Our first official hardware review is the Acer HN274H 27” 3D monitor. Featuring Nvidia 3D Vision support and HDMI 1.4A compatibility, it’s a great starting point for this new MTBS hardware review service.
On the lower-right side are five touch-sensitive “buttons” which are a little difficult to use but are functional nonetheless. Thankfully, the power switch is still a real button. Aside from that, this monitor looks physically very similar to many others on the market. It's the features of the panel itself that set this one apart, as you'll soon find out!
Once you experience the smoothness of a 120Hz display, it is hard to go back. Even just dragging a window around the desktop takes on an almost “next-generation” quality. There still is some motion-blur, but it is literally cut in half from what I am used to.
I have to confess that while I’m an experienced S-3D gamer, I’ve never owned Nvidia’s glasses before – so these are my first impressions.
During my testing I played a number of different games and watched some 3D Blu-Ray movies, and they all worked nicely. Some of the titles I played include Left4Dead 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Unreal Tournament 3. In terms of 3D Blu-Rays, I watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and My Bloody Valentine 3D. In all cases I was greeted with a pleasant looking stereoscopic picture. Although some titles worked better than others, the display was able to handle a wide variety of different types of content. From the dark scenes in Metro 2033, to the bright colored vistas of Unreal Tournament 3, the monitor was struggle free.