Budget 1080p Monitor Review: Sceptre E248W-19203R

The Sceptre E248W-19203R has a high static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 thanks to its VA (Vertical Alignment) screen. As a consequence, you get deep, inky blacks, which provide for a more immersive viewing experience, especially in dim lighting.

Furthermore, it has a maximum brightness of 250 nits, which is low by today’s standards for LED-backlit monitors, but it is bright enough under regular lighting situations.

The screen may not be able to effectively moderate glare if you have an extremely bright room or want to set the monitor near to a window with no blinders or curtains.The Sceptre E248W-19203R has a 1ms response time, which is not very fast. It is just about on par with the best TN-based monitors.

The display has an average gamma of 2.2, which is acceptable for most uses and should provide for a decent degree of color accuracy.

The screen also features an internal scaler which can be used to adjust the monitor’s gamma from 2.2 to 2.4 or 2.6, which may be useful if you have different graphics cards (and graphics settings) for different games or applications.

Image Quality

The Sceptre E248W-19203R has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is ideal for a monitor at this price range. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is the standard for modern HDTVs and desktop monitors.

The screen features an LED backlight which delivers very deep blacks and bright whites. However, it does not have a high contrast ratio at its native resolution of 1920 x 1080, which means that the monitor should be used in darkened environments to get the best possible image quality from it.

The images on the Sceptre E248W-19203R display have very good sharpness and color accuracy for an IPS panel with a 1ms response time. The colors are vivid and bold but not oversaturated or garish in any way. The calibrated grayscale performance also looked good and was consistent across all shades of gray including dark shades (from 0 to 100) where they should look accurate most of the time.

The Sceptre E248W-19203R has a decent viewing angle, with most colors retaining their fidelity to each other when viewed off-center by about 45 degrees from dead center (0 degrees). Color shifts do occur as you move off center by wider angles but they are more pronounced than they should be due to the low native contrast ratio of the monitor.

Performance

The Sceptre E248W-19203R has a pretty good response time of 1ms, which is good for an IPS panel with a 1ms response time. It is not the fastest panel on the market, but it is still very fast for an LCD display.

The Sceptre E248W-19203R does not offer any features such as FreeSync or G-Sync, which are designed to improve the gaming performance of a monitor. However, it does have a low input lag rating of only 30msec, which should be able to keep up with most games and movies.

Features

The Sceptre E248W-19203R has a fairly good range of features for a monitor at this price point. It features an integrated USB hub which allows users to connect up to 4 additional devices. The monitor also has 2 HDMI ports, 1 DisplayPort, and 1 VGA port. It also includes 3 preset picture modes (Standard, Movie, and User) which can be used to adjust the image performance of the monitor.

The Sceptre E248W-19203R also has a 3 year limited warranty. This means that you will be covered against defects in the panel, backlight and/or electronics for 3 years from the date of purchase.

Design & Connectivity

The Sceptre E248W-19203R has a thin bezel and a very thin profile. It features a very clean, modern design with the monitor itself being surrounded by a full metal frame. The stand is also made of metal, and it offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment options. The screen can be tilted up to 4 degrees forward or backward, which is pretty standard for monitors in this price range.

The Sceptre E248W-19203R also has built in speakers which provide decent sound quality, but can become distorted at max volume levels if played at high volumes for long periods of time.

Overall, the Sceptre E248W-19203R looks and feels like an expensive display that has been constructed from good quality materials. However, the looks are not what you are paying for here as the monitor performs well in other areas such as color accuracy and response time.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Sceptre E248W-19203R is currently available for around $130 at retailers such as Amazon.com and Newegg.com. It is not the cheapest monitor on the market, but it is not the most expensive either. It has a fairly good performance for a budget IPS panel, and it offers a range of features which are usually not found in displays with similar price tags.

The Sceptre E248W-19203R offers better performance than most displays in its price range, so if you are on a budget then this is one of the best options available right now. If you are looking for something more advanced or better performing then we would recommend checking out our list of display recommendations instead.

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Specifications

Screen Size: 24″

Panel Type: IPS

Resolution Support: 1920×1080 (SXGA)

Refresh Rate Support: 60Hz, 75Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz, 165Hz, 200Hz or 240Hz (DVI only)

Response Time: 4ms GTG (gray to gray) Typical (GHZ) / 2ms GTG Typical (Gray to Gray) / 1ms G2G Response Time Quiescent / 1ms G2G Response Time Typical Display Colors Supported: 16.7M colors Display Colors Supported with Overdrive Feature: 16.7M colors Screen Modes: Standard, Game Mode(s), Movie Mode(s), ECO Mode(s), Photo Mode(s), Night View Mode(s), Reading Mode(s) Connectivity Ports/Interfaces Input/Output HDMI/DisplayPort Input : 3 x HDMI 1.4a (HDCP 2.2 & HDCP 1.4 compliant); 2 x MHL 2.0 with audio support; 1 x S/PDIF digital audio in; 1 x DVI-D Dual Link; 1 x D-Sub VGA; 3 x USB 3.0 downstream ports; 4 x USB 3.0 upstream ports; 4 x USB 2.0 downstream ports; 4 x USB 2.0 upstream ports Audio Line In – Headphone Out – Microphone In – Earphone Out General Features Brightness Control

Conclusion

The Sceptre E248W-19203R is a decent monitor for general use and gaming at 1920 x 1080 resolution. It has an IPS panel with great viewing angles and a fast response time that provides for smooth motion during video playback.

The LED backlight gives deep blacks and bright whites (although not as much as more expensive models) and the grayscale performance looks good most of the time. The image quality is also good enough to be used in moderately lit rooms without too much trouble.

 If you want to upgrade from your current screen this would be one of the better options available at this price range that should provide you with satisfactory image quality in all situations except extremely dark ones (which are best avoided).

The Sceptre E248W-19203R is a good mid-range monitor for those who do not require the best possible image quality from their home theater monitor.

It delivers good image quality and decent viewing angles, which should be more than sufficient for most users.

However, it does have some limitations, such as its low contrast ratio and the fact that it does not include any features designed to improve gaming performance. Overall though, this is a decent monitor for those who want to get a good value for their money.

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