Originally Posted by Testier
So it seems PLS is pretty much samsung's version of eIPS, which is the cheapest IPS panels with lower quality and using 6 bit to dither to 8 bit. So the PLS might not be true 8 bit monitors.
I don't know where your getting your assumptions from but you can google the panel used. It's a 8 bit pls banel which is used in the highest end $1200 + samsung monitor. I have owned a lot of different monitors in the last few months and this one smashes the rest by far. As far as ips vs pls is concerned the ips panels usually are brighter, with less pop but more accuracy to colors, and worse black levels, obviously in contrasy you are getting better blacks, colors with more pop but less accurate (slightly over saturated) and slightly lower brightness. With the asus pb278q i owned (2560x1440p pls panel) i did definitely notice the lower brightness and the black crush i had was unacceptable at any brightness setting. With this i don't see that at all at any brightness setting, i have it calibrated using the spyder elite 3.
So you say you know about icc profiles well the only downside of this panel vs a ips would be slightly over saturated colors (which a lot of people prefer hence samsungs popularity with hdtv's) which can be fixed by calibrating your qnix. You are right in saying someone elses profile might not help, but as you say every panel is different, even every dell will be different and you might get one that you personally think is worse or you might get one that you personally think is better than a qnix, no one can decide for you, but to say "So it seems PLS is pretty much samsung's version of eIPS, which is the cheapest IPS panels with lower quality and using 6 bit to dither to 8 bit. So the PLS might not be true 8 bit monitors" is just wrong.