The Bottom Line
Aug 27 2011 - Announced in early August, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of the first ViewSonic V3D245 monitors to go out to reviewers. This slim 23.6 inch display offers 3D capability with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080. With a retail price of $499, it isn't downright affordable, but ViewSonic displays are typically well made. Does the ViewSonic V3D245 have what it takes to compete in a growing 3D market? Find out below.
- High 1920x1080 Resolution
- Built-in 3D Vision IR Emitter
- Built-in Speakers for HDMI Audio Support
- Lacks an Adjustable Height Stand
- 23.6 Inch LED Panel
- 1920x1080 Resolution
- 1000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
- 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
- 170 Degree Horizontal, 160 Degree Vertical Viewing Angles
- 2ms Response Time
- 300 cd/m2 Brightness
- 2x2-watt SRS Premium Sound Speakers
- Dual-link DVI, HDMI, VGA
- Includes 3D glasses, VGA cable, DVI-D Dual Link Cable, USB cable For Charging
- 3D Glasses & Audio Cable
- Tilt: Down -5 Degrees, Up 20 Degrees
- 22.3" x 17.4" x 9.5" @ 9.7 Pounds With Stand
- 3 Year Warranty
Review - ViewSonic V3D245 23.6 Inch 3D LED Monitor
Known for high resolution panels, ViewSonic recently launched a new 3D display, and gone are the days when 3D capability meant sacrificing resolution. The ViewSonic V3D245 offers full HD (1920x1080) resolution, which means you can enjoy the monitor in both 2D and 3D. In fact, I found the viewing experience to be robust with bright whites and deep blacks.
But first, let's begin with unboxing the V3D245 monitor. This 24" unit (23.6 inches of viewable space), arrives with a detached stand that is very easy to screw onto the panel. Setting it up was a cinch and took merely minutes, since the ViewSonic V3D245 has a variety of ports, including dual-link DVI, HDMI, and VGA. When connecting the monitor to a desktop graphics card (a 3D Vision Ready NVIDIA card is necessary if you want to take advantage of 3D content), it is recommended that you use the DVI port for better image quality. DVI-D supports a 60Hz refresh rate in PC games, while HDMI 1.4a only supports 24Hz at 1080p resolution. Running 3D games at 24Hz can cause eye fatigue after gaming for awhile (ideally you want 60Hz per eye for 3D gaming). The HDMI connector is best used with a PlayStation 3 or stand-alone Blu-ray player to enjoy 3D multimedia.
And don't worry about glasses as ViewSonic includes a pair of NVIDIA 3D active shutter glasses and a USB charger cable. What's really nice is that the V3D245 has a built-in IR emitter so you don't have to worry about plugging in an external component that can be finicky. Having a built-in IR transmitter is becoming the norm in new 3D monitors, and it's definitely an improvement over previous generation 3D displays.
Now onto the fun part - gaming! After testing the ViewSonic V3D245 in a variety of 2D and 3D games, I found the panel to perform extremely well. Super Street Fighter IV looked phenomenal in 3D using the V3D245 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB graphics card. Playing Crysis 2 in 3D mode was a blast, as well, and images were detailed with no ghosting. Of course, I ran the games at maxed out settings to take advantage of the best image quality. The monitor has 300 nit brightness, and even though that's pretty commonplace now, it's still a great looking display.
Since the ViewSonic V3D245 has an HDMI 1.4 3D port, you can connect it to a Sony PlayStation 3 or a compatible NVIDIA notebook PC (for GPU accelerated Blu-ray playback with the purchase of a software player). Please note, if you have an NVIDIA laptop with a GeForce 400 or 500 series video card, you can download a driver at NVIDIA.com to upgrade your HDMI port to output HDMI 1.4a to the V3D245.
In conclusion, I found the ViewSonic V3D245 to be a top-notch monitor for 3D gaming and multimedia. There are some features you sacrifice in a 3D display overall, such as larger screen size, better viewing angles, and an adjustable height stand, when compared to, let's say, an IPS display. But if you are an avid 3D enthusiast or are looking to add a new level to your gaming experience, you can't go wrong with a 3D display that has a built-in IR emitter. Even though an Acer 27 inch HN274H 3D monitor is less than $200 more, the pixel density is better on the ViewSonic display because it has the same 1080p resolution as the Acer but in a smaller size. I also found the viewing angles of the ViewSonic to be superior.
Want to play around with 3D content once you have a compatible display? Check out 3D Vision Live for free 3D videos, photos, and more.