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Oct 21 2009   7:56AM GMT

Acer Introduces Windows 7 Laptop with 3D Display

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Acer is rolling out more than just Windows 7 this Thursday. On October 22, when Windows 7 officially becomes available, Acer will be offering it on the new Aspire 5738DG laptop.

Big deal, right? Acer makes lots of laptops. So many in fact that it recently passed Dell to take the #2 slot for PC market share behind HP. Ah….but the Aspire 5738DG laptop is different. This isn’t your daddy’s laptop.

Why, you say? Is it the 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo T6600 processor? Is it he built-in 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi? The 4Gb of RAM? The Windows 7 operating system itself?

No. It is none of those things. It is all of that, plus the fact that this Acer laptop also includes Acer’s new TriDef 3-D experience which allows you to view movies and games in eye-popping 3D (as long as you’re wearing the special Acer TriDef glasses).

I have not seen the Acer 3-D technology in action so I don’t know how ‘eye-popping’ it is or isn’t. I can say that I abhor 3D movies at the theater because the effects are usually cheesier than the glasses. The scenes that aren’t in 3D just end up looking blurry with some sort of red and blue (or green) halo image, and the 3D scenes themselves add little (or nothing) to the experience worth donning the stupid glasses for 2 hours.

Out of morbid curiosity I wouldn’t mind seeing the Acer TriDef graphics in action, but was this really a need that needed to be filled? Have laptop sales been sluggish because users were lamenting the lack of 3D movie capabilities? Comparing two similar laptops, would someone actually choose the Acer because it has 3D movies?

Perhaps. Again- I am biased because I don’t like 3D movies. Apparently the nation as a whole does though, because studios keep cranking out new ones and theaters keep showing them. Maybe its time I give them a try again and see how (or if) the technology and experience have improved at all.

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