Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger - Subtle Flaws And Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

The way the nose grip is designed allows the 3700CR’s lenses sit up reasonably close to your eyes, meanwhile, reducing the amount of distracting ambient light that can get between the lenses and your eyes. The lenses cover more of your vision field than many rivals too, and it’s noticeable that the SSG-3700CR glasses seem to remove much less brightness from the picture than many rival active shutter glasses.

The only real issue we had with the 3700CRs is that the lens frame is a touch small, so that you become aware of the frame within your field of vision at times. The self-conscious thinness of the frame also means some ambient light can sneak into your viewing field from the left and right sides. But this latter issue is pretty easily solved by just making your room as dark as possible.

We guess we should add that some people might be affected by a flickering effect while using the SSG-3700CRs, caused by their active shutter technology. But our experience is that this only seems to affect a small portion of users to any serious degree, and in any case it’s no certainly no worse and is arguably better on the 3700CR glasses than it is on other, less ‘trendy’ active 3D glasses.

Verdict

The SSG-3700CRs succeed startlingly well in making it clear that active shutter glasses can be pretty much as lightweight, comfortable and ‘cool’ as passive ones. In fact, their already high cool factor goes off the scale when they’re used in conjunction with Samsung’s genuinely ingenious SWC1000A wireless charger.

Samsung’s hip new 3700CRs, then, definitely get round some, even many of the usual glasses-based objections raised by active 3D bashers. One problem remains, however: they still cost at best £99 each, representing a significant extra investment for anyone with a family of four or more - especially if you also factor in the irresistible wireless charger.

In other words, while the SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000A charger are well conceived, superbly constructed, highly functional and a great salvo in this year’s bitter 3D fight, their price prevents them from delivering a knockout punch.

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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