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:
|Performance||Fastest: low response times, highest refresh rates, minimal motion blur; Low input lag||Longest response times typically; Higher refresh rates possible||Slower response times than TN, faster response times than VA; Gaming-quality refresh rates are rare|
|Display||Worst viewing angles;|
|Viewing angles typically better than TN, worse than IPS; |
Best image depth
|Best viewing angles; |
|Pricing||Cheapest||Pricier models can have performance comparable to TN||Most expensive|
|Best Use||Gaming||General Use||Professional|
This article is part of the Tom's Hardware Glossary.
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