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posted: Jun. 9, 2014 @ 9:06p
This is not an IPS monitor, it is AHVA.
Quoted from ttfcentral.com.uk
"Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle (AHVA)
Again while not strictly an IPS panel variant, we have left AHVA in this section as it is designed as an "IPS-mode" technology. Introduced first at the end of 2012 this technology is designed by AU Optronics as another alternative to IPS. Confusingly the AHVA name makes it sound like it's a VA-type panel, which AU Optronics have been manufacturing for many years. It should not be confused with AMVA which is their current "true" VA technology produced. To date there has only been one AHVA panel produced, a 27" 2560 x 1440 resolution module which has been used in only one screen. The BenQ BL2710PT featured this new technology and gave us some insight into the performance characteristics of AHVA.
Response time specs reach as low as 4ms G2G on paper but in reality the matrix does not perform any better than the faster IPS or PLS panels. Contrast ratios can reach up to the advertised 1000:1 and viewing angles are also very comparable to IPS. There is no off-centre contrast shift like you see on normal VA panels, but a pale glow is visible on dark content from an angle like with IPS/PLS. There is no support for higher refresh rates than 60Hz at this time. All in all AHVA does seem to be very comparable to IPS in practice. It remains to be seen whether AU Optronics will continue to invest in this technology much and whether other sized panels will emerge."
There's not too much out there on this monitor -- the best I've found is the PC Mag review which gives it pretty high marks (though, they also mistakenly refer to the monitor as being IPS). Honestly if it's close in quality to IPS I think that's good enough for the price. I really, really want to buy this but can't justify it, sadly.
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