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Ah industry firsts, a chance to grab the spotlight before the world grabs hold of your coattails. Toshiba's Dynabook TX/98MBL claims to be the industry's first laptop to play back 3D content in Blu-ray format when it ships at the end of July in Japan. The 15.6-inch laptop with LED backlit 120Hz panel (60Hz to each eye when viewed through active shutter glasses) pushing 1,366 x 768 pixels utilizes WinDVD BD to playback the Blu-ray 3D format with some help from NVIDIA's 3D Vision software and GeForce GTS 350M hardware with 1GB of dedicate video RAM. Inside you'll find a Core i7-740QM processor, 640GB of hard disk, up to 4GB of memory, a Blu-ray disc drive of course, and harman/kardon stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio to help make the most out of 3D gaming. Price is not listed but it's expected to list for about ¥250,000 (about $2,700). What, you do want 3D on your 15-inch laptops don't you?

Update: Toshiba wants you to know that it'll be called the Toshiba Satellite A665 in Europe, presumably because "TX/98MBL" can only be pronounced by the Japanese.

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Toshiba introduces a 3D capable laptop: the Satellite A665
The Satellite A665 supports NVIDIA 3D VisionTM and is the industry's first laptop ready to play Blu-ray 3D Disc*

Neuss, Germany, 7th June 2010 – Toshiba Computer Systems, a division of Toshiba Europe GmbH, today announced its first laptop that provides gamers with a true 3D experience. The new Satellite A665 is ready to playback videos stored on a Blu-ray 3D Disc* on the internal display. The multimedia and gaming machine Satellite A665 will also come in a version without 3D capability, with both models being available during the third quarter of 2010 throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Play in true-to-life 3D worlds
"Our new 3D enabled Satellite A665 allows gamers to become completely immersed into the exciting 3D environments of their games, most of which are already 3D-compatible," says Thomas Teckentrup, General Manager Product, Strategy and Development Division, Computer Systems Group EMEA. "Furthermore the Satellite A665 will be the industry's first Blu-ray 3D ready laptop, allowing customers to playback Blu-ray 3D movies."

Powerful video and audio experience
Bundled with NVIDIA® 3D Vision™**, the Satellite A665 comes with a pair of 3D Vision™ active-shutter glasses coupled with a wide-range USB infra-red emitter to deliver stereoscopic images with clarity, brightness and outstanding depth-of-field. The laptop features a high-performance NVIDIA® 3D graphics processing unit and a 39.6cm (15.6") TruBrite® HD 3D display with LED backlighting (120Hz). The Satellite A665 comes with Harman Kardon® stereo speakers and Dolby® Advanced Audio to complement the extraordinary optical experience with a voluminous, vibrant sound. The 'Sleep and Music' function allows customers to enjoy this sound experience by connecting MP3 players to the system – even when it's switched off.

Eye-catching metallic looks
The new laptop will also be available without 3D capability featuring a 40.6cm (16.0'') LED backlit HD display. Both machines are characterised by a Metallic Precious Black finish with silver chrome accents on the LCD cover and inside. A textured pattern contrasts nicely with the metallic look, making fingerprints less visible. The matt black tile keyboard is backlit.

Facts & Figures*** - The Satellite A665 3D Vision
· Intel® Core™ i7 (Quad Core)
· RAM: up to 8 GB DDR3 (1066 MHz)
· 2.5" HDD up to 750 GB (as of Aug. 2010) with HDD 3D impact sensor
· 39.6cm (15.6'') TruBrite® HD display (120 Hz) with LED backlighting, 1,366 x 768 pixels(16:9), 200 cd/m2
· Dedicated graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 350M
· Blu-ray Disc™ rewritable drive*, ready for playback of Blu-ray 3D Disc or DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer)
· Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR*, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n)*, Gigabit Ethernet LAN
· 3 x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA / USB combo port with Sleep-and-Charge and Multi-Card Reader, HDMI®
· 1.3 MPixel Webcam with Face Recognition
· Sound: Harman® Kardon stereo speakers, Line-In with Sleep-and-Music function, Dolby® Advanced Audio
· Analog and DVB-T hybrid TV Tuner
· Toshiba Resolution+, Toshiba Media Controller, Toshiba LifeSpace, Toshiba PC Health Monitor
· Size: 380.5mm x 254mm x 28mm (front) / 35.6 mm (rear)
· OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)
· ENERGY STAR® 5.0 qualified.
*** depending on configuration and local availability
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Facts & Figures*** - The Satellite A665 without 3D

· Intel® Core™ i7 (Quad Core) or Core™ i5
· RAM: up to 8 GB DDR3 (1066 MHz)
· 2.5" HDD up to 750 GB (as of Aug.2010) with HDD 3D impact sensor
· 40.6cm (16.0'') TruBrite® HD display with LED backlighting (16:9), 1,366 x 768 pixels, 200 cd/m2
· Dedicated graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M
· Blu-ray Disc™ rewritable drive (BD-RE) or DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer)
· Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR*, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n)*, Intel® Wireless Display, Fast Ethernet LAN or Gigabit Ethernet LAN *
· 3 x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA / USB combo port with Sleep-and-Charge,, Multi-Card Reader, HDMI®
· Sound: Harman® Kardon stereo speakers, Line-In with Sleep-and-Music support, Dolby® Advanced Audio
· 1.3 MPixel Webcam with Face Recognition
· Toshiba Resolution+, Toshiba Media Controller, Toshiba LifeSpace
· Dimensions: 380mm x 254mm x 28mm (front) /
35 mm (rear)
· OS: Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)
· ENERGY STAR® 5.0 qualified.

***depending on configuration and local availability

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