What Is a VA Display? A Basic Definition

VA stands for vertical alignment and is a a type of LED (a form of LCD) panel display technology. VA panels are characterized as having the best contrast and image depth among the other main types of display panels, TN (twisted nematic) and IPS (in-plane switching), but also the longest response times. As such, you may want to think twice when selecting a VA panel when choosing a gaming monitor. 

Common Types of LCD Panels:


TNVAIPS
PerformanceFastest: low response times, highest refresh rates, minimal motion blur; Low input lagLongest response times typically; Higher refresh rates possibleSlower response times than TN, faster response times than VA; Gaming-quality refresh rates are rare
DisplayWorst viewing angles;
Worst color
Viewing angles typically better than TN, worse than IPS;
Good color;
Best contrast;
Best image depth
Best viewing angles;
Best color
PricingCheapestPricier models can have performance comparable to TNMost expensive
Best UseGamingGeneral UseProfessional

This article is part of the Tom's Hardware Glossary.

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