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The 3D Vision 2 and 3D Lightboost Monitors Are Still Hard to Get

February 17th, 2012 · 9 Comments · Other S3D Tech


There are still only three brands offering 3D Vision 2 and 3D Lightboost equipped active 3D monitors for use in stereo 3D mode with Nvidia-based graphics card and these monitors are still quite hard to find and get in a lot of markets. Asus VG278H, the first 3D Lightboost-capable display with 27-inch size to appear on the market a few months ago was plagued with a lot of user complaining with different issues with it, the most serious one was with backlight bleeding. Asus has meanwhile fixed the issue apparently with a new revision of the display that should be already available for sale, but that left a bit of a hole in the market that still hasn’t been filled with new monitors. Next up was BenQ with their XL2420T and XL2420TX 3D Lightboost-capable 24-inch models that have taken quite a lot of time to actually start appearing on the market. BenQ XL2420T being a 120Hz version intended mostly for non-stereo 3D gamers as it does not feature built-in IR emitter and doesn’t have glasses bundled, also not supporting 3D over HDMI 1.4. This model is now more easy to be found, but it is also a bit overpriced for a 24-inch 3D-capable monitor with no glasses bundled, no IR emitter and no HDMI 1.4 3D support available. The BenQ XL2420TX, the model with 3D Vision 2 bundled, is just now starting to appear on some markets, but it is still not available in Europe for example and may not be available for a while as apparently BenQ isn’t in a hurry to launch it here. Acer has announced a new version of their 27-inch 3D monitor released last year, but the new 3D Lightboost-capable and bundled with 3D vision 2 glasses model is also called Acer HN274H with some difference in the extra few characters after the model name describing the capabilities of the display. It is actually easier to look for this monitor by its part number ET.HH4HE.B04 than to look for Acer HN274H Bbmiiid and not Acer HN274H bmiiid, although the new model might also be called Acer HN274H B as well, but that can be a bit misleading and can also refer to the older model as well. The other problem with the new Acer 3D Lightboost monitor there were also some users complaining from issues with it (I’ve also received a defective sample for testing), so now we are also waiting for something like a new revision as well from Acer…

In the end it is still hard to get any of the mentioned above 3D Vision 2 monitors in different markets around the work and often people have to resort to purchasing them online from another country which can be a bit of a problem if you happen to get a defective unit. I’m still having trouble in finding even the BenQ XL2420T to get one unit for testing here in Europe as apparently the TX won’t be appearing anytime soon. Not to mention that quite a few people are scared of getting a monitor with issues and are thus waiting to see if all the issues reported by other “early adopters” have been resolved before actually jumping the gun. So the situation is not that good, but still better that what you can get in the form of 120Hz 3D-capable monitors for sue with AMD’s HD3D technology and that are pretty much only the 23/27 and SA series of 3D monitors from Samsung that are still hard to find on some markets as well, unlike the TA models that feature only HDMI 1.4 support for example. Oh yes, I almost forgot about the Viewsonic V3D241wm-LED 3D monitor that was actually released even before the Samsung models, but is even harder to find. And while with 3D Vision if you decide to go with a slightly older model of a 3D-capable monitor, yes there are quite a few on the market of these, you can land up some really sweet deals in terms of price, there isn’t much you can do with HD3D compatible displays, unless of course you want to go for either passive 3D or HDMI 1.4-capable displays, but both come with their resolution and refresh rate limitations as compared to 120Hz LCDs using DL-DVI and/or DisplayPort interface. Hopefully the situation with 3D monitor availability and especially with more options becoming available for the people in the next few months…


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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eincrou // Feb 17, 2012 at 16:01

    My first 3D monitor is BenQ’s XL2420T, which I’ve been happily using for two months. I’m an S3D gamer — that’s why I bought the monitor — but I have no intention of ever playing 3D on the current generation of consoles. If for some reason I wanted to dabble in it, I’d use my 3D television.

    By time the next console generation comes out, the HDMI spec will support full resolution per eye 1080p at 60FPS. No displays available today will support this future spec, so I chose to save $200 on a subpar S3D experience I have no current use for. I also wanted the detachable, movable and transferable emitter that comes with the 3D Vision kit, rather than be tied down to the monitor.

    This monitor has performed very well for me. But, two days ago I woke up my display after being away from the computer and was shocked to see a horrible green tint on the picture. I confirmed that this was caused by the display itself.

    With some tinkering, I found out how to get the colors back to normal. Setting the Color Temperature to “User Mode” fixed the problem. The “Standard” color temperature setting still has the green tint. I’ll be contacting BenQ about this.

  • 2 Fatlardo // Feb 17, 2012 at 18:30

    There has been some people who ordered the TX version of the Benq and reporting of receiving the old version 1 glasses instead of the new version 2 glasses. Benq’s website has been fixed as well. It originally stated version 2 glasses, now it says just comes with 3d kit. I ordered this as well and hope I get the newer version.

  • 3 Hotshot // Feb 17, 2012 at 19:36

    Well, at least here in good ‘ol Austria it aint really hard to get either of the 27″ 3D TFTs… I got the both in 3 days (from different shops)

    But one question remains: if and which one you should get…

  • 4 SRG81 // Feb 17, 2012 at 22:26

    I’m still waiting on my 2420TX from BenQ. Up until yesterday their site said available 2-16-12, now it just says pre-orders accepted. I’m left to think they don’t have them ready yet. Heres hoping mines shipped soon :)

  • 5 Domenico // Feb 18, 2012 at 03:29

    After two months with my Asus VG278H, today I used a 600k€, 5 walls retro-projected CAVE (which runs with a pc cluster, Quadro Graphics and 3D Vision Pro) . Well, guess what? Much better my Asus! ; )

  • 6 Ruzhyo // Feb 18, 2012 at 22:47

    To add to Fatlardo’s comment, I have the XL2420TX version preordered (and have been told it was shipped to me when it apparently has not been, but that’s another issue altogether), and received this email from BenQ:
    “We at BenQ are aware that you have received or will receive your new XL2420TX with the Nvidia vision 1 3D glasses and not the Nvidia vision 2 3D glasses as stated on our website. Please accept our apologies. BenQ is working with Nvidia to receive the vision 2 glasses. Currently we have a six week lead time to receive the shipment. Once the shipment arrives we will ship the glasses to you free of charge. Feel free to keep the vision 1 glasses as well. BenQ thanks you in advance for your understanding and patience as we work to correct this issue.”
    Since the lightboost is the thing I really cared about with 3D Vision 2, I guess I just get an extra set of glasses. I guess I can put up with that.

  • 7 Bloody // Feb 18, 2012 at 23:29

    Well, the you can use the first 3D vision glasses with Lightboost as well, so getting an extra pair of 3D Vision 2 glasses at a later time isn’t such a bad deal ;)

  • 8 Specfreq // Feb 20, 2012 at 04:01

    I’ve gotten the same email as Ruzhyo… after i ordered another pair of glasses.

  • 9 NoN // Feb 21, 2012 at 16:06

    i got the asus 27” 3d monitor and it broke after 5hours of use…. and asus dont even want to change it with warranty….bullshit

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