updated 07:05 am EDT, Thu June 17, 2010
Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d gets 3D, hybrid HD and SSD
Lenovo became one of the earliest large PC builders with a 3D notebook today with the addition of the IdeaPad Y560d. Its approach is very different from the Toshiba model as it doesn't use the more common NVIDIA approach. Instead, it uses a rarer TriDef 3D approach that allows ATI graphics for the stereoscopic 3D effect, using up to a Mobility Radeon HD 5730.
Storage is also new on the gaming-focused system: Lenovo's in-house RapidDrive merges a regular hard drive with a small SSD to boot as much as two thirds faster or copy and load files roughly twice as fast. The main disk tops out at 750GB where the SSD can peak at 64GB.
At its maximum, the 15.6-inch portable can use up to a 1.86GHz quad Core i7, 8GB of RAM and a Blu-ray drive for watching 3D movies. Battery life is short, however, at a maximum of five hours with integrated graphics.
Prices start at $1,200 for the notebook. Lenovo hasn't detailed what this includes, but a minimum configuration starts out simple with a dual-core 2.13GHz Core i3, a 250GB drive without RapidDrive, Intel's integrated video and usual complements such as 802.11n Wi-Fi and a webcam. Shipments should start toward the end of the month.