3D Wonder - ASUS G51J 3D

Launch SRP: S$3098

Stereoscopic Wonder

Stereoscopic Wonder

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.

 The ASUS G51J is a boldly colored and in your face (more ways than one) gaming notebook.


The right side ports play host to the audio jacks, two USB 2.0 ports and the Blu-ray optical drive.


 We rarely see ports at the back these days, but the G51J has space for the LAN and power jack.


On the left, you get the rest of the ports, including a VGA out, S/PDIF jack, FireWire, HDMI, eSATA and two more USB 2.0 ports.


The Good
Decent performance
Affordable gaming notebook
World's first 3D Vision enabled notebook
The Bad
Battery life is weak like all gaming notebooks
Screen resolution could be higher
Most Innovative Product