Best 3D Gaming Monitor for 2012 – 2013

I wouldn’t recommend a 3D monitor for gaming in a professional tournament, at least not yet, but several 3D models released in late 2011 are making a splash on to the mainstream gamer scene, not only because of their outstanding visuals in 3D, but 2D as well.

Here are my Top 5 3D Gaming Monitors in 2012:

1. Samsung 3D LED Gaming Monitor – S27A950D

The Samsung S27A950D just seems like it’s done right. Although at first it may seem a bit pricey, it’s important to understand that Samsung has put its top-of-the-line panel into this monitor and included TriDef 3D gaming software as well as a pair of 3D monitor glasses.

Design:

Before seeing it in person I’m not really sure what I thought about Samsung’s new monitor design; however, I must say that in person it’s impressive. The design is very slim with a modern feel that looks really good with my other gaming hardware.

Picture:

3D still has a few kinks in it and this monitor, although it comes with TriDef 3D, does not natively support Nvidia 3D vision. That being said one the 3D is good and the 2D at 120 Hz makes a bigger difference than I thought. I also found the color to be just about as accurate as I’ve seen on a TN panel. I wouldn’t call it a replacement for an IPS panel, but for those who aren’t overly picky about the RGB color spectrum, you’ll be surprised how well it performs.

Overall:

With a 2ms response time, cool features like the its eco motion sensor, and breathtaking picture the Samsung S27A950D is my choice for best 3D gaming monitor in 2012. It’s also interesting to note that this model operates at 120Hz for both 3D and 2D while some models switch between 60-120Hz. Samsung also carries this model in a 23 inch version, the S23A950D, and has a 3D LED Monitor/TV option as well, the Samsung T27A950.

2. ViewSonic V3D245 24-Inches LED 3D-Ready Monitor

In the 24 inch category my favorite is the Viewsonic V3D245 which boasts great performance at a reasonable price. While it may seem comparatively more expensive than the S27A950D featured above, this model comes with a pair of NVIDIA 3D Vision wireless glasses and a Built-in NVIDIA 3D Vision emitter which, when purchased separately, can cost upwards of $125 on its own.

Like the S27A950D this model has a true 120Hz refresh rate for both 3D and 2D viewing and with Viewsonic’s ClearMotiv™ II images are crisp and clear without a blur.

Technical Details:

Specifications for this monitor include full HD 1920×1080 resolution, 20,000,000:1 DCR (1,000:1 static), 170º horizontal, 160º vertical viewing angles, 2ms gray to gray response time, VGA, Dual-Link DVI, and HDMI inputs, 2×2-watt SRS Premium Sound, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty from Viewsonic.

3. Acer HN274H BMIIID 3D 27-Inch LED Monitor (See Below for Technical Details)

4. ASUS VG236H 3D Monitor

5. Viewsonic V3D231

This is a great entry-level 3D monitor as you can find it at well below $300. It’s only about 80-100$ more than other monitors similar in size.

Summary:

That’s a wrap of my top 5. Be sure to see the table below for an easy way to compare all the specifications of the above 3D gaming monitors.

Brand / Model NumberPriceTechnical Details
Samsung 3D LED Gaming Monitor - S27A950D1920 x 1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 16.7 million display colors, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1,000,000:1 DCR, 2ms gray to gray response time, Displayport, HDMI connectors, Eco Light Sensor, Eco Motion Sensor, and it comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty.
ViewSonic V3D245 24-Inches LED 3D-Ready Monitor1920x1080 resolution, 20,000,000:1 DCR (1,000:1 static), 170º horizontal, 160º vertical viewing angles, 2ms gray to gray response time, VGA, Dual-Link DVI, and HDMI inputs, 2x2-watt SRS Premium Sound, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty from Viewsonic.
Acer HN274H BMIIID 3D 27-Inch LED Monitor1920 x 1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angles, 0.3114mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million colors, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 10,000,000:1 DCR, 2ms gray to gray response time, D-Sub, DVI, HDMI x 3 connectors, Tilt adjustment -5° to 15°, 2W x 2, VESA mountable, and it includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.
ASUS VG236H 3D Monitor1920 x 1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angles, 0.265mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 400 cd/m2 brightness, contrast ratio 100,000:1, 2ms gray to gray response time, DVI-D, Component, and HDMI connectors, height, swivel, and tilt adjustable, and it comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty.
Viewsonic V3D2311920 x 1080 resolution, 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 250 cd/m2 brightness rating, 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2ms response time, D-sub, HDMI, DVI connectors, Tilt adjustment: -5° to 20°, Integrated 2x2W speakers, and a 3 year parts and labor warranty.
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