P2 Vs. P3 LED display: What is the difference?

When you’re choosing a small-pitch LED display, you’re likely to come across two common types, such as P2 LED displays and P3 LED displays. But what exactly do these terms mean and how are they different? This article will guide you their differences.

IAM LED WALL P2 and P3 LED dispay Solution:

P2 LED display:

P2 LED display module
ParameterSpecification
Physical Pixel Pitch2mm
Module Size128 x 128 mm
Cabinet Size512 x 512 x 68 mm
Physical Density250,000 pixels/m²
Pixel Configuration1R1G1B
Module Resolution64 x 64 pixels = 4096 dots
Module Weight0.14 kg
Cabinet Resolution256 x 256 pixels
Cabinet Area0.262144 m²
Die-cast Aluminum Weight7.18 kg ± 0.05 kg
Optimal Viewing Distance2m to 27m
Viewing AngleHorizontal ≥160°, Vertical ≥120°
Average Power Consumption<500W/m²
Max Power Consumption<1000W/m²
Control MethodSynchronous Control
Graphics CardDVI
Driving Method1/32 scan
Max Power≤20W
Frame Change Frequency≥1920Hz
White Balance Brightness≥1000cd/m²
Refresh Rate≥500Hz
Brightness AdjustmentAutomatic by light sensor, 16 levels; Manual by software, 100 levels
Supported OSWIN98, WINXP, WIN2000, etc.
Video Signal CompatibilityRF, S-Video, RGB, RGBHV, YUV, YC, COMPOSITION, etc.
Control SystemPCTV card (optional) + DVI graphics card + master control card + fiber optic transmission (optional)
MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)≥5000 hours
Lifetime75,000 to 100,000 hours
Pixel Failure Rate<0.0002%
Product CategoryPH2-32S
Packaging Type3-in-1
LED Packaging1515

P3 LED display:

P3.0 LED module
ParameterSpecification
Product SpecificationP3
Pixel Diameter3mm
Pixel Pitch3mm
Pixel Density111,111 pixels/sq. m
Module Size192×192mm
Screen Resolution32×32
Display Primary ColorsFull Color
Pixel Composition1R1G1B
Display Colors65,536 colors
Gray Scale4,096 levels
Viewing AngleHorizontal: 110°, Vertical: 50°
Viewing Distance2-30m
White Balance Brightness≥1000cd/sq. m
Brightness1000cd/m²
Color TemperatureAdjustable 3200K-9300K
Maximum Power800W/sq. m
Average Power400W/sq. m
Operating VoltageAC 220V±15%, 50Hz
Refresh Rate1920Hz
Driving Method1/16 Scan (Dynamic)
Transmission Distance100m (without relay)
Operating EnvironmentStorage Temp: -40 to 85°C, Operating Temp: -10 to 50°C
Service Life100,000 hours
Product Weight20Kg/sq. m

Features:

Golden ratio Atmospheric fashion

 16:9 Small pitch led cabinet ratio is the golden ratio, you can enjoy the visual, atmospheric fashion, and present the perfect vision.

Ultra-high definition perfect picture quality

Small pitch LED display has very high resolution and brings delicate display effect

Easy to realize large screen display

Small pitch led display can be spliced in any size and direction, with a variety of specifications for the video source to choose from, it is easy to realize FHD, 4K large screen.

Low Brightness and High Gray Color

Adopting high-quality black body LED lamps with black mask, the contrast ratio is up to 3000:1, and the ultra-high definition picture quality of low gray and high brightness makes the picture more clear and delicate and vivid.

Power signal double backup

Adopting dual signal inputs, automatic detection of signal integrity; dual redundant power supply, when one power supply stops working, the other backup power supply continues to supply power, which does not affect the normal use of the product.

More stable refreshing performance

Computer and cell phone control dual support, screen + data cloud + APP, WiFi networking; refresh rate up to 9600HZ, stable performance, no flicker, good display effect. High contrast ratio, ultra-wide viewing angle of 160 °, high brightness and dazzling color, attracting the eye; using highly integrated design, saving 50% of points than the traditional screen.

Energy-saving and save more electricity

The led display light-emitting material itself belongs to energy-saving products, configured with special constant-current driver, energy-saving IC and high conversion rate drive power supply, and the brightness can be automatically adjusted.

What are P2 LED screens and P3 LED screens?

Indoor LED moduleins tallation

The “P” in P2 and P3 stands for “Pixel Pitch”, which is the distance (in millimeters) between the center of an LED pixel and the centers of adjacent pixels. Therefore, a P2 LED wall display has a pixel pitch of 2mm, while a P3 LED display has a pixel pitch of 3mm. The pitch will directly affect the resolution of the LED screen – the lower the number, the closer the pixels are to each other, resulting in higher resolution and sharper images at a closer viewing distance.

What is the difference between a P2 LED display and a P3 LED display?

pixel pitch

Spacing

The most significant difference between P2 and P3 LED displays is their pixel pitch. P2 screens have a pixel pitch of 2 mm and have a denser pixel arrangement than P3 screens (3 mm pixel pitch). The smaller pixel pitch allows for higher resolution visuals, making P2 video displays ideal for setups where the viewer is closer to the screen.

Clarity

Due to the tighter pixel pitch, P2 LED video displays offer higher resolution than P3 LED walls. As a result, P2 screens provide more detailed and clearer images.

Brightness

The brightness of an LED video screen is usually measured in nits. While the inherent brightness of individual LEDs in P2 and P3 displays is similar, closer P2 displays results in slightly higher perceived brightness. 

Price

P2 LED video walls are typically more expensive than P3 displays due to their higher pixel density. The manufacturing process for P2 display screens is more complex, requiring more LEDs per square meter and more precise assembly, resulting in higher costs.

Density

P2 LED video displays have a higher pixel density (i.e., the number of pixels per square meter) than P3 displays. 

FeatureP2 LED WallP3 LED Wall
Pixel Spacing2mm3mm
Image QualityHigher (clearer, more detailed pictures)Lower compared to P2
ResolutionHigher due to smaller pixel spacingLower due to larger pixel spacing
CostMore expensiveLess expensive
Pixels per Unit Area250,000 pixels110,000 pixels
Number of Beads15152121
Display IntegrityBetterInferior compared to P2
ApplicationIndoor (video meetings, studios, common spots)Larger venues (conference halls, lecture halls)
Pixel QualityHighLess than P2
Power SupplyMoreInferior compared to P2

When to choose a P2 LED display and when to choose a P3 LED display

indoor p3 LED display

While both P2 and P3 wall displays have good benefits, maximizing the return on your LED display investment is also a factor to consider, more detail like:

Viewing distance and image clarity

When choosing between P2 and P3 LED display screens, you should be clear about the optimum viewing distance. Smaller pitch P2 LED displays are ideal for applications where the viewer is relatively close to the screen, such as retail environments, galleries, museums and indoor arenas. They can often provide high-resolution content to capture the viewer’s attention and provide a memorable experience.

For P3 LED screens, P3 screens are also suitable for outdoor venues, concert halls and larger public areas where the audience is not too close to the screen. P3 displays can provide a cost-effective solution without compromising the audience’s viewing experience.

Content requirements

For content that requires intricate detail and crisp images, such as high-definition video, complex animations, or text-heavy presentations, P2 LED walls will better meet your needs due to their higher resolution. Conversely, if your content is less reliant on ultra-high resolution (e.g., extensive visual information, simple animations, or large text), a P3 LED screen may be a valid choice.

Budget Considerations

Given the higher density of LEDs in P2 displays, they tend to be more expensive not only in terms of initial purchase price but also in terms of installation and potential maintenance costs. However, for advanced applications where the highest image quality is non-negotiable, this investment may be justified.

P3 LED displays offer a more affordable alternative. If your project requires a larger screen size or to cover a larger area without the fine detail of a P2, choosing a P3 can significantly reduce costs while still delivering impressive visuals.

Total Cost of Ownership

When evaluating a budget for P2 and P3 LED panels, it is important to include not only the upfront costs, but also the ongoing costs of maintenance, LED display power consumption and potential repair needs.

Maintenance and repairs: Due to their higher complexity, P2 screen displays may require more frequent maintenance and can be more costly to repair if something goes wrong. The slightly simpler design of the P3 monitor may result in cost savings in this area in the long run.

Power Consumption: Higher pixel densities in P2 video screens typically mean more LEDs and therefore higher power consumption. Considering energy costs over the lifetime of the display can provide a more accurate picture of the investment.

Durability and longevity: The quality of manufacturing, environmental factors and frequency of use all affect the lifespan of an LED display. 

Making the Choice

FeatureP2 LED WallP3 LED Wall
Pixel DensityHigher (approx. 160,000 points/sqm)Lower (approx. 111,000 points/sqm)
Pixel PitchSmaller (2mm)Larger (3mm)
Image QualityHigher resolution, better picture qualityGood quality, but less detailed compared to P2
Viewing DistanceSuitable for closer viewingSuitable for wider viewing distances
ContrastHigher contrast, black LED lamps reduce reflectionsGood contrast, but may have more reflections
TechnologyAdvanced, with better noise reduction and lightweightReliable SMD LED technology, UL-approved power supply
Refresh RateVery high, ensuring smooth image transitionsHigh
Power SupplyBest, with UL approvalStandard
CostHigher due to more advanced featuresLower, more budget-friendly
Ideal ApplicationIndoor environments where detail is crucialSituations requiring good quality at a distance
Noise and WeightLess noise, lightweightStandard noise level, standard weight
Color UniformityGoodExcellent, with promising color uniformity

Choose a P2 LED wall if the following conditions are met:

  • You need ultra-high resolution and excellent image quality for close-up viewing.
  • High contrast and minimal reflections are critical for your application.
  • Budget is no longer an issue and you are looking for advanced features.

Choose a P3 LED wall if the following criteria are met:

  • You prefer a cost-effective solution that still delivers good image quality.
  • Your application involves viewing from a greater distance without the need for ultra-high detail.
  • You value excellent color uniformity and high refresh rates for smooth image transitions.
  • Reliable power is a top priority for your setup.

How much do P2 LED screens and P3 LED walls cost?

indoor p2 LED display

The cost of a P2 LED video wall varies greatly depending on size, quality and additional features. Prices per square foot start at $3,000 USD per square meter, the larger the area and the more features, the higher the price. For the same area, P3 LED panels are usually cheaper than P2 displays.

More:

P3 vs. P4 vs. P5 vs. P6 LED Display Wall

In summary

Above we have mainly introduced the differences between P2 and P3 LED displays. However, when choosing between P2 and P3 LED display, please choose them according to your actual situation. P2 screens have higher resolution and clarity but are more expensive, while P3 screens are more suitable for viewing from a relatively long distance and are more affordable. If you have a P2 or P3 LED screen when you don’t know how to choose, you can contact us directly. Our experts can let you choose the ideal LED New or used LED display with the most reasonable budget.