There are a few things certain in life. Death, taxes, and looking like a fool wearing chunky 3D glasses.
AOC hasn't done away with the ugly specs altogether, although its new 3D monitor, the e2352Phz, means you can move from welding goggles to hipster glasses.
AOC (and others) have realised that one of the barriers to entering the 3D world is the use of active shutter glasses. They provide a high level of quality for 3D playback, but then tend to be heavy and uncomfortable, turning people away. AOC has come to market with a Film-type Patterned Retarder (FPR) display, which uses polarised light in a similar way to 3D cinema. FPR or polarised 3D does away with the left/right blinking you get with shuttered glasses, and shows each eye a different image by polarising the two at different angles, with the opposite eye's glasses blocking out the opposite image. The downside to this method is a dimmer image, but less headaches ensue.
AOC's desktop monitor, the e2352Phz, is a 23in model that uses FPR for 3D tasks. Unsurprisingly, AOC has boosted the brightness of the monitor to compensate for the dimmer glasses, and the end result is a relatively crisp, clear and bright 3D image. It's a good result, on par with most other 3D solutions. Its 1,920 x 1,080 screen is a pure widescreen HD video format, so movie buffs take note.
This monitor is ideally used for 3D movie playback using the included TriDef 3D software. It's compatible with other devices that output 3D, like Blu-ray players and media streamers using HDMI 1.4. The TriDef 3D software also runs 3D PC games with the same standard used by ATI Radeon HD3D-compatible cards. The monitor is not compatible with the NVIDIA 3D Vision system.
On the bench, the screen looks good, and the glasses are definitely more comfortable than shuttered versions. The extra pair of clip-on polarised lenses was appreciated by our spec-wearing web editor too. If you're more into movies than 3D gaming, then this screen is a good choice.Available from AOC, retailing for $299
.APC rating: 8/10 (Highly Recommended)