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NEO Elan L4300-3D

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by Gelo Gonzales | Nov 18, 2010
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Avatar started the trend, Sony, Samsung and other bigtime appliance makers brought the experience home, while magazines such as yours truly got in on the action as well.

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3D is what we're talking about, and it's about to invade our laps as well. Check out the first Filipino-branded 3D-capable laptop, the NEO Elan L4300-3D.

The NEO Elan L4300-3D is a grown man's laptop. It's really a hulk in terms of size, a true heavyweight that even Pacquiao would fear to battle.

Just by looking at it, you know that portability wasn't exactly in the mind of its makers. It looks, feels, and smells bulky.

It carrys an attitude that's very much like the laptops of yesteryears, before the Macbook drove everyone else to get slim or else.

That isn't to say though that it's an eyesore. Even with its heft, the Elan manages to look good with its no-smudge surface, and decidedly workman-like aesthetics.

All that real estate was put to good use: the laptop features a host of ports such as USB, headset, mic ports, a memory card reader, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI, eSATA, and a Blu-ray optical drive! Everything but a floppy drive.

When we said workman-like, we really meant it. The laptop boasts monster specs that allow it to chomp through almost whatever task you put it through. Check it out: an Intel Core i7 Q740 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 285M, one of the most powerful mobile graphics chips.  

The guys from Techie.com.ph put it through its paces, and here's what they had to say:

"First we loaded some video-editing and graphics software from Adobe Creative Suite. This lappie chugged them down, no question. Then we did some Web browsing on the side. Same story. We then played some multimedia content. Again, same story. This bad boy can handle your multitasking chores as though it eats them for breakfast."

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Gaming is a blast on the NEO Elan. The laptop runs the most demanding games like Crysis and the Call of Duty games like it was just another day in the office doing a bunch of paperwork. It's no surprise really, as the laptop's sheer power and its brilliant 15.6-inch HD screen is really tailor-made for high-end gaming and other demanding multimedia applications.The laptop's 500GB harddisk also ensures that heavy media consumers will have enough space for their needs.

And we haven't talked about the 3D yet. With Nvidia 3d Vision suite already preloaded, you simply have to plug in the 3D Vision IR emitter and controller via USB, wear the wireless 3D glasses, and off you go to wonderland.

The system automatically activates the glasses when it finds 3D content. The 3D experience gets the nod of approval from Techie.com.ph saying that though there are a couple hiccups here and there, the overall experience of watching 3D content on this laptop is still a joy, with smooth performance majority of the time.

Excited yet? Indeed, the Neo Elan is something that would leave any gadget-lover thrilled. The laptop is not cheap at 100,000 pesos, and understandably so what with its top-of-the-line feature set. If you're looking for a high-end semi-portable multimedia experience though, this laptop offers a very fair deal.

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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