Asus brings 3D notebook to Blighty

Asus said it will launch the world’s first notebook sporting Nvidia's 3D Vision technology in February.

And any wealthy gamers picking up the £1,700 Asus G51J 3D notebook before the end of March 2010 will get a posh voucher enabling them to download the Avatar 3D game for free.

The notebook comes with Nvidia's wireless 3D Vision active-shutter glasses and a wide-range infrared emitter to deliver stereoscopic images to gamers' eyeballs.

The GTX 260M GPU's driver and a full resolution 120Hz 3D panel render each image twice and send up to 60 images per second evenly to each eye. The technology provides noticeably better text clarity against 60Hz outputs, and eliminates ghosting and interlace issues, Nvidia said.

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The G51J 3D runs a four-core Intel Core i7, has an integrated Blu-ray for 3D movies, EAX Advanced HD 4.0 3D audio technology and CMSS Surround Sound driving high-fidelity Altec Lansing speakers.

Nvidia said it was previously impossible to crowbar a GeForce GTX 260M graphics card into a 15.6-inch notebook but Asus engineers managed it with a bit of unspecified jiggery-pokery

The notebook G51J 3D reached a 3DMark06 score of over 11,000, the firms claimed in a joint statement.

Phil Eisler, General Manager of 3D Vision at Nvidia reckons the kit "will set the standard by which gaming and 3D notebooks will be judged.”