Lenovo, as a lot of other companies had some new products to launch in time for CES, but what caught my attention was the announcement of their new Intel Core i7-based IdeaPad Y560 model featuring 15.6-inch HD screen (1366×768, meaning HD Ready, not Full HD) and supposedly equipped with a polarized filer and being able to be used to play games in stereoscopic 3D mode. For the graphics there should be one of the new mobile Radeon HD 5730 cards along with a second Intel-based GMA, with the ATI card offering similar performance to Nvidia GeForce GT240 according to some sources. This is not the best option for stereoscopic 3D gaming, but still not so bad for lower resolution usage and especially considering we are talking for a mobile computer. It seems that Lenovo, just like Acer did with their Aspire 3D, are trying to make this laptop in more affordable price range instead of shooting at the high-performance gaming solutions as ASUS did with their G51J-3D.
The guys from Notebooks.com have published the above picture on their website (without much useful info unfortunately) and these clip-on polarized glasses look to be exactly the same as the ones provided with Acer Aspire 3D laptops. And after looking around (there seems to be very little information regarding the S3D support for this model), I’ve found out that as expected the laptop does come with another pair that is for people not wearing prescription glasses that is a bit different from Acer’s. This made me think that Lenovo is following the lead of Acer and is going to introduce a 3D capable laptop with passive polarization, with better CPU and graphics, but with the same screen as Acer’s Aspire 3D and most likely with the same software. And after looking at some Chinese video footage I’ve immediately recognized the video “Voyage to Mars” that is being provided by DDD, confirming my suspicion that Lenovo is also using DDD’s TriDef software just like Acer. According to Lenovo the Y560 should be available in March with a starting price of $849 which should make some competition for Acer, but Acer will probably also update their Aspire 3D model very soon.
I just wonder why nobody from Lenovo did mention anything about Stereoscopic 3D support or using the TriDef software on the Y560 int he official announcement they did for the laptop. This might mean that not all IdeaPad Y560 will have the S3D support, but we’ll have to wait a bit more to see…
IdeaPad Y460 and Y560 Laptops – Turn Up the Dial on Entertainment and Performance
The 14-inch Y460 and 15.6-inch Y560 multimedia laptop with High-Definition 16:9 widescreen are ideal for users looking for the ultimate, mobile entertainment experience. Both the Y460 and Y560 optionally include 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 performance. 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% faster2, start favorite applications two-times faster3, and copy files within the computer in less than half the time4.
The Y460 and Y560 will be available with JBL-designed speakers and Dolby Home Theater surround sound – perfect for enjoying music and movies. With up to Intel Core i7 processor featuring Intel Turbo Boost Technology for delivering extra GHz when you need it, they feature the Lenovo Energy Management 5.0 for extended battery life and long-term battery durability, as well as lower noise output through dynamic fan control. Switchable Graphics on the Y560 and Y460 allow users to further extend battery life by toggling between performance and energy-efficient modes. Additional features on the Y460 and Y560 include SlideNav intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation; OneKey Theatre II audio-visual controls for brighter images and clearer audio; and Ambient Light Sensor that automatically adjusts the PC screen brightness based on the user’s distance from the display.