Scroll Excel £130 Android tablet puts 3D video on your TV

The Android-powered Scroll Excel claims to be the first tablet under £200 to play 3D movies and videos, via your 3D TV.

The Android-powered Scroll Excel claims to be the first tablet under £200 to play 3D movies and videos. But don't go donning your 3D glasses just yet: the £130 Excel doesn't play 3D video on its own 7-inch screen, but acts as the middleman to send 3D films and videos into your 3D TV or monitor.

Simply hook it up to your tri-dee telly with a mini HDMI cable, and presto 3D-o. Handy if you've got a 3D TV, but don't want to fork out for a 3D Blu-ray player or PlayStation 3 to watch in three dimensions.

It'll do the same for 1080p high-definition video too, so you don't need a Blu-ray player to watch HD content.

Inside the tablet is a Cortex A8 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. There's a paltry 4GB of storage built-in, but whack in a microSD card and you can take that up to 32GB.

There's no access to the official Android Market built-in, but you can get apps from other app stores such as Handango or Opera Mobile Store. Most budget tablets don't have the official Android app store onboard because Google isn't too keen on certifying cheap kit.

Unlike the Scroll Excel, the LG Optimus Pad actually records 3D video with its dual cameras. And there are a few phones that let you watch 3D on their screens without putting on a pair of dorky glasses: the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Evo 3D both have glasses-free screens.

The Scroll Excel is available to order now, and will arrive in your hands before Christmas. Is a cheap tablet to handle your 3D content a good idea, or is 3D just a gimmick ? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or over on our spangly new Google+ page.

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