3D glasses with a laptop doesn't seem too user-friendly
Toshiba has shown a lot of interest in glasses-free 3D TV technology, but when it comes to its flagship 3D laptop, it looks like it'll be going the other way.
The T551/D8B notebook computer will be fully 3D capable, but it will require the user to wear special 3D glasses to experience the top-of-the-line visual technology.
The laptop is the first from Toshiba that actually uses glasses to create a 3D image. While it's unclear if these are Nvidia's glasses that work universally with 3D graphics chips, or something proprietary from Toshiba, it is a different step than many other companies are taking at this point.
After disappointing 3D TV sales last year, hardware manufacturers are turning to either cheaper or more unconventional 3D methods. Glasses-free 3D was one of the trends at CES, and although it can produce images with the sense of depth on a flat screen, it comes with a lot of shortcomings.
Toshiba's newly announced laptop also has a Blu-ray drive that is compatible with Blu-ray 3D movies. Its 15.6-inch screen has a 1366x768 resolution and there's a 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GT 540M chip inside.
With 8 GB of memory and a 750 GB hard drive, this is one powerful laptop.
No word yet on the release date for this one, but it will be coming out in Japan next month. Over there, it'll sell for around $2,500.