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Samsung LCD Turns 2D Games Into 3D Games

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Samsung is finally rolling out its 750 and 950 series of stylish desktop LED monitors.

Samsung is finally rolling out its 750 and 950 series of stylish desktop LED monitors. We are especially interested in the 950 series (available in 23 and 27 inch), as it has a 2D-to-3D converter when connected to PCs, game consoles, Blu-ray players and other set-top boxes.

How well does it work? We have no idea as we haven't seen them since CEs 2011, where access to them was very limited. However, Samsung claims they deliver "vibrant colors", "100% photo accuracy" and a high-quality image in 120 Hz. The marketing staff worked overtime and promises features such as an "ultra clear panel", "magic angle view", and "Mega DCR." And yes, all that 3D greatness requires active shutter glasses.

Other specs include a response time of 2ms, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a resolution of 1920x1080, as well as a viewing angle of 170 degrees. What we don't know is the exact availability in the U.S. (Samsung is rolling the monitors out in Asia first) and the price. However, it appears that the 27-inch 3D model is selling for about $750 across Asia (a pair of proprietary active shutter glasses is included).

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    reggieray , July 12, 2011 11:41 AM
    Gimmick and I will keep my 1920 x 1200 Samsung monitor, not some TV standard, 1080P.
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    ochentay4 , July 12, 2011 11:42 AM
    I dont care. I want one.
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    sieged , July 12, 2011 12:07 PM
    That's retared ...I gotta have it.
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    Transsive , July 12, 2011 12:49 PM
    More TN panels?
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    rajansudeshrattan , July 12, 2011 1:12 PM
    Interesting if priced around $500 or in India below Rs25K
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2011 1:43 PM
    pfft, crap, I'll stick with my two 1920 x 1200 screens
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    tmax , July 12, 2011 2:30 PM
    ReggieRayGimmick and I will keep my 1920 x 1200 Samsung monitor, not some TV standard, 1080P.


    Agree. I don’t like the trend of new monitors only being 1920 x 1080 on the high end. With this technology Samsung could easily reach 2560 x 1600 resolution on the 27" model.
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    Userremoved , July 12, 2011 2:37 PM
    Hmm gimmicks
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    clist , July 12, 2011 3:59 PM
    The nice thing about 120Hz monitors is running them at 120Hz for 2D gaming. It makes your 120FPS video card rate actually mean something. If your monitor is 60Hz or 75Hz (as most LCDs are) then the FPS of your video card is not what you're seeing.

    There are folks who say you can't notice the difference, but to me, 120Hz feel smoother.

    Note that I'm not making any arguments for or against THIS monitor - it does look gimmicky - I'm just saying don't knock 120Hz monitors just because they're pitched as "3D". I will also say that the picture quality and viewing angles on all of the 3D monitors I've seen - including the one I have suck compared to the current lower-refresh offerings - so it really depends on your priorities... for gaming I think a 120Hz monitor is better.

    Cheers,
    CList
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    Transsive , July 12, 2011 4:08 PM
    I'll be waiting for a quality IPS 120Hz screen. (decent angles and low ghosting)
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    tacoslave , July 12, 2011 5:43 PM
    How come people always bitch for 20 pixels? Really its not that much of a deal breaker.
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    clist , July 12, 2011 5:57 PM
    Bad math man, I think you mean 120 pixels ...as in; "an extra 10%"?

    Given the fact that most web pages and documents are read vertically, and most hardcore computer users couldn't give a crap about watching movies on their computer, I can easily see why people would prefer the non-HD ratio. My ideal would be as Transsive describes; IPS, 120Hz, and 1920x1200, but I know it's unlikely that such a monitor will be made.
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    jasonpwns , July 12, 2011 8:09 PM
    These people actually think modern 3d is a gimmick? At first I thought 3d was a gimmick until I actually tried it in video games. Do you people realize how much depth it adds in platformers such as prince of persia? It also adds more immersion to games such as minecraft.
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    Userremoved , July 12, 2011 8:34 PM
    jasonpwnsThese people actually think modern 3d is a gimmick? At first I thought 3d was a gimmick until I actually tried it in video games. Do you people realize how much depth it adds in platformers such as prince of persia? It also adds more immersion to games such as minecraft.

    Gimmick. Worthless stuff revived from the 50s
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    jasonpwns , July 12, 2011 10:04 PM
    UserremovedGimmick. Worthless stuff revived from the 50s


    The problem is, this isn't the same 3d USED IN THE 50s. Of course ignorance is so common now-a-days. The 3D in the 50s was used to make images pop out of the screen, the 3d used nowadays is used to make the game more immsersive by giving you more view of your environment, more like you would see it in real life...
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    Userremoved , July 12, 2011 10:27 PM
    jasonpwnsThe problem is, this isn't the same 3d USED IN THE 50s. Of course ignorance is so common now-a-days. The 3D in the 50s was used to make images pop out of the screen, the 3d used nowadays is used to make the game more immsersive by giving you more view of your environment, more like you would see it in real life...

    Yes a zombie pooping out of my screen is supposed to immerse me. Anyway this screen is conversion to 3D and not real 3D so expect just some pop up stuff and not "immersive" 3D
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2011 10:30 PM
    I just want one so my games can run 120 fps vsynced even if it is just "2d". Since I have played on a 26" and felt it was too big I am aiming for the 23" 950. I must have one!
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    Kileak , July 12, 2011 11:01 PM
    Wait for passive 3D monitors, active shutter is so damn annoying, imagine active shutter + fps drops in a FPS? Insta-headache!

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    FullBurstMode , July 13, 2011 2:24 AM
    I'd agree that 3D is a gimmick but this is keeping in mind that gimmicks aren't necessarily bad things.

    I'm skeptical that it really does give you "more view of the environment" (at least, in a way that does actually provide you with more information) and such but I recognise that it is appreciated by many people and so I don't see a problem with companies catering to such people. It's not like this is their only focus and I'm pretty sure an earlier THWG article actually showed coverage of samsung focusing on better "standard" monitors. 3D TVs for people who like 3D and standard TVs for people who like standard TVs.
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    jamie_1318 , July 13, 2011 2:33 AM
    why would I buy a monitor that faked 3D when there are monitors that do real 3D with 2/3 platforms mentioned? I don't get it. Anyways I already ponyed up and got a Mitsubishi 3D DLP 3 years ago, an Nvidia 3D vision pack and never looked back. The product above looks absolutely average compared to most devices that already exist

    People who still think it's a gimmick should either read around because no reviewer said it's a waste of money and came back dissapointed, or go to an actual demonstration of 3D in Gaming. You will be quickly blown away by the imersiveness of any game you play that actually works properly. with Nvidia 3D-ready it's actually like %80 of games or so. Basically every game you would actually play will work to an extent that it actually improves the experience. 3D is a natural extension of 2D, and it is hard to see otherwise. Why would you ever expect to be immersed fully in a game that is missing a whole freaking dimension? Moreover what do you lose from switching to 3D? (aside from money)
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