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Acer Presents The £950 3D Aspire 5738DG Laptop

Acer has today presented its first 3D laptop as well as as a multi touch convertible laptop PC bearing the monikers 5738DG and 5738PG respectively.

The 3D model promises to transform "entertainment and multimedia experiences" into something "more intuitive and interactive" and comes with a 15.6-inch multi-touch widescreen that is coated with a thin 3D film (Acer calls it 3D CineReal).

Users will have to wear a pair of polarised glasses as well as install Acer's own proprietary software. You won't unfortunately be able to view the polarised 3D content through the HDMI port that comes with the laptop.

Trustedreviews was slightly disappointed by its brief preview for a number of reasons; the screen - capable of showing 1366x768 pixels - is far too small for some immersive 3D effect, the latter is not particularly impressive and the ideal viewing position is quite restrictive. Laptopmag however says that it is the nearest you will get to 3D iMax movies.

The 5738DG are build using the same base unit and come with Core 2 Duo processor (at T6600 CPU) coupled with Windows 7, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard disk drive, a dedicated ATI Radeon HD4570 graphics chip with 512MB RAM, WiFi and all the usual features.

The traditional version, the Acer Aspire 5738, costs £510 at while the 3D version is expected to cost around £950 (based on its Kiwi retail price). No details have emerged yet as to when it will be released.

Our Comments

One commentator astutely remarked that it would have been great is someone developed some stick on filters for wearers of normal glasses. We were expecting to see Nvidia's 3D system that uses hardware and active glasses but nada.

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