Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d 3D Laptop

Lenovo is launching their IdeaPad Y560d today, which will be the company's first 3D enabled laptop. The display in question is a 15.6" 16:9 panel with a rather low 1366x768 resolution. To provide the 3D experience, Lenovo provides their "TriDef" technology that consists of the display, the glasses, and the software. The latter is of particular interest as Lenovo says the "TriDef Media Player" and "TriDef Photo Transformer" software will be able to convert and display conventional 2D video or photos as full viewable 3D versions.

The IdeaPad Y560d is available with one of 13 Intel Arrandale processors from the lowly Core i3-330M up to the quad-core i7-840QM and just about everything between. Graphics consist of ATI's Radeon HD 5730, with switchable technology available with CPUs that include integrated Intel HD graphics, providing some extra battery life. The Y560d supports up to 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 memory.

There are plenty of storage options available with 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 640GB and 750GB drives spinning at 5400RPM, or 320GB and 500GB 7200RPM drives. You can also team the HDD with an optional 32GB or 64GB SSD, which enables Lenovo's "RapidDrive" technology. This is part of Lenovo's "Enhanced Experience for Windows 7", which should dramatically improve performance with up to 66% faster boot times, reductions in application launch times, and faster file copying. A good SSD can do that for any laptop, of course, but the ability to use two drives in the Y560d means you can still get mass storage while reaping the performance benefits from a smaller SSD.

A Blu-Ray drive is a welcome addition for multimedia enthusiasts and the laptops comes with the requisite HDMI port for showing 1080p content on an external display. The multimedia experience also includes JBL designed speakers with Dolby Home Theater surround sound. Lenovo's "OneKey Theater II" technology offers a one-touch optimization for clearer, brighter video and richer audio to make the most of the multimedia experience.

Other extras include an ambient light sensor that will dynamically adjust the brightness of the display based on ambient light to reduce eyestrain (we prefer to manually control display brightness, but at least it can be disabled) and Lenovo's Energy Management tools that are designed to protect the longevity of the battery by minimizing unnecessary charging/discharging.

External connectivity consists of three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA combo port, 6-in-1 flash reader, ExpressCard/34 slot, headphones/mic ports, and VGA and HDMI output. Gigabit Ethernet and wireless 802.11b/g/n come standard with Bluetooth and WWAN optionally available. An integrated 1.3MP webcam is also included.

The chassis is a respectable 20mm thick and weighs in at 2.7kg with the standard 6-cell battery providing up to five hours on integrated graphics and up to four hours with the discrete card. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d will be available at the end of June starting at $1200. That may be too expensive for most, once you upgrade to a Core i5/i7 processor and cast aside the 3D glasses for your regular daily laptop activities.

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  • Maroon - Thursday, June 17, 2010 - link

    Ah 3D, the answer to the question no one asked.
  • nubie - Sunday, June 20, 2010 - link

    As a guy who has made a half-dozen 3D rigs of his own, maybe you just aren't imaginative enough to care.

    I may be too harsh here, after all you could be missing an eye.

    Either way, until you have seen 3D and experienced a properly immersive game, there is no hope for you.

    Sure it is a Gimmick, but so is playing a video game on a laptop, or even a computer for that matter.

    Ever sit back and wonder why everyone pays money to sit with 2 eyes and watch the shiny things on the screen in what amounts to Monovision?

    Games period are stupid in the grand scheme of things. If you ever look around you at the people who really get things done, most of them don't own a TV, let alone a computer, or if they do it hasn't been turned on in years.

    Complaining that something that allows your brain to properly percieve depth in a simulation is a gimmick is short-sighted to say the least.

    PS: You are a Maroon? How Ironic.
  • synaesthetic - Thursday, June 17, 2010 - link

    That's pretty disgusting.

    Guys, this isn't what we want. We want *the exact opposite of this.*

    We want a laptop with *gaming guts* but *business looks.*

    Give me a 15" 1680x1050 RGBLED with ThinkPad aesthetics and build quality, packing an i7-620M and a Mobility Radeon 5850. Then I'll be happy as a clam in the sand.
  • beginner99 - Friday, June 18, 2010 - link

    this. Also looking for something similar.

    It's amazing. Switchabale graphics is nice but when the dedicated part is more or less worthless too for any meaningful gaming. I don't see any value in crappy dedicated graphics especially since the Intel IGP is usable for video acceleration.
    I've been looking around for month but no one seems to be able to offer anything useful. They always mess up at least 1 part mostly the screen resolution.
  • HMTK - Thursday, June 17, 2010 - link

    There was a time when you couldn't buy wrong with an IBM Thinkpad. Right now, I think you can't by right with anything Lenovo. Everything I've seen of them the past few years - desktops and laptops alike - is of far lesser quality than what Big Blue used to build. And now this... gadget! Yuck. It's like digging up the corpse of an old friend and pissing on it. I'd buy an HP or Dell before even thinking of anything Lenovo.
  • sushitrap - Thursday, June 17, 2010 - link

    Is it possible to get one of these without that hideous trampstamp back tattoo on it? How tacky.
  • Roland00 - Saturday, June 19, 2010 - link

    I wouldn't buy the y560d picture

    (for comparison)
  • paihuaizhe - Sunday, June 20, 2010 - link

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  • nubie - Sunday, June 20, 2010 - link

    People who want real 3D will just wait for a 120hz display, or they will use a different method of 3D.

    I hear of people swapping the panels in their laptops to get specs that they like, soon perhaps there will be 120hz panels for swapping into older or cheaper laptops.

    I say good job for making it 3D. I just hope it includes the glasses, and it would be nice if it had an internal bay to keep the glasses with the laptop at all times.

    Bare minimum a case to hold the laptop with the glasses should come with it.
  • loey - Thursday, June 24, 2010 - link

    I do

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