Price: $780 as configured
Who it's for: People who want a 3D experience on a laptop
The Acer Aspire 5738DG-6165 grafts a 3D panel onto a mainstream laptop. It's a gimmick--a feature that caters to maybe 1 percent of the computing population--and at first I was completely skeptical. But through the 3D software, you can open specific 3D video files that leap off the screen. The software adds depth to movies you pop into the internal DVD drive, too. And the 3D effect works with WMV and AVI video files. A 3D photo viewer imparts impressive depth to your own images as well. And, of course, the system supports 3D in games. Otherwise, this Aspire is a fairly average laptop. The 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 320GB 5400-rpm hard drive, and ATI Radeon Mobility HD 4750 GPU help the machine notch a score of 88 in WorldBench 6. The 5738DG-6165 was good enough to run through just about any basic task we tried on it.The biggest downer: It's battery life is just 2 hours, 28 minute battery life--so stay close to an outlet!