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

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

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The Acer HN274H features a traditional black bezel with a mostly black stand. The bezel measures approximately one inch on the sides and 1.5 inches on the top. The bottom bezel is a bit thicker because it curves downward. With the stand, the monitor is 18.44 inches tall and 7.56 inches deep.

In the past, you had to connect a separate 3D emitter to the PC in order to make full use of NVIDIA's 3D Vision Kit. Now, Acer and ViewSonic (and some others, like Asus) are building these emitters into the bezel, which is certainly convenient. The Acer HN274H's built-in 3D Vision emitter is located on the top center of the bezel of the monitor. Keep this location in mind if you use a webcam or center channel speaker clamp as you won't want to block the emitter.

Click to enlarge, Acer HN274H

Acer includes not one, not two, but three HDMI ports on the HN274H. With these ports, you'll be able to connect any 3D-capable device that outputs stereoscopic 3D content using the HDMI 1.4a 3D frames packed standard. This includes devices such as the PlayStation 3, some standalone 3D Blu-ray players, NVIDIA GeForce-based notebooks with HDMI, and others. Keep in mind when you're using the HDMI 1.4a input from your PC, you'll be limited to 720p60/50 or 1080p24 when gaming.

HDMI isn't your only connectivity option with the Acer HN274H. This monitor also has a USB port, D-Sub, Dual-Link DVI-DL (with HDCP), audio connector, and a power connector.

Click to enlarge, Acer HN274H Inputs

The ViewSonic V3D245 also features a traditional black bezel with a black stand. The bezel on the V3D245 is thin around the top and edges and slightly thicker at the bottom with the thickest part in the center below the ViewSonic logo. The side and top bezels measure less than one inch. To the left of the ViewSonic logo on the lower bezel, there is a 3D mode power light. This light will let you know when 3D is turned on and can be useful if you ever need to troubleshoot the ability to display 3D content.

The V3D245's stand is in the form of a diamond pattern. Although the base looks cool, it prohibits you from sliding the monitor as close to the wall as possible. It's a small issue, but users with very small desks may notice. With the stand, the V3D245 measures 17.4 inches tall and 9.5 inches deep.

Click to enlarge, ViewSonic V3D245

In the box of the ViewSonic V3D245, you'll find a power cord and adapter, audio cable, D-Sub cable, DVI-D dual-link cable, 3D Glasses, ViewSonic Wizard CD, and quick start guide. All of the ports for the V3D245 are located on the back of this monitor. Ports include audio out, DVI, D-Sub, and a single HDMI 1.4 port. As with the Acer monitor, you can connect the V3D245 to a PlayStation 3, some 3D Blu-ray players, NVIDIA GeForce-based notebooks with HDMI, and other devices and enjoy stereoscopic 3D content using the HDMI 1.4a 3D frames packed standard.

One thing both of these monitors lack is height and pivot adjustments. Both the Acer HN274H and the ViewSonic V3D245 offer some tilt controls, but that's the extent of the adjustments you'll get with these monitors. 

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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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