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Immerse yourself in cutting-edge entertainment technology from your couch or your favorite coffee shop with stunning 3D movies, television, gaming, sports and streaming entertainment. With 3D-capable laptops, desktops, monitors and TVs, the action jumps off the screen, taking you from casual viewer to right into the middle of every scene. Plus, take 3D to new levels of eye-popping entertainment:

  • Watch the latest 3D Blu-ray movies in stunning 3D.
  • Play over 500 games in intense, stereoscopic 3D.
  • Shoot movies and capture still images with a 3D camera. Edit and share.
  • Stream live sporting events in 3D, including golf and NASCAR®, with NVIDIA® 3D Vision technology.

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Dell™ 3D Product Lineup along with specific additional accessories required for the full 3D experience.

How does 3D work?

With the new generation of technology, 3D is no longer limited to just movie theaters and flimsy cardboard glasses. Current active shutter technology means you can now customize your home 3D experience to best suit your individual requirements and budget. First, consider how and where you want to enjoy your 3D content:

  • 3D on your laptop: Full-resolution 3D laptops with on-screen capabilities allow you to take your 3D content wherever you go. Dell offers the highest quality 3D experiences you can get on your laptop with an optional Full HD (1080p), active shutter 3D panel. With 3D on your screen and killer sound, you can truly have your own personal 3D entertainment center.

  • 3D on the big screen with NVIDIA 3DTV Play: NVIDIA 3DTV Play™ software lets you connect your laptop or desktop with 3D output capabilities, powered by NVIDIA GeForce® graphics to compatible 3D TVs and 3D projectors for the ultimate, high-definition, big-screen, 3D entertainment experience. Whether you’re watching a 3D movie, editing 3D content or playing your favorite games in 3D, you can expect to be completely drawn in to the 3D experience.

  • 3D on your 3D Monitor: Connect your desktop with 3D output capabilities to a 3D-capable monitor and watch your 3D movies, games and content come to life!

Getting started with your 3D entertainment system is easy with Dell and our complete selection of 3D- capable laptops, desktops, monitors, 3D TVs, cameras, content and state-of-the-art 3D glasses.

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Dell is committed to being a leader in the 3D technology space. Dell now offers Alienware™ and XPS™ products that offer full-resolution 3D capabilities, powered by NVIDIA graphics. Finally, Dell is a one-stop shop for many other 3D-capable electronics and accessories, from 3D TVs to cameras to monitors and games.

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Laptops with on-screen 3D capabilities

Bring mind blowing 3D wherever you go. The Alienware™ M17x and XPS™ 17 3D-capable laptops support on-screen 3D with an optional active shutter 3D panel. Both also support 3D output with NVIDIA® 3DTV Play™ software (scroll down for details).

What you need:
NVIDIA® graphics card, 3D panel option and NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses.  

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Desktops with 3D output capabilities

Dell offers 3D-capable desktops for everyone — from avid gamers to home entertainment fans. Alienware gaming systems have long been the standard for hard-core gamers, and these four are 3D capable to take your experience to all new levels of intensity. 

What you need:
   Output to a 3D Monitor:
    NVIDIA graphics card, 3D-capable monitor such as the Alienware OptX AW2310 and NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit (Alienware OptX AW2310 requires a Dual Link DVI-D connection to your PC for 3D playback)
   Output to a 3D TV:
 NVIDIA graphics card, NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, HDMI cable and an NVIDIA-compatible 3D TV with compatible 3D glasses. For a list of compatible 3D TVs, visit:
   Output to a 3D Projector:
 NVIDIA graphics card, NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, DVI cable and an NVIDIA-compatible 3D projector with compatible 3D glasses. For a list of compatible 3D projectors, visit:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-requirements.html (Alienware desktops ship with DVI to VGA dongle for compatibility)
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Laptops with 3D output capabilities

Select Dell and Alienware laptops are available with NVIDIA 3DTV Play software so you can connect your PC to a compatible 3D TV or 3D Projector (Alienware laptops only) to bring your 3D Blu-ray movies, 3D games and 3D content to life on the big screen for a complete cinema-like experience. (The XPS 15z does not support 3D Blu-ray movie playback).

What you need:

   Output to a 3D TV:
   NVIDIA graphics card, NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, HDMI cable and an NVIDIA-compatible 3D TV with compatible 3D glasses. For a list of compatible 3D TVs, visit:
   Output to a 3D Projector (only available on Alienware M14x, M17x and M18x models):
 NVIDIA graphics card, NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, VGA cable and an NVIDIA-compatible 3D Projector with compatible 3D glasses. For a list of compatible 3D projectors, visit: 
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The new 2011 Inspiron R laptops support Blu-ray 3D movie playback when equipped with the optional Blu-ray drive and connected to a 3D TV. 

    Output to a 3D TV:
    3D TV (HDMI 1.4 required) with compatible 3D glasses, HDMI cable and Blu-ray 3D movies (sold separately).

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3D electronics, accessories and games

Take your home entertainment to a new dimension and experience movies, games and more in stunning 3D. Dell offers a wide range of the most advanced 3D televisions from top brands, including Mitsubishi®, Samsung® and Sony®; Dell is also your source for 3D capable monitors and 3D glasses so you can truly experience all of your 3D games, movies and content straight from your PC. Shop Dell for a great selection of the latest 3D electronics and accessories.

For a full list of NVIDIA 3D ready games go to: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-3d-games.html

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What is 3D and how does it work? You’ve probably heard of 3D as a certain type of movie you see in a theater, where things appear to look like they jump out at you and off the screen. By sending different visual perspectives to your right eye and left eye, 3D creates the illusion of depth, when you’re wearing the provided glasses. The extra dimension of depth gives you the sense that you are right in the middle of the action, and the objects in the movie can sometimes look like they are moving towards you off the screen. Thanks to modern technology, 3D is no longer limited to just movie theaters. With the NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ technology used by Dell, over 500 games, Blu-ray 3D movies, 3D photos and videos and live sporting events can now be experienced at home.

Q: What can I view in 3D? 

Q: What do I need to take advantage of 3D? 

Q: Do I need to wear those funky glasses you get when you go to 3D movies at the theater? 

Q: Are 3D movies available now? 

Q: Can I watch TV in 3D? 

Q: Do all games support 3D technology? How do I know if the game I play supports 3D? 

Q: Are 3D technologies the same or is one better than another? 

Q: What does Dell have to do with 3D technology?

What can I view in 3D?

Games, movies and photos can be some of the best content for viewing 3D. Most games are converted to display in 3D by the NVIDIA 3D Vision driver — you just need an NVIDIA 3D Vision display and glasses to view it in 3D. Similarly, many computer-generated movies already have been created with 3D information inside them. Major movie studios have already started producing their computer-animated movies in 3D along with 2D because of this. Many of the 3D titles that were in the theater are now available on Blu-ray 3D for the home. Also, there are a few occasions where 3D cameras are used to film concerts and live sporting events. These are sometimes transmitted to 3D theaters or are put onto 3D discs or streamed over the Internet for home viewing. And with the introduction of 3D still and video cameras, users can shoot content in 3D and edit it on their PC. NVIDIA also enabled users to view sporting events like NASCAR® and the PGA Championship in 3D through a Web connection. There should be more to come in 2011. Finally, 3D content online is growing. YouTube™, for instance, has been offering 3D videos for over six months now, and NVIDIA has introduced a Web site called 3DVisionLive.com that features great 3D videos and photos for you to enjoy.

What do I need to take advantage of 3D?

It depends on what type of media you want to watch in 3D, and how you want to enjoy it. Very simply, you need a 3D display, compatible 3D glasses, a 3D-ready PC and 3D content.

For starters, consider what content you’d like to enjoy.

  • Movies — You need a Blu-ray drive in your PC, a 3D Blu-ray movie of choice and a Blu-ray 3D player application such as CyberLink PowerDVD 10.
  • Games — Some games support 3D. Over 500 titles are available that are compatible with NVIDIA 3D Vision software. The NVIDIA driver will automatically convert them into 3D. You can check www.nvidia.com to see if your current titles are 3D Vision compatible.
  • Photos/videos — First, the photos and videos have to be shot with a 3D camera or video camera. If they are, you can use your 3D-ready PC to edit and share that content on your laptop screen or the big screen in 3D.
  • Online content — YouTube already has many 3D videos online for you to enjoy, and you can also try 3DVisionLive.com.
  • Live sporting events — You can access exclusive sporting events at www.nvidia.com.

Next, you should consider how you want to watch your 3D content.

At home or on the big screen: Do you want to watch your 3D content at home? You could use a laptop or desktop to run 3D content to your 3D TV through HDMI. You could also use a 3D monitor.

What I need: A compatible 3D TV or 3D-capable monitor, 3D-capable PC (laptop or desktop with NVIDIA graphics and NVIDIA 3DTV Play™ software and HDMI 1.4); HDMI cable; 3D glasses, which vary depending on your output device. If you output to a 3D TV, for example, the glasses are tied to the brand of TV you buy. Most 3D TVs come with at least one pair of glasses, with the ability to purchase others. If you are outputting to a 3D monitor, you will need the NVIDIA 3D Vision™ glasses and a dual link Digital Visual Interface (DVI) cable.

If you want to take your entertainment or gaming to go, some laptops offer a 3D Vision-ready panel option for enjoying your content.

What I need: 3D Vision-ready panel on your laptop; NVIDIA graphics and NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses kit.

If you want to play games, there’s more to consider. First, you'll need to start with a PC with a fast graphics card because it will need to work twice as hard for 3D games. Next, you’ll need a compatible 3D monitor or 3D TV that supports 3D. And, depending on which you choose, you’ll need a pair of 3D glasses that works with it.

Do I need to wear those funky glasses you get when you go to 3D movies at the theater?

Yes, you'll still have to wear glasses, but not the ones you get at the movie theater or out of the cereal box! Not all 3D glasses are the same. There are different types of 3D technology, so you'll need to match up the right pair of glasses with the type of 3D display you have. For TVs, for example, you should check with your display manufacturer for the right kind of glasses. The Dell  Alienware™ 3D panel laptops and the Alienware monitors all use the NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses.

Are 3D movies available now?

As you know, you can watch 3D movies in the theater today. In fact, audiences prefer 3D to 2D in the theater by 2.5 to 1. And if you would like to watch 3D movies at home, more and more titles are being released on Blu-ray 3D that you can buy virtually anywhere. You can choose to play these movies in 2D or 3D, so do not worry if you decide to watch on a regular TV. And, unlike the movies that were released before using anaglyph technology, these movies provide theater-quality, full-resolution, and full-color 3D movies in Blu-ray format using the plastic blue and red glasses.

Can I watch TV in 3D?

Currently, there are a few television programs that are broadcast in 3D. DirecTV® has two dedicated 3D channels, ESPN® 3D and n3D. Plus there are other channels providing 3D content in the U.S. over satellite and cable. Sporting events such as hockey, golf and more are being broadcast in the U.S. today. 

Do all games support 3D technology? How do I know if the game I play supports 3D?

Not yet. Currently more applications for 3D are found in PC games because many already have 3D information inside them. Using NVIDIA’s 3D programming interface, developers can automatically convert PC games for NVIDIA 3D Vision displays. Until recently, gamers have not been able to view them in 3D because the components were either too expensive or complex to set up. However, now there are less expensive 3D display options, enabling PC games to be viewed in 3D and played in their true 3D form.

The vast majority of PC games today support NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. This does not include casual PC games like those on Facebook® or Bebo®. For console gamers, the first wave of 3D games is just starting to come to market. The PC games that support 3D technology are those that are typically sold in retail stores or are downloaded and installed on a PC. Both require a DirectX® or OpenGL® graphics card to play.

Are 3D technologies the same or is one better than another?

3D technologies vary widely in the viewing experience they provide and in their compatibility with games. Often it's the active shutter glasses approach which produces the best results, such as brightness, a rich and full color spectrum, optimal resolution and separation. The living room 3D experience is now all active shutter. You need a 3D TV with compatible 3D glasses from the manufacturer, and you need to connect up the content through a 3D output capable PC or Blu-ray player.

The three most common 3D technology types for use in the home are anaglyph, active shutter and passive polarized.

Anaglyph is a very old 3D technology which was once very popular in movie theaters — like the drive-ins in 1950s. You probably remember the cardboard glasses with the different colors for each eye. It creates the illusion of depth by having the two images (left and right eye) filtered in the color spectrum. By wearing the appropriately colored glasses, the eyes see the corresponding left- or right-eye image, and the visual cortex in the brain translates the difference in those images as depth. While anaglyph is a relatively inexpensive way to view 3D, it tends to come at a cost to the color quality. Because anaglyph images composite into a single image from the original left- and right-eye information, it can appear washed out because the process removes some of the color. Imagine anaglyph as the 'black and white' version of a 3D movie compared with other types of 3D technology which can provide the full color spectrum. Anaglyph 3D can be viewed on any computer monitor or TV. While anaglyph 3D technology is most commonly used for 3D movies for home viewing, some PC games can also be found in anaglyph.

Active shutter is another 3D technology that requires glasses which electronically open and close liquid crystal lenses over each eye, synchronized with a 3D display. When this display presents a left-eye image, the glasses cover the right eye so only the left eye sees the display and vice versa for the other side. This is repeated over a hundred times per second and is virtually undetectable to the user.

Passive polarized is the 3D technology most commonly used in theaters today. This technique requires light from the projector to be polarized so that it is filtered in a very specific way that does not alter the color. This light projects onto a screen that preserves that filtering on reflection. Then, glasses with special lenses either block or pass through the polarized light, depending on the type and degree of polarization. By wearing these inexpensive, plastic glasses, each of the viewer’s eye sees full-resolution, full-color 3D from the corresponding (right or left) projector. Most of today’s 3D TVs, however, use active shutter glasses technology because the polarizing film for flat screens only yields one-half resolution per eye. In the near future, there may be some low-cost 3D televisions for use in the home that incorporate this same one-half resolution polarizing film layer.

For an optimal, full-color experience in 3D gaming, active shutter is the way to go.

What does Dell have to do with 3D technology?

Dell is committed to being a leader in the 3D technology space. Dell now offers Alienware™, XPS™ and Studio XPS products that offer full-resolution 3D capabilities, powered by NVIDIA 3D Vision technology and GeForce® graphics. There are many options available, including playback to a 3D TV or 3D monitor or even 3D displays that are optional on a few laptops. Finally, Dell is a one-stop shop for many other 3D electronics and accessories, from 3D TVs to cameras to monitors and games. Dell 3D products & what you need

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