Origin PC introduces first 3D gaming laptop that's customizable

Summary:Like it or not, 3D laptops are coming hot on the heels of 3D TVs. Asus took things to the extra dimension with the G51J-3D, and now boutique builder Origin PC is launching the first 3D notebook that's customizable -- though we have a feeling it's far from the last.

Like it or not, 3D laptops are coming hot on the heels of 3D TVs. Asus took things to the extra dimension with the G51J-3D, and now boutique builder Origin PC is launching the first 3D notebook that's customizable -- though we have a feeling it's far from the last.

You will pay more for the privilege of picking your own parts with the EON15-3D, which starts at $1,949 and is a couple of hundred more dollars than the G51J-3D. For that price, you get an Intel Core i5-520M dual-core processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M graphics card (better than the G51J-3D's GTX 260M), 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive, DVD burner, and Windows 7 Home Premium. CPU-wise, you can upgrade all the way to a Core i7-820QM quad-core chip for an extra $394, and you can always pay for additional RAM and storage space.

One thing you can't upgrade is the 15.6-inch screen, which maxes out at 1,366x768 resolution -- the same as the Asus 3D laptop. If nothing else, that means you don't have to crank up the settings on the games that support Nvidia 3D Vision technology, which include Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Resident Evil 5. Of course, the EON15-3D comes with the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit that includes with a pair of active-shutter 3D glasses.

Do you agree that 3D is the future for PC gaming? If so, the EON15-3D is going to be the tip of the iceberg.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops

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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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