Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

Summary: Finally, Toshiba has a plethora of new laptops for us to look over. All of these notebooks are ready for some 3D entertainment, but some ship more ready than others.

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Finally, Toshiba has a plethora of new laptops for us to look over. All of these notebooks are ready for some 3D entertainment, but some ship more ready than others.

Starting with the L series (pictured right), Toshiba is adding three new models here (which can then be customized and broken down to two to four sub-models after that). Each of the 13.3-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch options come with the following base specs:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • 2.5-inch, 5400RPM hard drive up to 750 GB
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Fast Ethernet LAN or Gigabit LAN
  • Super-Multi DVD drive, Blu-ray ROM drive, or Blu-ray rewritable drive
  • 1.3-megapixel or VGA webcam with built-in microphone and face recognition
  • Connectivity: Two USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 with USB Sleep-and-Charge (or 3x USB 2.0 incl. one port with USB Sleep-and-Charge), HDMI out, Multi-Card Reader
  • Touchpad with multi-touch control
  • Dolby Advanced Audio

After that, processor options range from Intel Core i3/i5 to AMD Phenom/Turion/Athlon II Triple-Core and Quad-Core CPUs.

But back to 3D, the L Series, as well as the new P Series computers (pictured above), support 3D movies via HDMI2 on an external 3D TV. A few of the L Series models are also To overcome the current limited availability of 3D content, some L and P series models are also ready for 2D to 3D conversion.

Moving on to the P Series, the base specs are nearly identical but there are a few exceptions. Namely, all of the P Series computers come with NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics (1GB or 2GB), a TV tuner, Harmon Kardon speakers, and only second-generation Intel Core processor choices.

But again, there is an option that is more ready than the rest for 3D gaming and video playback. Each of the four P Series notebooks can be stepped up to the P 3D Series with a TruBrite HD 3D display with a frame rate of 120Hz, dedicated 3D graphics, NVIDIA 3D Vision technology and a pair of 3D wireless active shutter glasses. However, besides the 3D enhancements, the rest of the details on the P 3D Series remains the same as the original P Series laptops.

Pricing hasn't been revealed yet, but all of these notebooks will be rolled out during the second quarter in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    Now you can look like a dork out side of you home. Seriously, companies are pushing 3D tech and the sales are abominable. Even independent surveys show the lack of interest in 3D TV. As for me, the reason I will never get a 3D device, is because it gives me a headache.
    mgaul
    • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

      @mgaul

      I completely agree, plus I have a hard enough time keeping track of my wireless mouse while traveling, let alon a dorky pair of 3D glasses.
      jtollack
    • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

      @mgaul
      I agree entirely, it was a dead market from the start
      reinhart97
      • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

        @reinhart97
        I agree with you to a certain point. Nintendo is on the right track to bringing interest back to the 3d wars. Just look at what Nintendo did with the gaming world and motion-play... 7ys later Sony and MS jumps on board to find Nintendo is on the the next biggest thing. 3D without the stupid/dorky glasses.
        Free Webapps
    • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

      @mgaul

      I agree with you and you are not the only one who gets a headache, apparently active shutter will give everyone a headache if worn to long. I will wait for the perfection of the new no need for glasses 3D that has been demoed at several electronics show. Its bad enough paying for some of these computers without have to spend an extra $100 for each pair of glasses.
      Rndmacts
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    When Toshiba trots out and begins honoring their warranty agreement, I'll consider another one of their products. Buyer beware.
    ITOdeed
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    Just have to disagree....love 3d, but best at IMAX. It will become more commonplace / mainstream in homes when no special glasses are required.
    mtaylor619@...
    • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

      @mtaylor619@...
      Disagreeing with the article? Who doesn't love IMAX? Maybe some trolling?
      I agree IMAX is great, but that experience may not be the same on a 15" screen. When I look at what I am using my 5 year old laptop for now is basically a travel dvd player and a place to dump pictures if my sd card gets full. But 2 years ago, I don't think I had watched but 1 DVD on it from when I bought it. And 3D would not have helped it.

      Of the last 7 movies I saw in 3D, only Avatar was a good experience. When it came out on DVD I bought it and watched it and still had a good experience. Would 3D at home made it a GREAT experience? Or for that matter, 3D in the car going down the interstate when your realize that the kid in the backseat use to get car sick just looking out the window...
      dbisse@...
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    I am sick of 3D and all of this wireless conectivity, I don't need my TV and Blue Ray to both have internet connections and be able to both stream netflix, hula, and everything else one device to do al of that is enough. So pick something and leave us alone
    fyrdog
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    WHY? 3D tv at home makes little sense to me, on a laptop it makes even less.
    Al_nyc
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    3D is in its initial birth pang stages, it is where the future is going whether we like it or not. Luckily for me the early adopters will bear the brunt of the labor pains. I'm happy to say that I won't be one of them! I will wait until everyone else has gotten all the bugs out! However, I also have some reservations of the usefulness of 3D on a laptop! We shall see!
    princeroger
    • 3D yet again. Not birth pangs

      @princeroger 3D is not in birth pangs. It has been around for 100 years ("Stereopticon","Viewmaster", 3d horror movies). It has flopped every time. The tech IS much better but except for CAD or medical imaging, it's still more trouble than it's worth. Remember the news flash a few years back with no glasses 3D? Some shysters showed off a system where the camera continuously jumped back and forth a few inches and really did give the sense of depth. I wonder how much they got out of investors before someone realized the "jerky motion" problem they were going to eliminate through development WAS the entire effect! LOL. Lenticular screen tech for a single laptop user is promising, no glasses there. We'll see... I'll admit Avatar on the the big 3D screen was a great jumpstart for the latest attempt.
      orleff
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    With all those bells and whistles you'd figure they would have the option for i7.
    joshua_keefer@...
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    We won't know if 3-d will succeed until the porn industry have a go. I guess it needs cheap 3d web cams
    Pak3141
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    3-D is the stupidest idea that the industry has come up with. They have shoved it down our throats at movies, they've been trying to do so on Monitors and now laptops! Enough already. I and many like me don't want it! From what I understand TV sales of 3ds are miserable. Would someone confirm or refute that notion?
    larsonjs
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    I disagree with the 3-D naysayers here. I think 3-D is fantastic when done right. I've only seen a few 3-D movies - Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, various IMAX movies - and I thought they were great. The few demos in stores like CompUSA, Best Buy, etc. were also very enjoyable.<br><br>Unfortunately for me, I bought a great 52" Samsung HDTV a few months before they announced 3-D TV. I probably would have waited.<br><br>I think that the thing which will make it take off will be 3-D sports, like NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA. Once that is happening, along with the technology getting perfected, 3-D will skyrocket. There are enough sports nuts that don't get headaches that will make it happen. I remember the first big push for HDTV was with NFL & people were blown away with the clarity & effect. This will happen here too with 3-D.
    yechi7@...
  • 3D is the next step

    3D is inevitable. There were film critics that poo-poo'd the introduction of color during the time of black and white film. 3D popularity is waiting for the apps.

    What I wonder is, why no laptops with the same technology as the Nintendo 3DS. If the hand held game device can do it, why not a laptop?

    Laptops are also primarily used alone, at a standard viewing angle.
    voltrarian
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    It seems as if 3D Laptops will go the way as the 20.1' laptop (I'm typing from an HP Dragon 20.1' laptop).....
    duplai@...
  • Kenny Powers said it best:

    "Nobody wants to wear goofy glasses trying to pop bubbles in the air like some sort of f***ed-up Ray Charles!"
    jmwells21
  • RE: Toshiba trots out 3D-ready laptops with Intel, AMD CPU options

    Every new article about 3-D gets jumped on by a bunch of nay-sayer trolls - what's up with that?
    bigjohn7