Also known as the Satellite A665 in Europe, the TX/98MBL is a 15.6-inch laptop with 3D Blu-ray playing compatibility. There may be few 3D Blu-rays out there at the moment to watch, but Toshiba's putting the hardware up first.
The display is a 15.6-inch TruBrite LED-backlit panel with a 1366x768 resolution, running on an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTS 350M graphics card. There's up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and up to 500GB HDD choices on offer.
That Blu-ray disc drive is capable of burning, and in regards to other areas of the laptop there's also Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3x USB ports, 1x eSATA/USB port, HDMI and Ethernet ports and a multi-card reader slot. A 1.3MP webcam and Harman Kardon stereo speakers round the multimedia aspects off nicely for the Windows 7 Home laptop.
It may be a while until some 3D Blu-rays that you actually want to spend money on become available, but Toshiba's taken the liberty of pre-installing some 3D content already. It's not known whether a pair of active shutter glasses will be included for the NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, but I imagine so.
Press release for the European Satellite A665 version below.
London, UK, 7th June 2010 – Toshiba UK today announces the arrival of the next generation of multimedia computing with the new Toshiba Satellite A665 – a 3D-ready, high definition (HD) laptop designed to provide an immersive home entertainment experience. Taking PC-based gaming and HD movie playbackto the next level, the Satellite A665 instantly redefines what users can expect from their laptop, bringing 3D content to life with unbelievable graphics technology and bringing users closer to their content than ever before.
Powered by a combination of NVIDIA 3D VISION technology and the latest Intel Core Series processors, the Satellite A665 offers stunning 3D visuals and incredible all-round multimedia performance. A selection of pre-installed 3D games also allows users to enjoy next-generation entertainment as soon as the PC is first switched on.
Supreme multimedia performance
The Satellite A665 comes bundled with a pair of 3D Vision™ active shutter glasses, providing out-of-the-box 3D playback with outstanding depth-of-field reproduction. The 3D HD 15.6" TruBrite LED backlit screen scans at a refresh rate of 120Hz and connects with the shutter glasses using an infrared signal, synchronising immediately to alternately display different perspectives for each eye, producing a stunning 3D effect.
The Satellite A665 is also packed with impressive hardware and superb multimedia features. Integrated Harman Kardon stereo speakers provide audio with superb depth; while Dolby Advanced Audio further boots audio projection to deliver immersive sound that complements the 3D visuals. Toshiba's USB Sleep-and-Music technology is also included, enabling users to play music from connected MP3 players through the laptop's speakers – even when in Sleep or Stand By mode. Resolution+ picture processing technology is also included, improving DVD images by boosting contrast, saturation and sharpness to near high definition quality.
Multimedia at the touch of a button
The Satellite A665 features dedicated feather-touch multimedia controls, providing a convenient way of controlling content, and a matt-black tiled keyboard complements the sleek design. A large textured touchpad also offers multi-touch Control for easier navigation, allowing users to pinch, swipe or zoom through files, applications and web pages.
The Toshiba Media Controller Plug-In for Internet Explorer is pre-installed on all Satellite A665 models, allowing users to stream Flash videos from YouTube directly to DLNA®-compatible television sets.
The Satellite A665 will be available from July 2010.
Blu-ray 3D movie support requires NVIDIA's new driver package and Corel Blu-ray player software, available for download in Q4 2010.
Facts & Figures
· Intel® Core™ i7 (Quad Core) processor
· Up to 4 GB DDR3 (1066 MHz) RAM
· Up to 500 GB HDD with 3D impact sensor
· 39.6cm (15.6'') TruBrite® HD display (120 Hz) with LED backlighting
· 1,366 x 768 pixels(16:9)
· NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 350M graphics
· Blu-ray Disc™ rewritable drive, ready for playback of Blu-ray 3D Disc
· 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 MP webcam
· Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Line-In with Sleep-and-Music function, Dolby® Advanced Audio
· Pre-installed 3D content
· Toshiba Resolution+, Toshiba Media Controller, Toshiba LifeSpace
· Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)
· ENERGY STAR® 5.0 qualified