Originally Posted by 91spark
Yeah, I do for gaming at night. It's only my second day with it as we speak and I've always used my older TN display in the dark so it doesn't really bother me. I did read that tftcentral.co.uk review to calibrate it but I felt that 18% brightness (it may have been 12% like you said but I think it was 18%) it just wasn't bright enough for my liking. I did tweak the colour settings though and dimmed it to around 30%.
Why do IPS panels benefit with additional light in the room? I really know nothing about monitors aside from the research I've done over the past few weeks. I have a pretty dim lamp beside my panel that I use when I'm web browsing but for gaming I usually shut it off.
What I don't like about IPS at night without lights in the room is that it can only show dark blacks in the spot that's at a 90° angle with your eyes. That's probably somewhere in the middle of the screen in your normal sitting position. Looking away from that area and towards an edge of the monitor, there's a white glow that overlays the black. It gets pretty strong towards the corners of the screen. If the room is completely dark, that "IPS glow" is too noticeable and I can't enjoy anything with dark graphics like some games or movies.
Now that I think about it, I guess that 90° angle stuff is how you can check if what you see on your monitor is backlight bleed or just how IPS is. When you move your head from hovering above the middle of the screen to an edge or to a corner, the IPS glow in that area disappears for you, and only the bleed is left. This means if you hover your head above an edge and it shows nice blacks there, you know that you don't have any backlight bleed in that spot.