Menu, PiP & Viewing Angle
The Sceptre user menu is pretty basic. It's not the sleekest looking and uses low resolution images, but it is easy to navigate and use. The menu has different options depending on the input selected. First are the VGA menu options.
The geometry menu allows you to auto-adjust geometry or manually edit the horizontal and vertical position, and has the clock and phase options for the input. The next screen is the picture menu which only allows you to change the contrast and color temp. Third is the audio menu with the basic sound options, for use when you connect your computer to the pc audio in on the set. Last is the system menu which has the language and lamp options.
The lamp option is pretty unique to this set. It allows you to adjust the output (power) of the backlight lamp. The default was set at 4, but we found this to be way too bright. The lamp was adjusted to 0, even at that setting providing plenty of brightness. Even after turning down the lamp, we had to lower the brightness and contrast. Turning down the lamp setting will provide longer lamp life and lower energy usage. We recommend having this at 0 unless you are using the set in a sunny or bright room.
For adjusting the component inputs, the first menu screen is the video settings. Here you can adjust the contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, and tint. The next menu screen is the advanced settings, with color "improvement" options such as vivid color, skin tone, green, and blue. We turned all of these off or to normal. There were also gamma options. Next was the same audio menu. The last menu was the system menu, again having the same options as previous menu.
Here is an example of the vivid color option. We found setting this option to off, provided more realistic looking colors.
Pressing the PIP source button on the remote opens a small window in the top left corner. Pressing it again will flip through the different sources and the off setting. There is a limitation on that when you're viewing certain sources (VGA, DVI, HDMI, and Component) you are only able to view the analog inputs (AV1, AV2, and Cable) in the PIP window. When viewing an analog source, you can select Component, ATSC tuner, HDMI, HDCP, DVI, and VGA. You can also select three different sizes for the PIP window using the SIZE button, shown above is the small and large sizes. The POS button changes the position of the window to one of the four corners of the display. You can also swap the video and sound between the main window and PIP window.
Next we tested the viewing angle of the TV. The specifications list 170 degree L/R and U/P viewing angle. Below are the shots we took to show you what the viewing angle is like.
The first picture is a close up of the straight view of the display. The second shows the display from about a 45 degree side angle. The third shows the screen from the edge of the display. We were impressed with the side viewing angle of the set. Only slight changes in color and brightness were noticed when moving more to the side of the display.
Next we looked at the vertical viewing angle. First was a 45 degree angle from the top, then an almost straight down view from the top, and last the view from under the set. Again, we were very impressed with the viewing angle offered by this display. There was little change in the quality when changing your view.