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iz3D splash-lands with 3D screens

EEE 2006 Polarized, with two panels
Thu May 11 2006, 18:37
A NEW PLAYER in 3D monitors called iz3D was at E3 showing off their latest panels. They are true 3D with two stacked LCDs, each with different polarizations. Once you put on some fairly sturdy plastic glasses, suddenly images have real depth.


Of the many stabs at 3D displays I have seen recently, this one is by far the best looking. There is no image doubling, flickering, or any of the normal unwanted side effects. There are two discrete images, and each eye sees only the correct one. What I am trying to say is that in my brief time with it, it worked pretty well.

On the technical side, as I said earlier, it is two stacked LCD panels, and each eye essentially is presented with one. The drivers for NVidia are able to handle 3D out of the box, and ATI Catalysts will be bent into shape in a few months, but right now, it is only the green team that plays this game.

The 17" monitor will retail for $1299 MSRP, probably notably cheaper at the usual outlets. This isn't bad for two high quality 8ms monitors with a bunch of proprietary hardware on top of it. It will take DVI or VGA inputs, you need two but both have to be the same type, and from then on out, it is gaming in real 3D.

One word of caution here, as with all technologies of this nature, I highly recommend that you try it before you buy. It worked for me, but that is about all I can say for sure. If can get a chance, bring your favorite game to a friendly local dealer and give it a try, you will probably be pleasantly surprised. µ


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