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True 3D monitor appears just on time for Christmas

QuietPC announced (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.