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HP Envy 17 3D Shutter Glasses are Modified Xpand X103 Glasses

January 23rd, 2011 · 3 Comments · Other S3D Tech


The 3D shutter glasses that are bundled together with HP’s Envy 17 3D laptop do look like Xpand’s X103 universal shutter glasses, but they do have a minor difference and that is the fact that the version for HP does not have the power button and the led indicator that are present on the original X103. On their website Xpand says that their X103 universal glasses also do have support for the HP laptop, so if you need another pair of shutter glasses to go with the Envy 17 3D you should get the X103. But the question I’m more interested in is actually if the X103HP glasses can be turned into a pair of universal X103 glasses with a simple modification…




So I disassembled the X103HP glasses to see if they will have traces left for soldering a power button and a SMD LED indicator, but unfortunately I could not find such to be very apparent. So I’ve taken shots of both sides of the shutters and electronics in the X103HP glasses, so that I might be able to compare them at a later time when I may be able to get a pair of X103 universal glasses to compare. But if you do have a pair of Xpand X103 universal glasses and are not afraid to take them apart and take some photos, you are welcome to share the photos here. Although I doubt that a simple modification would be possible to HP’s glasses… It would’ve been nice if HP has decided to go for the more functional universal glasses that would also work with 3D HDTVs, so that they would save you from buying one more pair of glasses if you decide to also get a 3D-capable television set.

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HP ENVY 17 3D a 3D-capable Multimedia Laptop by the End of the Year

September 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments · Other S3D Tech


It is now official as HP has announced their plans to release the HP ENVY 17 3D, a 3D-capable multimedia laptop for the holiday season this year. There were a lot of rumors going on about HP getting a 3D-capable laptop since quite a lot of time, at first for a professional solution, but now we actually get a quite powerful consumer laptop. And if we are lucky enough we may also see the HP 2310g 120Hz LCD monitor too, as apparently HP is finally ready to also jump on the 3D wave.

It is interesting to note the fact that the HP ENVY 17 3D is actually the first 17-inch notebook to support 1080p 3D, meaning Full HD 120Hz screen for gaming and Blu-ray 3D movie playback apparently. But more interesting is the fact that the laptop is based on an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and that means no Nvidia 3D Vision, but an alternative solution also based on active shutter glasses. So that can either be some HP solution developed on their own, or more likely the AMD/ATI stereoscopic 3D solution that we’ve been waiting to see for quite some time now. The powerful video card should be backed by a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, so there should be no problems in using this laptop not only for watching multimedia content in 3D, but also playing games in stereo 3D mode.

Also as a part of HP’s ongoing partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), select models of the HP ENVY 17 3D will include some 3D action from the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. Additionally a 3D movie trailer for the upcoming animated film “MEGAMIND” from DreamWorks Animation will be included, which is certainly Ok, but definitely we could use some more 3D video content.

The HP ENVY 17 3D is expected to be available this holiday season with pricing yet to be determined, but considering that the currently available non-3D version of the HP ENVY 17 with similar parameters starts at $1,399.99 USD, the standard configuration of the 3D version of the laptop will most likely be in the range of $1600-$1800 USD.

To visit the official website for the upcoming HP ENVY 17 3D laptop…

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