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Origin PC EON17-X3D 3D Vision Gaming Laptop Now Available

February 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment · GeForce 3D Vision

Origin PC has announced what they claim to be the world’s first 3D-capable laptop with dual graphics cards in the form of their new EON17-X desktop replacement laptop or to be more specific the EON17-X3D. The Origin PC EON17-X laptop is configurable and you can have the system with a normal non-3D capable display or with a 120Hz Full HD LCD panel (EON17-X3D), the latest Intel X79 chipset, the new generation of Intel i7 processors, and a single or dual GeForce 580M video cards or single Quadro 5010M. The dual GeForce 580M SLI configuration also comes with dual power adapters that are needed to power this monster system, and you can also expect it to be a bit noisy and get hot under load as the total power consumption of the laptop can be quite high. The EON17-X3D model comes with a built-in IR emitter and uses 3D Vision 2 active shutter glasses, although it is not very clear if the LCD panel of the laptop supports the new 3D Lightboost technology or not (although it should). If you want to build configure your own Origin PC EON17-X3D laptop you should know that the base 3D-capable model will start at around $3000 USD and based on the other components in the system you can get that number quite high. If you are wondering what this monstrous in therms of performance and size laptop (up to about 2.4-inch thick and weighting around 12.1 pounds or 5.5 kilograms) is based on, it is the recently launched Clevo P270WM chassis. So don’t think that this laptop will be good for mobile stereo 3D gaming, it is clearly a big and powerful desktop replacement solution that will probably be easier to carry around than your desktop PC, but is far from being useful for mobile usage scenarios when you are on the go.

For more information about the Origin PC EON17-X3D 3D Vision gaming laptop…

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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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More on Ghosting and Brightness of the Asus VG278H 3D Monitor

November 9th, 2011 · 26 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

The new Asus VG278H 3D Vision-ready 120Hz LCD monitor has an interesting option in the OSD menu that allows you to control the level of the 3D Lightboost and thanks to that I was able to try some interesting things. In the review of the Asus VG278H 3D monitor I have already mentioned that there are some things that you can do in order to improve the results you will get when using the monitor. One example for that is to reduce the Contrast level from the default setting of 76 to 55 in order to reduce the level of ghosting/crosstalk in stereo 3D mode without sacrificing too much of the brightness and that is possible thanks to the 3D Lightboost technology that increases the brightness level. I’ve used a colorimeter to measure the level of brightness with the different settings of the Contrast level with the Lightboost set to the maximum level and here are the results:

Contrast 100: 202 cd/m2
Contrast 76: 160 cd/m2
Contrast 55: 111 cd/m2

And here is the level of brightness with the default setting for Contrast of 76 and different level of the Lightboost setting, from completely off to the maximum:

Off: 85 cd/m2
+1: 90 cd/m2
+2: 95 cd/m2
+3: 102 cd/m2
+4: 111 cd/m2
+5: 120 cd/m2
+6: 128 cd/m2
+7: 136 cd/m2
+8: 144 cd/m2
+9: 152 cd/m2
Max: 160 cd/m2

Notice that from the Off state of the Lightboost technology to the maximum level there is almost a double increase of the brightness level and what Nvidia was saying for the new technology was that it will increase the brightness twice. So you can say that this claim is true. Notice that the level of brightness you get with the decreased Contrast to a setting of 55 is the same as the +4 state of the Lightboost setting together with the default setting for Contrast. So you are kind of halving the effectiveness of the Lightboost technology in order to further reduce ghosting/crosstalk.

In order to further reduce the ghosting in 2D mode as well you can also play with the Trace Free option of the monitor. The default setting of 60 is quite Ok (the left part of the image above), but increasing it to the maximum value of 100 you get better results (the right part of the image above). You can see from the high-speed photos taken from the PixPerAn test software that the fast moving objects are looking better and have less ghosting with a higher value of the Trace Free function.

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