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Acer GR235H is a New 23-inch Passive 3D LCD Monitor

September 14th, 2011 · 7 Comments · General 3D News


Acer is one of the most active maker of 3D-capable computer monitors and they just announced another 3D model, this time it is a more affordable 23-inch Full HD display using passive polarizing filter or FPR (Film-patterned Retarder) technology and passive 3D glasses. The monitor comes bundled with a pair of 3D glasses and the TriDef 3D software that you need to use for gaming in stereo 3D mode and the playback of 3D multimedia content. There is also apparently a built-in 2D to 3D autoconversion functionality that you can activate from the OSD menu on the monitor and as it is not tied to software you should be able to use it with just about any content such as non-3D photos, movies and even games. The monitor uses a LED backlight and comes with a 2ms TN non-glossy panel, it has only VGA and HDMI inputs (they should be HDMI 1.4) and has built-in speakers, you can see the detailed specifications below…

Acer GR235H 3D Monitor Specifications:

- Display size: 23-inch (diagonal) 3D LCD
– Active Display Area: 509.76×286.74mm
– Contrast Ratio: 100,000,000:1 Max. (Dynamic)
– Brightness: 250 cd/m2
– Response Time: 2ms
– Maximum Resolution: 1920×1080
– Maximum Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
– Pixel Pitch: 0.265 mm
– Panel Technology: Twisted nematic (TN), 6bit + Hi-FRC
– Number of Colors: 16.7 million
– Screen Treatment: Non-Glare
– Viewing Angles (CR = 10): Horizonal: 170°, Vertical: 160°
– Input Signal: VGA, 2x HDMI (with HDCP)
– Speakers: 1.5W x 2
– VESA Wall Mounting: 100 x 100 mm
– Power Consumption (Energystar On): 31.7W (typical)

Apparently the monitor is hitting Europe this month with a price of €222 Euro as well as some Asian markets and will probably soon be available in other regions as well. I’ve actually heard about this model quite a long time ago, so I was a bit surprised that the announcement was delayed so much (it was expected to appear around March), but then again Acer had some delays with all of its 3D-capable models released this year. What is still missing is the new 27-inch Acer HS274H HDMI 1.4-enabled 3D monitor using Acer’s active shutter glasses that was also expected to be released earlier this year, even a bit before the GR235H. But now it seems that LG will have some more competition in the area of passive 3D monitors, although the big winner from all this is apparently DDD as all of the new passive 3D monitors seems to be bundled with their TriDef 3D software.


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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Urik // Sep 14, 2011 at 23:52

    Does this passive polarization method reduce resolution in 3D?

  • 2 Bloody // Sep 15, 2011 at 00:12

    Yes, it does. In 3D mode you get half the vertical resolution…

  • 3 astonish // Sep 15, 2011 at 03:28

    Although I’ll wait for reviews and a proper 3D vision support the passive is looking better and better, to the point the only 3DTV I’m really considering is the LG passive sets.

    I’m slightly disappointed with the cross talk, PQ, and brightness of my current 3D vision setup…

    This displaymate article has been making the rounds lately and is quiet an eye opener about active vs passive: http://www.displaymate.com/3D_TV_ShootOut_1.htm

  • 4 John // Sep 15, 2011 at 05:22

    Basically why passive imo sucks. It had better be cheaper than 120hz panels or I don’t see the point for a computer monitor.

  • 5 aCRTfan // Sep 15, 2011 at 15:40

    yes that article is an eye opener about conglomerate business practices

  • 6 No.6 // Sep 15, 2011 at 15:44

    “It had better be cheaper than 120hz panels…” it is (about 60% of the cost of active-shutter 3d), both because the panel itself is cheaper and because of the reduced cost of polarized glasses vs. shutter glasses + IR emitter.

  • 7 Casio1987 // Nov 18, 2011 at 14:53

    Qoute:
    “But now it seems that LG will have some more competition in the area of passive 3D monitors, although the big winner from all this is apparently DDD as all of the new passive 3D monitors seems to be bundled with their TriDef 3D software.”

    How ironic. LG is the inventor of FPR and holds the patent. Any manufacturer who wants to use this technology is gonna pay LG for it.

    Big winners are LG and TriDef, instead of TriDef alone.

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