It’s official. 2010 will definitely be the year when 3D gadgets take the center stage. We’re starting to see quite a few consumer electronics companies follow Sony’s lead and are demoing their best gear to get our techie mouths a-drooling. Acer has taken things a step further and put their shiny new tech on display for all to see.
Being touted as the first 3D laptop, the Aspire 5738DG isn’t much to look at. Just your average mid-range laptop, but upon closer inspection you might notice that the screen is coated with a special 3D film that when combined with the included glasses and the TriDef 3D Experience software, create three dimensional effects with images, videos, movies, etc. Viewers have the ability to switch between 2D and 3D on the fly. According to PC Magazine, the laptop can play DirectX 9 compatible games like Call of Duty: World at War and Crysis, but there’s currently no support for DirectX 10 games. The 15.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution makes sure, you’ll be able to see all the in your face action.
Aside from 3D, the Aspire 5738DG has all the standard features you’d expect from a mid-level machine including an 2.2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile Processor T6600, 4GB (2/2) DDR2 667 SDRAM. The SATA hard drive can be upgraded to a maximum 500GB. There’s also a 5-in-one card reader, built in mic, and ports for HDMI and VGA along with four USB ports. It will, of course, be running on Windows 7.
Kudos should be given to Acer for keeping the price affordable at $779. There are plenty of companies that would have gladly given consumers the Rotor Rooter treatment for the opportunity to get their hands on the latest gimmick. And yes, I said gimmick. Until I actually get my hands on some of this new technology and see more meaningful uses, it has to stay in the lane it’s been living in since the advent of 3D – a kitschy effect used to sell more tickets or in this case, more laptops.
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