NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 and The Asus VG278H LCD Review - HotHardware

NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 and The Asus VG278H LCD Review

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NVIDIA’s new 3D Vision 2 glasses share some similarities with the originals in terms of their lense shape overall look, but a number of aspects have been tweaked for better performance and comfort.


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As we mentioned on the previous page, the lenses used in the 3D Vision 2 glasses are 20% larger, to allow for wider viewing angles. The shape of the glasses has also been changed slightly to better wrap around the wearer’s head and there is a ridge along the inside-top end that helps block more light, for better immersion.

 

 
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NVIDIA says the glasses feature a “gaming inspired design”, but what that means isn’t exactly clear; they just look like a hardcore pair of sunglasses to us. Additional design cues include NVIDIA badges on both sides, and new, slimmer arms, made from a soft composite material. Instead of wrapping around the wearer’s ear, the arms on the new glasses hug the head, so they’ll fit easily under a headset and are more comfortable during longer gaming sessions. The glasses also include adjustable nose-pieces to ensure a better fit for users and even allow enough room to fit over some prescription eyewear underneath.

In addition to the new 3D Vision 2 glasses, NVIDIA has also worked with its partners to help bring Lightboost enabled notebooks and monitors to market. Toshiba has a couple of notebooks already in the works, and although we don’t have confirmation just yet, others are likely to follow suit. Asus is also at the ready with a 27” Lightboost enabled LCD—the VG278H—which we were able to test out with a pair of the new 3D Vision 2 glasses.

 

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"Wow, I was just searching all over for more info on this monitor since Asus announced it in a Contest earlier today. Good to have this review right away. Those are some cool looking glasses , reminds me of Kill Zone 3 for some reason. The price is a tad expensive, but so are the 3D Samsung 27 inchers, though those are thinner. I don't mind that its 1080P and 27", I don't think 3D, for the time being, works beyond that resolution and movies default to 720P in 3D right? Good to see this out, Asus makes some great monitors."

"If anyone is interest in winning one of these , Heres the link : http://promos.asus.com/us/VG278H Enter by making a Facebook comment."

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Just read this... I do think that NVIDIA's 3D Brightness is somewhat of a gimmick seeing as how most 3D monitors have a setting that allows you to increase the contrast. Other then that, the bigger glasses are a nice improvement.

The ASUS monitor, great as always... Nice to see such a respected brand be the first to be won in a "Facebook" contest and the first to use NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2.

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Great Review Marco I but I gotta ask how is the clarity while gaming? I guess I just equate 3D to being kinda blurry.

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@Taylor - Brightness and contrast are two different things And Lightboost is far from a gimick. The LED backlight pulseing and extra brightness has a huge affect on brightness and eliminates the need to black out both lenses, which lets more light through to your eyes.

@ThunderBird - There is no blurriness involved per say. There is always some 3D ghosting which can be perceived as a blurring effect, but it is not scene-wide and usually affects only part of the screen when / if it happens.

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Thanks for the great review, and so quickly as well!

All i need is a release date and i'll be ready for this!

Been waiting for almost a year for this monitor, and it seems that it isn't going to disappoint

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I recently bought the Acer 27 HN274H. The monitor is the best 2D gaming monitor I ever owned. Bright, great color picture all while gaming at 120FPS with vsync on. Very nice.

Turn on 3D mode and it's another story. Even with spending a ton of time tweaking color settings, factory settings, contrast, etc, Image is almost unbearably dark and the "Crosstalk" double imaging bleeding through looks terrible and kills the 3D experience. Even sadder is that many reviews said that it was the best 3D experience to date, even more so then the 24" alienware models.

My main question before I buy this new model and 3D vision 2 is simple: Is the Crosstalking really reduced? How much? Is it still really noticeable in gaming? I don't mind a TINY bit, but if it's as clear as day then I won't even bother.

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If I were going to take a chance on a 3D screen, It would probably be this one.

I liked the review Marco, what a lot of information, explained in plain-speak, that anyone could understand.

Thanks,......Yes

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It would also have been helpful to know whether it would be worth it to pair the new glasses with an existing 3D monitor and whether the new glasses work with existing receivers.

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Both the monitors, and the glasses, are compatible with each other. 1st gen monitor + 2nd gen glasses works, 2nd gen monitor + old glasses works. But Nvidia recommends using 2nd gen with 2nd gen to get the best results.

Basically aside from the size/shape of the glasses, not much has changed.

The huge improvement is coming from the monitor, which reduce "crosstalk" /' double images and increased brightness of the image when 3D is turned on.

I'm hoping that someone who's had hands on with the monitor can tell us if the crosstalk is really reduced, and by how much. I can't stand crosstalk, it kills the 3D effect for me.

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Is there any word on the release date of this monitor as yet?

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