LCD monitor for 3D rendering

Have you wondered why an image looks different from one monitor to another? In the past, when everybody was using crt monitors this was not
such a big issue (since in most cases the differences were minor), but in the lcd era, if you are a pro graphic designer or an illustrator, you need to make sure that what you see on the monitor will match the print that your client will use in his campaign.
Therefore, the most important factor when working in 3d graphics (and computer graphics in general, as a matter of fact) is color reproduction.

A little bit of tech stuff
The most important part of a monitor is the panel. It is the first thing that you should be interested in when buying an lcd monitor.

TN panels

-these have the main advantage of being cheap. Furthermore, the response time is faster, compare to the other types. These makes them perfect for gamers and for people that just use the computer to surf the net or use only office applications.
However, the downside is that they color reproduction is unacceptable for visualization artists and graphic designers. Due to the fact that they are only 6 bit panels, they can not reproduce 16.7 million colors. Some of these can “fake” them using dithering, but the result looks desaturated and it lacks contrast.
Another disadvantage is that the viewing angles are the worst of all types of panles.

In conclusion, if intend to use a lcd for computer graphics, stay away from TN panels.

S-IPS
S-IPS panels are the best when it comes to color reproduction accuracy and viewing angles, which makes them the best solution for people that earn a living by working with images. The response time is not as good as the TN panels, but still acceptable.
The price may be a little prohibitive for some, though.

S-PVA
These are somewhere in the middle of the other two, but closer to the S-IPS from a designer’s point of view. Color reproduction accuracy and viewing angles are quite close to the previous ones and the contrast ratio is even higher.
The price range is also somewhere between the other two.

As a conclusion, when you buy a lcd monitor think about the panel first and don’t look  just at the size and the price.
If budget is not a problem I would go for an S-IPS panel. Personally I own NEC MultiSync 20WGX monitors and I am quite happy with them.
Another good choice would be Dell2007Wfp (with a samsung S-pva panel or an Lg S-ips panel)

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3 Comments
  1. Rudi says:

    How to know or where to find information that a monitor is a TN, S-IPS or S-PVA panel? I’ve check out my lcd monitor (at the back panel, on the box and in the user guide book) but found no info about the panels type.

  2. Unfortunately many choose not to specify the type of panel used for a certain monitor. From my experience, if it isn’t mentioned, it usually is a TN panel. There are also other clues (for example, if it has a fast response time – under 5 – there is a strong chance it is a Tn) but if you do a google search you will most certainly find out.
    You can find plenty of info on these issues on http://www.tftcentral.co.uk

  3. mohan says:

    ok, so is there any way to make the rendered image(in lcd) to feel same when viewed in crt?is there any way in Photoshop to save the monitor colour info?

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