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Screen, 3D, Specifications and Conclusion

While we didn't get to test the laptop's bass-reflex speakers, Dolby Home Theater v3 and S-force 3D sound processing should ensure you'll get the best out of them. What we were really impressed with was the 16in, 3D display. As mentioned, it offers a Full HD resolution - but what really sets it apart from rival offerings is its 240Hz refresh rate, double the 120Hz found on most high-end panels. We're assuming there is some kind of digital trickery at work here (like black frame insertion or similar) rather than 'true' 240Hz, but if it offers a smoother experience we're not complaining.

Indeed, combined with what appeared to be excellent horizontal viewing angles, punchy colours and good contrast, 3D on the F Series was relatively impressive. Obviously we're not expecting Panasonic Viera VT20 levels of performance here, but for a laptop display it's as good as we've seen.

The only element we had any niggles with was Sony's glasses. While very well-built and sleek-looking, they're a tad on the heavy side and not the most comfortable around.

There's a Blu-ray writer for 3D movies and backing up vast amounts of data to optical disc, while Nvidia GeForce GT540M graphics card should handle light stereoscopic gaming. Naturally, 3D conversion of 2D video material is also part of the package. One of the neatest features on the F Series is a large 3D button above the keyboard, which activates or de-activates stereoscopy on-the-fly regardless of activity or environment. This is a solution that's much more user-friendly than the software-dependent keyboard shortcut that would otherwise need to be employed.

The F Series's remaining specifications put its graphics to shame, at least on the F21 model which is currently the only entrant in the range. It sports a Sandy Bridge Core i7 CPU (as we saw with the MSI GT680, that means an awful low of processing power for a mobile part), a stonking 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.

Naturally, all this goodness doesn't come cheap and we heard that pricing could be as high as £1,800, making this one premium puppy – especially compared to the cheapest 3D laptop option we've seen, the £600 Acer Aspire 5745DG. With its unleashing set for the end of March we hope to get you a full review and definitive verdict soon, but in the meantime, do you think you'll be adopting?

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