Lately, 3D madness is gripping almost everything under the sun as manufacturers start churning out stereoscopic 3D products for consumers. This isn't about to end just yet, as 2010 seems to be the year when 3D finally goes mainstream. 3D stereoscopic PC gaming has long been a niche market, though NVIDIA's recent efforts with its 3D Vision have given this technology a much needed boost.
NVIDIA's 3D Vision is based on active shutter technology and unlike the older anaglyphic (the familiar red/blue glasses) type, there are no color issues to worry about. It also delivers brighter images as it does not use polarized glasses that limit the amount of light passing through. However, shutter glasses require a monitor that's capable of a 120Hz refresh rate, and these are more expensive compared to your usual monitor.
Gaming notebooks with 3D stereo capability are even more rare, but today, we lucked out with the 15.6-inch ASUS G51J, a 3D-ready notebook that comes with a 120Hz screen, NVIDIA graphics and of course, NVIDIA 3D Vision.
Is the notebook any good? Well, let's begin our review by taking our usual look at the flashy exterior before we inspect the innards, the bundled accessories and performance aspects.