Toshiba launches an impressive new product fest in time for Christmas

It seems the technology wizards at Toshiba have been burning the midnight oil this year to ensure an impressive range of new products comes out in time for Christmas 2011. There’s the UK’s first glasses free 3D television for a start, a suite of new Blu-ray players, three new Camileo camcorders, an ultra thin tablet and an all in one PC.

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The 55 inch ZL2 is a glasses free 3D television that features face tracking technology to provide the best picture wherever you’re sitting, a quad HD image system with 3840X2160 display, no less than four HDMI connections and built in wifi.

The BDX2250 and the BDX1250 are Hi definition 1920X1080 blu ray players at entry level price points. The 2250 also features an integrated ethernet port for online access to You Tube, BBC iPlayer and Picasa.

The HD Camileo camcorder range provides three models designed specifically for very different scenarios. The entry level Camileo X200 offers 1080p full HD resolution with smile and motion detection technology and three zooms from 12 to 60X at various resolutions.  The X400 will let you have plenty of face time with its 23x up to 120 X optical zoom and a 5 MP CMOS sensor will give you some sharp still images too. For outdoor types the ultra compact weather proof Camileo Clip will get you those seat of action views through a purpose built clip design that will fit most helmets and handlebars.

The ultra thin 7.7mm AT200 Android based tablet features a 10.1” HD screen and up to eight hours of battery time.

Finally, the Qosmio DX730 is Toshiba’s very first all in one PC with a 23” HD touchscreen display, Intel Core processor, 6 gig of memory, integrated blu-ray and Onyko built in audio

3D comes to the slightly bigger screen with the Qosmio F750 3D

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.

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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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