Acer Aspire 5745DG 3D

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Acer Aspire 5745DG 3D notebook claims to be a 3D notebook and quite honestly it is an affordable entry level 3D laptop which offers an impressive battery life alongside a rather decent 3D experience.

Introduction

3D is ever increasingly becoming a standard part of life once again. Movies are released in 3D and even TV’s grant you the ability to watch 3D in the comfort of your own home. It was a matter of time before laptops and perhaps even tablets included 3D technology. Yet with the technology quite firmly situated upon funny looking glasses does the Acer Aspire 5745DG 3D notebook justify its £1,000 price tag?

Design

Once you see past the glossy-black lid and the aesthetic appeal of this 3D notebook you will come to realise it looks alot bigger and certainly weighs alot more than you would expect at 2.8kg. On the other hand, the size and weight is slightly justified by a full-size keyboard, including a numpad, and a large, smooth and responsive trackpad accompanied by a comfortable palm rest. Not to forget that the keyboard is situated in a glossy-black surround that includes the power button and a set of Dolby stereo speakers. However, the bad news is that the 12-cell battery is a giant, protruding eye-sore which ruins the design and the aesthetic appeal, giving the Acer Aspire 5745DG a unusually uncomfortable incline.

In terms of ports and connectivity there is a VGA and HDMI output, Ethernet port, a USB and audio jacks on the left hand side. The right hand side includes 3 USB ports, a Blu-ray/DVD-RW drive and the power input. The front houses a multi-card reader along with status lights for power, charging and wireless.

Screen

When it comes to 3D performance, well the Acer Aspire 5745DG includes everything you need for seamless 3D vision. The notebook includes a half-decent GPU, a display that supports 120Hz refresh rate and a pair of active-shutter glasses. As a result, the 3D vision is very good and you can really feel the 3D depth. The display offers a 1,366×768 resolution but the display provides vivid colour and great viewing angles and it really is a delight to watch movies on. However, 3D content is limited and your £1000 is probably better off spent on a 3D TV. Especially considering it only offers a 3hour battery life giving you very little time to play your games away from a laptop charger.

Performance

The Acer Aspire 5745DG 3D features a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-450M processor and a Fermi-derived GPU, the GeForce GT 425M. However, here we find some form of justification for the huge 12-cell battery. NIVIDA states that the ability to switch between the CPU’s integrated GPU and the laptop graphics card via NIVIDA’s Optimus technology is unavailable for notebooks supporting 3D. The notebook includes a 500GB hard disk, a Blu-ray disc drive, Wireless N, Bluetooth 3.0, Ethernet connectivity, HDMI and VGA output, four USB ports, Dolby speakers, a multi-card reader and a pair of NIVIDA’s 3D vision glasses.

Conclusion

You really have to be a diehard game player to depart with £1000 to play one of the very few games available in 3D. Remember, 3D content is limited. There are only 450 games which purport 3D vision, 11 of which are listed as truly 3D Vision ready and even blu-ray 3D titles are limited. The Acer Aspire 5745DG is certainly a great overall notebook. The display, keyboard, trackpad, optical drive and 3D vision is above-par. However, if you’re after something to feature 3D you’re better off putting your £1000 towards a 3D ready TV.

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