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