I love the technology arena; no sooner does one company announce it has achieved a “first’, than another developer pops up and pips them at the post.
This is what happened to poor old Asus, which announced the world’s “first glasses-free 3D laptop” at the beginning of June. Well, where it went wrong was announcing it, but not having a date for its release. Step up Toshiba, which has now announced what WILL be the first glasses-free 3D laptop, ready to hit the shelves at a price of £1300 in August.
The Qosmio F750 3D laptop comes in the wake of the Nintendo 3DS, which had mixed reviews, after many reviewers and customers found they suffered from headaches after trying out the handheld games console. And the press info for this new laptop does carry warnings about possible side-effects and, like the 3DS, suggests that children under six should not view 3D images in case it impacts on the development of their sight.
For the 3DS to work, you basically need to keep your head and eyes still, but this clever laptop works by using its webcam to track your eye movements, and thus present you with the right 3D image. In case you’re wondering just how it works, the laptop’s lenticular screen sends two images of slightly differing perspectives individually to the left and right eye, which creates the 3D effect.
However, bear in mind that, because it does this, you can only use the 3D function for single-person viewing – don’t expect to gather a few friends around the screen to delight in the 3D-loveliness you have on offer, ‘cos it won’t work. Mind you, having said that, the screen is 15.6 inches, so you’re probably not going to be gathering that many folk around it anyway!
If you do want to watch on a big screen, there is an HDMI slot, so you can connect to a large TV and watch a movie from the laptop’s Blu-ray drive. You can also use it to store all your data on capacious Blu-ray discs.
Apart from the 3D offering, the laptop crams in a good number of powerful features including an Intel Core i7 processor, 6GB RAM , Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics, 640GB hard-disk drive, Dolby Advanced Audio and Harman Kardon stereo speakers.
Intriguingly, the Qosmio F750 3D is also capable of displaying both 2D content (such as documents) on the screen, while also allowing you to view 3D images.
Along with all this fascinating technology, Toshiba has managed to make the laptop look pretty darn good, as it comes in a glossy red coat, with a wavelet pattern across the lid, while inside the device is glossy black, with a carbon pattern on the palm rest. An EasyControl bar sits above the keyboard, with seven dedicated buttons for multimedia and 3D features.
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