Although Philips has not been very active in the field of 3D-capable monitors, the company is apparently trying to join that market with the release of the 27-inch Philips 273G3DHSW 3D monitor with active shutter glasses. It is interesting to note that the company is jumping directly to the 27-inch size, but then again this monitor is equipped only with HDMI 1.4 interface, so it could be targeted mostly for 3D multimedia use, not stereo 3D gaming. Of course you would be able to use it with a PC to play games in stereo 3D mode, but you’d be limited at 720p resolution with decent refresh rate due to the specifics of the HDMI specifications.
Philips 273G3DHSW 3D Monitor Specifications:
Panel Size: 27 inch/68.6 cm, 16:9, Full HD, W-LED LCD
SmartResponse: 2ms in 2D mode (Grey to Grey), 5ms (typical)
Maximum Brightness: 300 cd/m²
SmartContrast: 20,000,000:1 (dynamic), 1000:1 (typical)
Viewing angle: 170º (H)/160º (V), @ C/R > 10
Pixel pitch: 0.311 mm
Signal Input: 2x HDMI 1.4, VGA (Analogue)
Power consumption: 24.79 W on mode, <0.5 W off and standby
Product with stand (mm): 642 x 440 x 227 mm
Product with stand (kg): 8.2 kg
Philips is bundling the 273G3DHSW 3D model with DDD’s Tridef 3D software and you’ll also need a compatible ATI/AMD-based video card to use the monitor for playing games with the software on your PC. The monitor is not yet officially supported by Nvidia’s 3DTV Play and since it is a 3D monitor and not a 3D TV it will most likely not be added as an officially supported product. The Philips 273G 3D monitor is expected to be available in Europe in December or January with a price of about 499 Euro, no word yet on US availability and pricing.