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Toshiba Launches Its First 3D Notebook in the US

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Toshiba gave its Satellite line a bit of a makeover today and while the finer details of the refresh may have been lost in the whirlwind of E3 news, one model made a big splash: the A665.

The A665 is Toshiba's first 3D notebook for the U.S. Powered by Nvidia’s Vision technology the Satellite A665 features Intel's Core i7 quad-core CPU with TurboBoost technology, Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 350M (with 1GB of GDDR3 VRAM), a 15.6-inch diagonal TruBrite display, LED backlighting (which goes really nice with the LED backlit keyboard), 120Hz refresh rate, a rewriteable Blu-ray drive and Dolby Advanced Audio with Harman/Kardon speakers.



Of course, you'll also get a pair of 3D Vision active shutter glasses too, so you can take watch all those 3D movies you've got lying around. If you don't happen to have any handy, Toshiba says those of you forking over cash for the A665 will also avail of pre-installed 3D games also allows users to enjoy next-generation entertainment as soon as the PC is first switched on.

Starting at $1,600, the A665 will hit stores on June 20.

Toshiba is also launching a version of the A665 without the 3D technology and an entertainment laptop called the M645. Gizmodo reports that both of these include options for Core i3 through to Core i7, as well as AMD's Phenom II Quad Core and discrete graphics. They also come with Nvidia's graphics switching Optimus technology. They'll be available on June 20, too, and will start at $800 and $730 respectively.

Toshiba also launched a new budget line called the C Series. According to CNet this line starts at under $500 for 14- and 15-inch C600s but warns that these machines are likely to boast lower-end budget CPUs that won't offer the same speeds as Core i3 laptops in the $500. Toshiba also gave the super thin T135 and T115 cosmetic makeovers, making them sleeker and adding raised keyboards. With AMD's Athlon II Neo, Turion II Neo or Intel Pentium dual-core CPUs, it's not clear if these babies are getting any under the hood updates.

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    idiom , June 15, 2010 11:15 PM
    $1,600? I'd buy this if I was in the market for a new lappy.
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    del35 , June 16, 2010 12:21 AM
    Ummmm, its great that it wasn't Apple or would be hearing ad nauseum "how brilliant" Mr Jobs is.
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    babachoo , June 16, 2010 5:43 AM
    I'd buy something like this if...

    1. It was 1080p or 1200p (doesn't specify in article)
    2. It was at least 17.3" or 18.4"
    3. It had a much better graphics card like a 5870 or even dual cards
    4. It had 7200 dual 500GB drives, or SSD's

    But as it stands, I wouldn't buy it. The laptop manufacturers need to learn that just because you have 4/6 features that your market wants, DOES NOT mean that they'll settle for your 4/6 instead of looking around for or waiting for something that has 6/6 of what they want.
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    ordcestus , June 16, 2010 6:08 AM
    Seems like a nice laptop for the price. I'd prefer a 480m or 470m but a 350 is honestly enough for my mobile gaming needs.
    I'm gonna keep an eye on it
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    babachoo , June 16, 2010 6:17 AM
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    Seems like a nice laptop for the price. I'd prefer a 480m or 470m but a 350 is honestly enough for my mobile gaming needs.
    I'm gonna keep an eye on it


    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

    Yeah, it's great if you only want to play games on LOW settings. It's unplayable for modern games like Metro.
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    Arethel , June 16, 2010 6:20 AM
    At that price point, I'm a bit doubtful that it's true 1920 x 1080. If it was, I would think that Toshiba would mention it in their press release. Searching all over the internet, the only highlight was that it's a 15.6" trubright display which I can only assume to be at 1366 x 768 resolution.

    Also, the beloved 16:10 is simply a rarity so don't expect 1920 x 1200. I'm assuming that's what you mean by "1200p."

    I'm still using my very old and cheap HP pavillion that I bought so many years ago. Back then 1440 x 900 was the industry standard for screen resolutions. I still bring that laptop with me everywhere someone needs their computer serviced and am always hearing admiration for how quick that laptop is. 18 second Windows 7 boot or 11 second Linux Mint boot makes me look so much more impressive than all the other MCSE boys.
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    Lmeow , June 16, 2010 6:32 AM
    15.6" screens tend to be 1366 x 768. The notebook seems quite nice, although then again a GTS 350M would seem to perform like a slightly underclocked GT 240, as they seem to be based on the same GT215 core.
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    ordcestus , June 16, 2010 7:05 AM
    babachoohttp://www.notebookcheck.net/Compu [...] 849.0.htmlYeah, it's great if you only want to play games on LOW settings. It's unplayable for modern games like Metro.

    My needs for a mobile set up don't consist of the bleeding edge games at their highest settings. i have a desktop that can (almost) do that. This system would play WoW, mount and blade and maybe the most demanding title would be Anno 1404 or BF2. I have no problem with dropping a little resolution or detail to play.
    Anyway why is metro your example? 2 480m's in SLI won't play that game at its highest settings as you seem to need. its probably the most demanding game out there right now
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    dEAne , June 16, 2010 7:54 AM
    Wow expensive.
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    back_by_demand , June 16, 2010 9:50 AM
    babachooI'd buy something like this if...1. It was 1080p or 1200p (doesn't specify in article)2. It was at least 17.3" or 18.4"3. It had a much better graphics card like a 5870 or even dual cards4. It had 7200 dual 500GB drives, or SSD'sBut as it stands, I wouldn't buy it

    Having full HD on a screen that size would be pointless, full HD movies are always best viewed on a big-ass TV or a projector.
    If it had dual cards and/or dual HDDs it wouldn't be a gigantic brick with a battery life of about 3 minutes.
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    babachoo , June 16, 2010 10:33 AM
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    Having full HD on a screen that size would be pointless, full HD movies are always best viewed on a big-ass TV or a projector.
    If it had dual cards and/or dual HDDs it wouldn't be a gigantic brick with a battery life of about 3 minutes.


    Yes, but some people, myself included, can't haul a 65" big screen to work to watch movies on. So a 1080p laptop up close is about the same as having a big screen 12 feet away. And most places that people take laptops, other than true rugged camping, do not have a power outlet handy. Battery life is nice, but not necessary for most people.
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    back_by_demand , June 16, 2010 11:23 AM
    babachooYes, but some people, myself included, can't haul a 65" big screen to work to watch movies on. So a 1080p laptop up close is about the same as having a big screen 12 feet away. And most places that people take laptops, other than true rugged camping, do not have a power outlet handy. Battery life is nice, but not necessary for most people.

    Sorry, let me put that another way, displaying 1920x1080 on a screen only 15.6" will not be appreciated any more than standard definition as the screen is just too small. Anyone who says they can see noticable impovement is flat-out lying. I suppose having a slightly larger screen with all those pixels on, such as the 18.4" mentioned or higher and maybe the naked eye could spot a marginal improvement.

    Still, it's nice to see that the mould of power-laptops is broken. In the bad old days if you wanted something this powerful you had to buy something as thick and heavy as a concrete paving slab. It's good to see that the industry is addressing this in a practical way by having huge capacity in a 2.5" format instead of forcing multiple small drives.

    Keep up the good work.
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    kartu , June 16, 2010 1:37 PM
    Did you notice the little "thingy" plugged into USB slot?
    Why the "3Disation" cannot be done the same way with usual TVs? (there are plenty that support 120Hz+ frequencies)