you need a 144Hz monitor and above, of which you have options like the 27-inch ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q (2560 x 1440 resolution) or the Acer Predator X27 (3840 x 2160 resolution), both with higher refresh rates, 4ms response rates.
For casual gaming and day-to-day use, the C248W performs well, displaying great 1080p video and other content at 5ms refresh rate, and the VA panel technology produces vibrant colors. Viewing-angles are good (not the best, though) for a 24-inch monitor, with little color shifting when viewed from any angle.
The panel does a good job at displaying fast-moving items, though you’ll get some lag in modern games at high resolutions. Input lag (the amount of time it takes for the monitor to react to a controller command) came in at an impressive 13.7 milliseconds, which is not far-apart from the competition.
The Sceptre C248W-1920RN specs include 5-millisecond (gray-to-gray) pixel response and 75Hz peak refresh rate won’t suffice for many games, but it isn’t the worst either. I noticed screen tearing while playing GTA V on the PC and while playing Fallout on the Xbox 360.
Many gamers will be hard pressed to find graphic solutions to handle 5K gaming, especially with the release of the Pascal-based NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphic cards. If you need to enjoy smooth gaming, the Acer Predator XB271HK offers a few nice features that will appeal to gamers.
The Sceptre C248W-1920RN monitor’s 12.8-millisecond input lag (time taken for the monitor to react to a controller command) is fairly short, though it doesn’t beat the 10.6-millisecond standard for most budget monitors. The fastest we’ve had so far is 9.5 milliseconds from the Benq SW2700PT.
The monitor consumes about 37 watts of power while set to Text mode and 33 watts while set to Movie mode and a paltry 32.7 watts in Power Save mode.
There’s a lot to like about the Sceptre C248W-1920RN ($109.97 at Amazon ) including very good image quality, impressive grayscale performance and a very reasonable price than most curved 24-inch monitors. It is a good choice for budget gaming, better still, it can double as a very able monitor for video watching. Throw in a sleek design, and you’ve got one of the best-looking mid-size monitors around.
Is there a better alternative?
There is always a better alternative if you’re willing to spend a little more. The ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q, for instance, is about $150 more. For that extra bit of cash, you end up getting a better contrast ration, a refresh rate of 240Hz, Nvidia G-Sync compatibility and better connectivity options.
If you work with pictures and require more color control, our Editor’s Choice, the BenQ SW2700PT is a better option. It delivers very accurate colors, has advanced six axis color adjustments as well as 14-bit LUT that allows you perform hardware calibrations.
Should I buy it?
Yes. For a home office, office-office, or entry-level desktop gaming, the Sceptre C248W-1920RN curved monitor is a fantastic buy. It delivers great image quality and attractive design at a reasonable price.