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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.
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.