Here are the first IPS-Black screens – you’d like to have one on your desk
A new screen technology builds a bridge between the traditional IPS screens and the unattainably expensive OLED and mini-LED screens.
Life is about compromises. And the pocket philosophy lesson also applies to screens, where size, price and functions largely depend on what the underlying technology can offer.
If you’re just a bit of a screen geek, you’ll know that not all pixels are created equal. TN, VA, IPS, OLED and Mini-LED are some of the acronyms that you have probably come across in modern flat panel technical magazines.
TN is cheap and bad, VA is better and a little more expensive, but can suffer a bit with colorfulness and high frequencies, IPS is again a little more expensive and can be really good, OLED and mini-LED are expensive, even very expensive, but have almost no disadvantages.
But now a new technology is appearing on the scene, which will be worth following closely: IPS Black.
Winner on price and contrast
As you can guess, IPS Black is based on the IPS technology, which for years has been the dominant among LCD flat screens (as well as VA- and TN-based technologies), right up until OLED and mini-LED through the latest year began to appear in office screens.
However, IPS Black is the latest development of LCD technology, where the first panels from the display giant LG promise significant improvements, especially when it comes to contrast, maximum brightness and colour quality.
In practical terms, LG promises that IPS Black can reach both new bottom levels when it comes to the reproduction of black, which can reach as low as 0.1 nits brightness, whereas classic IPS screens can only reach 0.2 nits.
This results in a doubling of the maximum contrast from typically 1:1000 to 1:2000.
At the same time, the contrast is significantly improved when the screen is viewed from the side so that it is now 1.4 times higher at 45 degrees.
More accurate colour management
In addition, the colour management is far more precise, which means that so-called Delta-E values of just 0.6 can be achieved, while the colours also retain their saturation when the screen is viewed from the side.
Thus, the IPS black technology provides a significant vitamin injection in a time when OLED and mini-LED based screens are falling in price – admittedly from some towering levels.
Where a professional 32” OLED and mini-LED screens in 32 format run up to DKK 20,000 to DKK 30,000, IPS Black screens cost about a third.
The first screens are ready
The new IPS-Black based screens are already coming out in several shades that will soon be available for purchase.
First was LG’s UltraFine 32UQ85r, which introduced the IPS Black technology in a 32 inch format with 4K resolution.
Instead, Dell is ready with its trio of Ultrasharp screens in 27 and 32 inch class U2723QE, U3223QE and U3223QE with USB-C hub.
A new player on the IS-Black field is HP, which is just ready with its version of a 32″ 4K display in the form of the enthusiast monitor HP Z32k G3.
Both Dell and HP, and of course LG, are based on panels from LG, which is why comparable performance can be expected from the three manufacturers.