To 3D or not 3D, that is most definitely the question which we're finding ourselves asked every time we wander in to a shop to buy a new monitor or laptop. If your objection to stereoscopic gaming is having to wear sunglasses indoors, ASUS has a potential answer in the shape of the
Republic of Gamers
G53SX laptop that's being shown off at
right now. It's the world's first glasses-free 3D laptop.
If it helps, you can think of it as a giant Nintendo 3DS for playing WoW on.
Externally, it looks the same as previous G-series laptops from ASUS sitting gimp-like in its suit of rubber, with hard angles and giant vents round the back. Under that there's an Intel Core i7 CPU, Z68 motherboard and GeForce 560M graphics chip.
'Regular' 3D gaming roughly halves framerates over 2D gaming on the same system. Assuming glasses-free tech has the same performance hit, that 560M might struggle to drive the 15unch, 1920x1080 screen stereoscopically. We'll just have to wait and see, though, until we get chance to test it out.
ASUS has also announced that it's to start producing desktop gaming systems too, starting with the Republic of Gamers CG8565, below. It shares the same hard edge look that's soft to touch as the laptop line-up, and comes with a Core i7, GeForce GTX 590 GPU and Z68 motherboard from the ROG range.
Anyone else squint and see K9 in this?