First look at the Acer GN245HQ 3D monitor


The great thing about being an early adopter is that you are never short of a few friends wanting to coming over and gaze at your shiny new gadget. Dinner party conversation invariably leads to talk about a new app and how it’s ‘changed my life’, only to find another one the following week that supersedes everything that went before it. That’s technology for you. The trouble is, more often than not, it can be too complicated or a little niche for many people. Thankfully, with 3D we don’t have that problem, simply because you can don a pair of specs and just sit back and enjoy the view without having to know anything about pixel size, nano transistors or micro biology.

So, news that Acer’s world first foray into NVIDIA HDMI 3D with the GN245HQ monitor will be very welcome indeed, because it will show just what the NVIDIA 3D stereoscopic technology is capable of. Its built-in 3D Vision IR emitter will support both DL DVI for frame sequential stereo 3D as long as you have a set top box to capture 3D broadcasting, as well as HDMI 1.4a for consumer electronic devices that support stereo 3D such as blu-ray disc players, 3D cameras and HDMI 3D game consoles getting you up close and personal and putting you right in there with all the action.

The 24-inch GN245HQ offers up to 100 million:1 contrast, full HD (1920×1080) resolution; a 23.6? LED backlit panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio; a 120Hz refresh rate which is essential for creating 3D effects in the first place giving a lightning fast response time of just 2ms without all that annoying flicker that befalls lower refresh rates.

It is an effective and elegant package for enhanced home entertainment, particularly as NVIDIA 3D glasses with their advanced active shutter 3D technology are included too.

Acer, not just content with cutting edge design, also takes a nod in the direction of friendly eco aware manufacturing as the GN245HQ is mercury free and has in the region of 68% energy saving in its LED backlighting technology.

Is this another step towards blurring the lines of PC and TV display? Only time will tell, but this monitor will certainly provide another topic around the dinner table and give you that instant wow factor too.

Out mid March 2011 £419.99 including VAT and a 2 year warranty.