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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL & PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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.

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