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Asus VG23AH is a New 23-inch Passive 3D Display with IPS Panel

April 18th, 2012 · 3 Comments · General 3D News

It seems that Asus is interested in trying out the passive 3D (FPR 3D) monitor market as the company already has a two active 3D monitors on the market. Their first FPR 3D model to hit the market is the 23-inch Asus VG23AH that uses an IPS LCD panel with LED backlight, promising high viewing angled and better color reproduction in 2D as well as 3D mode. The monitor features built-in 2D to 3D autoconversion mode and supports 3D over HDMI 1.4 only, even though the display has a VGA and a DVI port that apparently don’t work with 3D (unless of course you are using Row Interleaved stereo 3D output to the display that should work regardless of the interface). You get the monitor bundled with no HDMI cable however, so make sure you have a spare one, so that you can immediately start using it in 3D mode

Asus VG23AH Specifications:

Panel Size: 23.0″(58.4cm), Full HD 1920×1080
Panel Type: IPS LCD, LED backlight
Pixel Pitch: 0.2652mm
Brightness(Max): 250 cd/m2
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR): 80000000:1 (dynamic)
Viewing Angle (CR>=10): 178°(H)/178°(V)
Response Time: 5ms (Gray to Gray)
Display Colors: 16.7M
3D Technology: FPR 3D Technology
Signal Input: 2x HDMI 1.4, D-Sub, DVI-D
Power Consumption: <40W (Typical), Power Saving/Power Off Mode <0.5W Phys. Dimension with Stand (WxHxD): 550.2x419.5x250mm Net Weight (Esti.): 6.5kg

The monitor supports HDMI 1.4 frame packing for automatic stereo 3D input as well as Side by Side and Over/Under available for manual selection and of course the built-in 2D to 3D conversion that you can activate. One thing that Asus fails to mention however is if they bundle the monitor with some kind of software that will allow you to play games in stereo 3D mode or you have to arrange that yourself. No mention in the press information, the product page, even the manual does not clearly say anything, although the manual mentions a few times that the monitor is 3D Vision ready (no mention about it being “Optimized for GeForce” certified product). The good news is that since the monitor is passive 3D you should be able to directly output in Row Interleaved stereo 3D mode on it and putting the 3D glasses you should be able to see the stereo 3D image. Meaning that it should work just fine with the iZ3D driver or the TriDef 3D software, although you might need to get separately a license for these middle-ware solutions (if you don’t already have one). The fact that the monitor supports HDMI 1.4 might make it compatible with Nvidia’s 3DTV Play, although probably not officially since this is clearly a 3D monitor and not a 3D HDTV. And the last option would be the support for the Nvidia “Optimized for GeForce”, although not very likely.

For more information about the 23-inch Asus VG23AH Passive 3D monitor…

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AOC d2357Ph is a New Passive 3D Monitor with Thin Bezel

March 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

AOC has introduced a new 23-inch passive 3D-capable monitor with that is only 10.6 mm deep and with a thin 5.8 mm frame – the AOC d2357Ph. The design definitely catches your attention, and thanks to the thin bezel you might want to consider using these monitors for multi-monitor setups in 2D or stereo 3D. AOC d2357Ph uses LED backlight and thus achieves the thin design, although it even has integrated speakers, supports HDMI 1.4 interface with frame packaging as well as row interleaved 3D and comes with a 2D to 3D conversion capabilities.

AOC d2357Ph 3D Monitor Specifications:

– Panel Size: 23 inch/58.5 cm, 16:9, Full HD, WLED LCD
– Response Time: 2ms in 2D mode (Grey to Grey), 5ms (typical)
– Maximum Brightness: 2500 cd/m²
– Maximum Contrast: 20,000,000:1 (dynamic), 1000:1 (typical)
– Viewing angle: 170º (H)/170º (V), @ C/R > 10
– Pixel pitch: 0.265 mm
– Signal Input: 2x HDMI 1.4, VGA (Analogue)
– Power consumption: On: < 36 W; Standby: < 0.6W - Product with stand: 533.3 x 399.3 x 120 mm - Product with stand: 4.87 kg

The new 3D monitor from AOC comes with 2 pairs of polarized 3D glasses, 1 normal and 1 clip on for people wearing prescription glasses. And although it is not mentioned, the monitor should be coming with the TriDef 3D software bundled for the stereo 3D support as AOC is an OEM partner of DDD and there is a special version of the TriDef 3D package intended for AOC 3D monitors. The AOC d2357Ph is scheduled to be launched in April 2012; the recommended retail price will be 239 Euro in Europe, not yet information about pricing and availability in North America. Considering the price of the previous 23-inch passive 3D monitor from AOC (the e2352Phz available for $299 USD), you can expect that the AOC d2357Ph should be available at a similar or a slightly higher price.

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Using the Latest TriDef 3D with 3D Monitors with the OEM Software

February 28th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Other S3D Tech

If you have purchased a 3D-capable monitor that comes bundled with a OEM version of the TriDef 3D software for use in stereo 3D mode you might get stuck with using older version of the TriDef 3D software while DDD releases newer versions only for their Retail product. If you look at DDD’s website you may notice that the OEM version of the TriDef 3D for the Samsung 3D monitors for example is already ore than half an year old and meanwhile there have been a few updates for the Retail version released. The OEM version for Viewsonic 3D monitors is a bit newer than the one for Samsung, but still a few months old, the LG and AOC OEM versions are more recent, but still older versions. But that does not mean that you will have to be stuck to these old versions and will have to keep waiting and hoping that DDD to release updates for them, there is a solution to get the latest TriDef 3D version 5.1 installed and working on your system…

There is a simple trick that you need to do in order to get the latest Retail version of TriDef 3D installed and working with your OEM-compatible Samsung, Viewsonic, LG or AOC 3D monitor. First you need to install the OEM version of the TriDef 3D software for your hardware as it also installs a license for the 3D monitor you may have (for example the LG D2342P CINEMA 3D Monitor), then you need to uninstall it and install the latest Retail version of TriDef (currently 5.1) and it is supposed to work without asking you to activate it or get a new license as you already have the display license installed from the OEM version of the software that is originally intended to be used with your monitor. Have in mind that if you don’t have an compatible 3D monitor that works with any of the OEM versions of the TriDef 3D software this simple trick will NOT make the Retail version of the TriDef 3D software work with it. This trick works only on 3D monitors made to work with any of the OEM versions of TriDef.

To download the latest version of the DDD TriDef 3D software package…

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