First-generation 3D PC monitors built around Nvidia’s 3D Vision system use the same active cipro cheap shutter gubbins found in the majority of flatscreen TVs. This means bulky cipro cheap and expensive shuttering glasses are required to create a 3D effect.
The LG D2342P 23-inch LED backlight display has an FPR (Film cipro cheap Pattern Retarder) filter, which means it can be used with low-cost, passive 3D glasses that appear flicker-free.
This is important considering most PC monitors are used in environments with a high cipro cheap level of ambient light, usually from a multitude of different sources. What’s more, the cipro cheap loss of 3D resolution characteristic of an FPR screen matters far less here than on a large cipro cheap screen TV, because it’s harder to perceive.
The screen looks much like any other widescreen PC monitor cipro cheap. It has a thin, glossy black bezel and is just 5.7cm deep (although cipro cheap it bulges at the rear). There are no speakers, but you do get a headphone jack.cipro cheap
Cinema 3D is rather different. Any old 3D specs looted from your local multiplex will cipro cheap do the job. LG includes one pair of glasses in the box, along with polarising cipro cheap clip-ons for spectacle wearers.
The display is a 23-inch LED-backlit LCD. It sits, rather precariously, on a small pedestal stand cipro cheap with a 15-degree recline. Design-wise it’s generic but smart. The monitor has a lightweight cipro cheap, plasticky construction, albeit with a pleasingly thin bezel.
The only embellishment is a bright blue illuminated power button at the bottom right. It sits cipro cheap next to a fistful of small buttons that access the main menu 3D and Eco display settings cipro cheap. The on-screen display itself is equally discreet. Rather than appearing in the centre of the screen cipro cheap it’s apologetically small and lives in a corner.
To stress its green credentials, the screen has a dynamic Super cipro cheap Energy Savings mode, which is all very creditable. Be warned though, that image cipro cheap brightness dims quite significantly when this is engaged.
2D image quality is something of a mixed bag. Its black levels are cipro cheap not particularly deep, through a variety of test footage confirms a high level of detail, with cipro cheap low levels of noise. Tweaking enthusiasts will enjoy the extensive range of picture parameter cipro cheap controls on offer, from colour temperature presets to user-driven RGB levels, contrast cipro cheap and black level. In the menus there’s a High/Low black level toggle — the latter cipro cheap compresses the greyscale (so there’s fewer levels of gradation between black and white) cipro cheap but gives a punchier picture.
We found the optimum picture clarity was at 1,680×1,050 pixels cipro cheap at 60Hz. Text clarity is significantly better via the PC D-Sub port at this cipro cheap resolution than HDMI at 1,920×1,080 pixels. For general PC duties, Web browsing and cipro cheap office work, this is the way to go. 2D gaming looks crisp and fluid.
The panel has a pixel pitch — the distance between pixels cipro cheap of the same colour — of 0.265mm x 0.265mm. LG quotes a 5ms response time.
Unlike Active Shutter technology, which requires shuttering 60Hz LCD eyeware to create cipro cheap a 3D picture, FPR puts the onus on the TV to sort out stereoscopic filtering cipro cheap.
The principal catch with Cinema 3D is that any incoming 3D signal has cipro cheap its resolution halved. Whether it’s Full HD 3D from a Blu-ray or Nvidia’s 3D Vision cipro cheap kit, or bandwidth-friendly side-by-side, what arrives at your peepers has half the cipro cheap horizontal resolution it started with (give or take some upscaling).
On a large-screen TV, this loss of resolution is evident in jaggy diagonals. On a screen cipro cheap as small as this, these artefacts are far less obvious, even though it’s still possible cipro cheap to see some filter structure in the image. The upside is there’s no electronic flickering to contend with cipro cheap. The sense of depth is also quite pronounced. The end result is a 3D viewing experience cipro cheap that trades some clarity for added comfort.
Naturally, all the usual ways of displaying 3D are supported: frame packing, side-by-side cipro cheap and top & bottom. You can also flip right-left images. The only cipro cheap real caveat is that the viewing angle is astonishingly tight. Deviate from a square-on cipro cheap viewpoint by just a few centimetres and what begins as a clear image suddenly splits cipro cheap apart.
Passive 3D screens like this are quite susceptible to crosstalk — cipro cheap ghosting — on the vertical plane. Of course, once you’ve aligned the monitor cipro cheap for your own use, this shouldn’t prove too much of an issue. Just cipro cheap remember to sit dead still when gaming or rewatching cipro cheap.
This acute viewing angle doesn’t just affect 3D. When viewed off-axis cipro cheap in 2D mode, we noticed white-ish greys tinge a fetching shade of pink. For what cipro cheap it’s worth, LG suggests the optimum viewing distance is between 50cm and 90cm.cipro cheap
We’re glad to see LG’s low-cost, easy on the eye Cinema 3D migrate to the PC monitor cipro cheap market. Freedom from cumbersome, flickering Active Shutter glances is a boon for cipro cheap 3D PC gamers. Just bear in mind the general tightness of its stereoscopic sweetspot — there cipro cheap really isn’t much leeway.
If you can live with this restriction, LG’s D2342P is a uniquely cipro cheap attractive proposition.