Today Acer unveiled two new 120Hz, 3D-capable monitors. Each sits at 1920×1080 resolution and one is 23.6 inches, while the other is a full-on 27-inch display. It, as well as one the 23.6 incher, comes with built-in stereo speakers as well as an included pair of 3D shutter glasses.
The HS244HQ sits as Acer’s more affordable entry into the burgeoning 3D display market. At $449, the 23.6-inch display has a lot to offer potential customers. It comes with one VGA port and two HDMI ports, each with accompanying cables. Unlike most current 3D monitors, the HS244HQ gets its data over HDMI 3D rather than dual-link DVI. The 27-inch HN274H offers a third HDMI as well as a dual-link DVI port.
Both the HS244HQ and the HN274H have 2ms refresh rates and typical TN-based viewing angles (170 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical). The 27-inch monitor offers an improved dynamic contrast ratio of 100M:1 – as opposed to the 23.6-inch’s 12M:1, though the two likely have similar static contrast ratios.
Each sits on a tiltable stand and the two displays have VESA compatible mounting points on the rear. Brightness is set at 300 cd/m2 for each one, which is eye-searingly bright; that’s an important consideration since active shutter glasses will cut that level in half when viewing 3D content.
The biggest difference between the two is that while the HN274H is NVIDIA 3D Vision compatible, with active shutter glasses (the IR emitter is built into the display!), the HS244HQ only comes with a pair of Acer 3D glasses, leaving users to purchase an NVIDIA 3D Vision kit on their own, if that’s the tack they wish to take. Between this and the size difference, the 23.6-inch display is a fair bit cheaper, coming in at $449, while the 27-inch will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $689.
Both displays should be available today.