What is an IPS Monitor?

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Are you excited to upgrade your monitor? Do you know what panel technology is suitable for you? There are different panel technologies available in the market, and you need to understand their features.

In this article, we’re going to talk about IPS monitor and how it is currently used. It is found on every technology nowadays even on your kids smart watches. We’re also going to talk about other LCD monitors. This includes TN panels and VA panels. Continue reading to further understand what panel technology suits well for you.


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What is IPS monitor?

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IPS panels are a type of LCD panel that shows high quality color and wide viewing angles. It has a wider viewing angle than other panel types. It outruns TN displays and VA monitors. VA stands for vertical alignment while TN is for twisted nematic.

IPS refers to in plane switching. Because of that, IPS display shows better image quality than TN monitors. LG monitors are also outrun by this panel type. IPS display deeper blacks and higher contrast ratio. This makes it suitable for graphics design.

If you want to upgrade your LCD panel for designing, then getting IPS monitors is perfect for you. There are also variations for IPS panels and that includes P-IPS, S-IPS, H-IPS, and e-IPS. The latest IPS panel is the PLS or plane to line switching IPS monitor.

What are the pros and cons of IPS Panels?

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When you want a professional computer screen with better image quality, IPS panels are the best. Its IPS technology is equipped with in plan switching for wider viewing angles and higher contrast ratio. IPS monitors are best for graphics design. This is also ideal for photo editing.

Best benefits you’ll get from an IPS panel

  • Enhanced display technology with its higher contrast ratio
  • Breathtaking clarity
  • High color accuracy for a more consistent color display of images and videos
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Color shifting is precise

Setbacks of IPS monitors

  • Low response time than TN panels
  • Finding an IPS monitor with higher refresh rates is challenging
  • Expensive
  • There are times you see some white glow when watching a dark content
  • Slower response times for gaming

When is it best to use IPS monitors?

Because of its in plane switching liquid crystal display, IPS monitors are ideal for works that need high color accuracy. Here are some situations where an IPS panel works best for users:

  • Photo editing
  • Video editing
  • Business presentations
  • Technology-focused works
  • Color critical work
  • Fast paced games that value image quality

IPS VS TN Panels

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When it comes to competitive gaming monitors, TN panel type is recommended. It has a higher response time than IPS display. It takes around 1 millisecond to switch from one gray pixel to another.

Faster response times lead to less delay in gaming effects and motions. Choose a TN panel with higher refresh rates, and you will have a smooth flowing gaming experience. This makes TN (twisted nematic) LCD panels great for gaming. It’s also more affordable than IPS monitors.

TN monitors also have a setback that you need to know. It has a narrow viewing angle and low color accuracy. Because of its narrow viewing angles, color consistency is compromised.

IPS VS VA Panels

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We are done comparing IPS monitors and TN panels, so let’s proceed with VA (vertical alignment) panel technology. The contrast ratio of VA monitors are higher than IPS and TN monitors. VA panels’ contrast ratio is around 2500:1 to 3000:1. More expensive VA panels display more accurate colors.

Because of this, vertical alignment monitors are good for watching movies. They are not that recommended for gaming since they have slower response time.

You will feel the delay in color shifting from darkest to brightest color. So far, the average response time for VA panels is almost the same way with IPS monitors. It takes around 4 to 5 millisecond to make that shift.

When used in face pace gaming, you will see a delay from transitioning between deep blacks to vibrant colors. That’s why FPS gamers often go for a IPS or TN monitor.

If you want better image quality at an affordable price than IPS, VA panels is a good choice. Some of these panel types offer wide color gamut. But color accuracy is not as great as IPS panels. Samsung is one known brand for producing high quality VA displays.

Most screen display used for watching movies in dark rooms are VA panels. They offer good viewing experience, almost similar with IPS. VA panels are also marketed in different names: multi domain vertical alignment (MVA), S-MVA, P-MVA, and advanced MVA.

Can the Type of LCD Panel Affect Viewing Performance?

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Absolutely! The panel technology you are using can impact your viewing experience. Here are the screen attributes that influence viewing performance:

  • Contrast ratio
  • Refresh rate
  • Viewing angles
  • Screen size
  • Color shifting speed
  • Resolution
  • Color display

As discussed above, you will experience different level of viewing using different panel technologies. That’s because of the different properties of IPS, TN, and VA panels. It depends on your priority in choosing the right panel technology that fits your needs.


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There’s no doubt that IPS monitors deliver wide viewing angles at 178 degrees for both vertical and horizontal perspectives. Because of their accurate color display, professionals in the design industry prefer this panel type. Some of these professionals are engineers, architects, graphic designers, photographers, and video editors.

IPS panel technology is expensive but for premium image quality. Even if it has slower response times, there are some IPS having higher refresh rates. This is challenging to find, yet it’s present in the market.

IPS panel technology offers wide viewing angles with high color consistency. It is mostly used in sport devices like kids sport watches. That means you can expect consistent color display at different angles. This is truly amazing for all users who value quality viewing.

In case you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. We are more than happy to answer your questions about IPS panels. We can also help understand the pros and cons of LCD and OLED display. You can check our website for other blogs related to kids smartwatches.