Sceptre ‎E205W-16003R Review 2023: 900p TN Adaptive-Sync


The Sceptre E205W-16003R is a basic office monitor with Adaptive Sync Technology, built-in speakers, and VESA wall mount support. It comes at a super cheap price making it highly approachable for most buyers and it also tops the charts of best selling monitors on Amazon.

It is the older model of the Sceptre E209W-16003RT and it works on TN panel technology which is very old, but it has super-fast response time and very low input lag, so gaming is going to be very responsive on this cheap monitor. It is great for office use because it has decent text clarity and peak brightness, the speakers further make it ideal for entertainment as well, but many would feel the screen to be too small.



Best Features

  • 20″ TN Panel
  • 1600x900p Resolution
  • 99% sRGB Color
  • Adaptive Sync
  • Fast Response Time
  • Tiltable Stand
  • Built-in Speakers


Sceptre E205W-16003R

The Sceptre E205W-16003R is a cheap monitor for basic use. It has a very low resolution, but the sharpness is optimum, making it great for reading and office use.

It has built-in speakers, Adaptive Sync, Blue Light Filter, and many more features. What is more interesting is its $79 price tag making it our favorite cheap monitor in the industry.

The Sceptre E205W-16003R has eye-care features and is more focused on home-office use.

Casual gamers might be interested in this monitor because it has Adaptive Sync, but we doubt the small screen might be a deal breaker for many.

It has built-in speakers, so it is usable for entertainment purposes, but media creation is not this monitor’s cup of tea.







Media Creation


Design & Ergonomics



Monitor Type – Flat
Width – 45.7cm
Height34.4 cm

The Sceptre E205W-16003R has a flat design, and at first sight, you will notice that the monitor has an elegant appearance. It is suitable for office spaces. The bezels are thin, and the Sceptre logo goes in the middle of the bottom bezel.

The dimensions of this monitor are small, so it does not require much space on the desk



Depth17.8 cm
VESA Mount – 75x75mm
Ports Position – Back-Facing

The back of this monitor is mostly plain, and you get a big Sceptre logo at the back. There are buttons for the OSD menu on the right side of the back and connectivity ports on the left with differentiated colors.

This monitor is not that deep because the stand is basic, so you will not need much space away from the wall. There are VESA holes at the back for mounting purposes, but you must remove the stand first.



Thinness – 1.1 cm

The Sceptre E205W-16003R has 1.1cm bezels which are thin, but we have seen monitors with bezels thinner than this. It is still not noticeable, making this monitor bezel-free for distraction-free viewing. Multiple monitor setups should work seamlessly with this monitor.

Build Quality


Weight4.29 lbs

Unfortunately, the build quality is flimsy, and it is of cheap quality. The chassis is skinny, and there is some flex that you should take care of from bending. Its weight is very light; hence it is not the most stable monitor on the desk, and the parts do not seem well put together, so that is one thing you will sacrifice for the low price.



Removable Stand – Yes
Cable Management – Yes

The Sceptre E205W-16003R’s stand is detachable and has a cable management hole for clutter-free cable routing. Its stand has a large circular footprint that requires a lot of space.

We have seen monitors larger than this covering lesser space. It holds the display very well, but expect some wobble during movements.



Tilt – 15° Backward, 5° Forward
Swivel – N/A
Height – N/A
Pivot – N/A

The ergonomics of this monitor are poor as it only offers tilt function with a very low range of 15 degrees only.

It misses out on swivel, pivot, and height functions, but you can mount this monitor on a custom monitor arm for adjustments.

Display & Performance


Panel Type – TN
Panel Size – 19.5-inch
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Panel Depth – N/A

The Sceptre E205W-16003R houses a 19.5-inch TN panel with decent colors, low response time but terrible viewing angles. It has 16:9 standard aspect ratio, which is perfect for most tasks.

This cheap monitor has a decent display, but if you are used an IPS monitor, this monitor would feel terrible to you in terms of image quality and viewing angles.

Screen Clarity

Resolution – HD | 1600x900p
PPI – 94 PPI

Screen clarity on the Sceptre E205W-16003R is decent. It is equal to 1080p monitors but what is missing here is screen real estate, so you will not get much screen space on display.

The PPI count is healthy, and we think 94 PPI is perfect for the size of this monitor, so clarity-wise, this monitor is excellent, but it is not meant for multi-tasking.

If you want a larger and sharper monitor, check out this monitor from Sceptre.


Peak Brightness – 250-nits

The Sceptre E205W-16003R gets satisfactory bright making it a great monitor for low to medium-lit rooms. It offers good reflection handling because the monitor has an anti-glare coating.


Contrast Ratio – 3000:1

The contrast ratio on this monitor is 3000:1, which can reach 100000:1, making it great for dark rooms. However, the black uniformity is not that great.

Viewing Angles

Viewing Angles (H/V) – 170°/160°

The Sceptre E205W-16003R has terrible viewing angles, so it would be tough to showcase work to a client or colleague sitting beside. Also, the vertical viewing angles are average, so mounting this monitor at a height on the wall should create a problem.

If you want an IPS monitor with better colors check out this IPS monitor from Sceptre.

Color Coverage

NTSC – 72%
sRGB – 99%

The color coverage is standard 99% sRGB on this monitor, which is excellent for viewing SDR content. It produces rich colors making the viewing experience vibrant and filled with colors.

Response Time

Response Time – 3ms

The Sceptre E205W-16003R has a 3ms GTG response time which is excellent for a cheap monitor of this price. TN panels are known for their responsiveness, and this monitor is no exception. The gaming performance on this monitor is crisp and responsive. Also, the input lag is very low.

Refresh Rate

Refresh Rate – 75Hz

The Sceptre E205W-16003R can reach the max 75Hz refresh rate, which is slightly more than 60Hz monitors. There will be some extra smoothness, which is noticeable if you are used to 60Hz monitors.


Black Frame Insertion – N/A

The Sceptre E205W-16003R does not have BFI (Black Frame Insertion).



The Sceptre E205W-16003R is not HDR certified.



It provides a consistent image quality by preventing the backlight from flickering.

Blue Light Shift

Blue Light Shift reduces the blue light emission from the screen, which causes eye strain and fatigue.

Adaptive Sync

Adaptive Sync provides a blue-free gaming experience by bridging the gap between the graphics card and the monitor’s refresh rate.

FPS & RTS Modes

FPS (First Person Shooter) and RTS (Real-Time Strategy) modes are available in the monitor’s OSD menu, which enhances the gaming experience.

Security Lock

It has a security lock that secures the monitor and prevents theft.

Built-in Speakers

This monitor has dual 2W speakers, perfect for watching videos and online meetings.


Video Inputs

2x HDMI 1.3
1x VGA

The Sceptre E205W-16003R has dual HDMI 1.3 ports and a single VGA port, which is great because getting multiple video ports, even on a cheap monitor, is priceless.

USB, Other Ports

1x 3.5mm Audio Input
1x 3.5mm Audio Output

It does not have USB ports, but you get dual 3.5mm audio ports for input and output.

That’s a Wrap!

We think the Sceptre E205W-16003R is a perfect cheap monitor. There are many shortcomings, but you should not be expecting a lot at a price lesser than $100. It is an excellent package consisting of many features, and we think there is no better and feature-rich monitor under $100 than this.

LG 29WQ500-W: Ratings


★★★☆☆ | 3.3/5

All Factors Considered


3/5 Mediocre


This monitor’s display is average, but it gets the job done.


3.3/5 Mediocre


The design is flimsy, and the build is not that great.


4/5 Good


It is a feature-rich monitor, which is this monitor’s main USP.

The Good

  • Good feature-rich monitor
  • Very low response time & input lag
  • Easy to approach price-tag

The Bad

  • Poor build quality
  • Terrible viewing angles
  • Size too small
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