You could say 3D has hit the mainstream computer today (or something similarly bombastic and partially untrue), as Acer has just released its GD235HZ 120Hz LCD, specially prepped for working with NVIDIA's 3D Vision active-shutter glasses system. The 23.6-inch, 16:9 display retails for $399, and while it's going to be great for 3D gaming for the next few months until you grow bored of Avatar and frustrated by Left 4 Dead 2, the 1920 x 1080 resolution is going to really come in handy once the first crop of 3D Blu-ray movies starts hitting. Of course, the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit is sold separately for $199, and requires a compatible NVIDIA card, but that's a small price to pay for total spatial immersion, right? PR is after the break.
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Acer Delivers Full HD NVIDIA 3D Vision-Ready Display for Consumers in the United States

New Acer GD235HZ Display Was Designed to Provide a Full HD 3D Experience for Today's Popular Games and Videos Featuring 1920x1080 Resolution and a 120Hz Refresh Rate

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acer America today debuts a new high-end, high-resolution display that features a 120Hz refresh rate. This display can also perform as a full HD 3D display when combined with NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ active-shutter glasses, making it perfect for showcasing high-definition 3D games, Blu-ray movies and other multimedia.

"As 3D content becomes more widely available in popular games and videos, users desire computing products that can take advantage of these new capabilities," said Irene Chan, senior product marketing manager for peripherals, Acer America. "We are excited to offer Acer's first monitor to support 3D technology, enabling consumers to fully immerse themselves in leading-edge 3D games and movies at an affordable price."

Chan continued, "We see a strong market for 3D technology products that offer the quality and value that Acer is known for providing, as we've demonstrated with our Acer notebook with 3D technology and now with this new Acer GD235HZ display."

The new Acer 3D display becomes available at an opportune time. In its recently released 3D Display Technology and Market Forecast Report, DisplaySearch forecasts that the total stereoscopic 3D display market will grow from 0.7 million units and $902 million in revenues in 2008 to 196 million units and $22 billion in revenues in 2018, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38 percent for revenues and 75 percent for units.

Leading-Edge Features Enhance 3D Viewing Experience

Users can clearly view detailed images and crisp graphics due to the Acer GD235HZ display's 80,000:1 (ACM) contrast ratio. The Acer Adaptive Contrast Management (ACM) features advanced technology that allows users to adjust images frame by frame to optimize contrast by enhancing detail and gradation. Additionally, Acer ACM enables the new monitor to use less power and save energy while providing a superior viewing experience.

The new 23.6-inch display boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920x1080 resolution, providing excellent high-definition picture quality. Users can enjoy the clarity and precision of Blu-ray Disc™ high definition technology for watching movies in extraordinary detail. The 16:9 aspect ratio allows users to view high-definition digital content without image distortion that arises from incompatible aspect ratios. Additionally, the Acer GD235HZ features a rapid 2ms response times for viewing high quality moving images and a 300 cd/m2 brightness, further improving the visual performance.

Acer's unique software solutions boost usability. The eColor Management on-screen interface allows users to tailor the performance of the display, such as brightness, saturation and contrast. The Empowering Key enables users to switch between viewing scenarios and create their own to compensate for application and environmental constraints. The eDisplay Management function is a powerful color enhancement and display rotation tool.

State-of-the-Art Technology from NVIDIA® 3D Vision™

The Acer GD235HZ 23.6-inch display provides a revolutionary new 3D viewing experience when combined with the NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ technology, adding depth to the image displayed on the flat surface of the monitor. NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ is a combination of high-tech wireless active-shutter glasses, a wireless USB transmitter, and advanced software that can transform hundreds of PC games into an exceptional 3D experience. The Acer display with NVIDIA 3D Vision can deliver 3D images from any PC content, including 3D photographs, 3D videos, and upcoming Blu-ray 3D movies. The glasses are lightweight, can be worn over regular eyeglasses, and can provide up to 40 hours of 3D entertainment on a single charge. For more information on NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, please visit www.nvidia.com/3DVision.(2)

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

The Acer GD235HZ bid 3D display will be available early this month for U.S. customers at leading retailers for an MSRP of $399.99. The NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Kit is available for an MSRP of $199 from leading e-tailers.

Acer® GD235HZ bid 23.6-inch LCD Display

23.6-inch Widescreen
1920x1080 Maximum Resolution
0.2715mm Pixel Pitch
120Hz (Maximum) Refresh Rate
2ms Response Time (G to G)
80,000:1 Max (ACM) / 1000:1 (Native) Contrast Ratio
300cd/m2 Brightness
170° (H)/160° (V) Viewing Angles
16.7 Million Colors
6Bit + HiFRC
1x HDMI (w/HDMI), 1x DVI, 1x VGA Inputs
Vesa 100mm Wall Mount
Internal Power Supply

About Acer America


Since its founding in 1976, Acer has pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks top 3 for total PCs(1) and No. 2 for notebooks(1), with the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer's continued growth, while the successful acquisitions of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company's global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S. and enhancing its strong position in Europe. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement in staging the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008 revenues reached US$16.65 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

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1 Source: Gartner data, FY 2008

2 Source: NVIDIA Corporation