Lenovo Introduces First 3D Laptop: IdeaPad Y560d With Core i7

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It's a fact of life at this point: you might as well embrace the 3D assault, because it's coming at you whether you like it or not. 3D has managed to overtake the entire consumer electronics industry, and PC vendors are looking to make sure they don't miss any golden opportunities. 3D all-in-one PCs have already been announced by a number of companies, and NVIDIA has already debuted a "3D PC" category for use with their 3D Vision products.


Now, Lenovo is bringing 3D capabilities to the IdeaPad line, a smart choice given how strange it would be to see a 3D ThinkPad. The IdeaPad Y560d is the company's first 3D notebook, but judging by the popularity of 3D, we doubt it'll be the last. The "d" at the end there is the sign that this one has more depth than the other guys, and it features the TriDef 3D technology that includes a 3D screen, software and glasses.


Lenovo says that the TriDef solution also allows users to experience 3D from standard 2D photos/videos, and it also includes the Enhanced Experience RapidDrive technology, which seamlessly combines SSD and HDD storage solutions to reportedly deliver even faster Windows 7 boot-up times and significantly improve application performance. The company claims that this certification allows Windows 7 to boot-up 66% faster, and with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 750GB of HDD space, you shouldn't have to soon worry about memory and storage limits.

 



This machine is also equipped with JBL speakers, a Core i7 CPU, an ATI Radeon HD 5730 (1GB) GPU and switchable graphics for extending battery life when you don't need the power of a discrete chip. It even has an optional Blu-ray drive, an HDMI output and SlideNav, an intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation. Finally, there's 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, all wrapped into a package that starts at just under $1200.

 Lenovo Delivers on the Three D’s with its First 3D Laptop; Dynamic, Dazzling and Dramatic

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d, the company’s first multimedia laptop with a 3D display. The Y560d features the TriDef® 3D technology solution, which includes a 3D screen, software and glasses 1, so users can experience the unique sensation of visual immersion within their favorite movies, pictures and games.

    “While 3D technology has been around for ages, it has not been readily accessible to consumers within the home. Lenovo is helping bridge this gap by delivering consumers a 3D experience on a familiar PC platform that can be viewed and enjoyed when and where they want.”

“Fun is a notebook that brings multimedia to life—and the IdeaPad Y560d does this in a dramatic fashion with a truly unique 3D viewing experience,” said Dion Weisler, vice president, business operations, Lenovo. “While 3D technology has been around for ages, it has not been readily accessible to consumers within the home. Lenovo is helping bridge this gap by delivering consumers a 3D experience on a familiar PC platform that can be viewed and enjoyed when and where they want.”

The 15.6-inch Y560d 3D-enabled multimedia laptop, with its High-Def 16:9 widescreen and polarizer glasses, provides the optimal 3-dimensional experience when combined with compatible 3D movies and games.

With TriDef® 3-D technology, users can also experience 3D on their standard 2D videos and photos. The TriDef Media Player transforms a standard movie into a 3D experience 2. Photos take on a whole new life, thanks to the TriDef Photo Transformer that turns standard photos into eye-popping 3D.

The Y560d laptop includes Lenovo’s new innovative Enhanced Experience RapidDrive technology, which seamlessly combines SSD and HDD storage solutions to deliver even faster Windows 7 boot-up times and significantly improve application performance3. Lenovo Enhanced Experience for Windows 7 is a unique Lenovo certification that delivers an optimized boot-up and shutdown process, rich multimedia capabilities and easy system maintenance tools. With RapidDrive technology, users can experience Windows 7 boot up 66% faster4, start favorite applications two-times faster5, and copy files within the computer in less than half the time6. The Y560d can be configured with up to 8GB DDR3 memory and up to 750BG HDD storage so users don’t have to worry about running out of hard drive capacity when saving their favorite movies, music and games.

The Y560d will be available with JBL-designed speakers and Dolby® Home Theater™ surround sound – perfect for enjoying music and movies. Powered with up to an Intel Core™ i7 processor featuring Intel Turbo Boost Technology7 for delivering extra GHz when you need it, and the latest high-performance ATI Radeon™ HD5730 1GB graphics card, the Y560d is more than capable of running the latest games. With Switchable Graphics, users can toggle between performance and energy-saving modes for extended battery life. The laptop also includes an optional Blu-ray Disc™ drive, HD graphics support and an HDMI output for connecting to other HD devices such as a TV or gaming console2.

Additional features on the Y560d include SlideNav – an intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation; OneKey Theater II for optimized video playback; and an Ambient Light Sensor that automatically adjusts the PC screen brightness based on the user’s distance from the display. For staying connected while on the move, the Y560d also comes with optional high-speed integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Pricing and Availability8

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d laptop is available by the end of June on www.lenovo.com and will start at approximately $1,199.99. 
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3vi1 replied on Thu, Jun 17 2010 6:46 PM

The first 3D laptop came out 8 years ago and did not need 3D glasses. Is it just me, or are we going backwards through time, slowly?

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Jun 17 2010 10:14 PM

Did it? I've been in this biz for over 10 years and I can't recall it at all. Must have looked like heck though. :)

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realneil replied on Fri, Jun 18 2010 10:40 AM

"It's a fact of life at this point: you might as well embrace the 3D assault, because it's coming at you whether you like it or not."

Actually, I don't HAVE to embrace it.

Being the guy who spends the (very little) money for tech in my house, I don't HAVE to jump. I just don't think it's worth the outlay at this point.

Consider that no matter what you 'spring for' and 'upgrade to', they always keep coming out with bigger, better, faster and it's never gonna end. It can't because some salesman's livelihood depends on him constantly selling you his stuff. Once you have really awesome at your disposal, it's smart to be satisfied with what you already have and miss the next few steps in the never ending 'walk of technology'.

Eventually you'll learn to recognize the few really groundbreaking/earth shattering developments as they're introduced and buy them.

Note: This comment doesn't apply to those of you who are fabulously wealthy, you guys just go ahead and buy it all.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Jun 18 2010 5:11 PM

Dave_HH I think it was a Sharp Laptop that offered 3D without the glasses, though it looked and performed like ***.

 

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Interesting concept for a laptop.

But my main question would be...Can you view the same 3D on the big screen when ported to through the HDMI?

If you can you have just replaced the 3D BD player and setup for all big screens? So instead of getting the 4K Samsung setup from BB, you can get this and accomplish the same thing? Then all you need to buy is the Monster Vs. Aliens disc.

That would make it actually worth buying!

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