Was looking for a 27" LED monitor. After seting my price point this TV came up in the mix,
actually below my max price...
After reading about the various features, it got my attention, especially the 32" size!
So I started reading the reviews. Have purchased many items from Amazon with great savings
most of the time but I've also learned that when I need to return something, generally any
savings I've gained is lost in the return shipping costs. So, the idea of purchasing from Walmart
and pikcing up at local store was appealing. First, my guess is that Walmart ships in their own
trucks so the probability of a damaged TV would be significantly reduced and if there was a
problem I could quickly return it to their local store. After adding all the costs including the
additional 3 year warranty, reading the many positive reviews and thinking about the option
of a 32" screen, I decided to try it! Buy the way most all of the neg reviews were regarding the
sound, my experience with flat screens as TV's or monitors has always been lousy sound. For me
it's a no brainer, if you want good sound you always need to add external speakers.
The TV arrived early, Walmart was right on top of things with their notifications, both by e-mail
and phone message. When I went to the store for pick-up the the young man working in the
Walmart.com department was courteous and enthusiastic about my purchase ( was fun to talk to!).
When he brought out the box I looked at it very carefully, ther was no damage or scratches but the box was tagged with a Walmart sticker with my name on it. So, my guess was correct, it had been shipped and handled carefully by Walmart.
When I got home, opened the box and removed the TV I was impressed by the general look of the unit, small edges, gloss black and extreme "thin" look. Looks just like monitor not a TV! I removed
my 22" monitor and connected up the Sceptre (2 cables- power & VGA), activated the remote and
I had a new monitor... Including attaching the stand, removing the clear film and the energy/LED
stickers, adding the included batteries to the remote and actually hooking up the cables took about 5 minutes! When I fired up the TV and went through the menu I found directions to adjust the
brightness (if I desired) because the Sceptre has a default energy savings setting. I followed the easy directions and when my Windows screen came up I was totally blown away! An absolutely
clear, bright picture (clean bright whites/deep dark blacks), no bleeding edges and NO pixel issues.
I checked the resolution screen settings and started using my new monitor. Setting this up was
every bit as easy as the Acer monitor I was replacing.
It's beautiful on my deck top, the HUGE picture is totally awsome, the colors are vibrant and the
picture clarity when doing publishing work is mind blowing. Easy on my eyes, no choppiness with letters or numbers and beautiful colors (not studio/high res clarity) but at this price point I'm
Up-date: It's been a few weeks since I first installed the Sceptre, have now had the opportunity to
use it for many different projects as well as watching a few movies and shows from Hulu.
When watching movies the native resolution is great for this size screen and I'm able to use all the "real estate"( screen size) without the black borders either top & bottom or side to side.
The refresh rate is not as perfect as the $300-500 monitors with their 2-3 ms rates but it's fantastic for everything but the fastest stop & go movements or super fast action. To be quite honest I'm really shocked how good the "shadowing" or lack of is with the Sceptres refresh rate.
I have not had to do any adjusting on color or contrast, this is a first! I've always had to make adjustments on monitors I've purchased. The "out of the box" factory settings have been pleasant
and easy to live with since the first minute I turned on the TV! As I stated earlier in my review;
sound is not an issue for me, its simple, attach this unit to a set of computer monitor speakers with a little sub and you've got a great set up with an absolutely stunning picture.
Recap: With Walmarts extended warranty combined with Septres 1 yr warranty I've got a full 4 years of protection, what a deal! I've got a HUGE monitor with a stunning picture and optical clarity, superb brightness and contrast, easy to use remote and still no pixel issues...
It's beautuful to look at on my desk top and a "free" HD LED TV to boot!
All this for a price point under $240, Sceptre has out done themselves on this one. I would definitely recommend this TV/monitor to anyone, especially in this price range. In my opinion
the Sceptre without question stands head & shoulders above any competitors in this price category.
As usual Walmarts handling of the shipping & delivery was terriffic!
It's nice to feel good about a buying choice especially when it turns out to be such a terriffic deal!
I hope you enjoy yours as much as I'm enjoying mine!
Hope this helps you make your buying decision...
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