Lenovo joins 3D laptop fray with IdeaPad Y560d

Lenovo joins 3D laptop fray with IdeaPad Y560d

Summary: The 3D laptops are coming fast and furious now, with Toshiba announcing one the other day and now the normally staid Lenovo venturing into the third dimension with the IdeaPad Y560d.The Y560d is a little different in that it uses passive polarized 3D glasses rather than active-shutter ones, and uses an ATI Radeon HD 5730 graphics card instead of an Nvidia one.

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The 3D laptops are coming fast and furious now, with Toshiba announcing one the other day and now the normally staid Lenovo venturing into the third dimension with the IdeaPad Y560d.

The Y560d is a little different in that it uses passive polarized 3D glasses rather than active-shutter ones, and uses an ATI Radeon HD 5730 graphics card instead of an Nvidia one. The laptop does offer switchable graphics, meaning it will rely on the integrated chipset for less-demanding graphics tasks to save battery life.

It also features Enhanced Experience RapidDrive technology, which combines an SSD and hard drive to speed up boot times -- Lenovo claims it can boot Windows 7 up to 66-percent faster. You can add on a Blu-ray drive, but it doesn't appear to be a 3D-compatible model, which could have been handy when more 3D Blu-ray discs start appearing.

Whether Lenovo's passive 3D approach is adequate compared to the active-shutter 3D approach remains open to debate, though we'll know more when the Y560d debuts at the month's end for a starting price of $1,199.99.

Topics: Lenovo, Laptops

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  • RE: Lenovo joins 3D laptop fray with IdeaPad Y560d

    Bad link in paragraph 1 to the Toshiba A665 (missing a "3" on the end) -- should be:

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/toshiba-satellite-a665-boasts-nvidia-3d-vision-software-core-i7-processor/15613
    BGunnells
  • RE: Lenovo joins 3D laptop fray with IdeaPad Y560d

    This seems so niche. Who want's to pack (much less wear) an extra set of goggles with their laptop. Must be for all those laptops that never leave home.
    jilindi
  • RE: Lenovo joins 3D laptop fray with IdeaPad Y560d

    So how is the Lenovo going to produce 3D graphics with a ATI chipset so under powered? Or is this just to watch 3D movies on your lappy? O_o
    pawwof
  • Who cares about 3D

    I dont know why companies are pushing 3D so much these days. Nobody really likes it. Its been around for so many years and its always been a niche thing, and now they are trying to push it for the masses. To me its annoying and unrealistic. Things in real life don't jump out of screens so why should they do that on a computer or TV?
    Jimster480
  • RE: Lenovo joins 3D laptop fray with IdeaPad Y560d

    Well I happen to enjoy 3D FX, photos, movies. And I can still remember back at work back in the 70s when my boss took some photos of us in 3D.
    Yes is old but its new for PC ,TV and Cameras and its coming.
    samrockusa