CES is giving us a lot of news and the next interesting one is the announcement of the 23-inch
Full HD 3D Vision compatible Alienware OptX AW2310 monitor. The monitor is equipped with a 120Hz panel with 3 ms response time and high brightness (400 cd/m2 compared to the normally 300 cd/m2 on other 3D displays) and contrast levels (up to 80000:1, but dynamic), although it is not very clear what panel is being used, and this might be one of the first monitors using the new 23″ LG 120Hz panels announced a month ago.
Alienware OptX AW2310 has a nice-looking design and has an option to adjust the swivel, tilt and height to suit your personal preferences and all that you can get for $499, although the display is currently listed only on some local Alienware websites (New Zealand and Japan for instance), but will probably soon appear on others…
Alienware claims that this display also has a low input lag, but does not state a number of milliseconds. They also mention something interesting that the input lag is low “In DVI mode only” which is probably related to the fact that you need to use the DVI for 3D mode and/or when playing with 120Hz refresh rate…. still this needs a little further clarification.
Specifications of the Alienware OptX AW2310:
Panel Size: 23″ Widescreen, 16:9
Panel Type: TN – Twisted Nematic
Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Contrast Ratio: 80000:1 (dynamic)
Brightness: 400 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time: 3ms (typical) (gray-to-gray)
Viewing Angle : 170°/ 160°
Color Support : 16.7 million colors
Color Gamut: 83.4%
Refresh Rate: 120Hz (3D Capable)
Video Connectivity: DVI x1, HDMI x1
Audio Connectivity: Yes; Audio In and Out (2.0)
USB Ports : Yes: 4 USB 2.0
User Input / Controls: Touch Capacitive OSD Buttons
Stand: Tilt, Swivel and Height Adjustable
Do you remember that earlier this year Asus has announced and shown a 23.6″ LCD display with Full HD resolution that was capable of working at 120Hz, and do you know what happened to it? Well, I don’t know either… and Asus had a working model of the VG242H available during COMPUTEX 2009 back in June, although it is still not available. Asus was expected to have the display available on the market by the end of the year, but it is still not here… and there is no word on when or even if it will be made available, not to mention that meanwhile the company missed their chance to be the first with a Full HD 3D-capable computer monitor. The reason for that is the announcement of The Acer Aspire GD245HQ 3D Vision-capable Monitor that has already started appearing on some Asian markets with soon to follow availability in other markets in January/February 2010.
Anyway, here are the known specifications for the Asus VG242H 120Hz:
I’ve recently mentioned that Acer is going to release its first 120Hz gaming LCD display very soon – the Acer Aspire GD245HQ, which will be a 24-inch Full HD monitor (the first on the market with that size and features). You can see how the GD245HQ looks like on the image above, but it seems that Acer won’t be leaving things with just that 3D-ready display as there is info that the company is also preparing a bit smaller 23-inch (judging from the model number) version that will be called Acer Aspire GD235HZ. Unfortunately there is still no information regarding this new model, but I pretty much suspect that it will be based on the recently announced 23″ 120Hz Full HD LCD panels from LG that I’ve also mentioned and the specifications should be pretty much similar to the ones of the 24″ display. Still it is interesting to note that we are going to have more options in terms of size and resolution when we are considering what display to choose to build a gaming system with Nvidia’s 3D Vision active shutter glasses. Just don’t forget the fact that playing in stereoscopic 3D mode on 1920×1080 resolution will require a more powerful video card than for the currently available 22″ 120Hz LCDs with native resolution of 1680×1050 pixels. That is of course only if you want to play at the native resolution of the display (and who would not want that) with high details in the latest games and when you invest in a 3D Vision gaming PC you are most likely to want that, right?
On a side note, it seems that Acer has just started taking orders and producing the 24-inch Aspire GD245HQ monitors, meaning that there will be some delay with their availability (as I suspected) and they’ll actually be available on the market in January/February (depending on the country). As for me, I hope to have one of these displays available for testing as early as the beginning of February, but this is still not a sure thing…
Update: It seems that Acer Aspire GD235HZ won’t be using different hardware, but actually is the same monitor as the GD245HQ, just a different part number for another region!