JAPANESE ELECTRONICS GIANT Toshiba invited The INQUIRER to a sneak preview of its Qosmio F75D glasses free 3D laptop in London yesterday.
The Qosmio F750 3D doesn't look all that different from the others in the range. It does have a stylish look, if a little chunky at the same time. The casing is bright red and the palm rests have a cool carbon fibre look.
3D is the Qosmio F750 laptop's selling point. After a brief look at the laptop we came away from the event impressed by what it has to offer.
It is certainly nice to sit down in front of a laptop screen and watch 3D without the hassle of using glasses. It eliminates feeling like a bit of an idiot wearing them and for people who wear glasses already it's nice not to have to wear two pairs at once.
We were impressed with the quality of the screen and the 3D image displayed. The 15.6in screen is capable of full HD 1080p resolution and we found video playback to be smooth.
The Qosmio F750 doesn't require you to sit in a set position in front of the screen for the 3D effect to work properly like a Nintendo 3DS games console or LG Optimus 3D smartphone. Instead it uses a webcam to track your head and, more importantly, your eyes, to adjust the image accordingly.
This did a great job of tracking us as the user, with plenty of other people walking around behind us. It did adjust the image when we moved around but there was occasional evidence of it doing so. It did this reasonably well but not flawlessly.
We found that the biggest problem with the tracking and 3D image was crosstalk - being able to see two images at once - which was most apparent around the edges of the screen. This was distracting but to give it credit we were moving around a fair amount.
A possible issue with the technology for users is the fact that the recommended viewing distance is 60cm. This means that you'll need to place the laptop pretty close to you to view 3D properly, which could prove awkward if you want to watch a film in your lounge for example.
Something to consider also is that the technology is limited to a single viewer. So if you want to watch films with a group of people then you'll want to opt for 3D technology that uses glasses and probably a larger display then 15.6in.
Unfortunately we only had the chance to test the screen out with a film so we can't comment on the gaming performance. The viewing distance shouldn't be a problem for gaming and the Nvidia GT540M GPU should be able to cope with modern titles.
We can only guess what gaming will be like in 3D without glasses but we think that the task could be an issue for the Qosmio F750.
The other thing that we can't speak to yet is the laptop's ability to display 2D and 3D content at the same time. The sample Toshiba showed us was pre-production and it didn't have that feature working.
Overall we liked the Qosmio F750 3D laptop and what it has to offer. It will be of particular interest for those who are looking to ditch the glasses but it's not the right option if 3D is something you want to experience with other people.
The price isn't through the roof at £1,300 and you get a decent amount of kit for your money. To see the Qosmio F750 3D laptop in action, take a look at our video demo from Toshiba's event. µ