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Last updated: August 27, 2014

IPS Monitor List: AHVA, PLS and IPS LCD Panels

IPS Logo Found On 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 LCD that is manufactured using In-Plane Switching panel technology. IPS monitors are known for providing superior color accuracy and wider viewing angles than the more commonly found TN displays. This list goes a bit further and compiles most, if not all, of the S-IPS, AH-IPS, e-IPS and other IPS panel variations 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 a new IPS display is introduced or older models are discontinued, replaced by newer models, or no longer available from retail outlets. Check back frequently to find the best IPS monitor that meets your requirements. Models that have been recently added to the list are marked with a NEW tag. Once production has ceased on a particular display it will be moved to the discontinued page. For more information about In-Plane Switching technology, please read LCD Panel Technology Explained, which covers the main LCD panel types and advantages of LCD monitors with IPS panels.

IPS Recommendations for All Budgets

Small Budget
Dell S2340M
S2340M: Cheap IPS Monitor

23" IPS Under $150
Medium Budget
Asus PB278Q
PB278Q: 27

27" WQHD PLS Panel
Large Budget
NEC EA244UHD
EA244UHD: 4K AH-IPS Monitor

4K AH-IPS Monitor
Display Model Size Resolution Price Notes
Search displays @ Amazon by panel type:
Acer B243PWL Ajbmdrz NEW 24" 1920 x 1200 $250 16:10 aspect ratio
Acer H226HQL bid 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 23" 1920 x 1080 $180 Very thin bezel, 6-bit and glossy
Acer H276HL 27" 1920 x 1080 $250 Glossy screen surface
Acer K272HUL 27" 2560 x 1440 $400 AHVA panel with semi-glossy AG coating and flicker-free (no PWM).
Acer T232HL 23" 1920 x 1080 $300 Touch screen display with 10-point touch technology, glass/glossy surface. Keep in mind only the 23" uses IPS (27" is VA tech).
Acer T272HUL 27" 2560 x 1440 $900 1.07 billion color support, IPS touch screen display
AOC i2367Fh 23" 1920 x 1080 $150 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching LCD panel.
AOC i2473PWM 24" 1920 x 1080 $200 Flicker-free IPS with 14 watt integrated Onkyo stereo speakers and Miracast.
AOC Q2770PQU 27" 2560 x 1440 $800 S-PLS display with light matte AG coating (semi-glossy) and true 8-bit color support (no dithering).
AOC Q2963PM 29" 2560 x 1080 $500 29" panoramic AH-IPS monitor, true 8-bit panel and 21:9 aspect ratio.
Apple Thunderbolt 27" 2560 x 1440 $1,000 27" IPS with LED backlighting with 8-bit panel.
Asus MX239H 23" 1920 x 1080 $250 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (6-bit + A-FRC).
Asus MX279H 27" 1920 x 1080 $315 LG AH-IPS (LM270WF5-SLB1), 6-bit + A-FRC.
ASUS MX299Q 29" 2560 x 1080 $470 Ultra Wide AH-IPS display, no PWM for backlight dimming (flicker-free).
Asus PA248Q 24" 1920 x 1200 $300 LG e-IPS (LM240WU8-SLA2), 6-bit + A-FRC.
Asus PB238Q 23" 1920 x 1080 $220 Connectivity includes HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, D-sub, and four USB ports.
Asus PB278Q 27" 2560 x 1440 $620 WQHD Super PLS panel, true 8-bit and light matte coating.
Asus PQ321Q 31.5" 3840 x 2160 $3,000 IGZO IPS, 4K, 10-bit, 140ppi.
Asus VS229H-P 21.5" 1920 x 1080 $140 LED backlit e-IPS monitor for the budget crowd.
Asus VS239H-P 23" 1920 x 1080 $170
Asus VS24AH-P 24" 1920 x 1200 $230 The Asus VS24AH-P is a cheap 24-inch IPS monitor for the low budget crowd.
BenQ BL2710PT 27" 2560 x 1440 $650 AUO AHVA panel (IPS clone) with no flicker backlight (PWM not used).
BenQ PG2401PT 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.
Dell P2214H 22" 1920 x 1080 $210 Updated "Performance" line from Dell that now includes a AH-IPS panel from LG and W-LED backlight
Dell P2314H 23" 1920 x 1080 $210 AH-IPS panel, W-LED backlight
Dell P2414H 24" 1920 x 1080 $260 AH-IPS panel, W-LED backlight
Dell P2714H 27" 1920 x 1080 $370 AH-IPS panel, W-LED backlight
Dell S2240M 22" 1920 x 1080 $140 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching
Dell S2340L 23" 1920 x 1080 $220 glossy, AH-IPS.
Dell S2340M 23" 1920 x 1080 $180 82% color gamut, 7ms response time.
Dell S2740L 27" 1920 x 1080 $300 27" 1080p AH-IPS with glossy coating. 6-bit + AFRC. Reported average input lag below 4ms making this a very good monitor for gaming.
Dell U2312HM 23" 1920 x 1080 $190 e-IPS (LM230WF3-SLD1).
Dell U2412M 24" 1920 x 1200 $300 e-IPS (LM240WU8-SLA2)
Dell U2413 24" 1920 x 1200 $500 AH-IPS (LM240WU9-SLA1), Light matte AG, 10-bit color depth and GB-LED backlight.
Dell U2414H 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 U2711 27" 2560 x 1440 $700 High resolution 27" H-IPS (LM270WQ2) monitor, Wide gamut.
Dell U2713H 27" 2560 x 1440 $700 Wide gamut, GB-LED backlight. Supports 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) content, LM270WQ3-SLA1 AH-IPS. PWN isn't used for dimming, so no flicker issues. Light matte coating.
Dell U2713HM 27" 2560 x 1440 $650 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching, W-LED, 8ms response time. No PWM used for backlight dimming (monitors with PWM can possibly produce flicker).
Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29" 2560 x 1080 $600 29" panoramic monitor with 8-bit Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching panel, 21:9 aspect ratio.
Dell U3014 30" 2560 x 1600 $1,300 10-bit, wide-gamut 30-inch AH-IPS display with 14-bit LUT.
Dell UP2414Q 23.8" 3840 x 2160 $1,100 4K display with 8-bit IPS panel, 10-bit support through dithering (AFRC), 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage.
Dell UP3214Q 31.5" 3840 x 2160 $3,200 4K monitor, panel type somewhat unknown. Dell specifications list it as a IGZO panel with In-Plane Switching and it performs similar to IPS.
Dell UZ2215H 21.5" 1920 x 1080 $270 UZ models feature a 2.0 mega-pixel full HD webcam, omni-directional microphone and integrated speakers.
Dell UZ2315H 23" 1920 x 1080 $260
Dell UZ2715H 27" 1920 x 1080 $380
DoubleSight DS-309W 30" 2560 x 1600 $1,200 1.07 billion color depth, S-IPS display, CCFL backlight.
EIZO ColorEdge CG246 24" 1920 x 1200 $2,300 LCD display aimed at media professionals, includes a built-in calibration sensor.
EIZO EV2436WFS 24" 1920 x 1200 $500
Eizo EV2736W 27" 2560 x 1440 $1,000 Samsung PLS, semi-glossy anti-glare coating, flicker free (no PWM) at brightness settings above 20%.
EIZO SX2462W 24" 1920 x 1200 $1,000 H-IPS
EIZO FORIS FS2333 23" 1920 x 1080 $450 Gaming optimized PLS monitor with 3.4 ms response time (gray-to-gray) and a reported input lag of only 0.8 ms. Includes a feature called Smart Insight which improves black level details for an enhanced gaming experience.
EIZO RadiForce RX650 30" 3280 x 2048
Monitor designed for the medical field with 6 megapixel IPS panel.
HP DreamColor LP2480zx 24" 1920 x 1200 $2,000 30-bit H-IPS (LM240WU5-SLA1) panel with A-TW polarizer to reduce IPS glow.
HP Envy 27 27" 1920 x 1080 $450 Built-in Beats Audio speaker system.
HP Pavilion 20xi 20" 1600 x 900 $100 One of the cheapest AH-IPS displays on the market.
HP Pavilion 22xi 22" 1920 x 1080 $150
HP Pavilion 23xi 23" 1920 x 1080 $190 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching
HP Pavilion 27xi 27" 1920 x 1080 $290 Glossy finish, Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching.
HP Z24i 24" 1920 x 1200 $340 IPS Gen 2 panel, light matte AG coating.
HP Z30i 30" 2560 x 1600 $1,300 Built with HP IPS Gen 2 panel, 100% coverage of sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces.
HP ZR2040w 20" 1600 x 900 $200
HP ZR2240w 22" 1920 x 1080 $200 e-IPS (LM215WF3-SLC2)
HP ZR2440w 24" 1920 x 1200 $350 e-IPS (LM240WU8-SLA1), successor to the ZR24w.
HP ZR2740w 27" 2560 x 1400 $700 H-IPS (LM270WQ1-SDDA)
Iiyama XU2390HS 23" 1920 x 1080 $300 AH-IPS
Lenovo LI2721sW NEW 27" 1920 x 1080 $250 14ms response time, ultra-slim display with metal stand
Lenovo LT3053p 30" 2560 x 1600 $1,400 30" AH-IPS with 14-bit LUT, 1.07 billion color support, and sun hood.
LG 24EC53V-P 24" 1920 x 1080 $240 Very basic (and cheap), no frills 24" display.
LG 25UM64 25" 2560 x 1080 $270 21:9 aspect ratio, sRGB 99%
LG 25UM65 25" 2560 x 1080 $370 21:9 aspect ratio, flicker-free.
LG 27EA33V 27" 1920 x 1080 $250 AH-IPS
LG 27EA83R-D 27" 2560 x 1440 $1,000 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) AH-IPS with a light matte coating, displays 99% of Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB.
LG 29EB73-P 29" 2560 x 1080 $570 21:9 aspect ratio, true 8-bit AH-IPS panel, light AG coating and W-LED backlight
LG 29UM65 29" 2560 x 1080 $400 21:9 aspect ratio, 8-bit AH-IPS panel, light matte, sRGB 100%
LG 34UM65 34" 2560 x 1080 $900 AH-IPS panel, flicker-free, transparent base.
LG 34UM95 34" 3440 x 1440 $1,500 21:9 aspect ratio.
LG IPS231P-BN 23" 1920 x 1080 $190 e-IPS (LM230WF3) panel.
LG IPS237L 23" 1920 x 1080 $230 23-inch AH-IPS
Monoprice 27" IPS-G Pro 27" 2560 x 1440 $480 Glossy screen, claims to have a zero defects policy.
Monoprice 27" ZERO-G 27" 2560 x 1440 $400 True 8-bit H-IPS panel, glossy finish and 1.07 billion color depth with FRC.
Monoprice IPS CCFL NEW 30" 2560 x 1600 $600 CCFL backlight
Monoprice IPS LED NEW 30" 2560 x 1600 $730 LED backlight
NEC EA244UHD 24" 3840 x 2160 $1,400 4K AH-IPS with 14-bit gamma processing.
NEC EA273WMI 27" 1920 x 1080 $530 W-LED backlit AH-IPS display.
NEC EA274WMi 27" 2560 x 1440 $800 W-LED backlit AH-IPS display.
NEC PA241W 24" 1920 x 1200 $850 10-bit p-IPS (LM240WU4-SLB1) monitor.
Nixeus WQHD 27" 27" 2560 x 1440 $450 Similar to the Achieva Shimian, AURIA EQ276W and other imported Korean IPS monitors that have become popular lately. These units offer a high-resolution, 27" panel at a very affordable price.
Nixeus Vue 30" 30" 2560 x 1600 $680 WQXGA IPS display with 16:10 aspect ratio, 1.07b colors.
Philips 272P4QPJKEB 27" 2560 x 1440 $700 PLS panel, matte AG.
Philips 298P4QJEB 29" 2560 x 1080 $670 UltraWide (21:9) aspect ratio, AH-IPS
Philips 298X4QJAB 29" 2560 x 1080 $670 Similar to the 298P4QJEB with a different stand.
QNIX QX2710 27" 2560 x 1440 $335 The QX2710 is a Korean Super PLS monitor that has been overclocked up to 120Hz by some users.
Samsung S22C650P 21.5" 1920 x 1080 $200 AD-PLS technology, built in speakers.
Samsung S24A850DW 24" 1920 x 1080 $450 PLS panel. Buyer Beware: This model has been reported by many owners to suffer from a high occurrence of excessive backlight bleed.
Samsung S24C570HL 23.6" 1920 x 1080 $250 AD-PLS
Samsung S24D360HL 23.6" 1920 x 1080 $230 PLS panel, glossy white.
Samsung S24D390HL 23.6" 1920 x 1080 $250 PLS panel, backlight dimming uses no PWM for a flicker free experience.
Samsung S24D590PL 23.6" 1920 x 1080 $200 PLS panel, small bezel (9.5mm).
Samsung S27A850D 27" 2560 x 1440 $800 PLS display with W-LED backlight and light matte screen finish. Buyer Beware: Uses PWM to control backlight brightness (can cause flicker).
Samsung S27A850T 27" 2560 x 1440 $520 PLS panel technology.
Samsung S27D360H 27" 1920 x 1080 $300 PLS panel, glossy white.
Samsung S27D390H 27" 1920 x 1080 $300 PLS panel, light matte anti-glare coating.
Samsung S27D590P 27" 1920 x 1080 $330 PLS panel.
Samsung S27D850T 27" 2560 x 1440 $840 PLS panel technology.
ViewSonic VP2365-LED 23" 1920 x 1080 $250 LED backlit, e-IPS.
ViewSonic VP2770-LED 27" 2560 x 1440 $740 Uses a PLS panel, Samsung's counter to LG IPS panels.
ViewSonic VP2772 27" 2560 x 1440 $950 10-bit SuperClear IPS, 14-bit LUT, pre-calibrated to average Delta E=3
ViewSonic VX2263SMHL-W NEW 21.5" 1920 x 1080 $130 AH-IPS with MHL connectivity, 2 HDMI inputs, flicker-free
ViewSonic VX2363SMHL-W NEW 23" 1920 x 1080 $150 Same specs and features as the 21.5" model, see VX2263SMHL-W
ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED 22" 1920 x 1080 $150 This line of ViewSonic monitors include mercury free LED backlighting.
ViewSonic VX2370SMH-LED 23" 1920 x 1080 $160 Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching
ViewSonic VX2770SMH-LED 27" 1920 x 1080 $280 AH-IPS (LM270WF6-SAP1)

Note For Professionals

A calibration tool should be utilized to receive the full benefits of a IPS monitor. I recommend the Spyder4Elite. 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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