Acer 3-D Aspire Laptop, Complete with Glasses, Arrives

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-10-21 Print this article Print

The Acer Aspire 5738DG notebook can turn 2-D content into 3-D. It features high-definition playback, Dolby surround sound and a 15.6-inch CineCrystal, LED-backlit display coated with a 3-D film. The 3-D glasses are included.

Acer's newest notebook, the Aspire 5738DG, announced Oct. 21, comes with its own 3-D glasses.  

The entertainment-focused notebook features a TriDef 3-D solution that includes a 3-D screen, software and glasses for 3-D visuals, and it can additionally convert 2-D content into a "vivid 3-D experience," according to Acer.  

"This holiday season, we are seeing 3-D content become more prevalent in popular films and games," Ray Sawall, senior manager of product marketing for Acer America's, said in a statement. "The new Acer Aspire 5738DG notebook enables consumers to enjoy exciting new 3-D entertainment on a mobile PC that can also replicate a 3-D experience from standard 2-D content."  
The transition from viewing regular old documents, e-mail and other everyday items to the 3-D experience comes with just a mouse click and results from a combination of the notebook's 15.6-inch CineCrystal HD display and a 3-D film that's said to cling to the panel, pixel, by pixel, enabling the LCD technology to deliver 3-D images. The 3-D glasses filter 2-D to 3-D. Videos and photos can be viewed in 3-D via the TriDef Media Player, and a TriDef Ignition tool can convert 2-D games and applications with DirectX 9 to 3-D.  
(Microsoft's DirectX at one time created vulnerabilities that hackers exploited. In July, however, Microsoft addressed the issues and offered fixes.)
Beneath all that entertainment goodness, the Aspire 5738DG-6165 3D notebook runs Windows 7 Home Premium and features a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor T6600, a Mobile Intel PM45 Express chipset, an ATI Mobility Radeon hard drive 4570 with up to 2304MB off HyperMemory, 4GB of DDR2 1,066MHz memory and a 320FB, 5,400RPM SATA hard drive.
There's a multi-in-1 digital media card reader, a Crystal Eye Webcam, a Dolby surround-sound system with two stereo speakers and a touchpad with multigesture that allow users to navigate with finger pinches, flicks and swirls.
There's 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, a 6-cell battery and 4 USB ports, and the notebook weighs 6.16 pounds and measures, at its thickest point, 1.5 by 15.1 by 9.9 inches.
It will be available for $779.99 immediately following Microsoft's Oct. 22 launch of Windows 7.
In the same month, Acer has also launched two additional laptops, each with exciting features and difficult-to-remember names. The Aspire One AOD250 is a dual-boot netbook with both Android and Microsoft Windows XP operating systems, and the Aspire 5738PG is a 15.6-inch notebook with Windows 7 and a touchscreen.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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