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Acer GD245HQ 120Hz 3D-capable Gaming Display Unboxing Video

January 22nd, 2010 · 34 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Thanks to Acer and one of their local distributors today I was able to get a hold of a test sample of the new Acer GD245HQ 120Hz 3D-capable Gaming Display that has just arrived. It will take another month before the actual units for sale are available on my local the market, but I’ll be ready for when that happens and you’ll also have more information if you are interested in this particular display for 2D gaming at 120Hz or for Stereoscopic 3D gaming with a pair of 3D Vision active shutter glasses from Nvidia. Expect my first impressions and an in depth review in the next days and meanwhile you can take a look at the unboxing video above. Also feel free to ask anything you want me to check or test on the monitor, of course besides the obvious things like input lag and ghosting that I’m going to check anyway… ;)

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ctd // Jan 22, 2010 at 01:02

    Nice video. Looking forward to your review.

  • 2 Daniel O. Danielsen // Jan 22, 2010 at 01:26

    That’s so evil! Can’t wait to get my paws on one of these, I’ve been badgering all Acer vendors here since xmas about a retail date. One month you say? Well, I’ll be ready as well. Thank you for a good unboxing!

  • 3 DPBassman // Jan 22, 2010 at 10:11

    Great video, and I can’t wait for the review. I was just wondering what song was playing in that video. It was really good.

  • 4 Bloody // Jan 22, 2010 at 10:24

    The song is: Placebo – Running Up That Hill

  • 5 Jytra // Jan 22, 2010 at 11:50

    Hey, if you get the chance, can you check out the backlight bleed and in-game ghosting? I just picked up a AW2310 and I’m curious how the Acer stacks up.

  • 6 Jytra // Jan 22, 2010 at 11:51

    Err…let me correct that…out of game ghosting (mouse visibility under motion, small text visibility under motion, etc.)

  • 7 Bloody // Jan 22, 2010 at 12:13

    There is slightly visible bleeding when the display is on maximum brightness, showing completely black image in a dark room. Bleeding is also present on ViewSonic and Samsung, unfortunately I have no Alienware to compare. But just a reminder that I’ve got an earlier test unit so the final product might be better…

  • 8 park // Jan 22, 2010 at 12:26

    what about grainy texture(color) problem?
    especially in the case of watching the cloud in the sky.
    it still be lookd grainy, or not?
    Using 2233 rz Samsung monitor this is the most serious problem for me.

  • 9 Bloody // Jan 22, 2010 at 12:40

    park, is there any specific game that you want me to compare it on both displays?

  • 10 Rob // Jan 22, 2010 at 12:53

    Great video, cant wait for a review, as long as the screen is up to scratch I will order one straight afterwards. Can you put some time into seeing how the tn panal manges colours and dithering? Cheers

  • 11 Bloody // Jan 22, 2010 at 13:14

    Sure Rob, I will test it with i1 Display 2 colorimeter, but don’t forget that the display uses TN panel, so it is normal not to have great accuracy in color reproduction… ;)

  • 12 Rob // Jan 22, 2010 at 13:20

    Cheers mate, just want to now if its better than the old 22inch screens, they were awful. Could you also compare the brightness with 3d glass compared to the older screens, I now its subjective but they were just to dim for me to enjoy with 3d vision enabled

  • 13 Bloody // Jan 22, 2010 at 13:41

    Visually I can say that the Acer looks brighter and has sharper and more contrasting image, but I’ll need to measure the actual brightness and the amount of light that reaches the eye through the 3D Vision glasses.

  • 14 Rob // Jan 22, 2010 at 14:26

    Awesome, just need to pray catalyst 10.1 or 2 brings stereoscopic 3d now :P

  • 15 pete // Jan 22, 2010 at 15:18

    what about ghosting compared to the samsung?

  • 16 CrystalCowboy // Jan 22, 2010 at 20:39

    When more models of 120 Hz stereo-capable monitors become available, I would be interested in reading head-to-head comparison reviews.

  • 17 hedgehog88 // Jan 22, 2010 at 22:16

    I’d like to purchase this one but will it be PS3 friendly? Are there speakers or not (50% of the descriptions on the internet say yes, 50%, no !)

    Thanks though for showing it really exists !

  • 18 steve // Jan 22, 2010 at 22:40

    Whats with the white gloves? Are you Japanese or something? ;)
    For sooth! No dual-link cable included? I know someone who might be a little pissed at that as this will be his first 3d monitor

  • 19 Bloody // Jan 22, 2010 at 22:53

    PS3 friendliness is still quite hard to determine, we need to wait for the console firmware upgrade that will add stereoscopic 3D support for the console first…

    As for the speakers, there are NO built-in speakers in the monitor. The audio cable that you connect to the display is not an input, but actually an output. It allows you to output the audio coming through the HDMI input to external speakers that are not included with display!

    There IS a Dual-Link DVI cable included with the display, and an analogue DSUB15, there is only no HDMI cable included. As for the gloves… this is a test sample, I need to return it back after finishing with the tests ;)

  • 20 Dave G. // Jan 22, 2010 at 23:32

    1. Come on, guys, if you’re going to shell out the money for a monitor like this, why do you need (or want) built-in speakers? Why pay for cutting-edge S3D graphics but skimp on having decent audio? Good speakers are cheap.

    2. Shame on Acer for not publishing at least a target release date for N. America and pricing.

  • 21 jacob pederson // Jan 23, 2010 at 01:32

    This is kinda of an involved question so stick with me. On my WD-60735 Mitsubishi TV, when you activate 3d mode, the image quality is degraded by a good chunk. I assume that this is related to the bandwidth capacity of the HDMI link. Not to sure on this. It almost looks like pixel doubling to me, but not quite that bad.

    My question is this, over HDMI is there any image degradation with this monitor?

  • 22 Zerofool // Jan 23, 2010 at 05:08

    Jacob, you have such problem because the 3D technology used in your DLP TV is checkerboard (as in all DLP TVs and projectors).The checkerboard method is not full-rez per eye (it’s half-rez), it has nothing to do with HDMI bandwidth.

    Anyway, if the monitor is HDMI 1.4 compliant it could be compatible with PS3, but it’s not 100% sure, who knows :). It depends on how things are going to form up in the industry – what format all 3D TVs will expect to be fed with -> PS3 will output in it, and this monitor should also support that 3D signal.

  • 23 PowerKiter // Jan 23, 2010 at 17:19

    Just above, you talk about PS3 friendliness. For do it easier, do you know if the HDMI plug is 1.3 or 1.4? (excuse me for my english, I’m french)

  • 24 Bloody // Jan 23, 2010 at 17:31

    No, it is not clearly stated anywhere whether the monitor uses HDMI 1.3 or 1.4, but it is most likely 1.3…

  • 25 Quaritch // Jan 23, 2010 at 22:57

    Can you clarify a bit about the speakers (or lack thereof).Some online retailers mention that the monitor has internal speakers.Of course, you have the monitor, so you probably know better.
    How can i connect a PS3 to the monitor and also have audio ?

    Will be a PC with an Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz , 4Gb Ram, 9600 GT be able to perform decently in 3D (games) (at least in lower resolution, with some of the features disabled)?What about 3D videos?

    Sorry, if i ask sth that you already mentioned, but i need these clarifications.
    Looking forward to your review and congrats for your great work.

  • 26 Bloody // Jan 25, 2010 at 10:29

    As I already said, no built-in speakers. The audio jack on the display is actually an audio output… if you send audio over the HDMI you can use this to output the signal to external speakers. This should for example allow you to have audio from PS3 for example connected through the HDMI…

    As for the PC, it should be Ok, aside from the not so powerful video card. It should be more than enough for 3D videos and photos, but you might have trouble in higher resolution and detail levels with more demanding games in S3D mode.

  • 27 smooo // Jan 25, 2010 at 15:26

    When u use the nvidia 3d vision glasses with this type of monitor it’s important to have a 3d sync cable or it’s enough the dual link DVI? I have already buyed the 3d glasses and now i wait only for the acer GD245HQ, 24 inch will be better like the 22 from samsung : ). I’ll need to buy this 3d sync cable?

  • 28 Bloody // Jan 25, 2010 at 15:43

    No, you don’t need the additional sync cable for the Acer…

  • 29 Maxim // Jan 25, 2010 at 20:23

    Very jealous I must admit. Do you have any diea when your full review will be done since it will be the first one. The digitalverses one looks very fake to be honest.

  • 30 Bloody // Jan 25, 2010 at 21:14

    No, not yet… I’ve had some issues and I’m working “around” them, otherwise it should’ve been ready for today… ;)

  • 31 Maxim // Jan 26, 2010 at 02:10

    I don’t the sound of the word “issues” just please say its not top and bottom ghosting because I will cry :D

  • 32 Bloody // Jan 26, 2010 at 02:16

    It still has the top and bottom ghosting, but less apparent as ghosting is in general less with the Acer, but there are some other things which you’ll see very soon…

  • 33 Maxim // Jan 26, 2010 at 03:12

    Dammit! By the sounds of it I might just have to hold off sending acer my 300 pounds!

  • 34 AcerFAN // Apr 22, 2010 at 01:35

    Thank you, friends, for your sharing your review acer GD245HQ .

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