With a ton of abbreviations out there in the markets like OLED, QLED, LED, LCD, HD, FHD, 4K, IPS, and other display options for monitors on laptops, desktops, and television sets, it has become super confusing to figure out which monitor serves what purpose. Moreover, it is difficult to judge which variant will be the best for your device.
To help you out with this, we discuss two of these variants in this article to help you identify the kind of screen you should go for. We delineate this technical jargon to tell you about LED Vs IPS monitors.
Difference between an IPS monitor and a LED monitor
Before diving into the differences and the pros and cons, let us first know the differences between the two and help you differentiate between IPS Vs LED Monitors.
Light Emitting Diode or LED displays are flat panel screens that should not be confused with LCD screens which are Liquid Crystal Displays. Instead of using fluorescent backlighting, these screens use diodes which are also from where they get their names from. It emits light when the current is passed through it.
These diodes are small lights that, unlike LCD backlights are not spread out evenly on the screens. LED screens to come in two different types – OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screens as well as QLED (Quantum Light Emitting Diode) screens.
Let us take a brief look at these two technologies too to understand the LED technology better.
Organic Light Emitting Diode screens:
These types of screens have an individual light source for each pixel that can be turned off and on when required. They provide deeper blacks, better contrast ratios, and immaculate image quality.
Quantum Light Emitting Diode screens:
Each pixel in these kinds of screens has a quantum dot or a tiny phosphor particle that glows when any kind of light is shined upon it.
These dots do not emit light but work by reflecting light and are not very accurate for bright colors or the color white. They need phosphorus coatings for the blue light to look like white light.
LED monitors to have good contrast ratios as they do not emit the color black but simply turn off the diodes of the area that is to show black color. In this way, the screen saves light and energy and consumes lesser power as compared to other screen technologies.
The backlighting also comes in two configurations – full array backlighting (evenly spread LEDs arranged in zones that can be dimmed) and edge lighting (LEDs placed at the edge of the display screen instead of behind the screen).
Pros of LED screens
- Longevity of backlight
- Highly suitable for gaming and other heavy jobs that require a high frame rate
- Low power consumption
- Brighter picture quality
- Come with very high frame rate
- More expensive than conventional lighting devices but have cheap screens
- Are a lot slimmer than other screen technologies
- Higher contrast ratios
Cons of LED screens
- Do not come with very flexible viewing angles
- Can change color due to age and temperament of the diode
- Contrast ratios are not consistent
IPS (In-Plane Switching) screens use liquid crystal technology to bring to you crisp and clear visuals. It is another type of LCD technology. They display consistent and accurate colors. Since they do not use diodes, IPS screens offer better viewing angles and better white colors.
These screens can accurately display 256 shades of every primary color with ease and perfection. IPS screens revolutionized the viewing angle problem that gadgets were facing in the 1980s and were specifically designed to give a wider viewing angle.
This kind of screen is not suitable for gaming as it cannot display a lot of frames per second, something that is important for high-end and professional games.
Pros of IPS screens
- Wider and more flexible viewing angle
- Better color accuracy and range
- More accurate picture reproduction
- Better than LCD screens
- Very high quality display
Cons of IPS screens
- Are a little bit more expensive than most screen options
- Have a low frame rate
Now that you have the pros and cons of each screen, a lot of doubts must have cleared up in your head. For professional image work, IPS screens are highly recommended for their very accurate color depiction as well as contrast ratio consistencies.
LED screens are recommended for casual viewing, attending classes, working from home, gaming, typing and other daily computer activities where viewing angle is not an issue for you. It is easy to get confused by technical jargon and the sea of alphabets one experiences while buying a new gadget. We hope now you know the differences between these, how they work, what makes these two types of screens, and that this article was helpful to you!