Dell announced two new models in its popular UltraSharp monitor lineup on Thursday. The displays are popular with office workers, creatives and – due to their USB-C connectivity – Mac users. LG Display is now introducing the so-called “IPS Black”, which will be included in Dell’s product range UltraSharp 32 (U3223QE) and 27 (U2723QE) 4K USB-C Hub Monitors.
What is IPS Black and should we expect it to give monitors an edge over the competition?
First, what is IPS?
To understand IPS Black, a new breed of IPS panel, it helps to have a basic understanding of IPS, or in-plane switching. IPS is one of the three types of LED panels in PC monitors and TVs, along with VA (Vertical Alignment) and TN (Twisted Nematic).
The three technologies work slightly differently, resulting in different advantages and disadvantages. IPS panels have better viewing angles, which means the image on the screen is easier to see when viewed from a side angle. They are also known for their exceptional color reproduction, especially when compared to TN panels.
Simply put, IPS panels have liquid crystals aligned parallel to the glass surfaces surrounding them. When an electric charge is applied, the crystals rotate; They maintain a parallel position but transmit light and create an image. The technology differs from the liquid crystals in a TN panel, which rotate 90 degrees to let light through. TN panels have historically maintained faster refresh rates and response times, but we’re seeing IPS catching up in expensive gaming monitors.
IPS screens also differ from VA panels, which deliver better contrast ratios. VA panels have liquid crystals that are perpendicular to the glass substrates and tilted to let light through. As noted by the monitor company ViewSonicthis allows them to better block unnecessary background light, resulting in deeper blacks and higher contrast ratios.
So what is IPS Black?
Just as QD-OLED promises to give OLED screens better performance, IPS Black is a new breed of IPS that claims to offer better contrast than standard IPS monitors can produce.
LG Display announced IPS Black in January but hasn’t revealed much information on how the technology works. Back then LG Display called The panels have a black level that’s “35 per cent deeper than existing IPS products” and it was promised that the displays “would deliver”.extreme clarity and precise color accuracy.”
The UltraSharp monitors U3223QE and U2723QE are the first available IPS black monitors. According to Dell, the displays have a contrast ratio of 2,000:1 – meaning a black image looks 2,000 times darker than a white one. That’s twice more than what most IPS monitors offer. For comparison the UltraSharp 30 U3023E– also announced on Thursday – uses a standard IPS panel and has a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. (All three monitors have been listed for some time, as per sites like Tom’s hardwarebut Dell is making its first formal announcement today.)
In addition, the 31.5-inch and 27-inch IPS black monitors each cover 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color space and 100 percent of sRGB. For comparison, the 27 inch UltraSharp U2720Qwhich has a high contrast ratio (1,300:1) for an IPS monitor, covers 95 percent of DCI-P3 and 99 percent of sRGB.
LG Display’s IPS Black announcement also states that the technology “significantly lowers levels of blue light.” Dell doesn’t say its new UltraSharps have any advantage in fighting blue light over and above the hardware-based ComfortView Plus that the company introduced in 2020.
LG Display also claimed that IPS Black panels would allow for “an almost borderless design”. Considering the IPS Black-based UltraSharps continue the use of tiny little bezels in the series, we’d say that checks out.
Dell won’t be the only company using IPS Black technology. LG Display sells to various companies, and LG plans to launch its own IPS Black monitors. It is still unclear whether there will be IPS Black TVs.
As for Dell’s newly announced UltraSharps, all three claim to hit 400 nits of brightness and have 60Hz refresh rates. The 27-inch IPS black monitor has an MSRP of $725, but Dell already has it on sale for $625. For comparison Dell’s 27 inch U2720Q, with a standard IPS panel, is currently priced at $590. The 32-inch IPS Black monitor has an MSRP of $1,150 but is currently discounted to $920. And the non-IPS Black U3023E is priced at $1,050 but is priced at $785 at the time of writing.
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