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The world seems consumed with 3D, with talk of 3D TVs and computers all over the news lately. Computer maker Lenovo is paying attention to this and introduced its first 3D notebook — the IdeaPad Y560d. The 15 inch notebook can play 3D games and movies.

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The world seems consumed with 3D, with talk of 3D TVs and computers all over the news lately. Computer maker Lenovo is paying attention to this and have introduced its first 3D notebook — the IdeaPad Y560d. The new laptop has a 15.6-inch display with a 3D panel for gaming and showing 3D movies. The Y560d packs the thin (<1 inch) notebook with lots of hardware features, including up to a Core i7 processor and ATI Mobility Radeon graphics.

IdeaPad is Lenovo’s consumer product line and the Y560d has all of the special functionality found on this line. This includes the RapidDrive technology which uses a conventional hard drive and a solid-state disk to achieve Windows boot time of just a few seconds. The Lenovo OneKey Theater II is responsible for a rich audio-visual optimization for media consumption.

You’ll need the (included) special glasses to get the 3D affect, which will turn compatible games and movies into an immersive experience. Prices start at $1,200, but Lenovo is not detailing what that configuration includes. I suspect the 3D option will add a bit to that price. The Y560d will be available in June.

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  1. There’s been a lot written since CES this year about how there isn’t really anything special about “3D” displays. This includes the false claims that high refresh rates are needed. All that is required are glasses that can sync with the screen either by a onscreen queue or dedicated hardware, which at most costs a few dollars.

    If Lenovo tries to charge a premium for 3D, wait. Competition and third-party vendors will bring down the price to where it reflects the true cost of providing the feature.

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