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PLS vs IPS – Similar Panel Types Explained

By November 12, 2016 3 Comments


Short Answer

A PLS (Plane to Line Switching) panel is very similar to an IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel, but with some extra minor advantages. PLS is basically Samsungs improved version of IPS.

The great battle: PLS vs IPS – which one is best? Although the fundamental principles behind each of these panel technologies are very alike, there are some small benefits of having a PLS monitor.

PLS stands for Plane to Line Switching and is produced by Samsung, who claims that a PLS panel offer 10% more brightness, better viewing angles, lower production costs (about 15%), better image quality and the possibility of having flexible panels. Samsung’s technology is also referred to as Super PLS. In the overall battle of PLS vs IPS, the winner is PLS.

AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) is also a panel technology that is very similar to IPS and PLS. AHVA panels are faster than IPS panels, but at the cost of a little color quality. These tiny differences between IPS vs PLS vs AHVA are not very noticeable. In reality, most people don’t differentiate between IPS, AHVA and PLS, since they are pretty much alike, so you can categorize them under a single entity. But overall, in IPS vs PLS, the winner is PLS, but by a very little margin and shouldn’t be a deciding factor when choosing your next monitor.

If you want the best gaming monitor with a PLS panel, there are some great ones out there, including overclockable monitors. Check out our buyer’s guide linked to at the top of our website to find the right monitor for you.

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  • deemon

    Any 21:9 freesync ones with 10 or 12bpc colors?

    And nope, sorry… there are 0 PLS monitors in the article link you gave. At least no monitor has been labeled as such. In fact… there is only 1 Samsung monitor in that list and that one has TN panel, which is the worst of them all.

  • We are not aware of such monitors, no.

  • Clever

    Samsung S24F350FHW