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First Impressions from Acer Aspire 3D (AS-5738DG-664G50Mn)

October 23rd, 2009 · 10 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Today I was finally able to get my hands on the Acer Aspire 3D laptop for a very quick test, or more specifically the model Acer Aspire AS-5738DG-664G50Mn. It has just arrived and I was able to get my hands on one of them for a short period of time in order to take a few pictures and try a how it works in stereoscopic 3D. And actually this is the first S3D-capable laptop that I’ve seen and tried and I can say that what I’ve seen with this one was pretty good, especially considering that the price of this particular Acer model is quite attractive. But anyway, lets get to the point and see what you get and what you can expect from this laptop that is using a polarized screen and passive polarized glasses in order to achieve the stereoscopic 3D effect in movies, pictures and games with the help of TriDef’s software…


One of the most important things when considering a laptop is what are its specifications, of course stereoscopic 3D is present, but it also needs a decent set of hardware to support it good enough so that you’ll get the best possible experience out of it. So Acer Aspire AS-5738DG-664G50Mn comes with 15,6-inch screen with 1368×768 resolution (don’t forget that the polarized screen reduces the horizontal resolution in half), the processor is Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo T6600 (Dual core at 2,2 GHz), you get 4GB of system memory, DVD writer and a 500GB hard drive, as for the video cards, it is an ATI Radeon 4570 with 512MB DDR3 VRAM (the GPU could’ve been a bit faster). The laptop comes with a decent set of extras like Multi-touch touchpad, HDMI video output, integrated Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless-N and so on and so on… the normal set of additional features for a multimedia laptop nowadays. Interesting news is that the laptop comes with the recently announced Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS and it is a 64-bit version, which is good, considering the 4 gigs of RAM.


As I already mentioned you get passive polarized glasses and actually there are two pairs in the package with the laptop – one pair of normal sunglasses type and another one that is designed to clip on to a normal pair of glasses, for the people that need to wear prescription glasses. At first the sunglasses type seemed a little bit smaller to me, like it was designed to be worn by Asians only, but it turns out to be pretty comfortable and durable, which is also very important thing here. Anyway, if you are considering getting this laptop, you better try the glasses first if possible to be sure they will fit you right, just in case… ;)


So it is time to skip right to the TriDef software and the stereoscopic 3D you are going to get with this Acer Aspire 3D laptop. The first time you run the TriDef software you’ll be presented with a setup screen to adjust your laptop in the best possible position in order to fully experience the depth effect. This means that you need to be viewing your laptop’s screen from at least 60 centimeters, which usually is around the normal distance you’ll be using it and to adjust the angle of the display. You’ll be doing that with the polarized glasses on, looking to the red roses, which should be visible with the perception of depth, so moving back and forth the screen you’ll need to find the angle at which the effect is at its best. For me personally this presented a bit of an issue, because the actual angle of the screen with the best stereoscopic effect seems to allow just about 10-15 degrees of freedom, otherwise I start to loose the depth and in turn see a little bit of ghosting around the objects presented in S3D. This is a little bit annoying, but I guess that after some time of use you’ll be able to naturally find the best position of the screen for the optimum effect and it won’t be an issue anymore.


Now, Ive already said that the polarized screen and glasses that you are going to wear have a little bit of a disadvantage in terms of the technology that is being used, compared to some other solutions, although it also has some advantages too. The biggest disadvantage is that when in S3D mode you are going to “loose” half of the horizontal resolution in order to achieve the depth effect. Now this is not that bad as you may think it is, because for watching movies and looking through some pictures while in stereoscopic 3D mode they will still look very nice, especially if you increase a bit the distance between you and the screen. But when we are talking about playing games in stereoscopic 3D it might be more problematic, because things like smaller text for instance becomes harder to read and maybe even impossible at times and also some finer details might not be that apparent to you. Still gaming in S3D is very nice and interesting even with this more affordable solution and most of the people that see stereoscopic 3D in action for the first time are really very impressed. The few demo videos and pictures that do come pre-installed on the laptop seemed very nice to look at, but it is a bit of a shame that Acer did not think of also bundling some sort of a game that looks nice in S3D with the laptop…

This is what I can share for the moment from my first 15 minutes playing with the Acer Aspire 3D laptop and of course next week I’ll also try to play a bit more with the TriDef software to see what it is capable of and how well it works on this setup from Acer. And I’m also eagerly awaiting for Asus with their G51J model (Asus G51J-SZ028V) that will feature 120Hz LCD screen to go along with Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision shutter glasses as a bit more expensive alternative to what Acer is offering.

Get Acer AS5738DG-6165 15.6-Inch 3D Blue Laptop (Windows 7) for about $675 USD

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Acer Aspire 5738D 3D is Another Laptop with Stereoscopic 3D Support

October 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Other S3D Tech


Good news from Acer too, as the company should release by the end of this month their Acer Aspire 5738D 3D laptop, which is supposedly the first Acer mobile computer with Stereoscopic 3D support. Unfortunately, unlike the good news from Asus preparing a gaming laptop with 120Hz display, Acer has decided to go on another road. Acer Aspire 5738D 3D is going to feature a specially polarized screen (additional pixel polarization filter) and will use external passively polarized glasses in order to achieve the stereoscopic 3D effect for the viewer. The drawback is that although more affordable, this technology has a limitation because you get only half of the resolution per eye due to the way the stereo image is being created – even lines for the left eye and odd lines for the right eye. Nevertheless the stereoscopic 3D effect is still there and is still very nice, so considering the expected very affordable price for the Acer Aspire 5738D 3D and the expected availability by the end of this month (October) things definitely will be interesting.


The Aspire 5738D comes pre-installed with the Acer 3D software bundle, which includes the TriDef 3-D Experience software, 2 pairs of 3D polarizer glasses (one Oakley style and one clip-on) and a selection of 2D and 3D demo content for testing this functionality. Thanks to the Tri-Def software you’ll be able to watch 3D photos and movies in stereoscopic 3D, but also play some game in stereoscopic 3D too. The Tri-Def software also allows you to convert in real time normal 2D movies into stereoscopic 3D video, but you cannot expect to get the same results as with true movie shot in 3D. As for the games, there are some requirements that you should have in mind as the TriDef ignition software has its limitations. There are that you can play only DirectX 9 games so far, but the good thing is that you are not limited on the video card type – the software is ATI and Nvidia compatible.

As soon as I’m able to get my hands on one of these Acer Aspire 5738D 3D laptops I’ll be doing some tests and continue this topic, because so far I also haven’t been able to try the TriDef software in person on compatible hardware…

Get Acer AS5738DG-6165 15.6-Inch 3D Blue Laptop (Windows 7) for about $675 USD

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