3D Monitor Shoot-Out: Acer HN274H & ViewSonic V3D245 - HotHardware

3D Monitor Shoot-Out: Acer HN274H & ViewSonic V3D245

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There's no question about it: 3D technology is HOT right now. Whether you're ready to hop on the bandwagon or just want to keep on top of what's out there, there are two new monitors that should be on your radar, the Acer HN274H and ViewSonic V3D245. Both of these 3D monitors feature embedded 3D emitters designed for NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology.

Both of these monitors share a number of similarities, but they also have some very obvious differences. Thanks to NVIDIA, Acer and ViewSonic, we were able to get our hands on both of these monitors so that we could give you a full hands-on look at what each one has to offer.

Acer HN274H (left) and ViewSonic V3D245 (right)

First up, we'll take a look at the Acer HN274H. This monitor is the first 27-inch, native NVIDIA 3D Vision monitor. It offers both Dual Link DVI as well as HDMI 1.4a support. With 3D Vision HDMI 1.4, you'll get support for 3D on all HDMI 1.4-based notebooks featuring NVIDIA GPUs. You'll also get support for 3D gaming with the Sony PlayStation 3. The Acer HN274H also offers two built-in stereo speakers with HDMI audio support.

Next, we'll take a look at ViewSonic's latest 3D monitor, the V3D245. Like the Acer HN274H, the ViewSonic V3D245 features an integrated 3D Vision IR emitter as well as Dual Link DVI and HDMI 1.4a support. This monitor also supports 3D on all HDMI 1.4-based 3D devices such as Sony PlayStation 3 consoles, Blu-ray 3D players, and 3D notebooks with NVIDIA GPUs. According to ViewSonic, the V3D245 is the first 24-inch desktop monitor with a built-in 3D Vision IR emitter.

Before we dive in to the hands-on review, let's take a look at the specifications of each monitor side-by-side.

Acer HN274H and ViewSonic V3D245
Specifications & Features


Acer HN274H
ViewSonic V3D245
 
Display Size
27" Widescreen
23.6" Widescreen
Resolution
1920x1080
1920x1080
Aspect Ratio     
16:9
16:9
Brightness
300 cd/m2
300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 
Dynamic: 100,000,000:1
Native: 1,000:1

Dynamic: 20,000,000:1
Static (Typ): 1,000:1

Response Time
2ms
2ms
Viewing Angle
170 degrees (Horizontal), 160 degrees (Vertical)
170 degrees (Horizontal), 160 degrees (Vertical)
Display Type
Twisted Nematic (TN)
Twisted Nematic (TN)
Connectors
D-Sub, Dual-Link DVI-DL with HDCP, 3x HDMI 1.4a ports with HDCP, audio
D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI 1.4, audio
Power Consumption 
45.50 W Operating;
1.70 W Standby;
650 mW Off-Mode         

33W Consumption;
23W Eco Mode;
<1W Save Mode

Speakers
2x2-watt integrated speakers
2x2-watt SRS Premium Sound
Stand
Tilt
Tilt
I/O Ports
USB
N/A
Dimensions (with stand)
25.52 x 18.44 x 7.56 inches (WxHxD) 
22.3 x 17.4 x 9.5 inches (WxHxD) 
Weight
13.22 lbs
9.7 lbs with stand
Included Accessories
NVIDIA 3D Vision wireless glasses, Dual-link DVI cable, D-Sub cable, HDMI cable, power adapter, power cable, audio cable, documentation CD, guides
NVIDIA 3D Vision wireless glasses, VGA cable, DVI-D dual link cable, USB cable, power adapter, power cable, audio cable, Quick Start Guide, ViewSonic Wizard DVD
Warranty
Three -year limited warranty
Three-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight
 

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No, 3D is *NOT hot. It's garbage. It's a blatant money grab, and a desperate attempt to sell things that aren't needed to people who don't want them.

Here's the reality: Many people will not buy a monitor that's designed for 3D because they understand that they would be paying a lot of extra money for, essentially, a useless "feature."

Of course, the under-endowed (the ones who drive chrome-plated jacked-up 4x4 pickups and are afraid of mud) will buy it. But they'll buy anything, as long as they think it will help them compensate.

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Eh. I'm one of the ones who think 3D is okay, haven't tried it for games though and well... Reading up on the 3D experiences of games it just makes me want one of these things even more.

Moving on, I will say that the ViewSonic does seem better then the Acer; even though it's a smaller screen. Personally if the resolution on a 27 inch screen isn't huge (2560x1600 huge) then what's the purpose of even making a 27 inch monitor in the first place? Plus it does wake up from sleep faster then the Acer and has a somewhat better form factor.

Anyways nice review, glad to see that the Lagom tests are finally getting some mainstream love and I'm glad to see that you reviewed the real-world performance of these monitors as well, you really cover every detail us consumers want to know.

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The monitor I own was designed for 3D and I love it. Response time is impeccable, rich colors and 2D to 3D conversion. I wouldn't say it's a useless feature at all but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

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"Usually as always , in the conclusion there is a winner. I find it hard to believe that two monitors, at two different sizes, from two different companies perform on an equal level. I dont buy it. Theres too many points of differential to set apart each model. What was The Lagom test about? Its just two graphs with no info comparison of each model, what are we supposed to get out of that.? In all the test pages, it was *both monitors* this *Both Monitors* that. I would have liked Paul's take on these two models, Or Matthews. "

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Wheatley:

What was The Lagom test about? Its just two graphs with no info comparison of each model, what are we supposed to get out of that.? In all the test pages, it was *both monitors* this *Both Monitors* that. I would have liked Paul's take on these two models, Or Matthews. "

The Lagom test is like the ultimate test for LCD (and some CRT monitors as well.) and if you look at the bottom of the charts, you'll find that he did post the results from each monitor on the bottom of the images he posted that aren't supposed to be from the monitors.

Wheatley:
I find it hard to believe that two monitors, at two different sizes, from two different companies perform on an equal level. I dont buy it. Theres too many points of differential to set apart each model.

I do buy it since she did look at the monitors, she did test the monitors and well; she observed the monitors, she even judged the real-world performance of each of them... And what differences, even on the introduction pages it at least lists some of the specs and most of them are similar to each other. I just don't know why your focused on the "there can be only one" mentality, why can't they both win?

Side note: this is based on the review, I still think Acer is a piece of crap brand for monitors.

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fantastic review of the two monitors helped me to clear my mind

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