The Best IPS Monitors For February 2017

What Makes IPS Monitors More In Demand?

IPS or In-plane switching panel gained popularity due to its liquid crystal displays providing realistic picture quality. Wide viewing angles and excellent color accuracy. Its ability to provide a wide spectrum makes is indispensable for every graphic designer, photographer and movie junkie. Hardcore video gamers aren’t much of a fan of this kind of display since IPS panels are often with slower response time. TN panel displays are more suited for action-packed games with its rapid response time. The 4ms is by far, the magic numbers that most of the best IPS panel displays nowadays are able to fulfill. But there are many decent IPS monitors with low input lag, but might cost you an arm and a leg. Furthermore, with the addition of G-Sync and FreeSync technologies which support any high-end rig. It makes IPS panels becoming more suitable for gaming. And yet, you need to carefully consider if you have the rig got it. From the budget perspective, admittedly, a number of IPS panel monitors are not very financially feasible. Some could go around for a little less coin. Is it worth each buck? Your choice to upgrade really relies on how well it is designed, programmed and built.

IPS Panel For Gaming?

As I mentioned above, IPS panels aren’t favored much by game enthusiasts. Especially for professional tournament FPS gamers. For those who play first-person shooter games like Call of Duty, Titan Fall, Battlefield, and Far Cry TN panel displays are simply made for such in general. When it comes to competitive FPS play, only a few IPS monitors for gaming have a little of that extra edge. Having less to no input lag, ghosting, stuttering, screen tearing and a rapid refresh rate is more of a priority than having a more improved picture quality. We think that if you are just a casual player 60Hz refresh rate is just fine. You can always tweak a few graphics settings. In the end, you should come out with fairly playable frame rates. In my opinion, 1ms may be a dream speed for video gaming but 5ms is still very playable. The vast majority of IPS monitors are about 4ms or higher, but there are some at a maximum of 8ms. Nonetheless, anything between 1ms to 5ms is gamer-friendly enough. On top of that, you get more of the spectacularly beautiful visuals.

We are here to help. We came up with a list of the best-rated IPS monitors suitable for gamers and professional digital artists for this month. The selection wasn’t just ranked by popularity alone but also rated by its performance versus price point. Although, our top list doesn’t focus on the price. These are hand picked by experts from forums and blog reviews in terms of versatility, durability, and image quality. As well as by customers who gave their reviews from Amazon.

Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27-Inch Monitor

Our reviewers really enjoyed this monitor, of course! What’s not to enjoy about rich colors and great IPS viewing angles? Dell’s UltraSharp is becoming a popular name among the IPS monitors nowadays. Is it impressive? Yes, Dell UltraSharp certainly lived up to the name of this IPS monitor. One of the factors that you can easily manage on this unit is its incredibly high fidelity in terms of image and video editing. This display eradicates color shift from almost any direction and in almost every environment providing great detail.

An 8ms response time may not be very satisfactory for gaming, but it has excellent performance across the board. That delivers more than just cinema-like clarity, favoring other forms of entertainment. What are some of this IPS monitor’s excellent specs here, it includes a bevy of presets and RGB calibration modes. The unit has a host of adjustability options, can easily pivot, height adjustment, tilt, and swivel. It also has digital and analog connections like DisplayPorts, USB 3.0, HDMI, and DVI.

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LG 38UC99 38-Inch Class UltraWide Monitor

Right off the bat, the 38-inch size can blow you away. But there’s more than just the mammoth size of LG’s 38UC99 curved ultrawide monitor. The price may be high but an IPS panel with 5ms response time does not come around often with a motion blur reduction. That’s on top of its FreeSync technology. The spanking 3840×1600 screen resolution with sRGB Over 99% is like having a huge cake glazed densely with caramel. This giant is getting excellent customer reviews in amazon! Battlefield gamers revealed that when the built in 1080 kicks in, the gaming experience improves by 100 frames.

Although you need to have more space to let this king suite, the 21:9 panels flaunt an impressive resolution, impressive curves. And that’s not supposed to be very surprising. The sleek design is just so elegant it looks beautiful on the desk. For its giant size it doesn’t lack the ergonomic options, this mammoth pivots and tilts besides the height adjustment. It has VESA mounts included for optimal placement. Moreover, a wide base that impressively doesn’t wobble. It does not even have that plastic feel to it.

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ASUS ROG SWIFT 27-inch PG279Q Monitor

There’s a lot worth pointing out about the ASUS ROG SWIFT IPS monitor. I have mentioned this model on my other listings of the “bests” for 2017 and it stays consistent. The red accents surrounding its entire design may seem like a gimmick. But hey, other than its design, it satisfies with high marks in performance and features. It is designed with ergonomic features allowing you to adjust the height easily, swivel it side to side, tilt, and pivot. I personally like its high and sturdy slim stand. Why is this IPS monitor impressive? Both our experts and customers who bought this unit had proven its seamless visuals and smooth gameplay.

A 165Hz refresh rate integrated with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology only proves that this bad boy is up for a serious gameplay. I find the display widget a really cool addition because it makes tweaking the settings easier. If you are the type who likes game-marathon, you will appreciate that not only its air-vent but also its ultra-low blue light feature. You can calibrate the filter settings to adjust the blue light level that is suitable for you.

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Acer Predator 27-inch XB271HU BMIPRZ Monitor

An incredibly amazing sharpness on a spacious 27 inch IPS panel display. This IPS monitor features 100% sRGB color space for impressive color. This provides the screen display’s enticing picture quality, perfect for graphics professionals. A good ultra-slim, frameless design that looks really neat, plus the Acer Predator’s base looks like a piece taken from an aircraft. Moreover, the ergonomic design that can be tilted, pivoted, swiveled, and adjust the height to provide you comfortable viewing. And not to forget an incredible 144Hz and go 165Hz (overclocked) refresh rate.

We collected opinions from the broader communities ensuring that we represent reliability oddities found among the users of this unit. This is also supported with Nvidia G-Sync empowering its overall performance. Meaning, no screen tearing and ghosting, precisely what is needed for gaming. Evaluating the present modes such as gaming and movie. Despite having just two connectivity options, since having superb image quality, it sums up all its overall value.

Last price update: 2017-07-12 15:22:56
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LG 34UC79G-B 34-Inch Curved UltraWide Monitor

What are the major factors we look for an IPS monitor? Multiple input connectivity options? Less than 8ms response time (hopefully,) and a price point under $800, maybe? I want to note that the IPS monitors on our top list are excellent options regardless of its price tag. Well, LG’s 34 inch ultra wide curved monitor is just that. There’s no mistaking the LG 34UC79G-B is a gamer-orientated unit despite being at 5ms response time. Apart from its enormous size, which gives you the convenience of having everything on one screen. You get AMD FreeSync and 144Hz refresh rate. Plus you get crosshair options and advanced game modes.

When it comes to its aesthetics, the neatly splashes of red at its slim base just nails the top for my liking. The design looks very masculine reminds me of formula one cars. I also love the outskirts of the display because it makes ultrawide more enjoyable and yet, not overwhelming. It has a great combo of features that resonates well with those who dabbles in both work and entertainment.

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Acer Predator 34-inch Curved UltraWide Monitor

This 34-inch Acer Predator pretty much mirrors the specs and features of its 27-inch younger brother. The IPS curved display is taking both gaming and workflow to another level, even for as simple as watching movies on the side while you got more than 3 windows all open at once. Like to play Battlefield or something similar? That’s well suited with this IPS monitor’s NVIDIA® G-SYNC technology getting rid of screen tearing and stutter reduction. Colors pop with its 100% sRGB color gamut and a 178 viewing degree , it makes photo and video editing manageable.

The precision-crafted zero frame design makes the viewing experience smoother. The ergonomic options, however, is limited. You can adjust the height, as well as tilt the monitor but it doesn’t have rotation option. The stand is pretty sturdy, the measurement of its base appears balanced for the width of the monitor. Being at 4ms response time and 60Hz up to 100Hz (overclocked) refresh rate, it is fairly good. The media inputs include HDMI, DisplayPort, a set of USB 3.0 ports and a port for headphones.

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ViewSonic VX2478-SMHD 24-Inch Frameless Monitor

ViewSonic’s frameless monitor is a great performing IPS monitor that doesn’t give your budget a heart attack. This ViewSonic IPS monitor is by far, the most budget friendly on our top list. It is a well-built design that doesn’t have much of that flimsy feel and is VESA compatible.In my opinion, the functionality and style of this IPS monitor are really nifty. The flush-mount frameless bezel and the clean and sophisticated looking base is suitable for office use. Underneath its panel is an anti-glare hard coating, and that is an integral part particularly for game enthusiasts.

Whether you are movie junkie or a professional graphic designer, you will love this unit. For a 24-inch display, a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution absolutely provide clear and sharp visuals. Despite its limited ergonomic options, it has the necessary inputs, such as HDMI, Audio-Out, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort. With a 4ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate, it is good enough for casual gamers. Mounting options are available for this model since it has VESA mounts at the back.

Last price update: 2017-07-12 15:22:37
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HP M2D46A8#ABA DreamColor Z32x 31-Inch Professional Monitor

We don’t often see HP monitors climbing up the rankings lists compared to its counterparts when it comes to work + gaming versatility. A Full-HD with 4k resolution display, this 31-inch IPS monitor turned out to be a well-built humble unit. This underdog boasts an impeccable ability to produce high color quality and black levels. This unit is at 8ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate. Not much on the PC gaming side. On the flip side, it delivers a high level of sRGB gamut and a perfect gamma curve making it performance monster. But only for working professionals in the field of photography and graphic design. When it comes to PC games, this IPS monitor is not widely decked for motion-packed games.

HP DreamColor’s ergonomic options include a height adjustment, back tilt, left/right swivel, and a degree pivot. It has a complete set of the necessary inputs and a base with cable management hole. Not the best-looking monitor but its staggering color depth and sturdy chassis, have given this DreamColor a slot on the list.

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The monitors we have enlisted are recommended by reviews by our experts, and with the support of customers feedback as well. Our observation is based several subjective tests by performing gaming and office productivity tasks.Each meets the minimum performance requirements, which includes the resolution, refresh rate and response time. The best IPS monitors should not go beyond 8ms and should have multiple input connectivity options.

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