The Asus G51J 3D has the traits of a great mobile gaming system – 120Hz display, latest NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, and a nice design. However, to gain 3D Vision, the user may be forced to make some sacrifices. Read our review to see what these trade-offs are and if we think they are worth it.A phenomenon is sweeping through the tech and entertainment industry lately, and if you haven’t been living in a cave you’d know this to be 3D home entertainment. As recent major cinematic releases like Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon have shown, the public generally enjoys the 3D experience as a way of spicing up their otherwise typical outing to the movies. Likewise, PC vendors are hoping consumers will begin seeing 3D on their computer as a way of improving and enhancing their PC experience.
NVIDIA has been the major player responsible in bringing 3D to the PC space with their 3D Vision technology. We did a review of 3D Vision when it was released over a year ago and found the technology very promising (read our full coverage of NVIDIA 3D Vision here). At the time of publishing that article, Ryan was impressed but the success of NVIDIA 3D Vision really depended on the support and content that was yet to come.
Today we can put away the crystal ball and take stock of the 3D Vision PC experience as it stands today – in the mobile space at least.
The Asus G51J 3D
The Asus G51J is a notebook we reviewed not long ago and I found the price, performance, and design exceptional (assuming you’re a right-handed user). Not to let a good thing pass, Asus has added NVIDIA’s 3D Vision to their G51J by giving the notebook a 120Hz panel and NVIDIA’s signature 3D shades.
Today we’re going to take another look at Asus’ 15″ gaming system in combination with the NVIDIA 3D Vision. We’re going to toss many different games and movies at the system, and see if the addition of 3D on a notebook is worth the investment. Don’t think that you’re getting 3D “for free” in choosing the 3D G51J over the non-3D brother, there’s a cost involved in making the jump.