The Sceptre C325W-1920R is a budget 1080p VA 32-inch LCD monitor with mediocre picture quality and decent motion handling. It has a high native contrast ratio and can get decently bright to overcome glare in an average lit room. It has good reflection handling and very good gray uniformity. Unfortunately, the input lag and the pixel response time are not good for serious gaming. Finally, the bad ergonomics might have you looking for a good VESA mount to help you place it comfortably.
The design of the Sceptre C325W is decent. The entire casing feels sturdy and it has a clean, professional look. The stand has a unique design and supports the monitor well, while the curved profile enhances the horizontal viewing angles. The monitor, however, has very bad ergonomics. Titling is the only allowable adjustment, if you wish to raise the monitor, you will have to find something to place it on. The entire monitor-stand construction is relatively thin and you can push it pretty close to the wall.
The rear of the monitor is quite plain. All the inputs are pointed outwards and there is no cable management planning.
The picture quality of the Sceptre C325W-1920R is mediocre. It has a very good contrast ratio and performs adequately in a dark room, although the black uniformity is bad. It has a mediocre horizontal viewing angle, better than most VA panels, and a good gray uniformity that will not cause you any issues when browsing the web. The color gamut is very good and only a little banding is visible in the darker gray and green shades. You might notice some artifacts when displaying text on this monitor as you can see here and here. This is a similar behavior to the Samsung CHG70 and is explained here.
The Sceptre C325W-1920R has a VA panel and thus a great contrast ratio. Blacks look deep in a dark room, just like the MSI Optix G27C, and this enhances the picture quality.
The Sceptre C325W-1920R does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.
The Sceptre C325W-1920R can get decently bright. However, in very bright rooms, the monitor might look a little dim just like the MSI Optix G27C. For most rooms with a regular ambient light, it should be fine.
HDR is not supported.
The horizontal viewing angles of the Sceptre C325W are mediocre. This a surprising result and slightly inconsistent with other VA panels. This monitor's blacks remain at a low level throughout our entire range of horizontal viewing angle measurements, and this is great. The brightness shift and color shift, however, are the worst we have measured in VA panel monitors thus far. The overall score is boosted by the score in the blacks.
The vertical viewing angles of the monitor are poor, worse than the MSI Optix G27C which had the worst performance up until now. Unfortunately, the angles are so bad that even the slightest movement from the vertical axis and the picture quality degrades drastically. This will create some uniformity issues when you sit close to the monitor.
The gray uniformity of this monitor is very good, especially in the darker gray levels. The only uniformity issues present are the ones caused by the poor vertical viewing angles (the corners are slightly darker). Most people will not notice any dirty screen effect when browsing the web.
The Sceptre C325W-1920R monitor has bad black uniformity. Clouding is clearly visible all over the screen and this is not good, especially in dark scenes, in a dark room.
The out of the box color accuracy of the Sceptre is decent. The most accurate picture mode was 'Text', but because we cannot change the backlight we are scoring with the best picture mode that allows us to do this, which was 'User'.
The white balance dE is above our reference point of 3 which is noticeable for the enthusiasts out there, whereas the color dE is below 3 making it hard for most to spot color inaccuracies. The color temperature is cold, and the gamma is below our s.RBG target, and the curve is not really tracking our target curve.
Excellent color accuracy of the monitor after calibration, which was done on the 'User' picture mode. The white balance dE and color dE were diminished to a point where it is almost impossible to notice any inaccuracies. Gamma is now tracking more closely our target s.RBG curve. Finally, we managed to correct the temperature closer to our target of 6500 K, only slightly warmer.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
s.RGB Picture Mode: User (calibrated) Adobe RGB Picture Mode: UserThe color gamut of this monitor is excellent. It actually covers the entire s.RGB space and for normal usage the colors are great. However, if you are a professional in the publishing industry the coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is not enough.
s.RGB Picture Mode: User Adobe RGB Picture Mode: UserExcellent color volume. The monitor can display its perfect s.RGB gamut at a large range of brightnesses. Its Adobe RGB volume though suffers due to its limited gamut.
HDR is not supported.
HDR is not supported.
There is no image retention after displaying our 10-minute high contrast scene which is excellent.
The gradient for this Sceptre is very good. You can notice slight banding in the darker shades of green and gray.
The Sceptre C325W's screen uniformity isn't affected by large areas of uniform color, and this is great.
The Sceptre C325W-1920R has mediocre motion handling. The pixel response time is poor and this makes the monitor leave a long blur trail when displaying fast-moving content. The backlight doesn't use PWM flicker to reduce the brightness and no option to introduce flicker to make the image clearer. The refresh rate is at the basic level 60Hz.
The Sceptre C325W-1920R has a bad pixel response time. As a result, a long blur trail follows the fast-moving objects on the screen. This is far worse than all the other monitors we have tested so far. Furthermore, there is no overdrive setting that could help improve the results.
This monitor does not use PWM Dimming to lower the backlight and this is good as flicker can bother some people. At the same time, there is no option to insert flicker to make the image crisper.
This monitor has the very basic refresh rate of 60Hz. There are no advanced features like overclocking or VRR.
The Sceptre C325W-1920R has a decent input lag. It will not please any hardcore gamers out there but will do ok for casual gaming. The screen size is great but unfortunately, the resolution is limited at FHD and this limits the benefits of the large size, as you can not easily multitask or display many details.
Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:
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The input lag of this monitor is okay, but not good enough for hardcore gamers. For most people though this is ok.
The Sceptre C325W-1920R has no special features. The OSD is plain and intuitive and the controls are on the back and easy to use and navigate.
We tested the Sceptre C325W, however, there are a series of Sceptre monitors with differing sizes, resolutions and other features - some of these are listed below.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their monitor doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
The Sceptre C325W is a very basic monitor with mediocre performance. You should be able to find better monitors out there. See our recommendations for the best monitors under $200.
The LG 27UD58-B is significantly better than the Sceptre C325W. The LG 27UD58-B has better viewing angles due to its IPS panel. It also has a much lower input lag and a faster pixel response time and supports the FreeSync VRR implementation which is excellent if you play games. The LG 27UD58-B has a much better resolution that allows it to display more detail on the screen. The Sceptre C325W, on the other hand, has a higher native contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks, and a better reflection handling so it can be placed in a room with many small light sources.
The Dell D3218HN is significantly better than the Sceptre C325W. The Dell D3218HN has wider viewing angles due to its IPS panel and a better input lag which is great if you play video games. The Dell D3218HN also has a faster pixel response time and will leave a shorter blur trail. The Sceptre C325W, on the other hand, has better reflections handling, which is great if you have a room with many small windows.
The Samsung CF398 is much better than the Sceptre C325W. The Sceptre is a bit brighter, and has a slightly better native contrast ratio, but worse black uniformity. The CF398 has a much better response time with significantly less motion blur, and it supports AMD FreeSync. The CF398 also has lower input lag.
The HP V320 is much better than the Sceptre C325W. The HP V320 has a lower input lag and a faster pixel response time that only leaves a small blur trail in fast action scenes which is great if you play games. It also has wider viewing angles because of its IPS panel, so you can show your work to your colleagues easier. On the other hand, the Sceptre C325W has better reflections handling and is suitable for a room with many light sources.
The Dell U2717D is much better than the Sceptre C325W. The Dell U2717D has much better ergonomics so you can position it to your liking much easier. Also due to its IPS panel, it has wider viewing angles to allow sharing your work with a colleague. The Dell U2717D also has faster pixel response time that displays less blur trail, and a much better resolution that allows it to show more detail on the screen. The Sceptre C325W has higher native contrast ratio which makes blacks look deep in a dim environment.