TN Panel on a laptop in excess of $3,000?

Cidona

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Dear Forum.

I had posted this thread last night and was thought I was happy enough to pull the trigger today.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3620035/coffee-lake-coffee-lake-2018.html

However just before doing so i realized the 1080 panel was not showing as an IPS. I called PC Specialist and they confirmed that IPS panel was not an option with the 1080 panel. The 4K option is but that will be too large a resolution for me on such a small screen and some of the software I use apparently doesn't work well (performance hits and other issues) with scaling options.

Here is a link to the actual panel that is being used for the 1080 panel that would be coming with the laptop I'm looking at however it doesn't help me much. Maybe some monitor guru out there will be able to tell more from it.

http://www.panelook.com/B156HTN05.2_AUO_15.6_LCM_overview_31518.html

I guess there are different standards of TN Panels. Is it possible that I'd be impressed when I got it? I'm not usually in large cities or such where I can go somewhere and view a bunch of different monitors to compare but I've been happy with pretty much any IPS screen I've bought and not so with the TN panels. However I'm not buying monitors all the time so it's probably not enough experience to make a full determination.

There does seem to be some nice features to the panel such as Matte (which I prefer) Anti Glare, 120 Hz and 400 cd/m2. However I had previously pretty much written off TN panels. Am I wrong? Given that I'll be looking at this thing for cira three years and spending (for me) a very considerable amount of dough I want to be sure I'm going to be happy with it.

I'm considering some alternatives such as Sager/Eurocom due to this issue but if I thought I'd be happy with the screen I'd be going with PC Specialist as the pricing works better especially since they are UK based (so I would not be paying VAT), they seem to have excellent customer reviews regards after sale service and if the need to return for warranty issues or such it would be quicker, easier and less expensive to be dealing with a UK company than US.

Am I crazy to be even considering spending this kind of money on a laptop with a TN panel? I can't remember seeing any review for a monitor where they were saying something along the lines of "This version of TN panel finally brings TN panels to a standard to compete with IPS screens". However while I try to keep up to date as best I can I don't get to spend enough time keeping up with all reviews, etc..

Any insight would be very much appreciated.




 

USAFRet

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The actual panel matters FAR more than what letters are in the description.
TN, IPS, whatever.

(non-laptop)...My current TN panels are FAR better, in all respects, than the very good IPS panels they replaced.
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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The only way to know is to have your eyeballs on it in your specific uses.
 

Cidona

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Yes, it would be nice to be able to do that :).

I've just now come across this review which is for a different computer/supplier but seems to be using the same panel.
https://www.notebookcheck.net/Schenker-XMG-P507-Clevo-P651HS-G-Notebook-Review.193074.0.html

It doesn't give me that warm fuzzy feeling I was looking for :)

"One thing you cannot change is the limited viewing angle stability, and trained eyes will immediately see the difference compared to an IPS panel. Overall, we are rather disappointed by the picture quality of the TN panel – 120 Hz and good outdoor capabilities or not."

I have some thinking to do...

Thanks again for your prompt reply USAFRet!!!
 
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