It seems that Acer is finally going to address one of the issues they had on their first Acer Aspire 3D-capable laptop – the 5738DG by releasing an updated 3D laptop. The new Acer Aspire 5740D 3D laptop comes with a set of updated hardware, including the most important thing – the video card as the first model was somewhat lacking in that area. Acer Aspire 5740D 3D will be available in different models equipped with Intel Core i3, i5 and even i7 processors and will use ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5650 GPU that is much better suited for stereoscopic 3D gaming than the previously used Mobility Radeon 4570. The screen will remain 15.6″ with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and LED backlight with overlayed passive polarization filter to enable the usage with passive polarized 3D glasses. The new laptop is also going to use DDD’s TriDef software solution to enable stereoscopic 3D support for for 3D games, 3D movies and 3D photos on the laptop. This means that as with the previous first generation laptops when you are using the display in 3D mode by wearing the polarized glasses you’ll be getting half of the horizontal resolution of the screen per eye. Something that may bring some issues with multimedia that uses a lot of small details like for example tiny texts that need to be easily read as with half the horizontal resolution on the 1366×768 screen this might become somewhat of a challenge for you. Anyway, it seems that Acer is moving on the right track with this upgraded model and maybe their next line of 3D-ready laptops will feature a 120Hz LCD screen and come with 3D Vision shutter glasses just like what Asus did with their G51J 3D gaming laptop.
March 2nd, 2010 · 15 Comments · General 3D News
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February 10th, 2010 · 5 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion
The guys from RadiantStar – the company that is making the 3Dfier DirectShow filter for realtime 2D to 3D video conversion have just released two new versions of the filter to compliment the already available one that was designed for 3D Vision owners. One is for Passive Polarized Displays like the ones found on Zalman Trimon 3D monitors and Acer Aspire 3D notebooks and the other one is for Anaglyph red-cyan glasses. These two are currently available only as demo versions for personal testing and still are not being sold like the 3D Vision version. Also for these two you don’t need to use a stereoscopic player, you can just use them with a normal video player that can load the required DirectShow filters like Media Player Classic for example. And with the Anaglyph red-cyan glasses demo version there is no time limitation on how long it will play so you can watch whole movies with it.
January 11th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Other S3D Tech
Lenovo, as a lot of other companies had some new products to launch in time for CES, but what caught my attention was the announcement of their new Intel Core i7-based IdeaPad Y560 model featuring 15.6-inch HD screen (1366×768, meaning HD Ready, not Full HD) and supposedly equipped with a polarized filer and being able to be used to play games in stereoscopic 3D mode. For the graphics there should be one of the new mobile Radeon HD 5730 cards along with a second Intel-based GMA, with the ATI card offering similar performance to Nvidia GeForce GT240 according to some sources. This is not the best option for stereoscopic 3D gaming, but still not so bad for lower resolution usage and especially considering we are talking for a mobile computer. It seems that Lenovo, just like Acer did with their Aspire 3D, are trying to make this laptop in more affordable price range instead of shooting at the high-performance gaming solutions as ASUS did with their G51J-3D.
The guys from Notebooks.com have published the above picture on their website (without much useful info unfortunately) and these clip-on polarized glasses look to be exactly the same as the ones provided with Acer Aspire 3D laptops. And after looking around (there seems to be very little information regarding the S3D support for this model), I’ve found out that as expected the laptop does come with another pair that is for people not wearing prescription glasses that is a bit different from Acer’s. This made me think that Lenovo is following the lead of Acer and is going to introduce a 3D capable laptop with passive polarization, with better CPU and graphics, but with the same screen as Acer’s Aspire 3D and most likely with the same software. And after looking at some Chinese video footage I’ve immediately recognized the video “Voyage to Mars” that is being provided by DDD, confirming my suspicion that Lenovo is also using DDD’s TriDef software just like Acer. According to Lenovo the Y560 should be available in March with a starting price of $849 which should make some competition for Acer, but Acer will probably also update their Aspire 3D model very soon.
I just wonder why nobody from Lenovo did mention anything about Stereoscopic 3D support or using the TriDef software on the Y560 int he official announcement they did for the laptop. This might mean that not all IdeaPad Y560 will have the S3D support, but we’ll have to wait a bit more to see…
IdeaPad Y460 and Y560 Laptops – Turn Up the Dial on Entertainment and Performance
The 14-inch Y460 and 15.6-inch Y560 multimedia laptop with High-Definition 16:9 widescreen are ideal for users looking for the ultimate, mobile entertainment experience. Both the Y460 and Y560 optionally include Lenovo’s new innovative Enhanced Experience RapidDrive technology, which seamlessly combines SSD and HDD storage solutions to deliver even faster Windows 7 boot-up times and significantly improve application performance. Lenovo Enhanced Experience for Windows 7 is a unique Lenovo certification that delivers an optimized boot-up and shutdown process, rich multimedia capabilities and easy system maintenance tools. With RapidDrive technology, users can experience Windows 7 boot up 66% faster2, start favorite applications two-times faster3, and copy files within the computer in less than half the time4.
The Y460 and Y560 will be available with JBL-designed speakers and Dolby Home Theater surround sound – perfect for enjoying music and movies. With up to Intel Core i7 processor featuring Intel Turbo Boost Technology for delivering extra GHz when you need it, they feature the Lenovo Energy Management 5.0 for extended battery life and long-term battery durability, as well as lower noise output through dynamic fan control. Switchable Graphics on the Y560 and Y460 allow users to further extend battery life by toggling between performance and energy-efficient modes. Additional features on the Y460 and Y560 include SlideNav intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation; OneKey Theatre II audio-visual controls for brighter images and clearer audio; and Ambient Light Sensor that automatically adjusts the PC screen brightness based on the user’s distance from the display.