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Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger - Robust Glasses And An Ingenious Charger

John Archer

By John Archer
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Another excellent touch is the flexibility of the head bands. You can bend, twist and contort them into all sorts of crazy shapes without them breaking or even threatening to crack, and they always spring right back into their proper shape. With this in mind they’ve got more chance of surviving you sitting on them than any other active shutter 3D glasses, though inevitably the prescription-ready lenses and the frame they’re in are both completely rigid, so we certainly wouldn’t recommend sitting on them just for yuks!

Turning to the charging post, the best way to describe its shape is as a top hat for toddlers. Only more glamorous. For with its high-gloss finish and smokey plastic ‘brim’ it manages to look oddly elegant while still oozing gadget appeal.

Obviously you need a power wire running into the charge post, but crucially you don’t need to physically attach the glasses to it by further cabling. Instead, you just pop the glasses onto the charger as if you were putting them on your head, and it will recharge them wirelessly using electromagnetic induction. Sweet.

A fully charged set of 3700CR glasses is reckoned be good for around 70 hours of continuous use. But as we discovered, if you get the recharging post the reality is that you never actually have to think about them running out of juice, as it quickly becomes habitual to pop the glasses on the post whenever you’re not using them.

The SWC1000A can handle up to four pairs of glasses simultaneously, and during our tests it always recharged the glasses we put on there with no problems. Which is pretty much all that needs to be said about it, really!

As for the glasses, they really are remarkably comfortable - easily the most comfortable active shutter models we’ve ever put on, in fact. So much so that wearing them for even hours at a time really isn’t an issue.

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John Archer

March 29, 2011, 8:56 pm

Since writing this review, it's come to my attention that the wireless charger will also charge Samsung's upcoming new 'Smart Remote' accessory when that launches in the latter half of the year. Just thought you'd like to know!

Barry Ward

March 29, 2011, 10:48 pm

What does that price include exactly? the charger and one pair of glasses?

Kaben

March 29, 2011, 11:15 pm

I auume these are only compatible with Samsung 3D tv's? No dice with a Sony TV?

stripy

March 30, 2011, 1:47 am

Hello John, do these work with Samsung's first gen 3D tvs? I'm not really fussed about the look of them but my curiosoty was peaked by your comment about them not darkening the picture as much. Is it a truely noticable improvement?

Thanks

Cliff

March 31, 2011, 2:21 pm

@Barry Ward - Hi Barry. That price includes the charger and one pair of glasses.

Ballingall

December 5, 2011, 8:28 pm

Hello John: I'm now the proud and happy owner of the samsung active glasses and wireless charger combo - and also the samsung "smart remote"; however I can't find any reference in either the wireless charger or smart remote instruction manuals to the facility you mentioned in the addition to your review that the wireless charger will also charge the smart remote. Can you help?

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