IPS, or In-plane Switching, is a type of LED display panel technology found in modern monitors. There are a number of different panel technologies to choose from as a manufacturer – with each offering its own unique set of features and benefits.
As far as the best IPS monitors are concerned, users can expect better colors, wider viewing angles, and superior picture quality when compared against TN (Twisted nematic) or VA (Vertical alignment) alternatives. Whilst this is great for gamers that prioritize general image quality and overall immersion, IPS monitors are the most expensive on the shelf.
Despite that being the case, historically, IPS monitors seemed to lean more towards the graphic designer demographic (or general content consumer), the same can’t be said about today’s options. If you are a gamer, for example, you used to lean towards a TN (or VA) gaming monitor – as these would provide greater levels of speed and responsiveness. However, the choice isn’t so straightforward in modern gaming.
With that in mind, modern technology has seen IPS monitors increase in responsiveness exponentially, now offering similar levels of speed to that of TN panels. Today’s market plays host to a tonne of high-performance gaming monitors, many of which are IPS monitors offering well over 144Hz refresh rates and a low 1ms response time – although that last metric should be taken with a large pinch of salt. Whilst this is great for gaming, it does, again, add a fairly hefty premium to the price of your IPS monitor.