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Is IPS really a must have?

#11AlleRacingPosted 5/12/2014 9:04:42 PM
TheMove2 posted...
IPS is nothing special. I have never looked at my monitor from a angle ever. If your a pc gamer the only thing that matters is 120hz or 144hz the end.


Viewing angle can matter even when looking at your monitor straight on. If you have, say, a 24" monitor 2 feet from your face, the edges of the monitor are actually at a significant angle from your center of vision. On a lot of TN panels, this causes very noticeable colour shift.

http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/viewing_angle.php

This is a pretty good way to tell how bad the colour shift is on your monitor. Each of those images should be one uniform colour. If your monitor has poor colour shift, then the colour will appear different on different sections of the monitor. This is greatly alleviated on non-TN panels.

That said, IPS panels are pretty inexpensive these days, so there's not much of a price incentive to opt for TN instead.
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#12I_Am_On_FirePosted 5/12/2014 9:27:20 PM
I use an IPS monitor, and I can honestly say I've never noticed the IPS glow in normal use. It's there when I look for it, but I've never actually seen it (and once I do, it would bother me quite a bit), even in dark areas/games/scenes/whatever.
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#13Boge(Topic Creator)Posted 5/12/2014 9:32:44 PM
I'm not a big nut about response time or latency. I don't really care for higher than 1080p or higher than 60hz. I don't want to have those higher qualities become my new standard. Then I'll have to fork up more money every upgrade just to stay at the higher framerates at the higher resolution. I also don't really care about viewing angles or color accuracy. I do care greatly about contrast. I want a wide range between BLACK and white. I'm tired of seeing these dark scenes and I can see the glowing bluish grey washout from my monitor. I want it to look clean.

Am I screwed until OLED maybe?
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#14reincarnator07Posted 5/13/2014 3:48:04 AM
TheMove2 posted...
IPS is nothing special. I have never looked at my monitor from a angle ever. If your a pc gamer the only thing that matters is 120hz or 144hz the end.


As a PC gamer, we boast nice graphics. Would be nice if the image quality also reflected that, no?
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#15WilIDearbornPosted 5/13/2014 4:23:49 AM
You should look into an MVA panel, TC.
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#16Fargoth272Posted 5/13/2014 6:25:28 AM(edited)
Boge posted...
I do care greatly about contrast. I want a wide range between BLACK and white. I'm tired of seeing these dark scenes and I can see the glowing bluish grey washout from my monitor. I want it to look clean.



You'll most likely want a nice IPS monitor. Yes, there are some glow effects in dark scenes, but the colors and definition in the black is still the best we have in the practical panels.

TN Panels are going to be washed out with terrible color reproduction.
VA Panels tend to crush blacks. The blacks will be deeper, but there is a lot less definition and it's harder to see details within the blacks.
IPS Panels tend to have the glow effect as described above.

The real question now is whether or not you can stand a glossy screen. Gloss will generally produce the best results, but if you have any light source in the room that needs to be constantly on behind you, you'll see that reflection. Non glossy screens fix this problem, but don't look quite as sharp.

If you can stand glossy I'd get something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009484

otherwise something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236309
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#17ElDudorinoPosted 5/13/2014 8:15:22 AM
I have an IPS panel at home. Already forgot which model. It definitely looks better than my old Samsung T240 (TN) but other than the viewing angles I wouldn't say it's a massive difference. Nothing to write home about, anyway.