Toshiba Satellite A665 is World’s First 3D Blu-ray Playing Laptop

Toshiba is set to become the first PC maker to put a 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc laptop on sale, it said. The company’s Dynabook TX/98MBL will hit Japan in July and is based around a 3D system from graphics-chip maker NVidia.

Also known as the Satellite A665 in Europe, the TX/98MBL is a 15.6-inch laptop with 3D Blu-ray playing compatibility. There may be few 3D Blu-rays out there at the moment to watch, but Toshiba’s putting the hardware up first. This new 3D ready laptop will allow users, most likely gamers, to enter the third-dimension.

Toshiba Satellite A665 is First 3D Blu-ray Playing Laptop

The new model, the Toshiba Satellite A665, will be powered by a combination of Nvidia 3D Vision technology and the latest Intel Core Series processors to bring you images “that leap off the screen“. Toshiba’s laptop has a 15.6-inch display and a Blu-ray Disc drive with support for 3D movies. The laptop is based around an Intel Core i7-740QM processor and the GeForce chip in use is the GTS 365M, said Toshiba. NVidia’s “3D Vision” system combines one of its GeForce graphics cards with a pair of active-shutter glasses and a plug-in transmitter to send sync signals to the glasses and software. Disappointingly though, despite the screen’s size, its resolution is a meager 1366 x 768, so not even full HD.

Specs of Toshiba Satellite A665 (TX/98MBL) [First laptop with 3D Blu-Ray disc drive]

– The A665 also offers a 15.6-inch screen, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio and feather-touch multimedia controls.

– The A665 comes with Intel Core i7 (Quad Core) processor, up to 4 GB DDR3 (1066 MHz) RAM, up to 500GB of HDD with 3D impact sensor, Nvidia GeForce GTS 350M graphics.

– Toshiba Resolution+, Toshiba Media Controller, Toshiba LifeSpace

– Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n), Gigabit Ethernet LAN

– There is also Blur-ray Disc rewritable drive, 1.3 MP webcam and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

– Pre-installed 3D content

– Energy Star 5.0 qualified

The 3D laptop will go on sale in July in Japan for about ¥250,000 (£1,900) – time enough for one or more of Toshiba’s rivals to sneak in a machine of their own. Toshiba plans to put it on sale overseas but isn’t ready to announce launch plans.

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