updated 12:00 pm EST, Sun January 30, 2011
Toshiba Qosmio T750 boasts color-changing design
Toshiba has claimed a technology breakthrough with the first notebook to have a color-changing shell. Its Qosmio T750 uses a technique developed by Touré Meihan, known as Picasus, that shifts the color from blue to purple depending on the viewing angle. While similar to the effect of chameleon paint on cars from TVR and others, Picasus doesn't rely on metal at all and instead uses several polyester laminate layers, each of which in turn has thousands of nano-sized layers to create a metallic, shimmering look.
The design is theoretically more eco-friendly as it doesn't use metal, although Toshiba didn't say how recyclable the polyester would be. An anti-smudge coating borrowed from other Toshiba notebooks should keep the glossy surface free of fingerprint marks.
As a computer, the notebook occupies the mid-range with a 15.6-inch screen, a 2.66GHz Core i5, Intel's newer Sandy Bridge-era integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM and a large 750GB hard drive. The PlayStation 3-based SpursEngine is built in and gives advanced video decoding and upscaling that takes the load off of the main processor.
Like most Japanese electronics, the new Qosmio doesn't have a fixed price. Only the Japanese can buy the notebook so far, but most Toshiba notebooks reach the US relatively soon after they ship in their home country. [via Reg Hardware]