Acer unveils a pair of portable, glasses-free 3D monitors

The SpatialLabs View line promises stereoscopic 3D for gamers and creators.


Acer's no-glasses 3D is finally available beyond a laptop. The company has trotted out SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro portable monitors that bring the more immersive screen tech to gamers and creators. Both 15.6-inch displays deliver stereoscopic 3D for content that either has a profile (for over 50 games) or the right export plugin. The screens can convert 2D content to 3D, and they'll still be useful as 4K monitors with a 400-nit brightness and 100 percent Adobe RGB color coverage.

The differences largely come down to tweaks for particular audiences. The Pro builds on the regular SpatialLabs View with both creative tech and an "intelligent industrial design" to help deploy in the field. You can even use a VESA wall mount when you want a more permanent presence than the integrated kickstand (present on both models) can provide.

You'll have to wait until summer for either model. Acer hasn't yet outlined pricing, but these stand-alone monitors should be considerably more affordable than the $1,700 the company originally charged for its lowest-priced 3D laptop. It's just a question of whether or not you want a 3D monitor in the first place. The glasses-free visuals could add a pleasant spin to otherwise familiar experiences, but there's little doubt they'll carry a premium compared to 'plain' 2D screens.