Is IPS Worth It for Gaming and Other Graphical Tasks?

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Is IPS Worth It

1. Backlighting Issues Addressed

IPS panels have outgrown their past limitations. The latest updates even make it a desirable choice for gaming.

They used to have a terrible problem with light bleeding. The reason why IPS displays are more colorful and vivid than TN and VA panels is because more light shines through to illuminate the pixels, especially around the edges of the screen. “IPS glow” was mostly apparent during dark scenes in a movie or video game in darkly lit environments.

Improved manufacturing has largely eliminated this issue. Better materials layered to create the panel allow light to pass through more consistently. IPS monitors aren’t just a more viable display choice for gaming. But provide sharper, clearer images for activities like photo and video editing.

2. Impressively Quick Response Time

IPS displays have long been regarded as the panel of choice for non-gamers. The slow response times, high input lag and backlighting issues were not ideal for any kind high FPS (frames-per-second) gaming.

In recent past, this technology had some of the longest response times of all panel types; up to an 8ms response time. Sometimes more.  That’s why they were mostly marketed to users for whom screen response time wasn’t that big a deal.

But today, top range IPS displays on premium gaming laptops and monitors can have as little as a 1ms response time. Even FPS gamers can take advantage of all that IPS monitors have to offer like color accuracy and wide viewing angles. Today, the typical IPS display averages a 4ms response time, which is a lot closer to the TN panel’s 1ms response time. Most IPS panels designed for gaming offer at least a 4ms response time with input lag of less than 16ms, which is ideal for gaming.

Is response time really that big a deal for gaming? Yes. A 5 to 1ms response time may not seem like that big a deal. But for fast paced FPS games like Fortnite, Overwatch and CS:Go where accuracy is important. There’s a huge difference.

3. Higher Refresh Rates

Equally important for a gaming laptop display is the refresh rate. To make fluid motion of game characters possible, the screen redraws pictures many times per second. How often the screen can redraw itself is the refresh rate, measured in Hz (hertz).

With a focus on faithful color reproduction, the ability to see what’s on the screen no matter what angle your viewing it from and having a wide spectrum of colors with which to reproduce images. Display featuring an IPS panel were slower than even the cheaper TN and VA screens. This is why many gamers favored displays featuring a TN panel since it prioritized speed.

But as display technology evolve, IPS displays continue to close the gap in speed performance benchmarks. Now we have IPS displays that can offer a 240Hz+ refresh rate, even in gaming laptops. Thanks to technologies like Over Drive and MPRT and a low 1ms response time. And you’ve got an incredibly responsive display complete with a high color fidelity.

Gaming laptop displays with a refresh rate up to 300Hz are cropping up more and more. This is all thanks to the latest dedicated graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia.

4. Superb Viewing Angles

We keep talking about the wide viewing angles of an IPS display because this was (and still is) one of its major selling points. Wide viewing angles mean that no matter how you’re positioned in front of an IPS screen, you’ll be able to see things clearly as if you were sitting directly in front of it. This has huge incentives when it comes to collaboration in work, school and leisure settings.

Just how wide are these viewing angles? 178 degrees. And that’s without the color shifting you get with other panel types. LED monitors guarantee a bright screen from every angle. But colors accuracy isn’t nearly as close from every corner as it is with an IPS panel.

This is where IPS displays stand head and shoulders above most panel types. You get a 178-degree viewing on both the vertical and horizontal axis. That means you also get consistent brightness levels looking at the display even from extremely low viewing angles. Without a distortion in image quality.

5. Wide Color Gamut

Color gamut is not the same thing as the resolution of a screen. The way a color is represented and how it differs from laptop screen to laptop screen is directly influenced by the color gamut. Color gamut refers to the range of colors a screen can display within the spectrum of colors.

In the technological space, the colors you see are the product of a mixture of other colors. Rather than a color being produced on its own. Common color standards when we talk about displays include sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3. IPS panels have a wide color gamut of at least 95% of the Adobe RGB or DCI-P3, LED lighting.

6. More Efficient Power Consumption

IPS displays deliver spectacular image quality. But this results in a higher power consumption to illuminate all those pixels compared to a TN or VA panel. Typically, an IPS display only requires marginally more power than a TN or VA panel display.

7. Significantly Reduced Price

Sticker shock. IPS panels of old were expensive, making them less than ideal for the average user. Unless of course you just felt like splurging. But the growing demand for quality displays led to improved manufacturing. Thereby reducing the cost of IPS panel displays to the cost of LCD displays.