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Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger review

John Archer

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Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger
  • Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger
  • Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger
  • Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger
  • Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger
  • Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger
  • Samsung SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000AC wireless charger

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Glasses really are remarkably light
  • Charging post totally removes usual recharging hassles
  • Glasses surprisingly sturdy and flexible

Cons

  • Expensive vs passive 3D glasses
  • Glasses frame visible in field of vision
  • Normal active shutter flicker issues

Key Features

  • World?s lightest active shutter 3D glasses
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Wireless charging post
  • Removable nose pad to fit adults or children
  • Automatic on/off glasses power
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: free/subscription

In the current brutal war of words between the active and passive 3D camps, one of the strongest arguments put forward by passive supporters is that active shutter glasses are much more cumbersome, heavy, fiddly (because you have to recharge them) and expensive than passive ones.

Inevitably Samsung is mighty keen to try and quash this criticism of its beloved active 3D technology. So it’s become the first brand to produce a pair of ‘designer’ active shutter 3D glasses, the SSG-3700CRs, created in conjunction with Austrian design company Silhouette.

What’s more, as if paranoid that these goggles alone might not be ‘sexy’ enough, Samsung has also designed a rather stylish wireless recharging post to keep its groovy new glasses company.

This all sounds gorgeously gadgety to us. So we’ve wasted absolutely no time getting our hands on a pair of the glasses and the charging post to see if they’re as hot in the flesh as they sound on paper.

Starting with the glasses, they genuinely are a revelation in terms of weight and bulk. At just 28g they feel little if any heavier than typical passive glasses thanks to the remarkably slender head band and minimal lens frame. Even better, they still feel balanced, thanks to the careful addition of little weights at the rear end of each side of the head band.

These chunky terminations have a further practical value too, in that one of them carries both a manual power over-ride button (the glasses normally switch on and off automatically) and a USB input for people who don’t want to cough up for the wireless recharging post.

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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