I am still trying to figure out exactly how to use this monitor (D2342PN). I purchased it last week as part of a new video editing rig, and will use this to preview 3D output. It is part of a dual monitor setup, where it is the secondary monitor. Lot of great information in this thread, thanks. Before this monitor, I used the anaglyphic red-cyan glasses to watch video that I shot using a GoPro 3D camera(s). I was amazed with the video, and yes, I am new to the 3D world. I was also surprised by the amount of 3D content already available. Some observations.
1) Video mode settings. I poked around trying to find information about how the monitor recognizes the correct 3D video format. This is very confusing, and the included docs do not really give the skinny on it. I do not have a 3D TV (yet), and it is not obvious how this works. I am using the HDMI connection to the GPU. I did try the DVI, and also found the previous mode selection limitations mentioned earlier. I also have the included (updated) TriDef software installed. It appears that 3D video delivered in interlaced format automatically displays in 3d on the monitor (without having manually select on the monitor, it was set to 3D off). Not sure if it the software that does this, or native to the monitor. If I watch SBS format, then I have to manually set the monitor in this mode. So I can watch YouTube 3D video in interlaced, and see the small web page flash viewer video in 3D. If I go full screen, then it will also automatically display proper interlaced format as well. If I watch the YouTube video in SBS, then I have to set the monitor in SBS. This SBS would be painful (re. YouTube video at least) if it was my only monitor, since searching for another 3D video (out of full screen) would warrant a manual monitor setting back to 3D off. If I am not missing something and this is the way the 3D modes work, then it would be really helpful if a remote control were included to quickly select the modes. Ironic how I have a drawer full of remotes that never get used, but here I would actually utilize. I understand that the TriDef software is really leveraged for 3D gaming. Maybe there is some software that can automatically detect and switch to the proper mode?
2) Mode vs quality. There certainly is a lot of discussion on the best 3D format. But all that aside, it appears to me (just by watching) that the SBS shows off the (from YouTube video, or output from the GoPro) 3D better than the interlaced. Maybe I do not have the proper GPU (GT 430), or perhaps it depends on the file's rendered format. After all, video for YouTube is uploaded in SBS format. I realize that YouTube is probably not a good source when determining 3D mode quality. I did hook the monitor up to a PS3 and played a 3D Blu-Ray, and was impressed. I also watched the same DVD on the editing rig, similar results. In either case, I did not have to manually set the 3D mode on the monitor, so I guess 3D DVD player displays the video in interlaced mode?
3) Video editing. I am using Vegas Pro 10d, and am still learning how the 3D flow works. I use this monitor for external preview of the pre-rendered edits. At first I was very disappointed since the modes I favored, interlaced and SBS, both showed almost distorted. After playing with the 3D filter, I was able to adjust the video so it looks great, and still lean toward the SBS, even if there is a resolution drop. I have not rendered the final file, but will see how it turns out.
This is already way longer than I attended I am definitely no expert, and have not really compared 3D displays. Overall I am very happy with this monitor, and thankful the glasses do not cost an arm and leg. This is a huge step from the anaglyphic glasses.