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04-07-11, 10:50 PM
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Today I had the chance to run some of my typical tests for stereo 3D performance on a demo unit of the Asus G73JW ROG 3D gaming laptop, so below you will find my first impressions on how good this 17-inch 3D Vision laptop from Asus is. I ran a few tests on the laptop to judge how good the screen is for displaying stereo 3D content and a few games to see the real-world gaming performance, but didn‚??t have the time to benchmark it properly in 2D and stereo 3D mode with multiple games to see what level of performance it can provide in fps in each case. Still, you can for example comfortably play Crysis 2 in stereo 3D mode at Full HD resolution, although you will have to go a level below the top graphics configuration‚?¶


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Asus G73JW ROG 3D laptop is considered as a gaming solution, because it features a more high-end mobile graphics ‚?? GeForce GTX 460M with 1.5GB of video memory. Of course that is not the top model of mobile gaming GPU, there are even faster models, but this one packs quite a lot of performance to make it possible to play most games in stereo 3D mode with middle to high level of details at 1080p resolution. And since the laptop comes with a 17-inch Full HD (1920√?1080) 120Hz display, you would want to be able to play games in the native resolution in both 2D (plain 3D) as well as stereoscopic 3D mode, right? Well, the good news is that you can with just some compromise on the level of detail or additional graphics effects in some more demanding games, when you wan to play them in stereo 3D mode. Other specifications of the system include an Intel i7-740QM (1.73GHz Quad-Core with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz) processor, 8GB DDR3 System Memory, 1TB HDD (2x 500G 7200RPM), Blu-Ray combo optical drive and so on.


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The Asus G73JW ROG 3D laptop comes with an integrated IR emitter and a pair of 3D Vision active shutter glasses bundled, so you are ready to start using it in stereo 3D mode right away, without having to get anything additional. And this not only goes for gaming in stereo 3D mode, but also for watching Blu-ray 3D movies thanks to the availability of a Blu-ray optical drive. You can also use the laptop along with a big screen 3D-capable HDTV trough the HDMI output and with the 3DTV Play software‚?¶

The design of the Asus G73JW ROG is actually quite cool, although it may look a bit strange to you at first. The material used for the whole chassis has a nice feel to it and is not glossy, meaning that you won‚??t have to clean the laptop all the time in order for it not to look dirty, like you have to do with laptops that use glossy plastic. Furthermore, the screen of the laptop is not glossy as well, but is instead with matte surface, something that surprised me quite good as almost all 3D laptops I‚??ve seen and tested so far used glossy displays. Of course the quality of the display wasn‚??t as good as the display of the Sony VAIO F Series 3D laptop (http://3dvision-blog.com/sony-vaio-f-series-3d-capable-multimedia-laptop-review/) that I‚??ve recently tested, but it is also better than most other mobile 3D solutions I‚??ve tried. The color reproduction appears quite good, judged by eye, not measured with hardware as I don‚??t have a colorimeter handy at the moment, and the viewing angles are very nice for a 3D laptop. But let me get right to the 3D tests I did, and hopefully at a later time, if I get the laptop for testing, I‚??ll be doing a more extensive test‚?¶


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The Asus G73JW ROG 3D laptop shows very good results on the extreme test with the black and white colors with not much leakage between the eyes of the viewer. The black test photo is almost perfect, with just some very faint and hardly noticeable crosstalk in the center and the white is also quite good, but with a bit more visible ghosting at the top and almost no at the bottom. I‚??ve noticed that there is also just a bit of horizontal banding, hardly visible for normal users, present when in extreme black on white situations, and that means the screen has optimized Overdrive functionality in order to further reduce the ghosting. More information on the situation and reason for the horizontal banding in extreme test scenarios (http://3dvision-blog.com/more-about-the-strange-white-banding-within-recent-3d-lcd-monitors/). Anyway these results are quite promising and raise high the hopes for almost no crosstalk/ghosting issue in real world use‚?¶


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Moving to a more real world usage scenario, testing with a 3D video, the one with the sailboats that I use for detecting crosstalk/ghosting thanks to the more contrasting scenes and objects it has. The good news is that there is hardly any present, although you may still be able to notice a very faint residual image leaking from the sails. However this is visible after a close inspection of the test photographs taken of the display with the boats still, when they are moving and you are watching the video normally you will probably not be able to notice anything.


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Moving to testing with the game Tomb Raider: Underworld, one of my favorite games for stereo 3D and for testing in stereo 3D as well. On the image from the game, at the left side you see what is the level of the so called ‚??top ghosting‚??, as usually the top part of the screen is a bit more prone to having crosstalk/ghosting due to the way the shutter glasses function and the way the image is refreshed, the same partly applies to the bottom part of the screen as you can see on the right part of the image, which is from the bottom of the display. The top part of the screen has surprisingly little crosstalk, which is a good sign and the bottom part also shows less than usual, but still a bit more apparent than at the top. Also there is a tiny bit of ‚??color ghosting‚?? as I call it, or with other words ‚??burnt pixels‚?? that due to the Overdrive function don‚??t show as a faint dark shadow, but instead as a shadow of brightly colored pixels.

So what is my overall conclusion form the brief experience with the Asus G73JW ROG 3D laptop? I can say that I‚??m pleasantly surprised from what I‚??ve seen, it appears that Asus is working seriously on improving the stereo 3D experience on their new 3D-capable products compared to their older 3D Vision laptops and they are doing a good job at that. The price of the Asus G73JW ROG 3D laptop is a bit higher than other more affordable solutions, but this laptop also comes with a more powerful GPU and a Full HD screen. And unlike on the more affordable 3D laptops that may come with a less powerful GeForce 540M GPUs (or even lower-end, multimedia and not gaming oriented GPUs), where you have to make a lot of compromises with the game quality to play games in stereo 3D, here you can actually enjoy gaming in S3D mode better. Of course for the best gaming experience in stereo 3D mode I‚??d suggest to go for a desktop PC equipped with 3D Vision and with a more powerful video card, but if you need to be mobile, then the Asus G73JW ROG 3D laptop is a good option to be able to play games while traveling. The 17-inch size does not make it the most compact solution for frequent traveling, but it is still Ok if you just want to take it with you from time to time. The thing that you may not like too much is the price, which is a bit less than $1800 USD for the same model I‚??ve played with, and there are more feature rich and even more expensive versions, but they do come with the same GTX 460M video card, so you should not expect much of a performance boost for stereo 3D gaming from them.

- The Asus G73JW-A1 ROG 17.3-Inch 3D Gaming Laptop for $1,767.99 USD at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041RRS0I/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=3dvibl-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0041RRS0I)http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=&l=as2&o=1&a=B0041RRS0I


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