- Review Price: £1300.00
- Glasses-free 3D with webcam eye-tracking
- 15.6in, Full HD, 120Hz lenticular display
- Core i7, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD
- Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics
At this stage it’s almost undeniable that 3D is here to stay. One of the prime objections many people have about 3D entertainment is that you need to wear glasses, except with some select few smaller devices like the [linkout:http://www.trustedreviews.com/Nintendo-3DS_Games_review Nintendo 3DS]. However, Toshiba is trying to change that, introducing glasses-free 3D to its range of laptops and televisions. Specifically, we’re looking at the first glasses-free 3D laptop in the world, the Toshiba Qosmio F750.
Before we get onto the laptop itself, let’s have a quick overview of the 3D technology. It basically consists of a lenticular layer over the screen that utilises angled lenses to separate the perspectives for each eye. For its laptops, Toshiba has further added an eye-tracking webcam to ensure that you’re always in the ‘sweet spot’ (the ideal position to get the full effect), unlike its glasses-free TVs, where you have a number of predetermined spots you can stand in to get stereoscopic goodness.
This does obviously limit the F750’s 3D to one user at a time, but Toshiba is mostly justified in claiming that the vast majority of laptop usage will involve a single viewer. Still, if you want 3D with more than one person at a time on a portable device, glasses are still the way to go – in which case, Toshiba has you covered with its new X770 Nvidia 3D gaming laptop.
We’ll examine how well the F750’s unencumbered 3D works in a moment, but first let’s take a look at the laptop itself. With Core i7 processing, 6GB of RAM, dedicated 3D graphics and dedicated Nvidia graphics, not to mention Blu-ray XL, its screen tech certainly isn’t the only interesting thing about it.
However, you really need to like shiny things for this laptop’s design to appeal. Everything, from the lid to the keyboard, wrist rests and touchpad buttons, is glossy. And yes, that does mean you’ll be spending a lot of time with a lint-free cloth if you’re adverse to seeing smudges and fingerprints all over your new hardware.
Toshiba has shown it can shake the gloss obsession with beautiful examples like the Satellite R830, and we just wish it could extend that subtlety across the range. When we asked about the decision to make everything shiny, we were told it was what the consumer wanted according to Toshiba’s research – and unfortunately that’s likely to be true for the majority of consumers.
Toshiba has toned things up from the subtler combination of black and red that we saw on the Qosmio X500, and here the entire lid is red, with a light pattern giving a little variety. It certainly works if you like red, though it’s probably a bit brash for our tastes.
Thankfully the interior is predominantly black, with a red border running around the edge of the base, and some white backlighting around the power button, and a strip of it above the touchpad (which makes it easy to find in the dark). The palm rests sport a faux carbon finish that doesn’t add much or prevent fingerprints from being any less obvious.
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