Lenovo unveils 3D gaming laptop

The big cheeses at Microsoft and EA reckon it's going to take a long time for stereoscopic 3D gaming to take off, but that hasn't stopped every tech firm and its mutt from trying to clamber on to the wagon. The latest company to show off its 3D wares is Lenovo, which has just introduced a stereoscopic 3D laptop.

The Chinese laptop maker has kitted out its new IdeaPad Y560d with a TriDef 3D system, and includes a 15.6in 3D screen, as well as a set of polarising specs. By opting for a TriDef system, Lenovo has basically avoided going for a proprietary setup such as Nvidia's 3D Vision technology.

As such, the Y560d comes with a 1GB Radeon HD 5730, which will be capable of generating 3D gaming visuals in conjunction with the TriDef software. TriDef claims that its software works in 210 games, including big titles such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Crysis and Fallout 3. TriDef also says that its 3D system will theoretically work with any DirectX 9 game.

In addition to 3D gaming, Lenovo also says the laptop's 3D goodies are capable of accommodating stereoscopic 3D effects in movies. However, it's worth noting that TriDef currently doesn't support Blu-Ray, so you'll be looking at DVD movies at the moment.

Lenovo says that the machine will feature a Core i7 CPU, along with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and up to a 750GB hard drive. There will also be a HDMI output, and the option of a Blu-Ray drive.

Interestingly, the company says that it will also make Rapid Drive available as a storage option on the laptop. RapidDrive is a bit like the hybrid system found in Seagate's Momentus XT hard drive.

A RapidDrice setup features both a PCI-E SSD and a standard hard drive, but combines them into one seamless unit. By caching the most commonly used data to the SSD, Lenovo says that a RapidDrive system can boot Windows 7 up to 66 per cent quicker than the hard drive on its own.

There's no official word on UK pricing yet, but Lenovo says the Y560d will be available by the end of June, starting at $1199.99 (£809.73).