Why Go for an In-Plane Switching (IPS) Monitor



The in-plane switching technology was created for designing screens for

liquid crystal displays and solve limitations of matrix LCD’s. With In-

plane switching technology the crystals in the LCD screen are aligned

horizontally instead of vertically within a lateral electric field. These

panels provide superior image quality along with wide viewing angles of

around 178 degrees. This quality makes them well suited for graphics design

applications as they require accurate color reproduction. Though

traditional LCD monitors are cheaper than IPS ones the latter are preferred

due to superior technology which gives better color display and viewing

angles. In recent years this technology has improved further and

manufacturers are producing superior IPS panels which respond faster and

also provide better contrast when compared to previous IPS variety.

Closeup of monitor

Closeup of monitor

Why In-Plane Switching monitor is superior to TN TFT LCD monitors

The commonly used Twisted Nematic monitors use common LCD display with fast

response images and almost negligent ghosting during sports or playing

video games. The viewing angles of this technology are its only drawback as

images viewed at vertical angles are unclear and veer at extreme angles. As

Twisted Nematic can only display 70 percent of 24 color bit available in

graphic cards, the viewers are unable to enjoy full gamut of colors.

Creative professionals that depend on accurate displays for their creations

have to work on superior quality TN panels for better contrast and color

representation. The alignment of molecules in the liquid crystals of TN

diminishes color definition, contrast and brightness.

IPS display system was created to get rid of the flaws of TN screens with

regard to viewing angles and color reproduction. The early IPS panels

altered pixel direction within the display system by keeping them in

parallel instead of perpendicular to provide better viewing angle.


The biggest drawback of IPS displays is that their pixel response time is

slower than TN screen that occasionally leads to ghosting and blurry

images. IPS screens have superior display as it applies two transistors for

every pixel which increases transparent area of display. Due to this

technology IPS panels consume more electricity and are not used much in

regular laptops as it will increase battery consumption.


Improvements made in IPS technology

Since it was first introduced in 1996, IPS has undergone several changes

and technology has improved at a fast pace. Now transparent electrodes are

used which consume less power and produce smooth pixels for clear and crisp

images which can be viewed from all angles. The latest improvement is IPS-

Pro which is a highly advanced technique producing crystal clear images

that are required in professional settings like architecture, engineering

and medical fields. In fields like medical imagery and heavy engineering

where clarity of images is very critical this technology provides the right

contrast and colors.


An IPS monitor may be expensive but its superior viewing technology is

critical for certain applications. Due to cost challenges the demand for

IPS screens is limited to professionals in the fields of engineering,

medicine, graphic design, fashion industry and also in small screens like

mobile phones and hand-held cameras.