True 3D monitor appears just on time for Christmas

QuietPC announced that it is going to sell the Korean manufactured Zalman Trimon 2D/3D convertible monitors. Priced at £350 for the 19-inch version and £430 for the 22-inch version, they allow 3D content to be displayed using a specially designed Nvidia 3D Drivera nd a pair of polarising glasses or clip-ons.

Since the main (only?) attraction here is the 3D feature, you will probably need to have 3D content at hand in order to benefit fully from the immersive experience as well as a Nvidia-based computer.

PC Advisor tested the monitor and found out that although there was a slight decrease in frame rates in some games, it was well worth the trouble.

There are 20 compatible games with more coming up depending on whether the 3D concept becomes popular; amongst those already available are Painkiller : Overdose and World of Warcraft.

You can also use it on specially filmed 3D movies and it does work as a 2D monitor when displaying normal content.

It is not known whether ATI and other manufacturers will implement 3D features in their drivers although one can expect it to be easy.

It would also be interesting to see whether the same technology is propagated to other consumer segments like Video gaming consoles (Halo 3 in 3D anyone??) and HDTV Television.

Still at £860 for a pair of 3D 22-inch LCD monitors that can rotate, it is not that expensive, compared to other 3D solutions on the market.