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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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