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20. LCD or Plasma

Submitted by Testing on Mon, 09/07/2015 - 07:33

This frequently asked question does not have a blanket and finite answer. The answer simply is: It depends on your requirements and usage. Both LCD and plasma have their advantages and disadvantages. In recent times, many companies have marketed LCD as the latest and greatest technology and Plasma as "old". This is simply not true.

Here are the facts:

  • Both LCD and plasma are concurrent technologies.
  • Both technologies have specific applications where they excel.
  • Developmental work and money is spent on both technologies.
  • No end is in sight for any one of the two.

Make your decision based on the following:

Pro Plasma

  • Quick reaction time for fast moving action
  • Suitable for very large screen sizes (up to 150Inches!)
  • Long lifespan (up to 70000+ hours)
  • Very accurate and lifelike colour rendering
  • Very good contrast levels (easily 10000:1 and more)

Anti Plasma

  • Generally suffers from screen glare if light shines onto the screen
  • Generally consumes more power than LCD
  • Heavy screens
  • Can be overpowered by strong ambient light levels
  • Not available in small sizes - normally only from 37" upwards


  • Available in a variety of sizes from tiny to very large
  • Generally uses less energy than plasma
  • Brighter displays for brightly lit rooms
  • Very low glare on screen from light sources opposite the screen
  • Generally easy to produce high resolution screens

Anti LCD

  • Slower reaction times for on screen action, so sport could appear blurred
  • Colours easily appears over-saturated
  • Over bright screens appear less-lifelike in an attempt to be impressive
  • Not available in very large sizes - generally no bigger than 70"