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S-PVA and IPS panels: color accuracy

Alberto Dall'Oglio , Mar 23, 2009; 07:27 a.m.

I've often read that IPS based technology LCD panels are better than S-PVA ones for photo editing.. This may be true regarding viewing angle, since as far as I know, IPS technology was developed to solve brightness/contrast shift from perpendicular point of view of TN and PVA panels... But what about color reproduction and accuracy? Are S-PVA good for not high end photo editing? In fact I've noticed that there are some good manufacturers that still produce S-PVA panels for photo editing purpose... Look for example at new NEC P221W_BK-SV model (http://www.necdisplay.com/Products/Product/?product=14c36ffc-c520-4bbe-8e6a-ca1c522e6cbf)...
Thank you, Alberto.

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Charles Martorelli , Mar 23, 2009; 08:35 a.m.

I think S-PVA are acceptable for photo editing. Are they acceptable for high end work. Well probley not maybe not. Especially if there is someone sitting next to you. At home I use a Samsung S-PVA panel and at work I have a Eizo IPS. This setup works well for me.

Leif Goodwin , Mar 23, 2009; 09:31 a.m.

Few monitors give good colours out of the box. Most need to be calibrated using a third party tool such as a Spyder3Pro or an Eye One Display 2. Even then the colours are limited by the monitor's gamut. In some cases the panel will perform better than expected due to an LED back light and/or a 10 bit LUT. I find the terms such as IPS, MVA etc totally confusing and I suspect that only way to know how a monitor performs is to read some reliable reviews.
Here's a few which seem okay:
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews.htm
www.trustedreviews.com

Jason Brown , Apr 29, 2009; 11:12 p.m.

I just bought two 22" Dell UltraSharp 2209WA LCD monitor / e-IPS panel on Dell's outlet store for $178 each. A week ago. (Adjustable stand/tilt/rotate/swivel). I'm happy with my purchase, as my goal was to get an IPS panel type. To see what 3 types are in the brand you're looking for can be found here, FlatpanelsHD

If I'm going to invest in something, I'm going to do it right the first time. That's my motto. I did a lot of research. You can check out my website out at jsbrownstudio.com

Tim Lookingbill , Apr 30, 2009; 01:37 a.m.

Interesting. Dell's listings of their available LCD displays at their outlet store now inidicate which panel technology is in each model. That's the first I've ever seen of that.

Here's their refurb listing of the 2209WA:

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