It’s not among the first 3D laptops that we’ve encountered but Sony’s VAIO F is the most impressive that we’ve tried. Sony says the reason that they were late coming up with a 3D laptop was that they want it to be perfect. And it looks like they did really well with their VAIO F.
The New Sony VAIO F is a 16-inch 3D laptop powered by Intel Core i7 2820QM Quad core processor (2.3GHz) and a middle-of-the-pack NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M GPU.
It uses the same active shutter glasses as that of the Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV and NEO Elan L4300-3D. However, instead of a separate USB transmitter, the VAIO F has 8 transmitters on its frame for better 3D viewing angles. The 3D glasses uses disposable watch batteries as opposed to rechargeable via USB and gives 100 hours of use. It will automatically power down once the the laptop stops transmitted 3D signals.
They also made some tweaks with the 3D technology by incorporating something from their Bravia 3D TV including an extra-smooth 240fps high frame rate. I tried other 3D laptops already and the VAIO F beats them all in terms of 3D experience. It’s just that smooth without any flickering whatsoever.
It also has a 3D button that converts 2D movies on Blu-ray Disc, DVD or personal video into simulated 3D video, a feature not all 3D laptops have. You can also connect it to a 3D HDTV for a larger viewing experience. The sound performance is quite impressive with a cinema-style surround sound through headphones with Dolby® Home Theater v3. Also S-force front surround 3D technology creates a virtual 5.1 channel surround sound effect from two Inbox bass-reflex speakers.
The Sony VAIO F is hands down the best 3D laptop I’ve used, although I prefer rechargeable 3D glasses. It will be available this March 2011 for Php149,999 which includes a pair of 3D glasses. Extra 3D glasses costs Php4,999. It’s expensive I know but do try it out at Sony centers to experience excellent 3D on a laptop.
Sony VAIO F 3D Specs:
- Intel Core i7-2820QM quad-core processor 2.30GHz
- 16-inch wide Full HD display (1920 x 1080) + 3D Supported LED Backlight
- Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- 8GB RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GT540M GPU
- 640GB HDD
- BluRay Drive
- Dolby® Home Theater v3
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
- 2x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0
- SRP: Php149,999