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3D technology isn’t new to LG. The Korean company’s latest 3D Cinema TVS with FPR (Film Patterned Retarder) 3D technology and flicker-free glasses are among the best in the industry. Now it has re-entered the notebook market with the same polarised, strain-free glasses for its 3D laptop, the A530.
This laptop has a fine outer casing in black matte finish and silver casing inside. Opening the lid reveals a 15.6-inch full HD 3D LCD along with a full desktop like keypad comprising the QWERTY keyboard as well as the numeric keypad. The touch pad has been shifted towards the left, an inconvenient positioning. Adding enough power to handle heavy 3D graphics and gaming, LG gives it an i7 processor and 8 GB RAM along with an NVIDIA Geforce GT555M graphics card with 1 GB dedicated RAM.
Capable of performing all tasks required of a notebook, what makes the A530 stand out is the 3D functionality. LG has cleverly added a dedicated 3D Zone in the programs for all the 3D features and content. The notebook had a few 3D videos pre-installed and watching 3D content using the light weight glasses was fun. It boasts an option to upscale regular 2D DVDS and Blu-ray movies into 3D. We could also switch to 2D mode while watching 3D videos at the click of a button. Also onboard were two 1.3 MP web-cameras that can capture content in 3D. However, while the 3D depth captured by the cameras was amazing, the quality was just about average. For enjoying 3D content, this laptop comes with with a lightweight 3D glass along with a 3D clip-on specs that can be worn over regular spectacles. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-fi, 3 USB ports, HDMI, card reader, VGA, microphone and Ethernet jack, all placed on either side. The battery backup was about average with around three hours of videos, browsing and music playback.