A first look: So far the IZ3D 3D monitor is feeling a little flat

By Mark Kaelin

Okay, here is the setup. About two months ago I received a top-of-the-line Alienware Area-51 7500 for a review. It is an excellent PC and I highly recommend one if it falls within your budget. About that same time, Bill Detwiler and I came across a company selling a 3D monitor. The folks at IZ3D claim to have produced the world's first 3D monitor for gamers.

We thought this would be a great thing to hook up with the Alienware. One of the fastest and most powerful personal computers available paired up with a state of the art, bleeding-edge 3D monitor -- now that's geek in spades.

Unfortunately, we come to find that IZ3D has neglected to test their drivers with Windows Vista. As Aaron, one of the technical people at IZ3D put it, "it wasn't a priority." Getting the monitor working with specific showcase games was the priority (read World of Warcraft).

IZ3D wanted me to note that I am dealing with a pre-production model of the monitor and I am operating under the assumption that they are working on updating the drivers for Vista.

So here I am with this powerful PC and a 3D monitor that cannot be run in 3D. But all is not lost; I'm taking the 3D monitor home with me this weekend to see how it works with my Windows XP running Alienware. Look for an update next week.

The trip from Asia must have a rough one judging by the state of the shipping box.

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.