Acer's new monitor will transform 2D content into 3D without the need for additional hardware and/or software.
On Tuesday Acer revealed a 27-inch 3D LED-backlit LCD display featuring "new advances in 3D technology" that allows it to convert any 2D content into 3D on the fly thanks to an "innovative chip-based solution." That means consumers can watch their favorite movies, videos, photos and games in 3D by using just the new monitor -- no extra software is required. You simply enable or disable the feature via the on-screen display.
"This allows regular movies and traditional photos and videos to be enjoyed in a completely new way," the company said. "In addition, it works with any graphics card, so popular PC games can now be viewed in eye-popping 3D."
On the hardware side, the new Acer monitor supports a native 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, a 2ms response time (GTG), 250 cd/m2 brightness, and 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic). Other features include two HDMI ports, a VGA port, integrated speakers, Energy Star Certification, and an angle adjustable stand.
Unfortunately, this isn't a glasses-free solution. Acer's display will come packed with a set of polarized glasses made from composite materials for a lightweight comfortable fit. The film-patterned retarder technology used in both the screen and glasses supposedly enables a flicker-free 3D viewing experience, reduced eye strain, fatigue and headaches.
"[This is accomplished] by separating left/right images so only one image reaches the left or right lens at a time," the company said. "It also eliminates ghosting, since the display and glasses don't need to synchronize. Slightly larger than first generation 3D glasses, they provide a wider viewing area and increased external light blocking."
The 27-inch Acer HR274H 3D LCD is available for U.S. customers at leading retailers for $599 USD. It includes a three-year parts and labor limited warranty.