I was browsing on the internet searching for a 24 inch lcd monitor and was hit by a wave of lcd monitors related technical jargons. Of particular interest was the lcd panel type and I wasn’t convinced to buy one until I know what that is. Do you know that there are 3 LCD panels types these days?
In Plane Switching (IPS)
A technique of improving the viewing angle of an LCD where the liquid crystal molecules are switched in the plane of the LCD layer rather than vertical to it. S-IPS/H-IPS panels are generally considered the best all around panel type, but they are more expensive and very few are made. High end, expensive.
Vertical Alignment (VA)
S-PVA/MVA panels offer better color reproduction and viewing angles than TN panels, have slightly worse response times than TN or S-IPS, offer the best contrast ratios, may suffer from color shifting or input lag and have higher availability than S-IPS panels. Mid range, fair price.
Twisted Nematic (TN)
TN panels are very cheap and have the fastest response times, but suffer from inferior color reproduction, contrast ratios and viewing angles. Low end, inexpensive and most commonly used due to its price and response time.