May 11, 2011
by Matt Whitlock
They aren’t the first to deliver a 3D adapter that makes Blu-ray 3D and any other HDMI 1.4-required 3D device compatible with older DLP-Link 3D capable products. (That honor goes to Mitsubishi’s 3DC-100S.) However, ViewSonic’s entry is certainly more affordable than most… depending on how you look at it.
As far as VP3D1 itself goes, it’s a pretty straightforward device; two HDMI 1.4 inputs, one HDMI 1.3 out, and a USB port for firmware updates (if any). It will accept top-bottom, side-by-side, and frame stacking 3D formats at various resolutions (including PC resolutions) and convert the signal to a DLP-Link friendly 720p format.
The VP3D1 will automatically detect 3D Blu-Ray formats over HDMI 1.4, but SBS (side-by-side) 3D modes may need to be manually activated.
$299 MSRP is certainly more affordable than Mitsubishi’s offering, but ViewSonic’s adapter comes sans glasses. They’ll sell them to you, but for $109 a crack. Thankfully, you can pair this with just about any DLP-Link glasses kit from a variety of third parties, making this package very flexible for the user.
Check out the full press release on our sister site, Explore3DTV.com.
Matt Whitlock manages several technology-focused community websites, including Explore3DTV.com
, and several others. With almost 15 years in the consumer electronics industry to draw from, his writings span a wide range of technology categories, from home entertainment systems to electronic gaming and everything in between.