Toshiba launches 3D laptop

Nintendo might have snubbed Nvidia's 3D Vision technology, but Toshiba clearly sees something in it. The company has just launched its first 3D laptop; the Satellite A665.

Equipped with a pair of shutter glasses and a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, the A665 creates a 3D stereoscopic illusion, with the glasses communicating with the screen via infrared. Toshiba claims that the machine is capable of enabling 3D effects in games, digital photography and Blu-Ray movies.

However, fans of the latter may be disappointed by the screen's resolution. Toshiba describes the 15.6-inch TruBrite display as an "HD" screen, but the 1,366 x 768 resolution means you're only looking at 720p HD, rather than the full 1080p resolution used on many movies.

Toshiba also warns that 3D Blu-Ray movie playback will require a new Nvidia driver package and Corel's new Blu-ray player software, which won't be available for download until the fourth quarter of 2010.

On the plus side, the machine is already geared up for 3D gaming. The A665 has a GeForce GTS 350M mobile graphics chip, although this isn't quite as high-powered as its model number would have you believe. The chip only has 96 stream processors, which is fewer than an ageing GeForce 8800 GT, but it's still a fair amount of gaming power for a laptop.

Accompanying the GeForce chip will be a quad-core Core i7 CPU, up to 4GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive. There will also be three USB 2 ports, 802.11b/g/n/ Wi-Fi, a 1Gb/sec Ethernet port and a Bluetooth 2.1 adaptor. Meanwhile, sound comes courtesy of a pair of integrated Harman Kardon stereo speakers.

There are a few fancy aesthetic touches to accompany the machine's svelte design too, including a matte-black tiled keyboard and a large, textured multi-touch touchpad.

There's no information about pricing yet, but Toshiba expects the Satellite A665 to be available from July this year.