Laptops Go 3-D

Serious gamers will appreciate latest model, writes Katherine Boehret
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2010 6:47 AM CST
The Asus G51JD, featuring a 3D screen, is shown with accessories.   (AP Photo/AsusTek Computer Inc.)
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(Newser) – Not everybody's going to want a 3D laptop, but two new models offer an extra dimension to two different kinds of computer users, writes Katherine Boehret. The $770 Acer Aspire is aimed at the mainstream market. It's designed mainly as a trusty all-round laptop and uses a "slightly clumsy" third-party program to convert videos and pictures into 3D, Boehret writes for the Wall Street Journal.

The $1,700 Asus G51J 3D is aimed more at the serious gamer and comes loaded with higher-quality 3D software from Nvidia that can convert games into 3D in real time, Boehret writes. 2D photos and videos can't be viewed in 3D in this model, however. Both suffer from the same problem as 3D movies and TV, she notes: you'll still need the dorky glasses to get the extra dimension.

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