In this day and age – a time of marketing, advertising, and hype, it is rather surprising that computer manufacturer Asus has been going about its business quietly. Not that Asus has been totally mum – they do have to make some sort of announcement to make their new offering known, after all. The recent release of their latest gaming laptop has not been a noisy one, though. [Read more…]
The 3D trend is quickly catching on, especially with gaming laptops. Not too long ago, we featured the new 3D gaming laptop from Maingear, the eX-L 17 3D. As can be expected, the spec-heavy gaming laptop also comes at a price. One thing that the eX-L 17 3D cannot deliver, though, is the possibility of using the 3D functionality without the accompanying 3D glasses.
We have to admit it, those 3D glasses can be such an annoyance. I do appreciate watching 3D, especially if the effects are really worth it, but I have thought many times that I could do without the glasses. They don’t look nice, and they don’t feel comfortable either!
As if hearing these thoughts, Asus has decided to release their own 3D laptop – this time, their technology does away with the need to use 3D glasses. That’s what you call innovative!
The technology is called “Naked Eye 3D” and is made possible by the use of two overlapped LCD matrices. On top of these overlapped LCDs, a polarizing filter is used to create the stereoscopic 3D images. The system also relies on a camera that can found on the edge of the screen. The purpose of this camera is to track the viewer’s location so as to make the necessary adjustments to the polarizing filter and keep the 3D images intact, no matter what the location of the viewer is (in relation to the screen).
This is groundbreaking technology indeed, but it still has its limitations, the main thing being that only one person can view the images in 3D. This means that you still have to go get 3D glasses for everyone else if you want to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D. Then again, I suggest that you just see it in 2D – there is no need for 3D for that movie!
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So ASUS enthusiasts have been waiting for what seems like forever for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101. Even non-ASUS fans have been watching out for news on the release date of this more than meets the eye tablet. Yesterday, a lot of people got excited about the news that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is finally here and that anyone who wants it can grab one.
Then came reality. Truth is, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is here, but only on a pre-order basis. Unfortunately, you can’t just go to your favorite store and ask for one. They won’t have it. At least with this pre-order system in place, you know that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and you will somehow meet soon.
So what’s all the fuss about the tablet that is more than just a tablet?
As you can see, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 can be transformed into a netbook if you find yourself in a situation wherein using a tablet inconvenient. Yup, that can happen. With the detachable keyboard, you can pretend that you are using an ASUS Eee or any other netbook for that matter.
Technical specs of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101:
- 10.1-inch screen
- NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 1.0GHz dual-core CPU for excellent multitasking & 1080p video playback
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb O.S. with Adobe® Flash® 10.2 support
- Full QWERTY keyboard, touchpad input with Polaris® Office® for mobile productivity
- 16 hours long battery life for all day computing with docking station
- Brilliant IPS panel with ultra-wide 178⁰ viewing angle made from scratch resistant and super tough glass
- One year of Unlimited ASUS WebStorage, two USB ports, SD and Micro SD card readers for easy sharing & storage expandability
- 3D stereo with max bass response with SRS premium sound
This tablet weighs only 680 grams and is only 12.98mm thick. Of course, those numbers will change once you attach the keyboard.
Pre-order the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 on Amazon for $399.99.
I am a Ferrari fan myself, so I never really paid much attention to the fruits of the collaboration between automaker Lamborghini and Asus. The new laptop in this line of products is something else, though, and even those who may not be into super cars will definitely do a double take.
One can’t deny that the design catches the eye, not to mention the combination of orange and black. There is also a carbon fiber black version, which will appeal to those who want a less flashy look. (Then again, if you go for a Lamborghini, you shouldn’t have any problems with flashy!) Looks aside, however, the new Asus Lamborghini VX7 just might give its (auto) namesake a run for its money. The essentials:
- All new Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i7 Processors
- Up to 16GB DDR3 of memory; at the very least, you get 3GB!
- 1.5 TB of storage
- NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 460M graphics with giant 3GB video memory
- Super-Speed USB 3.0
It also comes with Windows 7 – choose from Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. The display is 15.6″ 16:9 Full HD (1920×1080) LED backlit. It also comes with a Blu-Ray Reader/Writer, and it has an 8-cell battery.
Impressive is the word that comes to mind, but it doesn’t stop there. What’s even more impressive is the attention to detail. For example, the laptop has a leather-lined wrist rest. A simple detail but it makes a lot of difference! Then there’s the trackpad mimicking the car’s lines – it’s trapezoidal in shape.
All this comes at a price, though – a rather heavy $3000. If you’re willing to burn
rubber cash, look out for this new laptop around May.
The Asus EEE Keyboard, which ForeverGeek covered on announcement day will be launched in October for prices between $400 and $500. The specs of the keyboard PC/laptop are very netbook alike but also offer Wireless HDMI. Rest to be seen if the Atom powered lap-keyboard will be able to properly display HD quality for movies.
I still want one of these and hope Hackintosh will function on this device.