There comes a time for every carefully selected component in the PC Gamer Rig when it’s time to face the big screwdriver in the sky and prepare for replacement. If it’s a part that’s been a stalwart of the Rig for many months, I’ll hunt around the most obscure of online retailers to convince myself it’s still available before giving up and retiring it for something easier to come by.
Especially if it’s something as important as the screen.

LG’s IPS236V, the erstwhile panel of choice for our average gamer’s system, wasn’t to everyone’s taste. A slightly flaky stand was only the start of its woes. The 23inch diagonal isn’t huge by today’s standards, when a massive 27inch screen will cost just a few pounds more.
What I do stand by, however, is the choice of an eIPS panel rather than a TN one.
The advantage of an IPS-type screen is that it produces better colours and viewing angles than even the best TN and MVA panels currently available. Before you point out that the cheaper eIPS screens use 6-bit colours and Advanced Framerate Control – AFRC – dithering to fool the eye into seeing more colours than they can actually produce, they’re still better for colour accuracy in my experience.
The disadvantage is that TN panels can change state substantially faster. You’ll see these listed as having 2ms grey to grey response times, while eIPS screens are more likely to be rated 6, 8 or even 12ms.


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