TN vs. IPS vs. VA
Which panel is the better choice?
TN Panel
Short for “Twisted-Nematic”, TN is the most commonly available panel type used in monitors. In addition to high performance, TN panels are cheap to develop and manufacture, making it easy to mass-produce. With response delays as little as 0.5ms and refresh rates as high as 360Hz, TN panels are a go-to for competitive gaming and e-sports.
  • Lower Costs
  • Very high performance (As little as 0.5ms delay & refresh rates up to 360Hz)
  • Poor viewing angles
  • Weaker contrast when compared to other panels
IPS Panel
Short for “In-Plane Switching”, IPS panels are a common-ground in devices, which can take advantage of vibrant colours offered by this panel type, such as TVs and smartphones. Nonetheless, IPS panels are very popular in photo and video editing due to its greater colour gamut coverage. Typically, IPS panels tend to cost more than other panels, but its advantages justify the cost.
  • Wider colour gamut coverage
  • Spectacular viewing angles with no colour degradation (up to 178˚)
  • Higher costs
  • Occasional backlight issues on some monitors
VA Panel
Short for “Vertical Alignment”, VA panels unintentionally became a compromise option between IPS and TN panels. VA panels provide a greater contrast and colour depth than any other option, but with higher refresh rates, it is not uncommon to see motion blur and ghosting appear.
  • Great middle ground between quality and performance
  • Deep contrast and colour depth
  • Some monitors have issues with ghosting and motion blur