Acer Reveals First 3D Laptop

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.

  • mikie tim t
    I thought all laptops were 3D, except for MacBook Pro anyway.
  • El_Capitan
    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.
  • maigo
    3d monitors still suck
  • mrhappy50
    Centrino isnt a processor.
  • the_krasno
    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.
  • Acer is not a computer manufacturer
  • 830hobbes
    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...
  • DjEaZy
    ... the screen is not big enough, to 3D be effective...
  • FoShizzleDizzle
    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.
  • kenjiuchimura
    I already have a pair of my own glasses. Count me out I guess.