Asus VG236H 3D Vision Monitor Review

3D Vision Contents

Asus VG236H 3D  Vision Monitor Review

3D Vision Contents

I don't think anyone will doubt who manufactures the 3D Vision that Asus provide with the VG236H. That nVidia green is could be used as a signal if you happen to end up on a desert island. The box is very compact with everything of good quality cardboard.

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Inside are two compartments. The "lid" of the box contains two USB leads, one 10 foot long one to charge the glasses and a 6 foot one to attach the IR transmitter to your PC. It also contains the nVidia welcome and quick start guides along with a microfibre cloth for cleaning your glasses. Finally in the top section we have some alternative nose pieces should you find the default ones uncomfortable. 

The glasses and transmitter themselves are well packed in some very dense foam that will ensure they arrive in mint condition and can be stored securely.

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The transmitter itself has a few cool features. Firstly we have the obligatory warning sticker that ensures you install the drivers prior to attaching it to the PC. Once that is moved you can see the mini-USB port that connects it to the computer. A scroll wheel and a 3D sync adorn the back and an on-off button is on the front (here hidden) should you want to turn it off in the middle of a gaming session. Quite why you would we don't know because it turns the glasses off so all you see is the very very blurry image that makes this review so difficult. Because we can't show you something you can't see without the glasses. 

Going back to the 3D Sync in this is an industry standard to enable the nVidia 3D Vision glasses to be used with a compatible television or projector and receive the signal from it that it is ready to display the next frame. This is a stroke of genius as it allows your 3D Vision kit to be used with a compatible television rather than needing to purchase a separate set of glasses, should you wish to use your computer to stream your movies to the television, or indeed game on a massive television.

The "Scroll wheel" actually enables on-the-fly adjustments of the amount of stereo depth you get. By and large the default settings are perfect for just about everything but if you really want to play about and make things look very deep, or if your brain needs a larger or smaller stereo effect to merge the images successfully then you can do it without the very fiddly load, quit, adjust, load, test, quit, load procedure that would otherwise be necessary.

Finally the glasses themselves. These are a marvel of miniaturisation as they contain the on-off button, the 40 hour battery, the USB recharge connection and the electronics necessary to work all within an exceptionally light package. If, like me, your eyesight is less than perfect without glasses then you'll be pleased to note that these will comfortably fit over most glasses without being either uncomfortable, unwieldy or generally a pain. If you've got Elton John or Dame Edna style glasses you might encounter some issues, but for the standard modern style they fit perfectly.

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Phew. So we know what Asus provide in the packaging for the VG236H monitor. But how does this 3D thing work anyway?

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Most Recent Comments

21-07-2010, 12:39:56

If you get a 3D monitor like this, does everything have to be viewed in 3D all the time, or can you view games and such like a normal monitor if you want to give your eyes a rest or something?Quote

21-07-2010, 13:27:04

You just hit the button on the 3D emitter and the whole system goes back to 2D mode.Quote

21-07-2010, 16:30:51

There is an old axiom that says 'seeing is believing' in this case very true, custom pc reviewed 3D vision a few months ago and give it a absolute NO they said it give you a headache after one hour of playing and the 3D effect wears out, so for me it is a absolute NO until the technology evolves to something more mature also I read a review in bit-tech that claimed that the FPS drop dramatically when using 3D vision so another downer, last week I went to CURRY’S and a sales person showed me a 3D movie clip on a 50’’ 3D plasma, to be honest it was very impressive but after a while the 3D effect did wear out, fact is the brain can only be tricked for a short time and all the current 3D products in the market are at the first stages of the evolution of the 3D technology.Quote

21-07-2010, 17:53:12

I kind of think it's proably something you just have to adjust to. You don't seem to hear complaints about 3D films, and Custom PC did bad mouth 3D vision, but I stand firm supporting it. Of course it might be weird and your aim might be off completely to begin with, yet this makes sense as when Tom explained how 3D works.

The normal 2D image only imitates 3D through depth perception in terms of the size of object in reference to the foreground. The 3D vision is different in the like real vision one eye effectively sees slightly more of one side of an object and the other eye vice versa, your brain then combines the images to give you the overall image perceiving 3D.

This is probably why it takes some getting used to as your brain will see the 3D of your room and then a second 3D image of different depth on the monitor, hence why it might get confused and lead to some people getting headaches or sometimes just poor aim.

Like patting your head while rubbing your stomach however, the brain can be taught to distinguish between simultaneous tasks affecting the same area of the brain.

Apache pilots effectively learn to look like a Chameleon looking at different images with each eye and still maintaining an overall picture without feeling sick or losing perception of depth.

I think with a little practice it would be easy to adjust to the change in picture and you'd soon be fragging people the same as always.

Of course there's the fact you can still just watch films (if you didn't want to game with them on) providing the 3D movie experience at home.

I myself have bought a 3D vision monitor in preparation for my pc I'm still building (seems like ages, tho I did start planning it in feb lol).

We'll see how I get on eventually.Quote

21-07-2010, 19:26:00

hope you finish your pc soon like to know your honest opinion on 3D vision after having it for a few days and getting adjusted to it.Quote

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