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DTI 2015XLS 15" 3D LCD Display review

I was pretty excited when I got the chance of reviewing the DTI 3D Flat Panel, mostly due to my love to computer gaming. When I first heard about the product, I closed my eyes and visualized rail gun rockets flying out of the screen as I was fully immersed in a 3D Quakeland. Yes, I did have high expectations, but when you hear about a product so innovative, you can’t help to let your imagination run a little wild. So, did the display unit live up to my expectations? Is it a must have for every die-hard gamer? I know one thing for sure, it must be better than wearing those st*pid 3D glasses.

Please note that the unit I received is a pre-production model, but it is pretty close to the final release product.

Some Corporate Background...

DTI was founded in 1986, in Rochester , NY by inventor Jesse Eichenlaub. The main goal for the company was to develop a true three-dimensional viewing system that did not require use of headgear, glasses, or any other cumbersome viewing aids to enjoy 3D images. DTI owns many patents on 3D auto stereoscopic imaging, and has many hundreds of 2D/3D flat panel displays in use around the world.

The original “virtual window” 15” display was designed in 1998, followed by an 18” display adopted by NASA. These original units were expensive and not really intended for the average home user. A few years later (2001), DTI released the 2015XLS 15” 3D display at an affordable $1699. It’s bigger brother, the 2018XLQ 18” display unit weighs in at a hefty $6,999.

How It Works

The display takes advantage of binocular disparity, which is a direct result of your eyes seeing slightly different things than one another because of the different location (your nose is in the way!). With these different images, your brain gets a better idea of what the image actually looks like (example: take 2 pictures of your car, one of each side. When you put them together, you get a better idea of how the entire car looks like in 3D). They call this stereoscopic (stereo = 2+) imaging, which works by creating at least two images of each scene. People do this by having a left eye, and a right eye. The DTI display basically creates images the right eye sees and different ones for the left eye to see, which create the 3D effect. This is a very basic explanation of how the technology works, for an in-depth look check out DTI’s Technology page; after all, they are the ones who patent it ;).

More comments on real usage and testing, as well as general impressions can be found on the next page.

Technical Specs

Display Size 15.0"
Display Type TFT LCD
Max. Display Resolution 1024 x 768
Computer Resolutions Supported 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz*
800 x 600 @ 60 Hz*
1024 x 768 @ 60 Hz

* Resolutions other than 1024 x 768 displayed in a "window," unscaled

Inputs Computer:
Analog RGB, 15-Pin
Misc.:
RS-232, 9-Pin, for computer control
User Controls 2D/3D; 3D Mode; Stereo Reverse on/off
Included Accessories AC adapter, Display cable, RS-232 cable, PC software
CD-ROM, User's Manual
Display Area 12.0" (W) x 9.0" (H)
304.1 mm (W) x 228.1 mm (H)
Pixel Pitch 0.297 mm (H) x 0.297 mm (V)
Backlight CCFL side-light type, four lamps
Display Colors 16.7 million (24-bit color, 8 bits/color)
Contrast Ratio 200:1 typical
Brightness (2D)
                   (3D)
200 cd/m2
69 cd/m2
Outside Dimensions with Stand (HWD) 19" x 15" x 3.5"
483 mm x 381 mm x 89 mm
Weight 20 lbs / 9 kg
Power Consumption 30 watts max.
Input Power 115 VAC/1.5A or 230 VAC/0.8A

 



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