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.