3D to scorch laps worldwide

Although Toshiba has recently released their Satelitte A665 3D notebook, they are not the only competitors in the field.

The notebook, containing a Blu-Ray drive combined with a GeForce GTS 350M, and a 1.73GHz quad Core i7, was the first entrant into the newly established fray of 3D-capable notebooks. Game and video capability are supported, as Toshiba has ported its upscaling technology from its televisions. The notebook also features 4GB of RAM and a 12 cell battery that is said to promise "relatively long runtimes."

Toshiba's Chinese competitor, Lenovo, finally has the IdeaPad Y560d out the door. This Alienware-killing piece of kit not only utilizes a 1.60GHz quad Core i7 chip, but also ships with TriDef 3D, powered by ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5730. Combined with the stereoscopic display provided on the notebook, "TriDef 3D enables viewing of movies, photos and games in 3D" on the machine. With a 15.6" display running at 1366x768, the user will have a large yet not bulky entrance into the 3D world. 

Lenovo intends to release multiple configurations of the notebook including machines starting with typical i3 offerings and encompassing the 1.86GHz i7. Currently spec'ed, the machine will possess a 500GB HDD combined with 4GB of ram. Additionally the notebook will not only be available with a Blu-Ray drive, but also an option called "RapidDrive" which contains a 64GB SSD paired with a 750GB HDD. Lenovo seems to be catering to the gaming and high-end multimedia crowd with this notebook as an SSD will improve game loading, video playback and boot-times.

Lenovo has chosen the ATI solution over the more common NVidia 3D offering that Toshiba is currently shipping in their Satelitte A665. Although the rarer of solutions, the card combined with TriDef 3D and the high specified ATI card enables comparable, if not greater performance.

Both notebooks also are equipped with 802.11n wireless adapters and webcams. It is not yet clear whether the required glasses are bundled with the $1500 Lenovo machine. Toshiba is including glasses and transmitter with their $1600 offering.

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Great to see more companies doing this now but ASUS have had a 3D notebook out for a while... the G51J-3D (and now apparently also the G51Jx-3D, http://www.asus.com.au/product.aspx?P_ID=e9WqjDIhlAZgEbT9).

I am so-so about 3D TV but I do really like the idea of 3D in computer monitors, portable 3D notebooks are also exciting to me.

PS. If you're after a 3D computer monitor then avoid the Zalman 3D computer monitor range, I recently bought one and took it straight back. You'll pay top dollar for it yet the image + colour quality is awful, drivers are buggy and cause system instability and the it has the worst back lighting that I have ever seen in a screen.

When u can do 3D on laptops and TV's (when it is mainstream) it would be a much more sinsible to put money towards it. Like the Nintendo 3DS for example

Have a couple of questions
1 - is it a special screen or is it just the nvidia card with glasses
2 - Does this produce an image that floats outside the screen or is this the same ole box inside the screen
3 - this is linked with 1 can you just hook it up to your hd tv and get the same results
4 - do you use the reald-3d glasses or the old colored ones
thanx

Jughead said,
Have a couple of questions
1 - is it a special screen or is it just the nvidia card with glasses

I don't know if it uses a different screen but the video card is a ati and it is not compatible. The new 3d lcd technology is nothing so fancy, almost any screen that support 120hz is able to do 3d.

Jughead said,

2 - Does this produce an image that floats outside the screen or is this the same ole box inside the screen

outside, same technology used in Avatar.

Jughead said,

4 - do you use the reald-3d glasses or the old colored ones
thanx

No, it is not anaglyph (that you does not need any special hardware to support it).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaglyph_image

but shutter glasses
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_crystal_shutter_glasses

From the faq:
Is TriDef software compatible with the NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses?
No.
The 3D glasses provided with the DDD Starter Pack are compatible with Samsung 3D Enabled HDTVs.

Or you could say, it is a new format war.

Required Glasses? I don't get it. Why have we gone back to the 80's? I want to see an evolution of lenticular lens technology. Then and ONLY THEN will I be impressed.

Glasses pfft. <walks away muttering />

MarkusDarkus said,
Required Glasses? I don't get it. Why have we gone back to the 80's? I want to see an evolution of lenticular lens technology. Then and ONLY THEN will I be impressed.

Glasses pfft. <walks away muttering />

They gotta save something to sell you next year.

MarkusDarkus said,
Required Glasses? I don't get it. Why have we gone back to the 80's? I want to see an evolution of lenticular lens technology. Then and ONLY THEN will I be impressed.

The evolution is that it's not Anaglyph

3D over the last 6 months have just exploded to theathers,tv,videogames and now laptops. We have had the technology for more that 10 years and now all of a sudden people want to start putting it in every single device possible. Another crappy gimic for counsumers to get sucked into wasting thousands of dollars on tvs and computers all set for 3-D. Im fine with all my content being in HD in 2D. Then there gonna play the game of tv with consumers from plasma-lcd-led-oled-amoled, another joke for people to deal with in the market.

Xypro said,
3D over the last 6 months have just exploded to theathers,tv,videogames and now laptops. We have had the technology for more that 10 years and now all of a sudden people want to start putting it in every single device possible. Another crappy gimic for counsumers to get sucked into wasting thousands of dollars on tvs and computers all set for 3-D. Im fine with all my content being in HD in 2D. Then there gonna play the game of tv with consumers from plasma-lcd-led-oled-amoled, another joke for people to deal with in the market.

Damn them for wanting to make money while offering an improved product. Damn them! There's a circle of hell reserved just for those kind of people.

"was the first entrant into the newly established fray of 3D-capable notebooks"

More like first from the bottom. What about "Sharp Actius RD3D Notebook" in 2004 and more recent Acer Aspire 57xxx 3D laptops which cost half the price? It looks like some Chinese factory produced one 1366x768 LCD screen model and all laptop manufacturers use it. It would be good to see proper 1920x1200 3D screen on the laptop.