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ViewSonic V3D241wm review

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  • ViewSonic V3D241wm
  • ViewSonic V3D241wm
  • ViewSonic V3D241wm

Summary

Our Score:

5

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good 2D performance
  • Good connectivity
  • Shutter glasses included

Cons

  • Poor 3D performance
  • Poor software
  • Cheap, wired glasses

Key Features

  • Full HD, 120Hz, 23.6in screen
  • Stereoscopic, 1080p 3D
  • iZ3D software included
  • Active shutter glasses included
  • VGA, DVI and HDMI
  • Manufacturer: ViewSonic
  • Review Price: £310.13

It's a pretty safe bet that 3D is here to stay, and that's no bad thing. Some of the kinks we mentioned in our 2009 article haven't been worked out yet and not everyone is convinced by the extra dimension (some even experience unpleasant side-effects such as mild headaches and nausea), but we think most will agree that it definitely adds something to the experience. One of the main factors holding people back is price of entry, with the majority of 3D TVs still demanding significant premiums and, on the PC side of things, Nvidia's 3D Vision transmitter and wireless glasses alone setting you back £100.

But now AMD has entered the 3D game, and we're taking a look at one of the first products to incorporate its certification: ViewSonic's 'Fuzhion' V3D241wm. This Full HD, 23.6in monitor comes with a pair of wired active shutter glasses for under £300, making it a potential bargain.

From its front, the V3D241wm looks like most other budget TN monitors (check out the prices on 3D IPS and you'll see £300 really is budget), with a glossy, black plastic bezel and stand. Although it does a reasonable job of hiding greasy fingerprints, it will still require far more maintenance than the matt back and sides. These sport a more durable, matt finish, which we wish ViewSonic had used throughout.

Either way, it's no NEC MultiSync EX231W, and lacks the daring lines of some other 3D monitors like Acer's GD245HQ. A bright blue LED just above the silver power button at the bottom bezel's centre might also be distracting for some, and can't be switched off or dimmed in the monitor's OSD.

Assembly is as easy as pie, merely requiring you to slide the base into the stand. Unfortunately, though unsurprisingly, adjustability is limited to tilt. Build quality is reasonably solid with the exception of the lower bezel, where a protruding plastic lip lacks a rear frame to back it and therefore comes across as a little flimsy. The whole monitor weighs 5.1kg and energy usage is frugal, never going higher than 25W.

Connectivity is certainly on the good side of decent, with VGA, DVI and HDMI covering every video front, though the HDMI is not of the fully 3D-compatible V1.4 variety, so dual-link DVI is the only choice when using the monitor in the third dimension. For audio, 3.5mm inputs and outputs join HDMI in providing a versatile selection and allowing you to hook up external speakers to displace the integrated efforts. ViewSonic includes VGA, HDMI and 3.5mm cables.

Michael G

February 21, 2011, 2:12 pm

Whilst this may not be a particularly good monitor, I think it's great that Viewsonic are able to offer so much for so little. Doing so in my opinion forces other manufacturers to bring down their prices and increase their value for money. Which is good for everyone.

piesforyou

February 21, 2011, 6:20 pm

I wish we could just forget this whole 3D episode ever happened.

TechVegan

February 21, 2011, 7:38 pm

@Michael G:


Indeed, let's hope.





@piesforyou:


Are you referring to 3D in general? While there are plenty of people who agree with you, there are also many who enjoy the benefits 3D brings (myself being one of them - though I agree in some cases it is poorly implemented or just added 'for the sake of it').

Glenn

January 1, 2013, 4:05 pm

I brought this as a gaming monitor for the 120hz refresh rate. Picked it up at a cheap price off that well know auction site.

For what i brought it for it is super, i cant complain about it and very happy with it. What lets it down is the 3D, the glasses are crap, in films its fine, cant play any games in 3d as its just constant flickering, i dont know if its faulty glasses or something. But im not really bothered as i didnt buy it for the 3D.

So if you want a 3D monitor then dont bother with this, if you want a decent 120hz one for gaming then this is great. I think its better than the benq one which my brothers got, picture looks a lot better.

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