There are also speakers embedded in the back of the monitor. As a result, depending on where you mount the display, the speakers could be almost flush against the wall. You can adjust the volume from the OSD controls.
Image quality was excellent when looking head-on at the Sceptre. Colors were bright and vivid with no ghosting, streaking or blur. That carried through to both graphics and video out to about 45 degrees from center. Just before you hit 90 degrees, the colors begin to frost just a bit. There's no glazing or smearing that obscures the on-screen images, just lackluster color.
Would I buy this Sceptre monitor? In a New York minute, especially if I had a smaller display and wanted a larger replacement at a low cost. Sceptre's X270W-1080P is an excellent mainstream LCD that will handle gaming and video without breaking the bank.
Of the three 27-inch monitors reviewed here, my personal choice would be Dell's UltraSharp U2711 -- largely because of the built-in HDTV tuner, which would work nicely for an office display that could also be used for occasional entertainment.
On the other hand, if I wanted a monitor that would be used predominantly for watching DVDs and other video -- and if I couldn't quite stretch my budget to handle the Dell -- the Samsung P2770HD's excellent video quality would be a tie-breaker.
And finally, if I had any kids going off to college, they'd be packing Sceptre's X270W-1080P in the back of the eco-friendly car. It's more than adequate for the typical dorm room gaming and work scenario while being inexpensive enough to easily replace should an errant beer can contact the screen.
Bill O'Brien has written a half-dozen books on computers and technology. He has also written articles on topics ranging from Apple computers to PCs to Linux to commentary on IT hardware decisions.