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ASUS G51J 3D review

3D Wonder - ASUS G51J 3D

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Decent performance
Affordable gaming notebook
World's first 3D Vision enabled notebook
Battery life is weak like all gaming notebooks
Screen resolution could be higher
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As for the interior design, the G51J has a sexy, sleek look much like the exterior. You get your standard screen and keyboard configuration, though ASUS has thrown in a Razer Abyssus mouse too. While it looks the same as its non-3D counterpart, bear in mind the resolution of this screen is only 1366 x 768 pixels and not Full HD resolution (i.e. 1920 x 1080 pixels), but we're guessing this to be a cost issue. The non-stereo 3D version of the ASUS G51J comes with a Full HD screen, more RAM but less one 500GB HDD and it's also S$100 cheaper.

While the notebook is a multimedia capable workhorse in its own right, loaded with a Blu-ray drive, EAX Advanced HD 4.0 sound and a subwoofer to boot, it's the bundled accessories for NVIDIA's 3D Vision kit and the 120Hz screen that turns the notebook from a normal gaming notebook into an immersive gaming machine. You'll get a transmitter and a pair of shutter glasses. For more information of the 3D Vision kit in detail and our past experience with this, you can read all about it here.

From there, it's a simple matter of plugging in the transmitter into a free USB port and putting on the glasses to get your stereo gaming going. Apart from some noticeable flickering, the ASUS G51J works as advertised. We tested the unit with a demo of Batman Arkham Asylum and enjoyed the 3D effects that added depth to the already great game. Despite the screen only being 15.6-inches wide, we still found ourselves captivated by the action going on screen.

While the 3D effects were still viewable from other angles, we found the best experience to be right in the center, and you can easily adjust the notebook for the best viewing angle unlike a bigger monitor. Our only issue during the test was how hot the unit turned out when the discrete graphics started working. We probably could cook an egg with the amount of heat we felt, but we didn't put that to the test, obviously.