Using SpatialLabs technology, Acer brings glasses-free 3D to laptops and portable monitors. To meet!
Acer’s SpatialLabs technology is designed to allow you to view 3D content on a 2D screen without the need for special glasses.
Last year, the company launched a next-generation content creation laptop that supports this feature.
Now Acer is bringing SpatialLabs to gaming laptops and portable monitors.
Acer brings glasses-free 3D to laptops and portable monitors
The new Acer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition is a high-end gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch 3D display without glasses, while the SpatialLabs View and SpatialLabs View Pro are portable monitors that offer a similar experience without having to to spend $3,400 or more on a new laptop (although portable monitors aren’t exactly cheap either).
Acer says its SpatialLabs system sticks a liquid crystal lenticular lens onto a high-resolution display panel, allowing it to switch between 2D and 3D stereoscopic views.
The system also includes eye-tracking cameras above the screen that will help adjust 3D images based on eye position. And if you look away from the screen, the 3D effects disappear completely.
The idea is to allow you to view 3D graphics in games, videos, or other experiences without the need for a headset, or to allow graphic designers to see 3D objects better by moving their head in front of a 2D screen , without having to wear glasses.
People who have had the chance to personally use the screens report that the effect it can be great when it works.
But it can also strain your eyes with prolonged use, and you may need to adjust your posture to prevent the effect from fading while you play… which can be uncomfortable during prolonged gaming sessions.
You also sacrifice some screen resolution when using 3D mode: a screen that can display 3840 x 2160 pixels in 2D becomes a dual screen of 1920 x 2160 pixels in 3D.
Another downside? In an age when other gaming laptops come with displays capable of handling screen refresh rates of 120Hz or more, the Acer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition has a 60Hz display.
You will also only be able to experience 3D effects in compatible games. Acer says there are more than 50 titles that work with SpatialLabs technology, and you’ll be able to launch games using the company’s SpatialLabs TrueGame app.
The laptop’s other features are largely what you’d expect from a high-end laptop, including support for a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, 32 GB of DDR5-4800 memory and PCIe Gen 4 NVMe RAID 0 plus Intel SSD. Killer E2600 wireless and Killer 1675i wired connectivity.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition will be available in Q4 2022 for $3,400 or more.
Meanwhile, Acer’s new SpatialLabs View is a 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 anti-glare portable monitor with up to 323 nits of brightness, 100% Adobe RGB color gamut, HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and a 56″ internal battery.
It weighs 1.49kg and will cost $1,100 when it launches in June.
Acer SpatialLabs View Pro has nearly identical effects, but Acer claims it’s designed for content creation and includes out-of-the-box support for 3D file formats used by tools like Datasmith, Revit, Solidworks , Cinema 4D and Sketchfab.