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3D Technology Pros and Cons

Updated on November 15, 2012

The technology of 3-dimensional (3D) image is now becoming the latest trend in the world of TVs and monitors alike. It seems that the 3D technology is offering something that is entirely new that people have never experienced before. It is not an upgrade from previous TV or monitor technologies such as LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), plasma TV, LED (Light Emitting Diode) and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface). The 3D technology is a total innovation and this is often what makes it so interesting to a lot of people out there. However, though, if you are one of those people feeling interested in buying a 3D TV or monitor, you will have to take into consideration the pros and cons of the 3D technology prior to making up your mind to eventually buy a 3D monitor or TV.

The Common 3D Advantages and Disadvantages

Of course, the main advantage of the 3D technology is that you can feel as if the objects you see on your TV or monitor screen come out of the screen heading your way offering you a sensational movie watching or gaming experience. Yet, besides that advantage, you will have to be aware of the disadvantage that you will have to have a pair of 3D glasses to get that sensational movie or gaming experience. Unfortunately, some of these 3D glasses are often sold with quite a high price tag.

The next thing that you will have to take into consideration as well if you are planning to buy a 3D TV or monitor is that there are not too many movie or game titles released yet that support the considerably new 3D technology. Besides, you need to keep in your mind, too, that some people that try to watch a 3D movie or play a 3D game title often experience certain symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and eye strains.

Then, the next thing you need to know is that while some 3D TVs or monitors can offer full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, some others cannot.

enjoy a wonderful 3D cinema experience with the projection based 3D
enjoy a wonderful 3D cinema experience with the projection based 3D

Projection Based 3D Technology

In addition to the common 3D advantages and disadvantages mentioned earlier, there are still other pros and cons of the 3D TVs or monitors depending on the type of the 3D technology used by the devices. For your information, there are quite a few types of 3D technology currently in existence. To start it off, there is the projection based 3D technology.

The pros of a 3D TV or monitor that uses this projection based technology is that is capable of offering a pretty good cinema experience simulation thanks to the big screen it utilizes. Furthermore, it is often enough to make use of a pair of lightweight and quite affordable 3D glasses to watch the 3D movie. Additionally, it is also possible to upgrade the projection based 3D technology to those with the singleDLP(Digital Light Processing) projectors that can offer the active 3D system.

On the other hand, the cons of a projection based 3D TV or monitor often include the requirement of a silver screen otherwise the light will not be polarized and the 3D images will not appear before your eyes. Then, in most cases, it is necessary to have 2 projectors, one stacked on the other, to produce the 3D images on the screen. Furthermore, the projection based 3D technology often requires a huge battery power in addition to a pair of shutter 3D glasses.

enjoy the amazing experience of 3D gaming with 3D plasma TV
enjoy the amazing experience of 3D gaming with 3D plasma TV

3D Plasma TV Technology

Besides the projection based 3D technology, you can also go for the 3D plasma TV. The advantage that you can expect from a 3D plasma TV are that it is pretty easy to set up thanks to the simplicity of the system. However, the 3D plasma TV is disadvantageous in that the maximum size you can expect with a plasma 3D TV will not exceed60 inches.

3D laptop with stereoscopic 3D
3D laptop with stereoscopic 3D

Auto Stereoscopic 3D Technology

Another type of 3D TV or monitor available is the one that utilizes auto stereoscopic 3D technology. In some cases of the auto stereoscopic 3D TV or monitor, you may not even need to put on any pairs of 3D glasses. This is because the 3D auto stereoscopic TV or monitor comes manufactured with the lenticular sheets. That may sound like a real advantage. Unfortunately, this particular 3D technology also comes with a disadvantage. In order to be able to notice the 3D effects on the auto stereoscopic 3D TV or monitor, you will have to position yourself around the ideal watching zone.

Yet, one last thing you may want to know about the auto stereoscopic 3D technology is that there are now some notebook PCs or laptops that are capable of offering the stereoscopic 3D images as well.


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