DTI 2015XLS 15" 3D LCD Display review

 

First Impressions & Installation

I must say, the display unit is a real eye catcher. The unit was shipped in black (I believe itís the only color available at this point), and makes a great conversation piece abroad your computer desk. I really liked the size of the unit; it was so compact that I set it up right in front of my 19Ē monitor while testing. There was actually still space available to do things in front of it, which makes this a wonderful space saver, just as most flat screen displays are. No more bulky desks that take up half the room just to accommodate a monitor with this slim little guy.

Connecting the unit was very easy; there is an analog connection to your video card, and another to your computers COM port. The use of analog was to improve compatibility. As my computer booted up, everything was pretty normal. The display unit looks like a normal 2D flat screen display panel, although the image quality is quite nice. I must say, the image quality is some of the best Iíve seen on a flat screen display panel, which is absolutely amazing due to the fact that with a click of a button, it turns into 3D. The only thing that was a bit of a bummer to me was the fact that the screen resolution was adjustable only to 1024x768, because I usually prefer something a little higher. This becomes more of an issue when playing games, especially for those of us who enjoy high resolutions. I canít really complain about it to much though, because it is only a 15Ē screen.

One thing to note about the unit is that itís designed to work with Nvidia based cards, to be specific, Elsa cards (other cards are supported though, here's the list). They recommend using ELSA video card drivers, but the latest detonators worked fine for me. When I received the unit, I had Windows XP as my operating system, and Nvidia did not make a stereo driver compatible with XP. Well, needless to say, I installed Windows ME on a separate partition for the test. A few days later after installing ME on the partition, I noticed that Nvidia just released the stereo driver for XP, perfect timing on my part (arggg). Anyhow, the stereo driver needs to be installed in order for the 3D to work, as does the driver for the display. Other than that, I also installed the virtual 3D demo, which was also packaged with the monitor.

Using The 3D Display Unit

The first thing I loaded up was the demo disk, and man, the 3D looks pretty wild. Yes, it does work, and itís extremely simple to switch from 2D to 3D. Itís done by using a button on the front of the unit. When you want 3D, you simply select it on the on-screen menu, and that is it! Switching back to 2D is also effortless, which is really the high point for this unit.

There is a red light on the front of the unit, which is used as a reference point for your sitting position. The way the technology works, you have to be in a certain position to be able to get the full effect. The light on front of the unit dulls when you are perfectly seated, and you can defiantly tell a difference in the way the 3D looks. They recommend you sit arms length from the display to get the full effect. As you drift away from the sitting position, the display begins to look blurry. There really isnít much leeway in where you need to sit, but you donít have to stay perfectly erect.

Next, I loaded up 3D mark, and let it roll. It was a pretty neat experience just watching the objects fly all over the place in a 3D environment, defiantly high on the cool scale. Quake 3 was also very cool, certain things on the screen just seemed like they popped out at you. The technology defiantly works, and it really is pretty amazing.

 



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