I am shocked by all the love for the ZD 101s - I consider them some of the worst pieces of crap I ever had the misfortune of using. They seem like junk designed back in the 1980s. Yuck
Function trumps form. But yeah, I ended up buying one pair of 201s, since everyone seems to think the Optomas are so great. I ended up buying 6 pairs of the VIPs because of the price initially, but I'm regretting it as I received my 201 and, although I haven't watched 3D yet with them (pj is in for a firmware update), they are better than the VIPs for the following reasons:
1. No green tint - they definitely look like they let through more light
2. Build quality - they feel like they're wrapped in a rubbery material and they fold just like regular glasses. Solid. They also have a little "visor" on the inside of the top part of the glasses to reduce light/glare. The on/off button is easy to press and not so small that I need a microscope to find it.
3. Lenses - the VIPs, when holding them up to the light, look like they have hundreds of minute scratches/pits in the lenses. It seems to not be noticeable once they are on, but the Optomas are crystal clear when off. And no, it's not just on one pair - I checked every single pair and it's the same on all of them.
The only con for the Optomas is the price. At the end of the day, though, it kinda works out for me as I'm the one that watches 3D 95% of the time. The odd time I'll have friends over and watch a flick. They think it looks great and aren't as anal retentive as me. I can't see spending money to buy 6 Optomas anyway, so again I think it has worked out fine. Looking forward to trying the Optomas out and will post back ASAP.