Sceptre C275W-1920RN Review
With the Sceptre C275W-1920RN, you’re getting a 27-inch monitor that’s thin, light and sleek – and has everything you want to match a modern office or home entertainment desk. It features a slick, premium design, has a 75Hz refresh rate and a nice-looking IPS curved panel that delivers great image quality.
- Good color accuracy
- Reasonably priced
- Sleek, curved design
- Lacks height, swivel adjustment
- 1080p resolution is quite low
As a wide-screen entertainment monitor, the Sceptre C275W-1920RN packs a gorgeous 27-inch curved screen that’s a thing of beauty – even when the display itself is turned off. True to its name, the C275W-1920RN’s In-Plance Switching (IPS) panel is housed in an elegantly, thin, gently curving frame. You don’t pay a price for such slimness, though; but the monitor has meager port selection (only HDMI and VGA, no USB), and its stand only offers tilt adjustment.
This monitor’s native resolution is on the low side for its screen size (1920 x 1080), but it stands out as unspectacular pick for office work on a roomy screen. Although it can’t match the Editors’ Choice Samsung C27HG70 on picture quality, it still sports a sleek design and cost half as much.
The Sceptre C275W-1920RN is housed in a matte-finish, gray-black cabinet, and the screen is almost bezel-less. You get an inch-wide bezel at the bottom, but the bezels on the sides and top are barely discernible. It comes with a silver stand with a rounded base that provides only tilt adjustment, but lacks swivel and height adjustment. When fixed to its stand, the Sceptre C275W measures 17.69 by 24.27 by 9.01 inches (HWD) and weighs 8.59 pounds.
You get an HDMI input port, in addition to a VGA port and an audio-out port to connect to a set of external speakers. The monitor still has a pair of nice sounding speakers, something you rarely find on most budget monitors. In contrast, the Benq EL2870U adds a DisplayPort input to its two HDMI ports.
On connectivity, the Editors Choice ViewSonic VP2768 trounces all these and many others with its two HDMI inputs, two DisplayPort inputs, a DisplayPort for daisy-chaining up to four compliant monitors, alongside a USB 3.0 hub with one upstream port and four downstream ports.
The C275W-1920RN performs well as a general-use monitor, ideal for the office and easily shines as a basic gaming monitor. It uses a 1920 by 1080 resolution panel to deliver crisp pictures and vivid colors underlain by a 75Hz refresh rate, 250 cd/m2 contrast ratio and 8 millisecond response time. This is a solid spec sheet for a monitor this cheap, but it the lack of adaptive sync (AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G Sync), however, doesn’t make it an exciting choice for pro-gamers.
The monitors’ 1800R makes for a thrilling experience and is quite standard among wide-screen monitors that are gaining popularity lately. Again, the In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology used for the screen allows for wide viewing angles and enhanced colors. We only wish it supported adaptive sync technology that seeks to reduce screen tearing and artifacts during gameplay, but for office use and general productivity, you’re getting more monitor for less money.
If you’re a casual gamer and don’t need the very best of frame rates per second, it looks like something you can consider as well. And for the gamers who need to play the latest triple-A titles at very high settings, they’ll have to look elsewhere. If that describes you, there are solid alternatives around. For instance, the 27-inch AOC Agon AG271QX offers decent gaming chops, thanks to a 2560 by 1440 (QHD) panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response rate, and AMD FreeSync support.
Ultrawide and 4K monitors may be stealing the limelight, but standard 27-inch monitors can’t get much more exciting, especially when they ring low prices. With the Sceptre C275W-1920RN, you’re getting a 27-inch monitor that’s thin, light and sleek – and has everything you want to match a modern office or home entertainment desk. It features a slick, premium design, has a 75Hz refresh rate and a nice-looking IPS curved panel that delivers great image quality. It may not have the 4K resolution as other monitors, but Sceptre has nailed the basics.
Are there any alternatives?
The first alternative is the AOC 27V2H, an ultra-slim monitor featuring a frameless IPS panel, 75Hz refresh rate, 5ms and AMD FreeSync. If you’re after looks and a bit of gaming, this might be a great accessory to your desk. On the other hand, for professional creatives who need the highest level of detail, the LG 27UL650-W offers a 4K (3840 by 2160) IPS display with 99 percent sRGB color gamut and AMD FreeSync support.
For gamers, our Editors’ Choice – the Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz tops out with a 144Hz refresh rate, Nvidia G-Sync and a WQHD (2560 by 1440) IPS panel as well as well-rounded connectivity options.
Should you buy it?
Yes. Not only is the Sceptre C275W-1920RN the best of its kind, it’s one of the best mid-size monitors you can buy, hands down.