Colorblind - IPS still worthwhile?

Tarrosion

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I have minor colorblindness - not so severe that I can't, for example, distinguish between red and green grapes or see the color on a traffic light, but fine distinctions between colors tend to not mean as much to me, especially with blue/purple and light greens.

Many on this forum champion IPS panels, which (from what I've read) seems quite understandable. However, since my color perception is not 100%, does the extra expense of an IPS panel likely be worth it for me?

My current monitor whines uncontrollably and could be a bit bigger, so I'm looking to upgrade...just not sure what category of panel I should be looking at. Current panel is a 20" 1680x1050 VA.

Budget: $200-$300
Use: 40% programming/LaTeX, 40% web, 15% games, 5% movies/TV.
Viewing angles: needs to be usable from a slight angle, but wide angles aren't important to me.
Size: more than 20", less than 27"

Thanks,
Tarrosion
 

night_2004

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My experience is that when you start moving into the 22-24" monitor range the cheaper TN monitors have color uniformity issues near the corners of the screens (since they're further away from the center focus of the screen when you're looking at it). I've returned several 24" TN monitors because corner pixels has a distinct yellow or purple bias to them to me. This effect gets more pronounced the larger the screen you get. Even with being partially color blind I would not be surprised if you could still experience that effect.

I'd stick with VA, eIPS, or IPS monitors. eIPS monitors are surprising well priced given what they offer.
 

XoR

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I recommend getting wide-gamut monitor as it have much better defined colors, especially green so it might somewhat compensate
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blackhand1001

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I'd personally look for a used 2408wfp or 2407wfp-hc, they are wide gamut and don't glow off angle. They also are wide gamut and have great contrast and solid colors like red blue and green stay true to there even off angle very well with very little brightness change. IPS many times loses its brightness off angle, although with a gamma shift, and has annoying glowing that frequently has a hue to it rather than being a grey glow. You also seem happy with the picture on the pva you have and the S-PVA screen are a huge improvement over those with less color shift off angle and no off angle glowing compared with the slight glow traditional pva has (nothing compared to IPS).
 

Biges

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Colour precision is not the only benefit of IPS panels. Better models also don't exhibit various brightness and contrast related faults of TN and *VA panels. But the best thing you can do is just simply to try.
And XoR is right - go for an wide-gamut model, the over-saturation of colours could compensate for your less colour sensitivity.
 
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Yes its very important! I am colorblind as well and the wide gamut models help me see the difference between blues and purples in WoW.
 

blackhand1001

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Colour precision is not the only benefit of IPS panels. Better models also don't exhibit various brightness and contrast related faults of TN and *VA panels. But the best thing you can do is just simply to try.
And XoR is right - go for an wide-gamut model, the over-saturation of colours could compensate for your less colour sensitivity.

In my experience, VA panels (at least when they were more common) are much easier to find without defects like backlight bleed and bad color balance issues. Its very common on IPS panels to have whites be tinted or to have bleeding of the backlight as well as stuck pixels compared to Samsung VA panels. The 2408wfp which is s-pva has a very wide gamut backlight which should help towards your color blindness.
 
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