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Lenovo Introduces 3D Ideapad Notebook

Lenovo has started shipping its first 3D laptop, the Ideapad Y560d, a few weeks after announcing it. The device will only be available in the US for now with prices starting at round $1499.

The computer manufacturer has chosen the TriDef 3D technology to equip the laptop; TriDef uses polarised glasses, a special screen coating and a software solution to produce the 3D effects out of 2D content.

The Y560d comes with a 15.6-inch LCD display (possibly with a full HD resolution), a Core i7-720QM CPU, an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 with 1GB GDDR5 memory, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, a DVD writer and Windows 7 Home Premium 64.

Lenovo says that while the laptop won't be able to play 3D Blu-ray content, it will be able to transform any movies into a "life-like 3D experience". Another application called TriDef Photo Transformer will also be able to do the same for digital photographs.

An updated version of the laptop will be launched over the next few months that will boost the processor speed to 1.86GHz, pack a Blu-ray drive and introduce RapidDrive, a storage solution that combines a 64GB SSD with a 750GB HDD.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.