Best 3D gaming monitors

If you're interested at all in 3D gaming on the PC, you'll want to check out the best five monitors for just that purpose.

Deal with the power of active-shutter 3D. Josh Miller/CNET

I prefer to not play games in 3D. Aside from the stress it puts on my eyes, there's something about the stereo effect where it never becomes completely seamless. It never melts into the background and, for me at least, is constantly drawing my attention away from the actual game.

However, I understand that there are those who appreciate 3D much more than I do, and if I were going to invest in a 3D monitor, the following five are the ones I'd choose from. Just to be clear, these are the best monitors for 3D gaming, not the best overall monitors that happen to have a 3D component.

I have no problem describing the Acer GD235HZ's orange and black design as space-aged. Josh Miller/CNET

Acer GD235HZ
Though it uses the original 3D Vision Kit tech, the Acer GD235HZ is still one of the more impressive 3D monitors thanks to its high-gloss, high-luminance screen. Read the full review.

Yes, the S23A750D is the only monitor on the list that uses Samsung's active 3D technology. Deal with it. Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung SyncMaster S23A750D
The SyncMaster S23A750D is the only monitor on the list that uses Samsung's proprietary active 3D technology, which requires a high-end ATI card. Unfortunately, in terms of actual games support, it can't really compare with Nvidia-compatible 3D monitors. Read the full review.

The W2363D features an LED light bar that pulsates based on sound effects from the game you're playing. Josh Miller/CNET

LG W2363D
The LG W2363D is the best of the first-generation 3D Vision Kit-compatible monitors. Also, if you're into light bars that pulsate in sync with game sounds (and who isn't?), look no further. Read the full review.

Things will literally jump out of this screen. No, not really, but it will look as though they are. Josh Miller/CNET

HP 2311gt
The only passive 3D monitor on the list is also one of the best at displaying convincing 3D, and thankfully the HP 2311gt doesn't require a specific brand of video card. Having such a low price doesn't hurt, either. Read the full review.

This is the only reaction you can expect from the VG278H if you choose to give it lip. Deal with it. (OK, last time I reference an Internet meme in this post. Promise.) Josh Miller/CNET

Asus VG278H
The Asus VG278H is the best monitor at delivering 3D images of video games that I've come in contact with. What else needs to be said? Well, I guess a few more things. It uses the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit 2 with LightBoost and produces multiple levels of 3D depth without looking overly dark, as many 3D implementations tend to. For now, the VG278H is the best there is at what it does. Read the full review.

Looking for specs and pricing? Compare these monitors head-to-head.

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Acer GD235HZ

The Bottom Line: The Acer GD235HZ is a high-performing 3D monitor that's great for gamers looking for a low-price 3D-capable offering. / Read full review

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HP 2311gt

The Bottom Line: The HP 2311gt is a fairly cheap way to get decent 3D on a monitor. It's also capable for general-purpose use, with useful connections and OSD options. / Read full review

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Samsung SyncMaster S23A750D

The Bottom Line: The Samsung SyncMaster S23A750D is a bit expensive and the 3D is disappointing, but its excellent performance in (non-3D) games and movies makes it worth the asking price. / Read full review

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LG W2363D-PF

The Bottom Line: The LG Flatron W2363D-PF is a high-performing and affordable 3D monitor. / Read full review

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Asus VG278H

The Bottom Line: The Asus VG278H has great 3D performance and a fast refresh rate, but is just a bit too expensive for what it offers. / Read full review

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.



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