Where's my 3D laptop? Oh, here it is...

The future of notebooks added another wrinkle at Computex last weekend: Acer's announcement of an upcoming 3D laptop running Windows 7 raises even more questions than it answers.

The experience just doesn't work as well on a Netbook. Universal Pictures

The future of notebooks added another wrinkle at Computex last weekend: Acer's announcement of an upcoming 3D laptop running Windows 7 raises even more questions than it answers.

According to Campbell Kan, vice president of Acer's mobile computing business unit, the 15.6-inch Aspire 3D Notebook will debut at the end of October, in regions unspecified. Co-developed by Wistron, the same company behind a rumored HP 3D laptop, the screen will require tinted glasses to decode the fuzziness into the impressive pop-out imagery you'd expect. Whether it runs Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision under the hood or some other 3D solution hasn't been revealed yet, but more details aren't likely before the official release of Windows 7.

The Acer Aspire 3D, with glasses. Digitimes

The Aspire 3D will be able to play 3D movies and games, as well as convert 2D movies into 3D with included software, Acer claims. How will this work? We're curious if the effort on a smaller screen will be worth it. Lugging around tinted shades to play Half Life 2 on the road sounds like a bit of a drag.

Acer says it's working on a version of the laptop that works without glasses, which certainly sounds preferable.

Do you want 3D on the go in a laptop format, or is this tech something best left to big-screen entertainment or mobile goggles?

(Digitimes via Engadget)

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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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