LCD panels all use active matrix technology (passive matrix is used in small applications like watches). Below is a list of active matrix technology LCD panel types in mass production today.
TN (Twisted Nematic)
The lowest cost and most widely sold LCD panel type. TN panels have fast response times (2ms-5ms typical). Color reproduction and contrast ratios of TN panels are not as good as VA or IPS panels. TN panels only produce 6-bit color. TN panels attempt to produce 8-bit color using a process called dithering. For watching the markets, however, they work fine. The monitors we offer are TN monitors.
VA (Vertical Alignment)
These monitors offer better color reproduction and wider viewing angles than TN panels, but have slower response times. Uninformed buyers often mistake the somewhat slower response times of the VA monitors for inferiority to the faster (TN) monitors. Color reproduction is much better, blacks are blacker, and they have higher contrast ratios then TN panels. We do not offer VA panels because of their limited side angle viewing quality. When you have a lot of monitors, you are rarely looking directly at them all at once.
IPS (In Plane Switching)
These are the best of LCD monitors. Prices for these monitors are at least 50% higher and may be over 300% higher for larger sizes. Color accuracy is very impressive and the side viewing angle quality is excellent. The response times are slower than TN monitors (typically more than 6ms). Many are too slow for gaming purposes. IPS panels also consume more power than TN or VA panels. The big advantage for IPS monitors is color quality. For traders the TN monitors produce more than adequate color quality for your charts. If you use your computer for graphic design work or watching movies then the IPS panel may be a better choice.
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