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Toshiba Launches 3D Laptops

Satellite A665-3D Series upconverts 2D video through software, allowing users to play games, movies, and photos in 3D without buying additional devices.

Toshiba Satellite A665-3D Series
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Toshiba Satellite A665-3D Series
Toshiba has updated its Satellite A665 Series laptops for enhanced 3D playback capabilities for games, movies, and photos.

The Satellite A665-3D Series laptops are now integrated with Nvidia 3D Vision technology to provide a "stereoscopic 3D experience," the electronics manufacturer said. Toshiba's Video Player 3D software player is also included to give users the ability to convert 2D DVDs to 3D. The laptops also come bundled with a pair of wireless active-shutter glasses.

"Our 2D to 3D conversion software allows people to go back into their DVD libraries and experience their favorite content all over again in stunning 3D without having to repurchase anything," said Carl Pinto, VP of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems' digital products division, in a statement.

The amount of available 3D content is increasing and more films are slated to be released on 3D Blu-ray discs before the holidays, the company said. Nvidia is also launching 3D Vision-ready PC games and 3D streaming video events.

The Satellite A665-3D Edition laptop features a widescreen LCD display with LED backlighting, an optional LED backlit keyboard, and a 120-Hz refresh rate. Toshiba's Sleep-and-Music technology is also integrated, giving users the ability to play music from MP3 players through the laptop's speakers even when the laptop is powered down. Later this fall the laptop will support Nvidia 3DTV Play software so consumers can attach the A665-3D Edition to a 3D-ready TV.

The laptop is 15.6 inches and comes with an Intel Core i5-460M or Core i7-74QM processor with TurboBoost technology; up to 6-GB DDR3 RAM; 640-GB hard drive; HDMI 1.4 port, 802.11b/g/n wireless; 10/100/1000 Ethernet with optional WiMax; a built-in webcam with Toshiba Face Recognition; optional Bluetooth V2.1 +EDR; a 6-cell battery; a 5-in-1 memory card reader; and ExpressCard slots.

The Satellite A665-3D Series laptops will start at $1,299.99 and will be available in October at retailers including Best Buy and also from Toshiba.com.

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