Monday, April 25, 2011

2 New 3D Monitors from Acer Unveiled

Acer 3D moniotrsI'm not quite sure how popular 3D gaming is amongst the PC crowd. 3D is all the rage in cinema nowadays and tons of people are buying up 3D televisions, but you don't hear a whole lot of talk about 3D computer monitors and gaming.

Now, I'm not much for 3D movies. While I found them entertaining in the beginning, due to the fact that every single director and his mother is making a movie in 3D nowadays, the effect is starting to get old. I am also not too fond of 3D televisions either. I find having to wear 3D glasses whenever I want to watch tv to be tiresome and irritating and the glasses are just another thing for me to break or lose.

3D gaming is a field I never really put much thought into. I was able to give a 3D game a whirl once at a computer store. It was a racing game with lots of things on the road, like barrels, cones, signs, etc..., and when your car drove through them, they would fly at your face. I thought this was a rather neat idea but after playing for about five minutes, I was over the whole thing.

But just because I do not fancy 3D gaming on my PC doesn't mean others agree with me, and it certainly doesn't mean computer companies are going to stop making 3D monitors.

Acer has just announced a new pair of 3D monitors and these actually sound pretty nice. The new screens come to you as the Acer HN274H and the Acer HS244HQ and both of these screens use active 3D shutter glasses. The HN274H is a 27-inch screen with the HS244HQ coming in at 23.6 inches.

The 21-inch HN274H is the first monitor to support HDMI 3D as well as NVIDIA 3D solutions. This allows the monitor to deliver 3D content if you connect it to a 3D component like a PS3 or Blu-ray player, but it can also deliver 3D gaming using the 3D vision system that has already been out on the market for some time now. The HN274H has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio as well as an integrated IR emitter so it can do 3D without the use of an external emitter.

The 23.6-inch HS244HQ has three HDMI ports, a 12,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms response time. The HS244HQ also uses an integrated IR emitter and the screen uses Acer 3D glasses as opposed to NVIDIA 3D vision tech like the HN274H.

Both of these monitors sound pretty cool if you ask me. They aren't enough to pull me into 3D gaming but they do sound like good devices for anybody who doubles their monitor as a tv or who is really into 3D movies and gaming. The 27-inch HN274H will be available for $689 with the 23.6-inch HS244HQ available for $449.

Source: Slash Gear - Acer unveils new 3D monitors

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