Zalman, a Korean manufacturer of specialist PC components, is set to launch a 3D display for gaming and movie playback at a price point likely to entice consumers.
Two models, the 19in Trimon ZM-M190 and the Trimon ZM-M220W, will go onsale by mid-December with price tags of £349 and £429 inc VAT, respectively.
Zalman has been working closely with graphics card specialist nVidia in developing its Trimon 3D driver which enables gamers to switch between 2D and 3D mode when playing first-person shoot-‘em-ups or other intensive action games.
A pair of black-framed polarising glasses is supplied along with the Zalman Trimon screens. These enable the user’s brain to make sense of the interwoven visual information which is presented as two identical but offset images which are read by the left and right eyes independently, creating the illusion of solidity we know as 3D.
The Zalman 3D screens work just as well with Hollywood blockbusters such as the about-to-launch Beowolf, so you get to enjoy Angelina Jolie in all her 3D glory.
More than 20 games have been launched that include 3D visual components, many of them by EA (Electronic Arts), while a number of commercial films are also available in 3D. The 3D information is contained on the standard game or film DVD, with the option to swap from 2D into 3D mode at the click of a button.
Zalman’s UK distributors, QuietPC.com demonstrated the 22in Trimon XM-M220W to PC Advisor this morning. Quiet PC's UK manager Paul Lee explained that while there’s a clear demand for 3D games, driver issues and lack of games written to take advantage of 3D display possibilities mean there’s a gap in the market for a screen that can do the job.
Trimon 3D screens are compatible with nVidia GeForce graphics cards from the 5000 to 8000 series. They have a dot pitch of 0.294mm, a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and a response time of five milliseconds. Though not demonstrated to us, Zalman claims improved audio over standard screen speaker output through the 2W integrated stereo speakers on the Trimon 3D displays.
The Zalman Trimon ZM-M220W is a 22in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio model that will retail for £429 inc VAT through distributor Quietpc.com while the 19in ZM-M190 offers a more conventional 4:3 design.
The 19in Trimon has a 1,280x1,024-pixel native resolution while the larger 3D screen is a 1,680x1,050 display. Both offer standard refresh rates of 60Hz and can be connected to a PC via a 15-pin D-Sub socket or a DVI-D connection.
Click here for our exclusive hands-on with the Zalman Trimon ZM-220W.