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Planar SA2311W 120hz 3D monitor First Impressions

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My new monitor hit my doorstep yesterday. It is a Planar SA2311W. I was using an Acer GD235hz beforehand. Off the bat I noticed the the all around image quality is a bit better. I haven't noticed any overdrive artifacts or bluring. This display also seems to have a bit less input lag than the Acer. I haven't noticed any on the Planar but thats just subjective.

Now what I really bought this monitor for was its supposed performance in 3d vision and does it ever meet my expectations. I am noticing less crosstalk across the board with this display. In most games that I tried I almost have to go out of my way to look for it. The best example that I can come up with is what I saw in Borderlands. A couple of days ago I decided to start the zombie DLC so I went to Jacobs Cove. I noticed quite a bit of crosstalk with the Acer that I found pretty bothersome. So this was one of the first things that I wanted to try with the Planar. I loaded up the same area and what do you know the ghosting was gone. Other games have been like that too. GTA4 looks great now. I see next to no ghosting and when I do its a very faint afterimage.

One thing that I had to do with the Acer is turn down the contrast past what I would normally like to use to help the ghosting. I found a contrast of 50 about perfect for a normal 2d mode. To help with crosstalk I turned it down to 40. On the Planar I find 70 perfect for 2d and also use that for 3d.

Anyone who has used 3d vision knows that the shutter glasses are very dark. That also bothered me with the Acer. In 3d vision these monitors automatically default to 100% brightness. On the Acer this was not enough and turning up the brightness via window or in game messes with image quality. So you either cant see that well or have distorted IQ. The Planar is so bright at 100 that it almost feels like you are playing without the 3d glasses on. Whats most impressive is that it does this without messing up the IQ.

So far I am very pleased with this display and am a bit surprised that this thing doesn't see more mentions on the forums. If you are using 3d vision this is the way to go imo.
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That's good to hear! I just ordered my first of three last night along with my first gpu and can't wait to try it out when it gets here.

But from the info I gathered while heavily researching this monitor it appears that Planar has a winner.
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Post back with your impressions. What monitor will it be replacing?
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Originally Posted by BababooeyHTJ View Post
Post back with your impressions. What monitor will it be replacing?
It's a new build that isn't up and running yet (the one in my sig). So it's going to be the first monitor used. I am only missing my monitors and gpus. So once I get what I ordered I'll be able to install the OS and get past the bios for the first time. It'll be a big day!

I've been using a VERY old PCI card and a CRT monitor to play in the bios. But I wanted to wait on my good gpus before installing the OS.
post #5 of 17
walmart has them back in stock, $369.00 I can use my discount card on it I think ^.^

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Planar-997-6161-00LF/16685856
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walmart has them back in stock, $369.00 I can use my discount card on it I think ^.^

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Planar-997-6161-00LF/16685856
Crud! I didn't even think of looking there (who would've thought of Wal-mart, lol). I could have saved $30 vs. Newegg... I'll have to get my other 2 there.

Edit: Actually, I forgot about sales tax. Newegg doesn't charge me tax, but it was $8.99 shipping. I believe the sales tax in my area is 6.5%. So it would be about 392.99 at Wal-mart vs. 408.98 at Newegg. But I don't have to go pick it up. It would still add up to $47.97 savings for 3 of them though. Yup, I'll get my other 2 at Wal-mart if the prices are still the same in a few weeks.
Edited by Phantom_Dave - 7/30/11 at 7:53pm
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Crud! I didn't even think of looking there (who would've thought of Wal-mart, lol). I could have saved $30 vs. Newegg... I'll have to get my other 2 there.

Edit: Actually, I forgot about sales tax. Newegg doesn't charge me tax, but it was $8.99 shipping. I believe the sales tax in my area is 6.5%. So it would be about 392.99 at Wal-mart vs. 408.98 at Newegg. But I don't have to go pick it up. It would still add up to $47.97 savings for 3 of them though. Yup, I'll get my other 2 at Wal-mart if the prices are still the same in a few weeks.
I decided to be lazy and have it shipped
Mine:

Subtotal: $369.00
Associate Discount: -$36.90
Shipping: $4.97
Tax: $22.42
Order Total: $359.49
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Crud! I didn't even think of looking there (who would've thought of Wal-mart, lol). I could have saved $30 vs. Newegg... I'll have to get my other 2 there.

Edit: Actually, I forgot about sales tax. Newegg doesn't charge me tax, but it was $8.99 shipping. I believe the sales tax in my area is 6.5%. So it would be about 392.99 at Wal-mart vs. 408.98 at Newegg. But I don't have to go pick it up. It would still add up to $47.97 savings for 3 of them though. Yup, I'll get my other 2 at Wal-mart if the prices are still the same in a few weeks.
Both Provantage and MacConnection have a better price. I went through macconnection.
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Originally Posted by BababooeyHTJ View Post
Both Provantage and MacConnection have a better price. I went through macconnection.
I've never heard of either of those places. But the Provantage place has a really low price! MacConnection is about the same price as Wal-mart.

However, since I have never heard of Provantage I am leery about buying from them, especially since the price is so low. $319.22 is leaps and bounds cheaper. It sounds too good to be true.


For anyone who might be considering this monitor, here is one of the reviews on it:

http://3dvision-blog.com/review-of-t...y-lcd-monitor/


Also, here is a recent forum discussion about the best 120Hz gaming monitors:

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1616870
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I've bought a few things from both sites in the past. I bought last two monitors from Mac connection and I've bought a few things recently from provantage. They are both legit sites with plenty of feedback out there. Newegg has been slipping. I find myself using them less and less.
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