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VA (Ver­ti­cal Align­ment) pan­els are the middle op­tion in LCD pan­els. They were orig­i­nally de­signed to of­fer bet­ter color re­pro­duc­tion and wider view­ing an­gles (up to 178-de­grees) than TN dis­plays, and faster re­sponse than IPS. Their main strength is in bet­ter blacks and higher con­trast ra­tios com­pared to other dis­play types. This makes VA pan­els good for video play­back and movie watch­ing.

How­ever, be­cause of the way VA pan­els are de­signed, they have an inherent flaw that’s known as color shift­ing. Color shift­ing is when an im­age viewed from dif­fer­ent an­gles ap­pears to change po­si­tion when view from an­other an­gle, due to un­even bright­ness lev­els. The color shift­ing also has an­other side ef­fect in that shadow de­tails are lost in dark scenes, es­pe­cially when viewed from the cen­ter.

Also, while other dis­play types (TN and IPS) have pro­gressed to ad­dress their ini­tial flaws, VA pan­els haven’t re­ally been able to keep up. Pri­mar­ily, it’s one of the slower pan­els around, with av­er­age re­sponse times in the ball­park of 8-16ms. Who is it for: VA pan­els were orig­i­nally the choice for those who wanted a bet­ter mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence since it pro­duced greater blacks, which is good for movies. It is also con­sid­ered an upgrade over TN pan­els for most gen­eral tasks ex­cept gam­ing. How­ever, as both TN and IPS tech­nolo­gies have caught up, many com­pa­nies have re­duced sup­port for VA-type pan­els.

The BenQ XR3501 is an ex­am­ple of a VA dis­play.

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