IPS Definition and Meaning

An IPS screen (In-Plane Switching or Advanced Display Panel according to abbreviationfinder) is a classic LCD panel that has an internal arrangement of liquid crystals that prevents light leaks and losses, a phenomenon that would degrade image quality and color definition, especially the dark ones.


It should be noted that the colors arranged in said liquid crystal are illuminated from behind with a second layer of LED bulbs, so that every modern IPS screen is a liquid crystal LCD on top with a layer of LEDs on the back.

IPS competes with other technologies for LCD screens, such as TN (Twisted Nematic) and VA (Vertical Aligment) panels, which filter more light and therefore perform worse. This is why using IPS on a screen of any size guarantees a genuine development of the colors, in addition to a superior brightness and ultimately, the original and real appearance that is processed on the phone, TV or PC to be observed by the user. no distortion or color loss.

Apart from that, another advantage of using, for example, an IPS type monitor is that they have a wide viewing angle, that is, they allow us to look at the panel from any position avoiding the classic phenomenon of color distortion, allowing us to position ourselves in either side up to angles of almost 180º horizontally or vertically, maintaining the fidelity, sharpness and brightness of the image. This is especially useful on HDTVs, where the whole family can enjoy a movie from anywhere in the room – on the side of the sofa, in front of the TV, and even on the carpet.


Finally, an IPS monitor also solves a common problem seen on another class of lower-quality screens: ” trails ” or afterimages when moving objects at high speed. This phenomenon occurs due to a slow refresh of the image in certain technologies and is the main responsible for eye fatigue, making it uncomfortable to work long hours, enjoy a video game with intensity or watch a long movie. However, an IPS panel has a high refresh rate, which causes the images to update faster and ultimately, the “trails” or traces in the image are eliminated, thus solving the issue of eye fatigue.

So, if we are in front of an IPS-type LCD monitor, we simply have in our hands the best type of LCD screen available on the market, being the type of panel most used today in high-end electronic devices, especially high-definition televisions. with the best image quality, PC monitors that require the highest color accuracy and wide viewing angle mobile phone screens, which is why LG has chosen IPS technology to ensure an optimal image across its entire product range, both in televisions, as smartphones that fit in the palm of the hand and -of course- in its incredible UltraWide Monitors.


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