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That’s not to say these particular 3D shutter glasses are comfortable. After 20 minutes of wearing these chunky beasts in conjunction with stereo headphones, I had to tear them off and go for a walk. I won’t be taking part in any sensory deprivation experiments any time soon.

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Browsing 3D pictures and watching videos is delightful, though, once you can get them to work. I had trouble finding the right software program and applying the right settings, depending on what files I wanted to look at. You get a heap of utilities supplied with the computer but double-clicking on a 3D-format image or video never once resulted in the most appropriate viewer being launched.

The exception was games, which always ran in 3D mode automatically and looked frankly brilliant every time. I experienced much less ergonomic irritation during a couple of hours blasting 3D aliens to shit than sitting through 10 minutes of James Cameron’s bloody blue monkeys again.

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