MSI prepping passive 3D laptop using cheaper glasses, TriDef 3D software

Summary:While many of the 3D laptops that have been announced to date have used active-shutter technology, there's also a movement afoot to pump out notebooks using passive 3D instead. Why?

While many of the 3D laptops that have been announced to date have used active-shutter technology, there's also a movement afoot to pump out notebooks using passive 3D instead. Why? The polarized glasses only cost a few bucks, compared to the $150 per pair that active-shutter glasses cost.

DigiTimes is reporting that MSI is getting such a passive 3D laptop ready for a mid-September release. Instead of using Nvidia's 3D Vision solution, MSI will be using an integrated GPU from Intel in conjunction with Dynamic Digital Depth's (DDD's) TriDef 3D software.

There's no official word about a stateside release, but DigiTimes says the laptop will be priced under $1,000 when it becomes available. It will definitely provide a cheaper 3D experience (at least in terms of additional pairs of glasses), but will the passive 3D experience be able to rival its active-shutter competition?

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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