Acer Launches Monitor With Support For Nvidia HDMI-Based 3D Technology


Acer is offering the first monitor that supports Nvidia's stereoscopic 3D Vision technology over an HDMI connection.

Acer on Wednesday unveiled the GN245HQ, a 23.6-inch LED backlit monitor that allows users to port to HDMI-based 3D devices in addition to supporting dual-link DVI connectivity. Desktops running Nvidia's 3D Vision combined software-hardware platform will be able to connect 3D-equipped Blu-ray players, gaming consoles and other devices to Acer's monitor with an HDMi cable. The display comes with Nvidia's 3D Vision bundle, which includes a pair of Nvidia 3D glasses with advanced active shutter 3D technology.

"Offering powerful and exciting graphics as well as top-notch technology, the GN245HQ 3D monitor is particularly well suited for gaming and enjoying movies," Acer said in a statement. "It's the perfect solution for tech-savvy users and gaming enthusiasts."

Acer's monitor is designed to reduce power consumption by up to 68 percent by cutting the number of built-in lamps from four to two.

The Acer GN245HQ features a 100 million:1 contrast ratio, full HD resolution on a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display. It also fully supports 1080p FHD applications and features a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a response time of 2 milliseconds.

Nvidia last month launched Nvidia 3D Vision Pro technology, combining software for graphics applications and peripheral hardware for its Quadro enterprise-level graphics processors, through select channel partners. Nvidia's 3D Vision Pro is aimed at professional 3D applications, such as video walls, theaters and studios, as well as digital content creation, production design, and medicine.

Acer's display, however, seems to target consumers -- for whom Nvidia's 3DTV Play software is available. Nvidia 3DTV Play launched in October, allowing users to connect notebooks and PCs with Nvidia's 3D vision technology to 3D HDTVs.

Acer meanwhile continues to offer support for a variety of advanced graphics platforms. Acer at CES last month launched Acer Aspire AS5750, AS7750, and AS8950 notebook models featuring integrated graphics processors -- both AMD 's Fusion APUs as well as Intel's Sandy Bridge processors.

Acer has not offered details on pricing and availability for its new monitor in the U.S.