3D gaming has become more popular than ever as the availability of 3D games in most video game genres continues to expand. Whether gaming in 2D or 3D you’ll appreciate the smoothness that comes by having a 120 hertz refresh rate monitor. In this post we’ll take a look at the best 120 hertz 3D gaming monitors available for 2011 from Acer, Asus, Samsung, LG, Viewsonic and Planar.
Acer HN274H BMIIID 3D 27-Inch LED Monitor
Pros: The Acer HN274H is a new 3D led Gaming monitor which is one of the better overall gaming displays in 2011 for both 2D and 3D use. The 120 hertz refresh rate along with the 2ms response time does make game play seem more smooth in 2D and the picture, bolstered by a 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 1920 x 1080 full high definition, is vividly clear and lifelike. Connectivity is versatile with D-Sub, DVI, and 3 HDMI connectors. Comes with nVidia 3D glasses.
Cons: No height adjustment, and you pay a pretty high premium (nearly twice as much as other high-end LED gaming monitors) to get a monitor with 120 hertz and 3D capability.
What one owner had to say:
” I’ve been waiting patiently and checking the internet constantly for over a year for a 27″ 3D Vision monitor to come out, ever since Asus teased us last year. Finally I now have the monitor of my dreams and it exceeds all of my expectations. The build quality on this monitor is fantastic… The ghosting is the least I’ve seen, and the size is perfect. With the widescreen view on this baby the immersion level is unreal. I really like the dot pitch, there is no “tearing” of the pixels that I really disliked about the Alienware. This monitor is awesome, and I am stoked because products like this will be driving the 3D market and I love 3D.”
Technical details include 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.3114mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 300 cd/m2 brightness, tilt ajustable -5° to 15°, 2W x 2 built-in speakers, HDCP Support, 100 x 100 mm VESA Wall Mounting, and a 3 year limited Acer parts and labor warranty.
Overall: If you have the money, then it’s worth the price. The picture on the HN274H is unmatched by even higher-end 2D monitors built for gaming and the 3D gaming seems to be more intense and lifelike than we’ve seen on older 3D models. In addition the price is somewhat misleading as the included 3D glasses would cost you around $100 if purchased separately.
Acer HN274H BMIIID
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Acer GD235HZbid 23.6″ 3D LCD Display
Pros: The Acer GD235HZbid has all the specifications you’re looking for in a gaming monitor. The 120 hertz refresh rate and 2ms response time make this monitor feel smooth and the D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI connector make it very easy to connect. Asus has also included their 3 year parts and labor warranty.
Cons: You’ll need to purchase a 3D vision kit separately.
Additional Technical Details:
1920 x 1080 Resolution, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.2715mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 300 cd/m2, dynamic contrast ratio 80,000:1, 2ms response time, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI connectors, and tilt adjustable.
What one verified purchaser had to say:
“I love this monitor so much I now own 3 of them and have set up a NVIDIA surround 3d experience together for myself. It’s a great monitor for 2d use as well and everyday browsing. ”
Overall: Overall this is an inexpensive way to get a great 3D monitor. We like the diverse connectivity options and it’s nice that Acer threw in the DVI, HDMI, and standard VGA cables.
Value 3D Gaming Option – ViewSonic VX2268WM
If you don’t have $500 or more to spend on a 3D option or simply want a gaming monitor with the higher refresh rate, then take a look at the Viewsonic VX2268WM.
Pros: The Viewsonic VX2268WM is the most affordable 24 inch 3D option available. It has a pretty fast response time, 3.5ms gray-to-gray; 5ms black-to-white, and videos are nearly blur-free.
Cons: The picture is good, not great and the stereo speakers certainly won’t replace your 7.1 surround sound headphones.
What one Verified owner had to say:
“I bought 3 of these to use with NVIDIA Surround. They work great and the fluidity in BC2 at ~90fps is a huge step up from my old 60hz display. I know they don’t contain magical IPS panels but you’re buying a 120hz display for games, and it performs extremely well in that scenario.”
Overall: The VX2268WM is probably the best value 3D gaming option; however, considering you’ll need to purchase an nVidia 3D vision kit to use it in 3D it’s tempting to pay a little more for a slightly better picture.
Top 3D Gaming Monitors Continued
Here are some more great monitor options for 3D Gaming:
Technical Details: 1920 x 1080 resolution, viewing angle 2D: 170/160 3D: 80/12, 0.265mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 250 cd/m2, dynamic contrast ratio 5,000,000:1, 5ms response time, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI connectors, tilt adjustment 5°-15°, VESA: 75×75mm, Headphone Out x 1, HDCP Support, and a 1 year parts and labor warranty.
Technical Details: 1920 x 1080 resolution, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.265mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2ms response time, DVI-D, Component(YPbPr), HDMI connectors, Height, Swivel, Tilt adjustment, HDCP Support, Includes nVidia 3D Vision Kit Hard Bundle, VESA Mounting 100mm x 100mm, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty is included.
Technical Details: 1920 x 1080 resolution, 160°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.266mm pixel pitch, 16 Million display colors, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time, D-Sub, DVI-D Dual Link, HDMI connectors, Height, Swivel, Tilt adjustment, 3 year limited parts and labor warranty.
What one customer had to say:
“I recently did some research into what the best 3D vision monitor is currently and came across this. As of this review, my research suggests that this monitor has the least level of crosstalk/ghosting of any LCD on the market. Running at 120hz using the dual link DVI cable is nice but where this thing really shines is 3D. The overall 3D experience is great with the Nvidia 3D vision kit, it is a new level of immersion into video games. Its almost like your looking through a window into your game, giving everything depth. This is the future of gaming… ”