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Posted on October 14th, 2009 by Tim Danton

Acer 3D laptop review: first look

Acer wasn’t satisfied with just unveiling the dual-booting Android and Windows 7 netbook at today’s global press conference: it also revealed the world’s first mainstream 3D laptop, the Acer Aspire 5738PG (at this point, I should point out to Acer that if Apple launched a 3D laptop it probably wouldn’t give it a terrible name like 5738PG).

(And before any pedants jump in to point out to me that, actually, all laptops are 3D – yes, I know.)

The Acer Aspire 5738PG 3D laptop complete with specsThe background you see above is, actually, really in 3D. That is, it uses a combination of software, hardware and specially coated glass (if you’d like more detail than this hazy description, we wrote a whole feature dedicated to the future of 3D a few months ago), and you then have to watch the image using the polarised glasses supplied.

And it works well. I watched a number of nice-looking demos where futuristic planes flew through futuristic landscapes, monsters emerged threateningly from the screen at random moments, and, um, I looked at a 3D photo.

What you'll look like when using the Acer Aspire 5738DG. Brown jacket optional. There are drawbacks. You need to have your head positioned carefully to see the 3D effects without ghosting – where every object seems to have the slightest of shadows – and you do look a bit of a fool. Just to prove it, that’s me looking a fool above.

And, naturally, demos only tell you so much. We want to test it properly, with 3D games designed for the purpose and see just how immersive the technology really is.

DSC01083 As a piece of hardware in itself, the Aspire impresses. Though the screen has some very slight horizontal lines – a side effect of the 3D technology, no doubt – it’s bright, sharp and vivid. And it’s pretty large, too, at 15.6in.

The keyboard is a joy to type on, with large keys and a solid feel to it. Thanks to the extra-wide chassis, there’s also room for a separate numeric keypad.

It’s set for release in tandem with Windows 7 on October 22, and as with the Acer Aspire One D250 with Android we’re already chasing Acer for a review sample so we can provide a full, in-depth review.

*Incidentally, I say “first mainstream 3D laptop” because, as a colleague of mine has kindly reminded me, we actually reviewed the Sharp Actius RD3D way back in 2004. It didn’t catch on.

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23 Responses to “ Acer 3D laptop review: first look ”

  1. David Wright Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Why the 22nd October? Windows 7 Pro DVD and key turned up in the post today! 8-)

     
  2. Greemble Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “all laptops are 3D”
    I was under the impression Apple were trying their best to make the Air 2D

     
  3. Justin Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    First 3D laptop? I remember our company owning a Sharp laptop over 5 years ago that did 3D. Maybe PC World should check its own archives:

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/115348/sharps_3d_notebook.html

     
  4. tomax7 Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    …touche Justin, good call!

     
  5. Thomas Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Justin and tomax7 for the sake of all of us who read these articles. Please completely read the article before posting. Just in cased you missed it here is the part that explains why your comment is invalid.

    *Incidentally, I say “first mainstream 3D laptop” because, as a colleague of mine has kindly reminded me, we actually reviewed the Sharp Actius RD3D way back in 2004. It didn’t catch on.

     
  6. Happler Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    There is a chance that this will also not catch on, and thus in the future, you will have another laptop to call the “First Mainstream 3D Laptop”.

     
  7. DY Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I didn’t even know Acer was still in business. They were crap back in the 90’s, are they any better now?

     
  8. Joe Says:
    October 14th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    When will they come up with the ultra-thin 2D laptop?

     
  9. Gary B Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    If this works with Ubuntu, and the screen is bright enough, I would consider buying one next week. My old laptop (Thinkpad z61m) is starting to get long in the tooth, and it is not bright enough. It also doesn’t support OpenGL in Linux (%@#$%^&*% ATI)

     
  10. Ryan Snowden Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    haha battle of the pcmags

     
  11. foeverfred Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 2:47 am

    No need, I tried theres moniters the other day. No reason to make it 3D how about it projects 3D and only can see with those glasses like minority reports.

     
  12. Dave Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 7:29 am

    To: DY

    You should do a little research. IBM Laptops for ages were made by Acer. If you don’t believe me cack open a Thinkpad and look at the Acer inside.

     
  13. PeterPan Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    eh hum! AH! The good question. Why are you so stick to get a 3D laptop? I can see the whole world in 3D and it’s free! is this not amazing, put this in your pipe and take a good shot.
    End Game

     
  14. James Says:
    October 15th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    1. I don’t want to wear glasses to use my PC.
    2. I don’t want a 3D laptop.

     
  15. Angel Says:
    October 21st, 2009 at 11:53 am

    1. I don’t want to wear glasses to use my PC

     
  16. Mitch Says:
    October 24th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I heard they were making one where you didnt have to wear 3d glasses. any idea when this would be coming out?

     
  17. karan Says:
    January 6th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Seems to be great :) Cant wait to get this one :) Quality of the glass is still a question of headache :)
    Good luck Acer

     
  18. used computers Says:
    January 10th, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I guess the result is a computer that can be used to watch high-definition video and handle some 3D games.

     
  19. laptop parts Says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 7:27 am

    No need to wear 3d glasses?? Is it possible? People have to wear 3D glasses when watching 3D films even though there is a long history for this technolegy being used in film.

     
  20. john Says:
    February 7th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    WOW!! :) :0
    that is cool how much is it ??
    please can i have one! please….

     
  21. Jack Says:
    February 25th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    @James & @Angel
    Then just get some other laptop and stop whining about what you don’t want.

     
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  23. JT Says:
    December 21st, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Hi ,
    I had acer 3d laptop, I have some 3d movies in .AVI format, but it looks like doesn’t work. Do i need to convert into special format to watch like 3D.
    JT

     

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