This comparison will be split into 3 parts. View angle, Colour, and Refresh Rate. This guide aims to help you guys to pick which monitor suits you best. TN or Twisted Nematic panels were the first LCD panel that was designed to replace the ageing CRT monitor era. They suffered from limited viewing angles, thus causing colour distortion or fade washed out look if viewed from extreme angles. They have limited colour gamut range (example NTSC/Adobe RGB) which is not good for those who are into photography, videography and people who depend on wider colour gamut for their work. However they are cheaper to get especially for gaming.
VA or Vertical Alignment panels is a balance between TN and IPS panels. It has more advantages over TN panels than IPS, with better colour reproduction but doesn’t wider colour gamut like IPS, better viewing angles compared to TN and somewhat close to IPS.
IPS or In-Plane Switching panel was created to solve TN panel’s hiccups. It provides the best viewing angle and colour reproduction. They offer a higher contrast ratio, better blacks, high colour accuracy and wider colour gamut. Usually use by photographers, videographers and designers as colour is the primary focus. There is basic IPS monitor that is affordable and also professional grade ones that cater to profession due to its wider colour properties which can be pricey.
The one thing I haven’t mention is refresh rate. In the past TN is known for its high refresh rate and IPS is the big time loser in that department. Now IPS monitor is capable of going beyond the 60Hz limit and be capable for gaming. Based on 144HZmonitors.com at this time of writing, IPS max reach is 165Hz, VA at 200Hz and TN still the refresh rate king at 240Hz.
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