An LCD monitor for photo processing
An LCD monitor for photo processing
I have always been a die hard fan of CRT monitors from the very beginning when it comes to Graphic Designing, Video Editing and Photo post processing. In last 7-8 years I compared and tested color accuracy of CRTs and LCDs and every time CRT wins. But lately I realized that CRT monitors consumes double energy and extra space on our desks. So I decided to migrate towards LCD monitor, and my research started. In the course of my hunt for perfect LCD monitor I learned lots of technical jargon related to LCDs.
The worst and frustrating thing in the whole process was to explain “What is an IPS Panel monitor ?” to the local dealers of my city Indore, India.
Finally I gave up and ordered my Dell Ultrasharp U2311H monitor
In the end found a good monitor so I thought I should share some of my experiences you guys.
Different LCD Panels
Commonly there are three types of LCD panel monitors available in the market. They are TN (Twisted Nematic), IPS (In Plane Switching) and VA (Vertical Alignment).
Most of the consumer monitors are TN Panel.
TN Panel are low cost and best selling LCD monitors. They offers worst viewing angles, contrast ratio and color accuracy. While IPS and VA Panels are 8 bit, TN Panels are just 6 bit and that’s why they do not display 16.7 million colors of 24 bit true value colors.
1. Low Cost
3. Easily Available across all the brands
4. Best for home users and gamers
1. Poor Color Accuracy
2. Limited viewing angle
3. Not for Professional work
VA ( Vertical Alignment) Panels
VA panels can be found easily compared to IPS. They are superior in terms of quality than TN Panels and cheaper compared to IPS panels.
VA panels falls between TN and IPS panels in terms of price and technology. It offers superior contrast ratio and color reproduction than TN Panels but inferior than IPS panels. Though companies claims that VA Panels are as good as IPS panels but its not true. Thats why they fall somewhere between VA and IPS panels. When it comes to response time and viewing angles VA panels are far more inferior than both TN and IPS panels. The only feature that give VA panels an edge over other two panels is its contrast ratio.
When it comes to graphic designing, photo post processing or any other work that requires color accuracy, better viewing angles, better contrast ratios an IPS Panel monitor comes to our rescue. IPS panel offers best viewing angles in LCD monitors. But consumer has to pay a handful of money to get an IPS panel LCD monitor, yes IPS panel monitor’s price is almost double compared to TN Panel monitors. But these monitors are worth that price.
Only few players in the business manufactures and sells these monitors.
I bought a Dell Ultrasharp U2311 H monitor and I am quite happy with it.
Here’s the list of some IPS Panel monitors of different brands.
Apple Cinema Displays
Apple LED Cinema Displays
Dell Ultrasharp monitors
Eizo, NEC, Planar, AOC etc., also manufactures some IPS Panel LCD monitors.
Hope you like it. I will try to write and share a detailed review of my new monitor very soon.
Photo credits: Faizan Khan.
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