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Beware from the Cheaper Chines Clones of the 3D Vision Glasses

April 20th, 2010 · 17 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


It seems that some Chinese company already has managed to make a clone of the 3D Vision shutter glasses, surprisingly they do look almost like the original (at least the glasses) with the IR transmitter being somewhat strange. The product was noticed on eBay being sold under the name of “3D Adventurer” and being sold by a person from UK, claiming it is fully compatible with the original 3D Vision glasses, but at a lower price than the original. I suppose that some people might get attracted by the lower price, but have in mind that there might be problems in terms of compatibility and other issues, so my recommendation is to not to rush and beware of such non-original products. At least until does a thorough review of them and we have more information on their level of compatibility, quality, durability etc., although I’d still prefer the original from Nvidia. It seems they might’ve done a good job with the glasses, but the IR transmitter actually looks quite bad and a bit far from being comfortable to use, especially controlling the level of the depth, or at least it looks like that. Maybe if the Chinese guys did not try to just copy, but also to improve them further they would’ve been a more interesting product and not just attract with a lower price, bundled with a lot of unknown factors… ;)

If you want to take a look at the original listing at eBay for more info…
Somewhat of a review of the 3D Adventurer in Chinese(English Autotranslation)

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 fish99 // Apr 20, 2010 at 16:10

    No way I’d buy those, too much risk for too little gain (i.e. the saving isn’t big enough). I do think nvidias glasses should be cheaper though if they want mass adoption. A lot more people would buy them if they were £60-80 and nvidia would make that money back by tying people into nvidia cards.

  • 2 Kevin // Apr 20, 2010 at 17:34

    I’ve been holding out for a pair that implements the TV radio standard (though based on early products, it looks like the industry decided to make every TV set incompatible with the others’ shutter glasses – classic).

    I would really like a radio based nVidia set (that’s compatible with at least one of the various TV standards), or some kind of product refresh that makes them look more like the samsung glasses (those are hot!). :-)

  • 3 Bloody // Apr 20, 2010 at 17:37

    I’d prefer an improvement towards Sony’s shutter glasses – more clear lenses, hardly any flicker and quite durable. Samsung’s glasses may look nicer, but they are not so well made and can be more easily broken…

  • 4 Marc Lucksch // Apr 20, 2010 at 20:53

    Maybe the glasses work with the Nvidia IR Transmitter. Cheap alternative to buy a second pair Nvidia glasses just to show it to a friend while playing yourself.

  • 5 mr. hu // Apr 21, 2010 at 00:52

    Sony licenses their glasses from RealD, in theory it’d work with projectors using DLP link. sidenote:my Acer H5360 has stronger color boost when I engage DLP link option, the nV 3d color precompensation is nowhere compared to it .

  • 6 Jeff // Apr 21, 2010 at 02:13

    I hope they work perfectly and 10 other cheap manufacturers follow suit. Nvidia is gouging customers HORRIBLY for their glasses. It’s the reason I’ve decided to go with the new Acer 5740 3d solution.

  • 7 Bloody // Apr 21, 2010 at 02:58

    mr. hu, Sony is not using DLP Link glasses for their TVs, neither is anyone else with the new wave of non-DLP 3D TVs that are coming out. Sony is using IR emitter just like Nvidia for synchronizing and the DLP Link is based on other way of syncing.

  • 8 Chen // Apr 21, 2010 at 07:28

    These glasses = Fail.

  • 9 Nistel // Apr 21, 2010 at 08:32

    It is good to have these cheap glasses because nVidia and the other S3D involved companies whould know that they can`t overprice their products as much as they want.

  • 10 Philip Heggie // Apr 21, 2010 at 13:13

    You can’t even buy nvidia extra glasses in Australia nvidia store
    refuses to sell to Australians no retailer in Australia sells them
    I hope these new glasses are compatible with nvidia usb dongle
    Nvidia aren’t doing themselves any favors.

  • 11 wintord // Apr 21, 2010 at 14:11

    I just wonder how easy it would be for nvidia to make some changes with there drivers to stop these glasses working, if they start eating heaverly into there sales of there own product.

  • 12 Bloody // Apr 21, 2010 at 18:27

    There is actually no two way communication going between the glasses and the IR transmitter, that is why it is being called just a transmitter. So the glasses just get data to synchronize the shutter with the image displayed on the screen, not the other way around in order to authenticate or something like that.

    Is there anyone brave enough to order an try these and report on the build quality, level of compatibility etc. I personally would prefer to stick to the original glasses as I already know them well enough including the possible issues they may create… ;)

    And isn’t it about time we see the official and improved version 2 of the 3D Vision glasses that is much better?

  • 13 Rhialto // Apr 22, 2010 at 21:46

    Bloddy said: “And isn’t it about time we see the official and improved version 2 of the 3D Vision glasses that is much better?”

    I’m also looking for any info about that for a long time: http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=159275

  • 14 NunyerB // Apr 25, 2010 at 07:10

    will these older elsa 3d revelator glasses be working with newer ati/nvidia video cards?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemVersion&item=200462471767&view=all&tid=0

    i hope so.

  • 15 von // Nov 16, 2011 at 21:18

    I have bought 1 of these, actually 3, for the extra glasses, but they just don’t work. Spent almost a week constantly researching, changing drivers, different players, different input sources etc and absolutely no joy from any of the 3 kits. complete waste of money. avoid like the plague.

  • 16 Ardov // Jan 7, 2012 at 17:55

    The only drivers that work with these 3D Adventurer and other clones are 266.58, to sum it up all you need is 3D Vision Driver CD version 1.45. It works like a charm with those drivers.

  • 17 phil // Feb 7, 2012 at 20:38

    I bought nvidea glasses and could not get them to work so I bought these copies and they worked perfectly great 3D butfor some reason I cant set up 3d with them anynore and if its because
    they need 266.58 drivers thats useless as new games like BF3 need the latest drivers to play

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