Stereoscopic viewing is mere months away from exploding—or seeping, depending on one’s level of zeal and optimism—into our living rooms via new 3-D televisions from mainstream manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic.
However, stereoscopic technology has been around for a while now in the computer space, thanks to graphics manufacturer Nvidia’s excellent 3D Vision solution. Thing is, it’s only been viable on desktops until now.
Asus’ G51J 3D changes that by wrapping a 3-D-enabled 120-Hertz display, NVIDIA’s active shutter glasses and a supported graphics card, drivers, and software, into a single package. It’s 3-D ready, right out of the box.
As a member of Asus’ “Republic of Gamers” line of gaming laptops, the G51J 3D is predictably flashy looking, with glowing lights lining its sides and what looks to be a claw mark etched into its black-and-navy lid. It’s not too gaudy, but by the same token, it’s not necessarily the sort of machine one would feel comfortable taking out at a serious business meeting.
It’s also a bit bulky. Despite its average-sized 15.6-inch screen, it measures 1.6-inches thick and tips the scales at 7.7 pounds. It feels more like a 17-incher than the standard-sized notebook it should have been.
But there’s little else to complain about. The full-sized keyboard with numeric pad is comfortable and quiet, as is the mouse pad, the buttons below which are composed of smooth brushed metal.
Plenty of ports, including four USB, one HDMI, and one E-SATA, ring the edges, and are found in comfortable, non-intrusive locations.
It also comes with some valuable extras, including an excellent laptop backpack branded with the Asus gaming logo, a quality wired Asus gaming mouse, and, of course, those 3D spectacles from Nvidia.