A Simple way to Enjoy your Games in Third Dimension ViewSonic V3D245

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A Simple way to Enjoy your Games in Third Dimension ViewSonic V3D245We want 3D to work. Really. We want to experience another life-changing moment. The problem for current 3D tech, such as 3D Vision, is that every single game since 1981's Monster Maze has been trying to create the illusion of multiple dimensions and depth of field through rendering techniques. From vertex shaders to ambient occlusion, it's all designed to trick your eyes. So when you done the 3D Vision glasses included with this V3D245 and play modern games in true 3D you get a headache, because all the graphical rendering techniques are pulling in one direction, and NVIDIA's stereoscopic vision is pulling in the other. Of course, it doesn't help that the glasses feel like sitting a furious scorpion across your eyes.

Attractive screen

While NVIDIA is still, it must be said, struggling to produce an attractive 3D experience, screen manufacturers are at least finding more attractive ways to incorporate the tech into their package. This ViewSonic screen's a good example. The IR emitter needed for stereoscopic 3D is built into this monitor's chassis, cutting out the extra cables and desk clutter you get with the standalone IR emitter.

The built-in emitter has another important advantage: because it's in a fixed position and never likely to be obscured or nudged by other peripherals, it creates a more consistent 3D experience. When you set the depth right, images really pop out of the screen and you don't need to adjust it as often as you would the standalone emitter.

The chassis is attractive in its simplicity, though the controls are a bit unresponsive and the monitor's on/off light could be clearer. We approve most highly of the dual-link DVI, VGA and HDMI inputs too.

Screens do make some sacrifices for 3D functionality. For instance, the super-quick 120Hz refresh rate needed to produce 3D images, only twisted nematic (TN) panels can be used. They're the nippiest in terms of response, but suffer from poor color reproduction and limited viewing angle compared to a vertically aligned (VA) or in-plane switching (IPS) panel. There's an ace up ViewSonic's sleeve though: considering the V3D245 is built around a TN screen, the color's remarkably good.

The blacks look inky and deep, the whites appear well-defined and true. For Euro360, this VeiwSonic screen offers a hassle-free 3D setup with glasses included, and a quality screen for good old-fashioned 2D viewing too. If you're hell-bent on going cross-eyed and turning your favorite games into pop-up picture books, this V3D245 is a great way to do it.

Vital Statistics
Price $563
Manufacturer ViewSonic
Display size 23.6-inch
Brightness 300cd/mxm
Contrast 1,000:1
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080
Response time 2ms
Inputs Dual Link DVI, VGA, HDMI

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