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QOTW: Monitor tech: IPS, TN or VA?

by Parm Mann on 11 September 2020, 16:31

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There are plenty of points to consider when choosing a monitor. Screen size, resolution, refresh rate, curved or flat and adaptive framerate synchronisation are just some of the variables to contemplate, but there's also the important matter of display tech.

IPS (in-plane switching), TN (twisted nematic) and VA (vertical alignment) are the primary choices available today, and each offers a unique set of characteristics suited to certain usage scenarios. An argument can be made for any of the three, but which do you favour?

Let us know your pick, and your reasoning, using the comments facility below.

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I can only consider IPS. The False colours you get with all TN screens when viewing off center is really off putting. I believe VA monitors have the same problem but when viewing them directly on. I simply don't want the colours to change when the angle changes. The only downside is the pinky purply effect you get when they are very dark but that's nowhere near as distracting.

I'm waiting till prices of a 27" freesync 2560x1440 IPS 75 or more hz monitor are more reasonable then I'll probably get another screen :-S
OLED, obviously. Apart from the price.
OLED, obviously. Apart from the price.

Heh forgot that one.
I have the Viewsonic XG2703-GS for the last 3 years, my first IPS (AHVA - AU Optronics version of IPS) and love it. It's been a butter smooth, vibrant and rich colored experience. 1440p@165hz in OC mode, or 144hz in stock with Gsync has been a brilliant gaming time of it. This monitor is pre-HDR generation, but the richness of color saturation of an IPS panel really holds it's own well.
I dell s2716dg, TN 144HZ 1440p and like it, have used IPS (older tech) and didn't like the light bleed. Modern tech appears to reduce/get rid of this, so may jump if either this one dies or if an unmissable bargain appears.