I was just about to buy a 22" Samsung 226BW when I saw the 24" SCEPTRE X24WG go for just about the same price. I can't find any reviews on it anywhere and wondered if anyone had tested one?
Though I have not used this product myself, I found some user reviews on the product from tigerdirect.com:
REVIEW BY: kaz Reviewed Jan 06, 2008 What can I say other than this is a killer monitor for the price REVIEW BY: kenny Reviewed Jan 04, 2008 I have owned this monitor for about 5 hours, so this is a report of initial satisfaction. It is bright, crisp, and has good HD (1080p +) performance (tested on an Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive). I have also tested it with oblivion, fear, prey, and CS source at native resolution (1920x1200) and see no ghosting or lag related to the monitor. It arrived with NO DEAD PIXLES! Overall this monitor lives up to all of my expectations for a low price that IMHO makes this monitor a great in initial quality. Peace, Ken REVIEW BY: Ais Reviewed Dec 31, 2007 Im a Tiger (The Falls) Employee and that monitor is the best, if you really look at the specs its the exact same specs of the 24'' Samsung. LOWER PRICES. I got the Sceptre and its BIG AND NICE 1080p you can go wrong. NO DEAD PIXELS. I put a Bose sound system with it and my Gateway GM5474 (good video card). GREAT PERFOMANCE. DVI rather than the VGA. TIGER ROCKS. REVIEW BY: meatmallet Reviewed Dec 30, 2007 I bought this monitor to replace my Sceptre 19 inch and wow what a difference. My only let down was now integrated speakers. The performance and refresh are amazing!!! Another great Tiger Direct buy!!! REVIEW BY: Reviewed Dec 26, 2007 I received this monitor Christmas Eve (6 days late thanks UPS). With DCR on it was quite bright (have to get use to it). Going from a 19'' CRT this thing is AWESOME. My only complaint is a High Definition Monitor that doesn't come with a DVI Cable is ridicules. Wish I would have known because I would have ordered one with the monitor. Crysis and TimeShift are AWESOME at the 1920 X 1200 resolution, great response and playability. No DEAD PIXELS. Giving it a “4” rating due to the lack of a DVI Cable. REVIEW BY: midias Reviewed Dec 25, 2007 Good monitor great price. Looked bit washed out until I turned on DCR works awesome at 1680X1050 and 1920x1200. Spent a little time playing with the settings with my video card works great now. I would suggest using DVI over Analog Pros Good Price, Huge, Nice picture, no dead pixels. Cons Bad speakers base a bit wobbly and no DVI cable included. Overall I would buy another. REVIEW BY: Chaos Reviewed Dec 24, 2007 i bought this monitor because i wanted 1080p. and 24'' was the smallest monitor they made with 1080p. i gotta say, i am NOT regretting it. this thing has better color than my laptop screen (which i have it running through until i get my computer fully built in 2 days) the brightness is amazing, the quality is amazing, theres really nothing bad i can say about this monitor. theres about 9 dead pixels on my screen, but i really dont care. they're so small because its such a huge monitor that you cant see them unless you're really looking hard.overall, i'd give this monitor a 10/10 if i could, but the rating only goes up to 5! REVIEW BY: chip Reviewed Dec 17, 2007 I have nothing bad to say about this product. This is my fifth Sceptre monitor and have been using Sceptres since 2001. The color is not ''washed'' out and detail is very nice. The low-end price does not reflect a low-end product, as I will put these up against Viewsonics or NEC's any day. REVIEW BY: Reviewed Dec 16, 2007 This is a great monitor. Bright, excellent color and easy to set-up with no dead pixels. I didn't see any signs of flicker (60HZ means nothing on an LCD monitor). Works very well in games and it's awesome playing in wide screen. You can't beat this monitor for the price! REVIEW BY: Reviewed Dec 15, 2007 This monitor has the best picture (by far) of any LCD monitor I've ever seen. I put it side-by-side with the Acer 22'' sold on this site, and the clarity and contrast immediately stood-out as FAR better. SPECIAL NOTE: This monitor caused eye-strain and was not spectacular UNTIL I discovered a feature in the menus called ''DCR''. TURN DCR ON! One last note, the speakers are medeocre. Tin-can sounding and high pitched. However for my tastes, I've never had speakers in an LCD Monitor that lived-up to my needs. Quality is extremely high, My only reason for a lest than perfect rating is the speakers. REVIEW BY: Tv1105 Reviewed Dec 14, 2007 This monitor is awesome, you dont realize how big a 24'' monitor is till it is in front of your face, its ginormous, has a quality base, packaged very well. love it REVIEW BY: Reviewed Dec 12, 2007 I just bought this LCD despite the negative reviews because I wanted to see for myself. I couldn't have been happier with my decision. If you set up the monitor with a good DVI card that can handle 1900 x 1200 resolution, then this monitor PERFORMS!! I play games and set my games resolutions to 1900 x 1200 and all is well. Very bright (especially with DRC turned on) and colorful. 24'' is freakin' HUGE! ZERO DEAD PIXELS! (WTG Spectre!). Awesome, awesome monitor. I will buy another one soon for my girlfriend's PC. Asked about the limited exchange, it's 30 days ''store credit'' or full refund minus shipping. Not bad! REVIEW BY: Chuckles Reviewed Dec 06, 2007 Bought it because of the price/size....however, I'm actually regretting it...yes it is BIG, but the color looks a bit washed out as the previous poster noted and it only has a max 60MHz refresh rate...noticeable eyestrain...who cares about big if you can't look at it for very long? :-( . . . I'd take it back if I could, but remember ''This Product Has Limited Exchange Privileges.''...so know what you are getting into... REVIEW BY: CGFSD Reviewed Dec 04, 2007 For the money it is a decent monitor. Average controls, average construction. The color seems a bit washed out but overall a decent monitor for the price. You get what you pay for.
The only problem is that it's most likely a TN panel. It most likely is if you look at the viewing angle and response time.
The thing is, the 22" is TN too, as are most, so that's not the tradeoff. IMO the main tradeoff would probably be color quality, black levels, etc, vs the 22" Samsung. Here are the Newegg reviews on it: [COLOR=blue]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16824112011[/COLOR] Here's a fairly unique pespective on it from a competetive gamer who sampled it for a few hours: [COLOR=blue]http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=26130769[/COLOR] It looks to me like it's strong points are minmal input lag and quick response. If you game competetively that could be very important to you. If you're looking for a multipurpose display you could likely do better, but at a higher price.
I have the Sceptre X20WG (20.1"), and its a great monitor. I would recommend it to anybody.
Its very bright, colors are very vibrant and stand out, blacks look black, DVI or VGA input, and a 5 or 8ms response time (can't remember for sure at the moment). The only downside is the very narrow vertical viewing angle, everything else is great.
It has very good specs., I say go for it.
Here's a cool wiki to wide-screen monitors if anyone needs it. Master Monitors List - WSGFWiki
Thank you all for the feedback. I will use the monitor mostly for playing games (I've got the 47" LCD for watching dvd's) and will never be more than 2-3 feet from the screen. What's most important to me is response time and details. While there are several better 24" monitors at twice the price, the 226BW is one of the best in the 22" category. So, top 22" or "great for the price" 24"? I think Best Buy has both of them on display... must see for myself!
Nope, Best Buy doesn't carry Sceptre... Oh well!:(
I decided to stick with the tested and proven 226BW, partly for that reason and partly because the 24" would take too much space on my tiny "play" desk.