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The Wired 3D Vision Active Shutter Glasses Still Hard to Find

September 9th, 2011 · 5 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Do you remember back in June this year Nvidia announcing that new more affordable wired 3D Vision active shutter glasses are coming? Well, if you live in the US you are able to get these cheaper wired 3D Vision glasses for a while now for $99 USD, however if you live in Europe, where there are a lot of more price-oriented markets, you are still out of luck. It appears that the wired version of the 3D Vision active shutter glasses is still yet to reach Europe and most likely other markets as well. I did manage to spot some places offering the glasses, but only in Germany and even there it isn’t easy to get a hold of them, and as expected the price in Europe is translated to 99 Euro. So it seems that we are going to have to wait a bit more for the wired version of the 3D Vision glasses to become widely available in Europe. And until then you’ll have to wait for a review of the glasses comparing them to the already available for a while and more expensive wireless counterpart.

And while you may think that the wired version of the 3D Vision glasses may be more attractive for people that consider the wireless version a bit too expensive this is not the case. There are actually a lot of people using the 3D Vision glasses professionally and although there is already a wireless 3D Vision Pro version available targeted at them, they may still prefer the wired glasses. The reason for that is due to the battery having bigger chance to fail in about a year or two in a wireless version after 8-12 hours of nonstop daily usage. So for these people the wired version could be more convenient solution in longer term, regardless of the price, and having to deal with cables is not a problem as they tend to work in front of a PC all the time anyway. Of course from the profit point of view having professional users buy the cheapest consumer version instead of the more expensive professional model is not that great, but then there is the point of what people need. Which reminds me that there is still no easy way to get your damaged or failed 3D Vision glasses repaired, like for example if you break a lens incidentally or your battery fails, as there are no spare parts for being sold anywhere. So you ultimately have to buy a new pair of glasses and the general rule is that the more complex a product is the more likely is something to fail in it over time and this makes the simpler wired 3D Vision glasses more attractive for some people… ;)

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Deimos666 // Sep 9, 2011 at 14:35


    83 Euro

  • 2 josh // Sep 10, 2011 at 20:40

    does anyone know if the wired 3d vision glasses weigh less than the wireless version? i already wear glasses therefore a more lite weight set of 3d glasses would probably be a little more comfortable to me. although the current wireless 3d vision glasses i have are surprisingly lite.

  • 3 Johannes Kääpä // Sep 12, 2011 at 15:37

    I bought these in Finland around the time these first came out (around two months ago I guess) and payed 89€ for them. Had no trouble getting a pair of these.

  • 4 Johannes Kääpä // Sep 12, 2011 at 15:39

    josh, yes they do weigh a lot less, because the wired ones do not need a battery inside them at all.

  • 5 James Marinas // Sep 13, 2011 at 08:19

    If the battery in the wireless version fails, can’t you just plug it in via powered USB or a portable USB power pack? Battery won’t charge, but can’t you at least power it that way? If this works, then the case of having wired glasses is moot other than to save a few bucks.

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