We’ve covered display technology advances recently but haven’t touched on 3D in a while. Manufacturers seem to feel it’s still a hot market, and they’re still pumping out new products, so it’s time to look at the latest news. Planar is a company that typically targets the high end, rarely the consumer end of things. This makes it a bit surprising to see this come down the pipe; they have announced the SA2311W 23″ 3D monitor.
It sure looks good on paper. A 23″ display at 1920×1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 2ms response time, VGA/dual-link DVI and HDMI inputs, and support for NVidia’s 3D Vision system is quite a package. As you’d expect it’s a bit pricier than a typical non-3D display of similar size; it’ll run you $449 USD.
The down side is that this is an active shutter 3D display. Yup, you’ll need to wear fancy 3D glasses to make use of it. Active shutter glasses are notorious for cutting down the amount of visible light you see, but that’s okay; Planar has you covered there too. They’re offering the ProGlow Keyboard for an additional $185 USD; as the name suggests, the keys glow, allowing you to see them even while wearing active shutter 3D glasses.
Sounds cool… but more than anything it makes me wish they’d quit with the whole active shutter thing and just perfect 3D systems that don’t require glasses already.