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


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
Aspect Ratio     
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
Viewing Angle
170 degrees (Horizontal), 160 degrees (Vertical)
170 degrees (Horizontal), 160 degrees (Vertical)
Display Type
Twisted Nematic (TN)
Twisted Nematic (TN)
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

2x2-watt integrated speakers
2x2-watt SRS Premium Sound
I/O Ports
Dimensions (with stand)
25.52 x 18.44 x 7.56 inches (WxHxD) 
22.3 x 17.4 x 9.5 inches (WxHxD) 
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
Three -year limited warranty
Three-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight

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