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A Bit More About the Sony VAIO VAIO F Series 3D Laptops

March 10th, 2011 · 7 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


If you remember, about two months ago, during CES 2011 Sony has announced some interesting new 3D-capable products and among them was the new Sony VAIO F Series 3D laptops. And as these products are nearing their appearance on the market there are already some samples available for testing, and today I just managed to get one of these F Series laptops and more specifically the model VPCF21Z1E/BI to do a quick review. My first impressions from the laptop are quite positive, it has a great Full HD 3D display (the best LCD panel for laptops available from Sony) and apparently the laptop uses 3D Vision technology, but without relying on Nvidia’s shutter glasses (the first such combination), but instead uses Sony’s own shutter glasses – the same used for their Bravia 3D HDTVs. I’ve already mentioned more than once that Sony’s shutter glasses are probably one of the best designed and performing shutter glasses available at the moment, so the combination with the 3D Vision software and the great display might turn out great, but that is yet to be confirmed in the next few days. What may be a bit of a turn off for some more demanding gamers is the fact that the laptop comes with GeForce GT 540M GPU which although being quite good for a mobile graphics chip is not as good as the high-end gaming solutions that Nvidia has, especially combined with the native 1080p resolution of the 3D display, but I’ll do some testing with games to see what level of performance can this laptop offer. So stay tuned for the review… ;)


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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mauricio maciel // Mar 10, 2011 at 22:57

    Sony’s 3D glasses with vision … how so?

  • 2 Bloody // Mar 10, 2011 at 23:52

    With Sony licensing the technology from Nvidia and thus being able to make use of their own shutter glasses instead of Nvidia’s… probably. And that particular combination is good :)

  • 3 LoneThread // Mar 11, 2011 at 04:33

    @mauricio maciel
    Remember Zalman have a deal like this as well that allows Zalman 3D Monitors which use Polarized Glasses to be used with the nVidia 3D Vision driver.

  • 4 Jonathan Jenkyn // Mar 11, 2011 at 14:12

    In my personal opinion, the pre-release Bravia demos I saw (and work with!) with the same goggles were/are not great. I understand that the display tech has been improved, but I’m still concerned over the overall 3D experience on a lappy. What’s the diagonal size Bloody? 1080 is a really nice thing to see on a lappy these day anyway. I await your full review with anticipation.

  • 5 Bloody // Mar 11, 2011 at 14:51

    This model from Sony is with 16″ display, from what I can tell so far this is the best 3D display on a 3D-capable laptop I’ve seen, even before starting to test it. The level of quality is comparable to that of a 3D LCD TV… I won’t be surprised if it also performs better than most 3D LCD monitors already on the market.

  • 6 josh // Mar 14, 2011 at 09:11

    “I’ve already mentioned more than once that Sony’s shutter glasses are probably one of the best designed and performing shutter glasses available at the moment” in what way are these better than nvidia’s 3d vision glasses/ effect?

  • 7 Mathew Orman // Mar 14, 2011 at 13:55

    nVidia glasses are good but have wavy distortions due to inconsistent quality of filters. Sony have all the technology to produce perfect filters without distortions and superior injection molding design and manufacturing. nVidias are manufactured in China through OEM manufacturer which also makes those cheap clones or lookalike. Would be nice to see the ghosting performance of the VAIO 3D laptops.

    Mathew Orman

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