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IPS Monitor List: AHVA, PLS and IPS LCD Panels

IPS Logo for In-Plane Switching LCD TechnologyI'm often asked for a recommendation on what type or brand of LCD monitor offers the best picture quality, to which I usually suggest a display model that's manufactured using In-Plane Switching panel technology. IPS monitors are known for providing superior color accuracy, better image consistency, and wider viewing angles than the more commonly found TN (Twisted Nematic) panels. This list goes a bit further and compiles most, if not all, of the S-IPS, AH-IPS, e-IPS and other panel variations that use In-Plane Switching that are currently being used for LCD monitors and available on the retail market, including proprietary "IPS-like" panels from AUO (AHVA) and Samsung (PLS).

This list is sortable; it can be arranged (in ascending or descending order) by Size, Resolution, Model, or Price. The default sorting is alphabetical by manufacturer. Updates will be made when newer models are introduced or older models are discontinued, replaced by newer models, or no longer available from retail outlets. Models that have been recently added to the list are marked with a NEW tag. Once a display has been discontinued by the manufacturer and production has ceased it will be removed from the list. For more information about In-Plane Switching read LCD Panel Technology Explained, which covers the main LCD panel types and advantages provided by LCDs that make use of this technology. Check back frequently for updates so you can find the best IPS monitor that meets your requirements.

IPS Recommendations for All Budgets

Small Budget
Acer R240HY
Acer R240HY: Cheap IPS Monitor

23.8" IPS Under $130
Medium Budget
Asus MX27AQ
ASUS MX27AQ: 27-Inch WQHD Monitor with AH-IPS Panel

27" AH-IPS, 2560 x 1440
Large Budget
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q
Best IPS based gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate (can be overclocked to 165Hz), no lag, ULMB and G-sync support

165Hz AHVA with G-sync & ULMB
Display Model Size Resolution Price Notes
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Acer B276HK
Acer B276HK: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $400 4K IPS monitor with matte AG coating, 1.07 billion color support, 100% sRGB color space, and 5-port USB 3.0 hub.
Acer B276HUL
Acer B276HU: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1400 $400 AHVA panel, no PWM (flicker-free)
Acer B326HK
Acer B326HK: IPS Review List
32" 3840 x 2160 $830 Anti-glare screen coating
Acer G246HYL
Acer G246HYL: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $160 MHL support, LED backlit
Acer G257HL
Acer G257HL: IPS Review List
25" 1920 x 1080 $150
Acer G257HU
Acer G257HU: IPS Review List
25" 2560 x 1440 $260 8-bit IPS panel with 4ms g2g response time
Acer H226HQL bid
Acer H226HQL bid: IPS Review List
22" 1920 x 1080 $120 Cheap e-IPS monitor with glossy screen coating and PWM not used for backlight dimming (using PWM can cause screen flicker).
Acer H236HL bid
Acer H236HL bid: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $150 Very thin bezel, 6-bit and glossy
Acer H257HU smidpx NEW
Acer H257HU smidpx: IPS Review List
25" 2560 x 1440 $300 Matte anti-glare coating, 4ms response time, WQHD, 16.7 million color support, zero frame design
Acer H276HL
Acer H276HL: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $200 Glossy screen surface
Acer H277H smidx NEW
Acer H277H smidx: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $260 Matte anti-glare coating, 4ms response time, 250 Nit brightness
Acer KN242HYL
Acer KN242HYL: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $130 60Hz, 4ms response time
Acer K272HUL
Acer K272HUL: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $400 AHVA panel with semi-glossy AG coating and flicker-free (no PWM).
Acer Predator XB271HK
Acer XB271HK: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $850 AU Optronics AHVA panel, G-sync support, 10-bit color depth, low lag/fast response times optimized for high resolution gaming
Acer Predator X34
Acer Predator X34: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $1,400 AH-IPS, 60Hz refresh rate (can be overclocked up to 100Hz in UI), G-Sync, flicker-free
Acer R240HY bidx NEW
Acer R240HY bidx: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $130 Matte anti-glare coating, 4ms response time
Acer T272HUL
Acer T272HUL: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $900 1.07 billion color support, IPS touch screen display
Acer XB270HU
Acer XB270HU: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $800 144 Hz refresh rate, ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) mode, G-Sync support, fast 4ms response time, light matte AG coating, virtually no input lag and zero PWM. First IPS-type (AHVA) monitor with a blur reduction system (strobing backlight) designed to compete with the quickest TN displays for fast paced gaming.
Acer XB271HU NEW
Acer XB271HU: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $750 AHVA technology with 165Hz refresh rate, flicker-free LED backlight, true 8-bit color (no dithering), supports G-SYNC and ULMB when used with a compatible Nvidia GPU.
Acer XB321HK
Acer XB321HK: IPS Review List
32" 3840 x 2160 $1,200 4K IPS type gaming display, G-Sync support, 4ms response time, flicker-free
Acer XR341CK
Acer XR341CK: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $1,100 Curved AH-IPS, FreeSync support (23-80 Hz), 21:9 aspect ratio
AOC Agon AG271QG NEW
AOC Agon AG271QG: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $750 True 8-bit AHVA panel with 165Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC support.
AOC i2267fw
AOC i2267fw: IPS Review List
21.5" 1920 x 1080 $120 AH-IPS Panel, LED backlight
AOC i2367Fh
AOC i2367Fh: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $150 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching LCD panel
AOC I2481FXH
AOC I2481FXH: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $250 AH-IPS, 6-bit + FRC
AOC I2757FH NEW
AOC I2757FH: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $270 MHL support, 5 ms response time
AOC Q2963PM
AOC Q2963PM: IPS Review List
29" 2560 x 1080 $500 29" panoramic AH-IPS monitor, true 8-bit panel and 21:9 aspect ratio.
AOC U3477PQU
AOC U3477PQU: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $700 AH-IPS, 8-bit + FRC dithering
ASUS MG279Q
Asus MG279Q: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $600 Flicker-free gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support.
ASUS MX239H
Asus MX239H: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $250 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (6-bit + A-FRC).
ASUS MX279H
Asus MX279H: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $315 LG AH-IPS (LM270WF5-SLB1), 6-bit + A-FRC.
ASUS MX27AQ
Asus MX27AQ: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $500 AH-IPS
ASUS MX299Q
Asus MX299Q: IPS Review List
29" 2560 x 1080 $470 Ultra Wide AH-IPS display, no PWM for backlight dimming (flicker-free).
ASUS PA248Q
Asus PA248Q: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1200 $300 LG e-IPS (LM240WU8-SLA2), 6-bit + A-FRC.
ASUS PB238Q
Asus PB238Q: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $220 Connectivity includes HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, D-sub, and four USB ports.
ASUS PB258Q
Asus PB258Q: IPS Review List
25" 2560 x 1440 $390 AH-IPS panel, flicker-free
ASUS PB278Q
Asus PB278Q: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $620 WQHD Super PLS panel, true 8-bit and light matte coating.
ASUS PG27AQ
Asus PG27AQ: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $800 AHVA panel (AU Optronics M270QAN01)
ASUS PG279Q
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $800 AHVA LCD targeted to fast-paced gaming with 144Hz native refresh rate (factory overclockable to 165Hz), G-sync/ULMB support and practically no input lag.
ASUS PG348Q NEW
ASUS PG348Q: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $1,100 The ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q is a curved AH-IPS gaming display, refresh rate can be overclocked to 100Hz from native 60Hz.
Asus VN248H-P
Asus VN248H-P: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $150
ASUS VS229H-P
Asus VS229H-P: IPS Review List
21.5" 1920 x 1080 $140 LED backlit e-IPS monitor for the budget crowd.
ASUS VS239H-P
Asus VS239H-P: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $170
ASUS VS24AH-P
Asus VS24AH-P: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1200 $230 The Asus VS24AH-P is a cheap 24-inch IPS monitor for the low budget crowd.
ASUS VZ229H NEW
ASUS VZ229H: IPS Review List
21.5" 1920 x 1080 $140 5ms response time, slim design, built-in speakers
BenQ BL2711U
BenQ BL2711U: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $700 4k AHVA panel, 10-bit color (8-bit + FRC), flicker-free (no PWM), semi-glossy screen coating
BenQ BL3201PH
BenQ BL3201PH: IPS Review List
32" 3840 x 2160 $1,000 4k AHVA panel, 8-bit + FRC, very light matte AG coating (semi-glossy), flicker-free
BenQ GW2765HT
BenQ GW2765HT: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $450 flicker-free, low blue light mode, targeted to gamers with 4ms response time (GTG)
BenQ PG2401PT
BenQ PG2401PT: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1200 $1,000 Graphic printing-certified monitor with 10-bit AH-IPS (8-bit panel with FRC), light matte anti-glare coating and detachable hood shade.
BenQ SW2700PT NEW
BenQ SW2700PT: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $600 10-bit AHVA panel, AdobeRGB 99%, 14-bit 3D LUT, detachable shading hood
Crossover 2795QHD
Crossover 2795QHD: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $350 AH-IPS, 8-bit, 100Hz possible through overclocking (though not guranteed)
Dell P2017H
Dell P2017H: IPS Review List
19.5" 1600 x 900 $140
Dell P2214H
Dell P2214H: IPS Review List
22" 1920 x 1080 $210 Updated "Performance" line from Dell that now includes a AH-IPS panel from LG and W-LED backlight
Dell P2217H
Dell P2217H: IPS Review List
21.5" 1920 x 1080 $160
Dell P2314H
Dell P2314H: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $210 AH-IPS panel, W-LED backlight
Dell P2317H
Dell P2317H: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $180
Dell P2415Q
Dell P2415Q: IPS Review List
23.8" 3840 x 2160 $600 AH-IPS panel, W-LED backlight
Dell P2416D
Dell P2416D: IPS Review List
23.8" 2560 x 1440 $400
Dell P2417H
Dell P2417H<: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $200
Dell P2714H
Dell P2714H: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $370 AH-IPS panel, W-LED backlight
Dell P2717H
Dell P2717H: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $280
Dell P2715Q
Dell P2715Q: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $700 Supports 4K resolution at 60Hz refresh rate, 99% sRGB with W-LED backlight.
Dell P4317Q
Dell P4317Q: IPS Review List
42.5" 3840 x 2160 $1,200 Uses PWM at backlight levels under 100, may exhibit flicker.
Dell SE2416HX
Dell SE2416HX: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $130 60Hz refresh rate, matte AG coating
Dell S2216M
Dell S2216M: IPS Review List
22" 1920 x 1080 $190 AH-IPS, glossy
Dell S2316M
Dell S2316M: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $210 AH-IPS, glossy
Dell S2240M
Dell S2240M: IPS Review List
22" 1920 x 1080 $140 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching
Dell S2340M
Dell S2340M: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $180 82% color gamut, 7ms response time.
Dell S2415H
Dell S2415H: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $180 glossy screen coating, AH-IPS with W-LED backlight
Dell S2715H
Dell S2715H: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $270 Glossy screen coating, AH-IPS panel
Dell SE2717H
Dell SE2717H: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $200 FreeSync support with variable refresh rates of 48-75Hz, flicker-free backlight.
Dell U2412M
Dell U2412M: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1200 $300 e-IPS (LM240WU8-SLA2)
Dell U2414H
Dell U2414H: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1080 $300 AH-IPS monitor with 16.7m color depth (6-bit panel with FRC), light anti-glare coating and W-LED backlight. Great option for even fast paced gaming with low input lag (4-5ms).
Dell U2415
Dell U2415: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1200 $340 16:10 aspect ratio, AH-IPS, uses DC backlight dimming (no PWM) to eliminate flicker
Dell U2417H
Dell U2417H: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $260 PLS panel type (LTM238HL04), a Dell model U2417HA also exist (same monitor with mounting arm instead of a stand).
Dell U2417HJ
Dell U2417HJ: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $300 LTM238HL01 PLS panel, stand has a built in wireless charger for Qi/PMA devices.
Dell U2417HWi
Dell U2417HWi: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $470 Supports wireless connectivity (Miracast and Bluetooth), Zero bright pixel/Premium Panel Guarantee
Dell U2515H
Dell U2515H: IPS Review List
25" 2560 x 1440 $400 8-bit AH-IPS panel, light AG coating, PWM free
Dell U2715H
Dell U2715H: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $600 AH-IPS panel, light anti-glare coating, 99% sRGB
Dell U2717D
Dell U2717D: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $450 Samsung PLS panel, light matte AG coating, no PWM (flicker-free) as backlight dimming is controlled by DC.
Dell U2913WM
Dell U2913WM: IPS Review List
29" 2560 x 1080 $600 29" panoramic monitor with 8-bit Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching panel, 21:9 aspect ratio.
Dell U3014
Dell U3014: IPS Review List
30" 2560 x 1600 $1,300 10-bit, wide-gamut 30-inch AH-IPS display with 14-bit LUT.
Dell U3415W
Dell U3415W: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $1,200 Curved display with semi-glossy AH-IPS panel, ultra wide 21:9 aspect ratio
Dell U3417W
Dell U3417W: IPS Review List
34" 3440 1440 $1,200 Cureved, Ultrawide (21:9 aspect ratio)
Dell UP2516D
Dell UP2516D: IPS Review List
25" 2560 x 1440 $650 AH-IPS, matte
Dell UP2715K
Dell UP2715K: IPS Review List
27" 5120 x 2880 $2,000 5K IPS, user-accessible 12-bit 3D LUT
Dell UP2716D
Dell UP2716D: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $900 AH-IPS, matte
Dell UP3017
Dell UP3017: IPS Review List
30" 2560 x 1600 $1,150 16:10 aspect ratio, matte (anti-galre), GB-LED backlight, factory calibrated.
Dell UP3216Q
Dell UP3216Q: IPS Review List
31.5" 3840 x 2160 $1,400 4K monitor with 1.07 billion color support (10-bit), 99.5% Adobe RGB coverage and 100% sRGB coverage, user accessible LUT
Dell UZ2315H
Dell UZ2315H: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $260
DoubleSight DS-309W
DoubleSight DS-309W: IPS Review List
30" 2560 x 1600 $1,200 1.07 billion color depth, S-IPS display, CCFL backlight.
Eizo CG2420
Eizo CG2420: IPS Review List
24.1" 1920 x 1200 $1,500 16:10 aspect ratio, 10-bit panel with 16-bit LUT, built-in sensor for calibration, 1500:1 contrast ratio
Eizo EV2736W
Eizo EV2736W: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $1,000 Samsung PLS, semi-glossy anti-glare coating, flicker free (no PWM) at brightness settings above 20%.
Eizo Foris FS2735 NEW
Eizo Foris FS2735: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $1,300 AU Optronics AHVA panel, 144Hz native refresh rate, AMD FreeSync, blur reduction mode, built-in bluetooth and smartphone app.
EQD Auria Clarity EQ278C NEW
EQD Auria Clarity EQ278C: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $250 6.5 ms response time, resolution can be increased to 2880 x 1620 over DVI.
HP 22cwa NEW
HP 22cwa: IPS Review List
21.5" 1920 x 1080 $100 72% color gamut, 6-bit + FRC
HP 22er NEW
HP 22er: IPS Review List
21.5" 1920 x 1080 $130 14ms response time (7ms with overdrive)
HP 23er NEW
HP 23er: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $135 250 nit brightness, 14ms response time
HP 25er NEW
HP 25er: IPS Review List
25" 1920 x 1080 $190
HP 27er NEW
HP 27er: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $200
HP 27vx
HP 27vx: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $200
HP Pavilion 22xw
HP Pavilion 22xw: IPS Review List
21.5" 1920 x 1080 $100 6-bit + FRC
HP Pavilion 23xw
HP Pavilion 23xw: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $120 6-bit + FRC
HP Pavilion 25xw
HP Pavilion 25xw: IPS Review List
25" 1920 x 1080 $150 6-bit + FRC
HP Pavilion 27xw
HP Pavilion 27xw: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $200
HP Z24i
HP Z24i: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1200 $340 IPS Gen 2 panel, light matte AG coating.
HP Z30i
HP Z30i: IPS Review List
30" 2560 x 1600 $1,300 Built with HP IPS Gen 2 panel, 100% coverage of sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces.
Iiyama XUB3490WQSU-B1
Iiyama XUB3490WQSU-B1: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 - AH-IPS with 21:9 aspect ratio
LG 24MC57HQ-P
LG 24MC57HQ-P: IPS Review List
23.8" 1920 x 1080 $130
LG 24MP48HQ-P
LG 24MP48HQ-P: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1080 $150
LG 24EC53V-P
LG 24EC53V-P: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1080 $240 Very basic (and cheap), no frills 24" display.
LG 25UM57 NEW
LG 25UM57: IPS Review List
25" 2560 x 1080 $180 21:9 aspect ratio, 99% coverage of the sRGB spectrum
LG 27MP35HQ
LG 27MP35HQ: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $230
LG 27MP36HQ
LG 27MP36HQ: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $190 Matte AG coating
LG 27MP58VQ-P NEW
LG 27MP58VQ-P: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $160 Reader mode that reduces blue light, black stabilizer.
LG 27MP65HQ-P
LG 27MP65HQ-P: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $180 AH-IPS panel, 72% sRGB coverage
LG 27MP67HQ
LG 27MP67HQ: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $300 72% sRGB, 60Hz refresh rate
LG 27UD58 NEW
LG 27UD58: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $375 4K IPS monitor with FreeSync support.
LG 27UD68
LG 27UD68: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $500 4K AH-IPS with FreeSync support over Display Port.
LG 29UM67
LG 29UM67: IPS Review List
29" 2560 x 1080 $400 AH-IPS, FreeSync support, flicker-free, true 8-bit.
LG 29UM68-P
LG 29UM68-P: IPS Review List
29" 2560 x 1080 $350 21:9 aspect ratio, FreeSync with variable refresh support of 48-75Hz, 6-bit panel + FRC
LG 31MU97C-B
LG 31MU97C-B: IPS Review List
31" 4096 x 2160 $900 SST (Single Stream Transport) support, 10-bit color depth
LG 32MP58HQ-P NEW
LG 32MP58HQ-P: IPS Review List
32" 1920 x 1080 $225 72% color gamut, reader mode, black stabilizer
LG 34UC79G NEW
LG 34UC79G: IPS Review List
34" 2560 x 1080 $750 144Hz AH-IPS gaming monitor with FreeSync support and strobe backlight mode to reduce motion blur, flicker-free (no PWM)
LG 34UC87M-B
LG 34UC87M-B: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $750 Curved IPS display with 21:9 aspect ratio and 10-bit color depth.
LG 34UC88-B
LG 34UC88-B: IPS Review List
23.8" 3440 x 1440 $870 Curved display with 21:9 aspect ratio, FreeSync, 10-bit color depth
LG 34UC97-S
LG 34UC97-S: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $1,200 Curved AH-IPS display, 8-bit color, 5ms response time, 21:9 aspect ratio, AG coating
LG 34UC98
LG 34UC98: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $1,200 Curved AH-IPS panel, FreeSync support
LG 34UM64-P
LG 34UM64-P: IPS Review List
34" 2560 x 1080 $400 21:9 aspect ratio (UltraWide).
LG 34UM65
LG 34UM65: IPS Review List
34" 2560 x 1080 $900 AH-IPS panel, flicker-free, transparent base.
LG 34UM67
LG 34UM67: IPS Review List
34" 2560 x 1080 $580 AH-IPS, FreeSync support, flicker-free, true 8-bit.
LG 34UM68-P
LG 34UM68-P: IPS Review List
34" 2560 x 1080 $550 21:9 aspect ratio, FreeSync with variable refresh support of 48-75Hz, 8-bit
LG 34UM88C-P
LG 34UM88C-P: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $800 21:9 aspect ratio, FreeSync with variable refresh support of 48-75Hz, 10-bit color depth (8-bit + FRC)
LG 34UM88-P
LG 34UM88-P: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $1,000 AH-IPS, 8-bit + FRC
LG 34UM94-P
LG 34UM94-P: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $700 21:9 aspect ratio, 8-bit + FRC
LG 34UM95C
LG 34UM95C: IPS Review List
34" 3440 x 1440 $700 21:9 aspect ratio
LG 38UC99 NEW
LG 38UC99: IPS Review List
37.5" 3840 x 1600 $1,700 AH-IPS (8-bit panel + FRC), FreeSync support and 75Hz refresh rate
Monoprice 27" Select Series
Monoprice 27-Inch: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $400
Monoprice 30" IPS
Monoprice 30-Inch: IPS Review List
30" 2560 x 1600 $550 Matte AG coating
NEC EA244UHD
NEC EA244UHD: IPS Review List
24" 3840 x 2160 $1,400 4K AH-IPS with 14-bit gamma processing.
NEC EA274WMi
NEC EA274WMi: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $800 W-LED backlit AH-IPS display.
NEC PA322UHD-2
NEC PA322UHD-2: IPS Review List
31.5" 3840 x 2160 $3,000 4K monitor with programmable 14-bit 3D LUT, targeted to professionals in the graphics design and video production industries
Philips 19DP6QJNS
Philips 19DP6QJNS: IPS Review List
19" x2 1280 x 1024 $450 Two-in-one monitor (2 19" displays) with AH-IPS panels
Philips 272P4APJKEB
Philips 272P4APJKEB: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $900 AHVA panel (model M270DAN02.1), semi-glossy, 10-bit (8-bit + FRC), flicker-free RG-LED backlight
Philips 276E6ADSS
Philips 276E6ADSS: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $300 IPS-ADS panel with Quantum Dot technology, makes use of PWM for brightness settings below 100%
Philips 298X4QJAB
Philips 298X4QJAB: IPS Review List
29" 2560 x 1080 $670 Similar to the 298P4QJEB with a different stand.
Philips BDM4350UC
Philips BDM4350UC: IPS Review List
42.5" 3840 x 2160 $1,100 TP Vision model TPT430U3 EQYSHM panel (In-Plane Switching technology), 10-bit color support (8-bit panel + FRC dithering), glossy with very light anti-glare treatment to reduce glare with minimal impact on image clarity.
QNIX QHD2730R 27" 2560 x 1440 $300 Overclockable PLS monitor
Samsung S24E390HL
Samsung S24E390HL: IPS Review List
23.6" 1920 x 1080 $200 AD-PLS, flicker-free WLED backlight, matte AG coating, 6-bit + FRC.
Samsung S27D390H
Samsung S27D390H: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $300 PLS panel, light matte anti-glare coating.
Samsung S27D850T
Samsung S27D850T: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $840 PLS panel technology.
Samsung S27E390H
Samsung S27E390H: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $320 AD-PLS, flicker-free WLED backlight, matte AG coating, 6-bit + FRC.
Samsung U24E590D
Samsung U24E590D: IPS Review List
23.6" 3840 X 2160 $400 4K PLS panel, FreeSync support, flicker-free
Samsung U24E850R
Samsung U24E850R: IPS Review List
24" 3840 x 2160 $500 PLS panel, 60Hz with Adaptive Sync
ViewSonic VP2468
ViewSonic VP2468: IPS Review List
24" 1920 x 1080 $250 Designed for professionals, comes precalibrated with report, 99% sRGB
ViewSonic VP2770-LED
ViewSonic VP2770-LED: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $740 Uses a PLS panel, Samsung's counter to LG IPS panels.
ViewSonic VP2772
ViewSonic VP2772: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $950 10-bit SuperClear IPS, 14-bit LUT, pre-calibrated to average Delta E=3
ViewSonic VP2780-4K
ViewSonic VP2780-4K: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $1,000 10-bit IPS display with 4K resolution
ViewSonic VX2263SMHL-W
ViewSonic VX2263SMHL-W: IPS Review List
21.5" 1920 x 1080 $130 AH-IPS with MHL connectivity, 2 HDMI inputs, flicker-free
ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED
ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED: IPS Review List
22" 1920 x 1080 $150 This line of ViewSonic monitors include mercury free LED backlighting.
ViewSonic VX2370SMH-LED
ViewSonic VX2370SMH-LED: IPS Review List
23" 1920 x 1080 $160 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching
ViewSonic VX2475SMHL-4K
ViewSonic VX2475SMHL-4K: IPS Review List
24" 3840 x 2160 $460 Samsung AD-PLS panel, light matte anti-glare coating, flicker-free backlight, 4ms response time.
ViewSonic VX2770SMH-LED
ViewSonic VX2770SMH-LED: IPS Review List
27" 1920 x 1080 $280 AH-IPS (LM270WF6-SAP1)
ViewSonic XG2700-4K NEW
ViewSonic XG2700-4K: IPS Review List
27" 3840 x 2160 $550 IPS monitor optimized for gaming, FreeSync support
ViewSonic XG2703-GS NEW
ViewSonic XG2703-GS: IPS Review List
27" 2560 x 1440 $700 The XG2703-GS is a AHVA gaming monitor with 165Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, true 8-bit panel (no dithering), flicker-free (no PWM), strobe backlight to reduce motion blur (ULMB), and G-SYNC support.

Last updated: November 28, 2016

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Note For Professionals

A calibration tool should be utilized to receive the full benefits of a IPS monitor. I recommend the Spyder5PRO. Also, e-IPS and similar panels with only 6-bit support should be avoided if you do any photo editing or use software that requires accurate color representation. e-IPS (and some AH-IPS) panels have better viewing angles than TN technology, but many of them are 6-bit displays that only support 8-bit color depth through a method of dithering (FRC), unlike other high-end IPS variations which make use of true 8-bit (or higher) LCD panels that can support a much larger gamut of colors.

Rundown of In-Plane Switching Variations Used Today

In today's LCD market there are many versions and diversity found among IPS technologies, unlike when S-IPS first started to become popular among PC enthusiasts many years ago. Some of these panel types appear to be merely marketing gimmicks (p-IPS), while others actually do offer improvements or physical changes (H-IPS). The following reviews the main variations of In-Plane Switching tech most commonly utilized in modern LCDs:

  • S-IPS - Super In-Plane Switching was a big improvement that helped popularize the technology among average consumers. They offered improved performance and better response times than the first generation of standard IPS panels. You will find there are few manufacturers who still list their monitors as being S-IPS in the specifications; they have been mostly replaced by newer variations such as AH-IPS.
  • H-IPS - Horizontal In-Plane Switching introduced a physical change to the pixel structure of In-Plane Switching technology. Before this change, IPS pixels resembled the shape of an arrow. H-IPS pixels, upon closer inspection, look like straight lines arranged vertically. These panels have very similar characteristics to S-IPS, but one noticeable difference is what is now known as "IPS glow". S-IPS panels have a purple tint when viewing dark images from wide angles, whereas H-IPS is more of a white tint, hence the coining of the term.
  • e-IPS - The life of this panel type has been very vague. It has been referred to as both E-IPS (Enhanced In-Plane Switching) and e-IPS (Economic In-Plane Switching). The e-IPS version is a simplified version of H-IPS that doesn't require a strong backlight due to greater transparency, thus pricing for these panels is generally cheaper than other similar monitors. E-IPS is an "enhanced" version of S-IPS which featured higher contrast ratios and faster pixel response times.
  • p-IPS - Performance In-Plane Switching is simply a marketing term NEC has applied to their 10-bit line of H-IPS displays to separate them from lower end models.
  • AH-IPS - LG made even greater performance gains and more accurate color representation with Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching, as well as reduced power consumption.
  • Super PLS - Super Plane-to-Line Switching was developed in 2010 by Samsung as a wide viewing angle panel to counter LG's In-Plane Switching technology. Super PLS is very similar in design and construction to IPS, though Samsung claims their PLS technology is less expensive to manufacture and achieves higher brightness levels.
  • AHVA - Despite having VA in the acronym, Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle panel technology from AUO is simply another proprietary panel type (similar to Samsung PLS) with an IPS foundation to achieve wide viewing angles and accurate color reproduction. AHVA panels are not actually using vertical alignment, so they do not exhibit color or gamma shifts commonly found from that panel type.
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