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When it debuted a few years ago, the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit required four components to work properly: 3D glasses, an Nvidia graphics card, a compatible display, and a separate, USB-connected 3D emitter. In the time since that debut, not much has changed. But, while all four of those things are still required, some manufacturers have figured out how to make the process a bit more streamlined, and instead of a separate USB-connected device, Asus builds the emitter into the monitor. When first laying eyes on the Asus VG278H, it's difficult to ignore its most aesthetically distinctive feature: the built-in 3D emitter. At the top edge of the panel, above the top bezel is the built-in Nvidia 3D emitter with "Ready for 3D games and videos" written in fine print, just in case its purpose was unclear. In the past, in order to deliver active-shutter Nvidia-style 3D performance, a separate USB 3D emitter was required. The emitter was connected by a USB cable and while not obtrusive to the experience, it did add to the clutter. Making it a part of the monitor gets it out of the way, and its angle adjustability means you can still fine-tune the signal it emits. There it is. The built-in 3D emitter is adjustable and negates the need for a separate USB-connected emitter.
Asus has jumped right on Nvidia's second generation of 3D Vision, incorporating its new LightBoost technology in the new Asus VG278H.You know the usual pattern - 3D monitor is a capable gaming screen, lacks the colour quality of IPS panels, is slightly overpriced, that kind of thing... well the Asus VG278H is a bit different. The reason? LightBoost. This is Nvidia's big idea for improving 3D image quality. LightBoost is essentially an extra layer to the panel that compensates for any dimness before the image, making it twice as bright as previous 3D screens.The shocker is that LightBoost actually does make a big difference. But that's not the only endearing feature of this screen; there's the height-adjustable bezel, bundled Nvidia 3D Vision 2 glasses and 27-inch panel. Asus made one of the best 3D Vision screens for the last generation in the Asus VG236H, but there's plenty to be wary of when buying a 3D monitor though, so the Asus VG278H isn't home and dry yet - let's put our scrutinising hats on. We're impressed with the efforts Asus has gone to with the VG278H's bezel. It's rare to get a height-adjustable panel outside of IPS screens, which is madness because it's a feature that everyone welcomes.
The Asus VG278H is the first member of a new generation of 120 Hz computer monitors, and it's been chosen by Nvidia as the testing ground for the second version of its 3DVision kit. The 27'' monitor features a 2 ms TN display with a built-in infrared transmitter for syncing with 3D glasses. It's also the first to feature 'lightboost' technology, now one of the essential requirements of the Nvidia 3DVision programme. The VG278H might not offer the ultimate in user-friendliness, but you shouldn't have too much to complain about either. It has a HDMI 1.4 input as well as VGA and DVI ports. It sits on a height-adjustable stand with a rotating base. For audio, there's a headphone jack and a pair of 2 x 3 W speakers. They won't replace your hi-fi, but if you've got a Blu-ray player or a games console, there's no reason why you can't just plug in a single HDMI cable and enjoy audio and video from a single device. You might have noticed a small bulge at the top of the screen. Despite the similarity, it isn't a webcam: it's the infrared transmitter that syncs the 3D glasses. Whether it's built-in to the monitor, as it is here, or a standalone device, it's an essential part of active 3D technology. It starts up when you need to get your 3D glasses out.
When we first took a look at NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology a couple of years ago, we came away impressed. We understand that gaming and watching video in 3D isn't for everyone, but after using NVIDIA's first 3D Vision kit with one of Samsung's then-new 120Hz LCD displays, we truly enjoyed the experience. Not only was a new dimension (literally and figuratively) added to the games we played, but there were inherent advantages to using a 120Hz LCD, both when 2D gaming and just working on the desktop. There was no denying NVIDIA had an uphill battle convincing gamers to put on a pair of beefy, active-shutter glasses, and spring for a new monitor, but for those that took the plunge, there were definite benefits. Since its initial introduction, NVIDIA has put significant effort in to continually improve its 3D Vision technology and ecosystem. Almost 600 games—both old and new—are now supported, the price has come down significantly on the glasses, tons of 3D content is now available on 3DVisionLive.com and YouTube, and a number of partners have released 3D Vision capable monitors, like Asus, Planar, Acer, Viewsonic, LG and of course Samsung.
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