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Acer Reveals First 3D Laptop

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Acer revealed the "world's first" 3D laptop using in-house software, a special screen coating, and polarized glasses.

Acer has been a busy little bee today, revealing various products like the Windows 7 Multitouch notebook and the 11.6-inch Aspire Timeline CULV notebook. Acer also displayed the world's first mainstream 3D laptop during the press conference today as well, the oddly-named Acer Aspire 5738PG.

According to Pocket Lint's hands-on report, the device doesn't use hardware-based 3D acceleration like Nvidia's 3D Vision GPU, but rather relies on a software solution called Acer 3D CineReal and the TriDef suite. However the software works in conjunction with a special 3D coating on the laptop's screen and a pair of polarized glasses.

Acer actually goes into detail about the technology here, revealing that the TriDef Media Player within the CineReal software can convert 2D videos and photos on-the-go. On the other hand, PC Pro said that there are drawbacks to Acer's 3D technology. Viewers are required to have their heads positioned carefully to see the 3D effects without ghosting. The screen also has some very slight horizontal lines that apparently are a side effect of the 3D technology.

As for the laptop hardware, the device uses Intel's Centrino2 processor, up to 4 GB of memory, and the 3rd generation of Dolby Home Theater. The cost will be somewhere around $1,500.

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    mrhappy50 , October 15, 2009 3:15 AM
    Centrino isnt a processor.
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    El_Capitan , October 15, 2009 2:49 AM
    I don't know about anybody else, but I like 2D... if I wanted 3D, I'd stop playing on my computer and go outside.
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    maigo , October 15, 2009 3:05 AM
    3d monitors still suck
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    mikie tim t , October 15, 2009 2:45 AM
    I thought all laptops were 3D, except for MacBook Pro anyway.
  • 26 Hide
    El_Capitan , October 15, 2009 2:49 AM
    I don't know about anybody else, but I like 2D... if I wanted 3D, I'd stop playing on my computer and go outside.
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    maigo , October 15, 2009 3:05 AM
    3d monitors still suck
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    mrhappy50 , October 15, 2009 3:15 AM
    Centrino isnt a processor.
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    the_krasno , October 15, 2009 3:47 AM
    maigo3d monitors still suck


    At least wait to see how well it fares. Maybe this one will blow your mind, or at least get you to reconsider.
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    830hobbes , October 15, 2009 4:00 AM
    Since when did we stop listing "3D glasses" as a huge negative. I don't think I'd want to sit on my laptop with 3D glasses on for more than maybe a video game or a movie and even then...
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    DjEaZy , October 15, 2009 4:04 AM
    ... the screen is not big enough, to 3D be effective...
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    FoShizzleDizzle , October 15, 2009 5:02 AM
    If it requires glasses it's not true 3D. All it is, is a cheap way to fake 3D. True 3D involves tracking the position of the viewer's head with infrared. This type of stuff Acer and nVidia are pushing are gimmicky garbage that's been around technology wise for decades.
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    kenjiuchimura , October 15, 2009 5:23 AM
    I already have a pair of my own glasses. Count me out I guess.
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    Anonymous , October 15, 2009 5:36 AM
    Acer is not the first (may be first to release in US). IIRC, Either Toshiba or Sharp released this kind of laptop back in Japan 8 years ago. Major flops
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    wildwell , October 15, 2009 6:29 AM
    The 3D trend has really made a comeback. I wonder if we'll begin to see any software optimized (optionally) for 3D use?
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    ravewulf , October 15, 2009 7:12 AM
    maigo3d monitors still suck

    Maybe at the moment. Don't forget this is a rather new product segment, the early versions are bound to be on the not-so-great side. In the future I bet the will drastically improve on the quality.
    FoShizzleDizzleIf it requires glasses it's not true 3D. All it is, is a cheap way to fake 3D. True 3D involves tracking the position of the viewer's head with infrared. This type of stuff Acer and nVidia are pushing are gimmicky garbage that's been around technology wise for decades.

    Although very true, it is not possible to allow more than one viewer with a head tracking system. I do expect that in a few years we will start to see head tracking for individual users. That probably won't be until after the current systems gather much greater popularity and companies see reason to develop products like that.
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    cookoy , October 15, 2009 7:30 AM
    too early to spend that much money on not quite developed technology. better to wait a year or two before they get it right. i'm not really sold to the idea of too realistic 3D games anyway. you're gonna shoot that darn alien immediately and not admire it. if the frame rates suck, the game sucks. 3D videos? the current ones look quite acceptable to me. HD videos do look a lot nicer but the file is too big and requires more cpu power to play.
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    Drag0nR1der , October 15, 2009 7:55 AM
    seems 3d is wheeled out every time someone can't think of something more useful to invest in (well this awful 'glasses' 3d fake rubbis hanyway)
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    Drag0nR1der , October 15, 2009 7:57 AM
    maigo: .. it is not a new producy segment ... 3D with glasses has been around decades, and the ystill haven't made it any less cumbersome
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    acecombat , October 15, 2009 8:36 AM
    El_CapitanI don't know about anybody else, but I like 2D... if I wanted 3D, I'd stop playing on my computer and go outside.

    I'm pretty sure it's illegal to blow people apart with overpowered guns in real life. Besides, have you ever used them??? I had a set of shutter ones about 4 years back, and games like Doom III looked AWESOME!!!!
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    urlsen , October 15, 2009 9:47 AM
    need 3D games to be upconverted to 4D..

    No seriusly having glasses on is wack, i use glasses normally what are they gonna doo make perscripsion 3d glasses...sorry for typo`S

    Gotta make the tech without the glasse dudes...or else it will fail again.
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    davidhbrown , October 15, 2009 12:21 PM
    Odd that this is talking about applying some sort of silly 3D effect to 2D video files rather than some more "serious" application like AutoCAD. Do we really need to see silly kittens on YouTube in fake 3D?
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    liemfukliang , October 15, 2009 12:26 PM
    Why vendors are trying to enchanced the LCD with 3D capability while they are ignoring that MOST of the LCD is just 18 bit colors not true 24 bit?
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