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Acer Unveils Laptop With 3D Viewing

The laptop users software and polarized glasses to display a 3D image.
Acer introduced an Aspire laptop with 3D viewing capabilities for multimedia.

The Aspire 5738DG is equipped with a special high-definition screen and software that makes it possible to display 3D multimedia. To view the special effect, users need to wear the polarized glasses that come with the system.

The 15.6-inch screen, which has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, is coated with a film that enables the LCD to deliver a 3D image and enhance the viewing of 2D graphics, Acer says. The system can be switched to standard viewing for using applications like spreadsheets, documents and e-mail.

Ray Sawall, senior manager of product marketing for Acer America, said the new product is the company's answer to the increasing use of 3D in games and Hollywood films.

"The new Acer Aspire 5738DG notebook enables consumers to enjoy exciting new 3D entertainment on a mobile PC that can also replicate a 3D experience from standard 2D content," Sawall said in a statement.

The laptop, which runs Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, includes a 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor and the Intel PM45 Express mobile chipset. The system also has an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics processor with 512 MB of dedicated memory.

Other laptop specifications include 4 GB of system memory, a 320 GB hard drive, a DVD player and integrated Webcam. The system also comes with integrated Wi-FI and four USB 2.0 ports and weights about six pounds.

The Aspire 5738DG is scheduled to be available at retailers this week. Pricing starts at $780.

The Aspire 5738PG enables users to launch movies, zoom in and out of Web sites, edit photos and video, resize windows, and hand-write notes using one or two fingertips. By flicking the screen, users can turn pages and browse through media and documents. The new system, which takes advantage of new touch technology in Windows 7, has a starting price of $800.

Acer last week introduced the first of its Windows 7 PCs in advance of Thursday's launch of the operating system. Among the new systems was a laptop with a multi-touch display.


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