IPS vs. LCD Monitors: What’s the Difference?

If you’re wondering what makes IPS different and if it is the right display choice for your viewing desires, this post will compare IPS and LCD technologies with an explanation of how both work and the features they bring to your experience.


What is it? Screen technology for LCD displays Primary Use: LCD television screens, computer monitors, e-paper, smartwatches Name: In-Plane Switching Conceived: 1990s Initial Release: 1996


What is it? Liquid Crystal Display Primary Use: LCD screens Name: Twisted nematic (TN), Vertical Alignment (VA) Conceived: 1960s Initial Release: 1980s

IPS vs. LCD Monitors: Must-Know Facts

– IPS screen technology was pioneered by Hitachi who released the first IPS screen in 1996. – In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the twisted nematic field effect (TN) was the only commercially viable technology for LCD screens.

The History of IPS

IPS technology was developed to deliver substantial improvements on the twisted nematic (TN) technology that preceded it. IPS technology has continued to be used for screens that include laptops, tablets, and even smartwatches

The History of LCD

The concept of liquid crystal is more than 120 years old, with the nature and properties of these crystals first described by the Austrian chemist, Friedrich Reinitzer, in 1888. The first LCD color television was developed in Japan in the early 1980s.

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