LCD Panel Technology Type and Characteristics TN film (Twisted Nematic) - low manufacturing/retail costs - restrictive viewing angles - fast pixel response times - dead pixels display white. Stuck pixels display RGB colors - lower contrast levels means blacks are not as dark as VA based panels - lower color reproduction IPS (In Plane Switching) - improved viewing angles over TN - very good color reproduction - slower pixel response times than TN - dead pixels display black - lower contrast levels means blacks are not as dark as VA based panels Super-IPS (S-IPS) - same as IPS except ... - likely best color reproduction of all TFT - less expensive to produce than IPS - improved pixel response VA (Vertical Alignment) Technologies MVA (Multidomain Vertical Alignment) - compromise between TN and IPS technologies - superior color reproduction over TN but not as good as IPS - very good viewing angles but less than IPS - higher contrast than TN or S-IPS means very good blacks - dead pixels are black - slower pixel response than TN or IPS - details can be lost when directly viewing dark areas Premium-MVA (P-MVA) - same as MVA except ... - "overdrive" technology increases pixel response but still slower than TN - may have slightly degraded color reproduction due to "overdrive" process PVA (Patterned VA) - same as MVA except ... - larger viewing angles - higher contrast levels means darkest blacks Super-PVA (S-PVA) - same as PVA except ... - Magic Speed (the Samsung equivalent to Overdrive) improves pixel response - slightly improved color reproduction - slightly improved viewing angles Purchasing Considerations TN Gamers Considered a "gamers" panel due to it's fast pixel response times which reduces trailing images know as "ghosting". However, this advantage has been reduced by new technologies to accelerate pixel response times in other panel types. Colors and contrast tend to be weak and blacks are not truly dark. Viewing angles are significantly limited. However, monitors based on this technology tend to be inexpensive. IPS / S-IPS Graphics Work or Web Browsing Considered to have the best color reproduction of all panel types, these panels are well suited for graphics work or web browsing. Pixel response time is also good but slower than the TN "gamers" panel. Contast and blacks are also less dark than VA panels but viewing angles are excellent. MVA / P-MVA / PVA / S-PVA Compromise for All-Around Use These panels are a compromise between the fast pixel response times of the TN panel and the excellent color reproduction of the IPS panels. Contrast and blacks are best of all the panel types. Viewing angles are similar but slightly inferior to IPS. Model/Panel Index Acer Acer AL1951Cs - 19" TN Film Acer AL1916ws - 19" WS TN Film Acer AL2016ws - 20" WS Chunghwa Picture Tubes TN Film Acer AL2032wa - 20" WS AU Optronics P-MVA (M201EW01 V0) OR LG.Philips S-IPS (LM201W01) BenQ BenQ FP202W - 20" WS Chunghwa Picture Tubes TN Film Dell Dell 1905FP - 19" Samsung PVA (LTM190E4-L02) or AU Optronics P-MVA (M190EN03 V0) Dell 1907FP - 19" TN Film Dell 2001FP - 20" LG.Philips S-IPS (LM201U04) Dell 2005FPW - 20" WS LG.Philips S-IPS (LM201W01) Dell 2007WFP - 20" WS LG.Philips S-IPS (LM201W01) Dell 2007FP - 20" LG.Philips S-IPS (LM201U04) Dell 2405FPW - 24" WS Samsung PVA (LTM240M1-L01) Dell 2407WFP - 24" WS Samsung S-PVA (LM201W01) Dell 3007WFP - 30" WS LG.Philips S-IPS (LM300W01) Gateway Gateway FPD2185W - 21" WS Samsung S-PVA (LTM210M2) HP HP F2105 - 21" WS Samsung S-PVA (LTM210M2) Hyundai Hyundai L90D+ - 19" Samsung TN (LTM190EX-L01) NEC NEC LCD20WGX2 - 20" LG.Philips AS-IPS (LM201W01) Sceptre X20G Naga II 16ms 20" P-MVA Sceptre X20G Naga II - 20" WS P-MVA Samsung Samsung 930B - 19" Samsung TN Film Samsung 940B - 19" Samsung TN Film Samsung 940T - 19" Samsung PVA (LTM190E4) Samsung 940MW - 19"WS Samsung TN Film (LTM190M2) Samsung 204B - 20" Samsung TN Film (LTM201UX) Samsung 215TW - 21" WS Samsung S-PVA (LTM210M2) Samsung 244T - 24" WS Samsung S-PVA (LTM240M2) ViewSonic ViewSonic VA1912W - 19" WS Chi Mei Optoelectronics TN Film (M190A1) ViewSonic VP912B - 19" AU Optronics TN Film (M190EN04 V1) Viewsonic VX922 - 19" AU Optronics TN Film (M190EN04) Viewsonic VX924 - 19" AU Optronics TN Film (M190EN04 V5) ViewSonic VP920 - 19" TN Film ViewSonic VP930 - 19" AU Optronics P-MVA (M190EG01 V0) ViewSonic VA1912W - 19" WS Chi Mei Optoelectronics TN Film (M190A1) ViewSonic VA2012WB - 20" WS Chunghwa Picture Tubes TN Film ViewSonic VX2025WM - 20" WS AU Optronics P-MVA (M201EW01 V0) Much information gathered from TFT Central. Please visit their excellent site for detailed information on TFT technology and manufacturer models.