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Acer HS244HQ is the First 3D Monitor with HDMI 1.4a Stereo 3D Support

November 24th, 2010 · 34 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Acer just announced a new 23.6″ 3D monitor, namely the Acer HS244HQ which is also the first on the market to deliver Full HD 3D support via the new HDMI 1.4a standard, meaning that you can use this monitor with just about any 3D-capable device that outputs stereoscopic 3D content in frame packaged format according to the HDMI 1.4(a) specs. This means that you will be able to use this monitor for example together with your PlayStation 3 console to play games in stereo 3D, instead of having to buy a more expensive 3D HDTV, but that pretty much goes for any other device that uses the same standard for outputting S3D video in some form.

According to Acer, with currently available 3D shutter technology (probably meaning 3D Vision), the monitor brightness dramatically drops to 16% of normal when in 3D mode, however the new active shutter glasses that Acer is bundling with the HS244HQ 3D monitor you should be able to get tree times that brightness level or around 50% of the light displayed by the monitor. Of course the monitor comes with a built-in IR transmitter to synchronize the glasses with the stereo 3D image being shown on it. From what I’m seeing on the currently available photos, the glasses seems much like those bundled with the HP Envy 17 3D laptops and much like the ones made by Xpand, so it is quite possible the glasses are the same. So indeed they are more brighter than the 3D Vision from what I’ve personally seen, although there might be some differences with the glasses coming with the Acer monitor.

According to Acer this new monitor should be capable of achieving 12,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic of course) thanks to its LED backlight, something that is quite impressive as a number at least, but in real world use it might not be comparable to the level of contrast and black/white levels you get with a plasma TV for example. And of course you are getting Full HD native resolution with support for 3D, however what is important to note here is the fact that this monitor will feature only two HDMI 1.4a connectors that support stereo 3D, so there is no Dual-Link DVI anymore available. This also means that you will also be constrained to the limits introduced by the HDMI 1.4a specifications regarding stereo 3D support – 720p 50/60Hz 3D mode and 1080p 24Hz 3D mode, and no 2D mode with full 120Hz refresh rate, although the LCD panel should be perfectly capable of that. These limits are implied by the HDMI 1.4(a) standard and the specifications defined in it, so there is not much you can do, however Acer has more interesting new 3D-capable models that will be announced in the next few months that will offer an alternative to that.

Acer already has available for quite a while 23.6-inch Acer GD245HQ/GD235HZ 3D Capable LCD monitor, that only supports frame sequential Dual-Link DVI input for stereo 3D content, and the company just announced 23.6-inch Acer HS244HQ, that will only work with frame packaged stereo 3D content as defined in the HDMI 1.4a standard. But in the beginning of 2011 the company will gradually introduce additional 3D-capable LCD monitors with different sizes, capabilities and for different segments, thus becoming the brand with the widest gamma of 3D-capable LCD monitors on the market.

In the value segment there will be the new 23-inch Acer that will be using passive polarization and will also support only HDMI 1.4a input for stereo 3D content. In the more mainstream multimedia segment, there will be the new 27-inch Acer with LED backlight that will again feature only HDMI 1.4a support for stereo 3D content (will have 4x HDMI 1.4a ports) and will also come with Acer’s active shutter glasses bundled and an IR emitter built in the display. And for the 3D gamers there are also some good news, apart from the fact that the Acer GD245HQ/GD235Hz models will still remain available on the market, there will be also two new models that will be designed to be used together with Nvidia’s 3D Vision glasses, both of which will be bundled with the glasses. The new 23.6-inch model Acer GN245HQ will be available with LED backlight, integrated IR emitter and will support both Dual-Link DVI and HDMI 1.4a for stereo 3D input to offer the best flexibility for the user. The new 27-inch Acer HN274H 3D LCD Monitor will probably be the most interesting of the upcoming products, as it will be with LED backlight, integrated IR emitter and bundled with 3D Vision glasses, as well as offering Dual-Link DVI and HDMI 1.4a support for stereo 3D content…

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 chris // Nov 24, 2010 at 16:15

    so basically its a 3d monitor and nvidia kit all in one with better glasses and allot brighter in 3d mode, gah i bought the 245hq i’m sick of paying for research and development

  • 2 Bloody // Nov 24, 2010 at 16:19

    The Acer HS244HQ is not compatible with Nvidia 3D Vision, however it should be able to work with 3DTV Play in theory…. the higher end models that are expected soon are more interesting, because of having both DL DVI and HDMI 1.4a support and 3D Vision compatibility.

  • 3 Ryan // Nov 24, 2010 at 16:53

    Now they just have to fix the ghosting issues with LCD. I personally find it unusably distracting using high separation.

  • 4 chrisk // Nov 24, 2010 at 19:09

    HN274H sounds perfect! dvi for pc 3d and hdmi for everything else, integrated ir emitter! and is 27″ rather than 24! shame itll be TN but still a wicked monitor by the sound of it

  • 5 Phawx // Nov 24, 2010 at 19:28

    Thanks for making this blog. I have a question about ATi’s graphics cards. I have the 5870 and know that the recent 10.10 drivers incorporated some features to enable the use of 3D via another driver set like DDD or iZ3D.

    However, it seems like the only way to get 3D working with the 5870 is hackerific and was wondering if there was a better way, potentially with these new models coming out. I’m eyeing the 27″, but I’d also like to use this monitor with my PS3 and Xbox 360. So I am looking for a monitor that will work with every available method of 3D and be as painless as possible.

    Could you do an article on setting up ATi hardware with 3D on the newer HDMI specced ones?

  • 6 Bloody // Nov 24, 2010 at 19:43

    Phawx, check this topic regarding ATI/AMD: http://3dvision-blog.com/amd-hd3d-technology-what-you-shouldve-know-from-the-start/

    This Acer monitor has been just announced, so it will take some time for it to be available on the market and for me to probably get one for testing…

  • 7 Franco // Nov 24, 2010 at 21:31

    I guess those HDMI 1.4a monitors are made for people that don’t want to spend to much money with an expensive 3D HDTV, so it’s a much cheaper choice. However for us PC 3D gamers, it’s not good at all. We will always prefer frame sequential format cause it’s the best one allowing 3D in 1080p 120hz.
    However having both solutions, frame sequential and frame package format in one display is a great deal and definattely worth buying, mainly if it’s 27, which will give me a big advantage compared to my Alienware 23″.
    It’s a pitty that 3DTV’s only support HDMI 1.4a for 3D content, I would love to find out someday that a new 3DTV will come with DVI-DL link that enables frame sequential format, but I know it’s just a dream, cause TV’s are made for movies and consoles, not PC’s, so DVI is out of the question.

    I think a LED display will give a big advantage in picture quality compared to these 120hz displays we’re using nowdays. But it’s just silly to read 12.000.000 contrast for this new Acer monitor, just pure gimmick, stupid information.
    My Samsung 3D Plasma claims 7.000.000 and most new 3D LED TV’s shows 5.000.000 to 8.000.0000 dynamic contrast, so come one, 12.000.000 for the Acer Display??? Yeah all right, I’m buying that.

  • 8 chrisk // Nov 25, 2010 at 00:42

    dynamic contrast ratio is a load of irrelivent bs, id always turn it off, another stupid gimmick like those fake 120hz and 600hz tvs that used to be popular, just more big numbers to impress naive customers

  • 9 Philip Heggie // Nov 25, 2010 at 01:33

    Can it switch half side by side or half over under in to 3d over

  • 10 park // Nov 25, 2010 at 04:18

    after of all
    anyway this monitor does not compitiblity with 3dvision and can not support 120hz
    only for bluray and only for playing game 1280*720*60hz
    if i must choice new 3d monitor then i don t buy this monitor
    i will buy 120hz monitor with 3dnision
    i v been used 46inch 3dtv with gtx 480 for long time
    but this choice is not good for game
    resoultion 720P is very very poorer qulity than 1080P @60hz

    i strongly sugest to u if u want to use 3d capable monitor for pc solution then
    do buy 120hz monitor and 3dvision
    even it is don t support hdmi 1.4a this is not important
    dual dvi is good enough for 3d
    anyway at the result
    when u play game in 3d if some monitor suport only 720P res
    it makes u very very unhappy

    hdmi 1.4 is not for game solution
    it is just for blu-ray movie title

    i think 3d hdmi 1.4 this is trick for new makketing for manufacturer such like samsung ,sony ,lg, panasonic

  • 11 KENNETH // Nov 25, 2010 at 11:03

    Anyone, know what happen to ASUS 27″ 120HZ, 3D Monitor.

  • 12 Bloody // Nov 25, 2010 at 15:39

    It is getting delayed, for quite a while now, so we don’t yet know when and even if it will eventually be available…

  • 13 Florian // Nov 25, 2010 at 17:30

    Sorry I got confused by the comments here. Are these monitors now compatibel with the nVidia 3D Vision AND the 3D mode of a Playstation?

    Thanks …

  • 14 Bloody // Nov 25, 2010 at 18:15

    The announced Acer HS244HQ is not compatible with 3D Vision, however it may be through 3DTV Play, it is designed to be used with HDMI 1.4a devices for 3D. There will soon be other models which will support both 3D Vision and HDMI 1.4a…

  • 15 Bear // Dec 2, 2010 at 01:50

    Any guess if or when we’ll see the 27″ offering from Acer that is capable of nvidia 3d vision and ps3 support? I put off buying a 23″ all year because I thought/hoped the pg276 release was just around the corner. With that in mind, I’m wondering if you think the Acer offering will be hit with the same kind of repeated delays and continuing to wait on a 27″ is a foolish proposition.

  • 16 gadget78 // Dec 16, 2010 at 13:13

    so its not a 3d monitor with hdmi 1.4a support, its a small 3dtv with (single)DVI support !!

  • 17 RED BARON // Jan 23, 2011 at 20:57

    Any one get this monitor in 3d yet??? If so I need some help.

  • 18 Flip // Feb 14, 2011 at 12:01

    hey bloody u seem to knowalot about 3d monitors. which is the best monitor do u recommend for the xbox 360?

  • 19 Bloody // Feb 14, 2011 at 13:32

    For Xbox 360 you will need to go for a 3D HDTV that has support for Side by Side input for 3D mode (all HDMI 1.4-capable 3D models do). But the Xbox does not have a lot of native 3D-capable games anyway and there will probably not be that many in the future as well, unlike for the PS3, so buying a new 3D HDTV for Xbox 360 console is a bit pointless…

  • 20 Flip // Feb 16, 2011 at 07:45

    hey bloody, right now i got the xbox hooked up to a regular 19″ benq monitor. i wanna upgrade my monitor to a 24″ atleast. im thinking it shud atleast have 3d in it too. which monitor would atleast get?

  • 21 Bloody // Feb 16, 2011 at 09:20

    Flip, it depends on what 3D source do you plan on using the 3D monitor with. The Xbox 360 is not compatible with the HDMI 1.4a capable 3D monitors, it will work only with 3D HDTVs for now. For gaming in stereo 3D mode with a PC you will need a 3D monitor that supports frame sequential 3D over DL-DVI port, and for also using 3D-capable consumer electronic devices it will be good to also have HDMI 1.4a input. So a more reasonable and flexible choice would be for Acer GN245HQ than the HS244HQ…

  • 22 Flip // Feb 16, 2011 at 23:54

    so your pretty much saying is that the best choice for my xbox would be the GN245HQ?

  • 23 Bloody // Feb 17, 2011 at 00:32

    It is a better choice for getting a more flexible solution, but not for use in 3D mode on the Xbox 360 as you will not be able to. If you want to be able to use the Xbox 360 in 3D mode you should be thinking about getting a 3D HDTV…

  • 24 newpbc // Feb 23, 2011 at 02:05

    Any word on a uk release date for these

  • 25 muneco // Mar 4, 2011 at 07:16

    hey bloody what 3d hdtv do u recommend?

  • 26 Bloody // Mar 4, 2011 at 14:56

    I’m using Panasonic VT20E Plasma and I’m quite happy with it, aside from the glasses that can be improved further in terms of comfort and functionality…

  • 27 Luga // Jun 3, 2011 at 02:16

    Hs244hq I have this monitor for 4 months, but I can not use 3d
    This monitor just work with my ps3, but i dont use my ps3.
    And dont work with 3 dtv.
    I have Gpu ASus Gtx 560 Ti.
    When I look my monitor, I see my money flying so far away
    I seriously think about breaking it with a hammer and buy another brand

  • 28 WicKeT // Aug 7, 2011 at 22:07

    “no 2D mode with full 120Hz refresh rate, although the LCD panel should be perfectly capable of that.”

    I’m sorry but I’m a little confused here… Can the HS244HQ do 120hz in 2D or not? I just got the Benq Xl2410t a week ago and I’ve been a little disappointed. I’ve been looking for a 120hz LED screen that would be a better choice. I thought this HS244HQ might be the one… =]

  • 29 Bloody // Aug 8, 2011 at 16:25

    You can’t do 120Hz in 2D mode, it is an HDMI interface limitation.

    You should take a look at the Acer GN245HQ as an alternative to the BenQ, not this one…

  • 30 WicKeT // Aug 9, 2011 at 07:17

    I can only find the GN245HQ on one site and one ebay source and they both sell for twice the price of the Benq. Thanks for directing me to this monitor from the reviews it seems like it would be perfect. I know they say you can’t tell the difference from 2ms-6ms but that still might bug me though knowing it’s 6 haha. Let me know if you can find it any where else less than $600+. If I were going to pay that much I’d just got for the 27″ Led 120hz monitor Acer has now, ya know? Trying to decide now if a LCD would just be the better choice…

  • 31 need help // Sep 3, 2011 at 05:13

    I have no idea how can i put this monitor into 2d and get full 120hz? some1 help me please. im getting sick of this

  • 32 Bloody // Sep 3, 2011 at 14:00

    You can’t use this monitor in 120Hz 2D mode, it is limitation of the use of HDMI 1.4 interface only…

  • 33 dumi202 // Dec 2, 2011 at 06:26

    I just bought a Acer HS244HQ, i have been trying to get the 3d mode work and then i found out that it doesn’t support with nvidia 3d vision, is there any other VGA that support this stupid monitor, since i recently bought this & i just can’t get rid of it, which means im stuck with this for a while. i hope you can understand what i mean, please hlep.

  • 34 jaksa // Oct 31, 2012 at 13:34

    “no 2D mode with full 120Hz refresh rate, although the LCD panel should be perfectly capable of that.”
    “You can’t do 120Hz in 2D mode, it is an HDMI interface limitation.”
    what if i connect HDMI direct from monitor to graphic card, would it than give 120hz in 2d?

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