Toshiba today announced that it has added powerful new features that enhance the 3D playback capabilities of its Satellite A665-3D Series laptops. These updated laptop models come equipped with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology and deliver a stereoscopic 3D experience to games, movies, photos and more. New features include the ability to convert one’s favorite 2D movies to 3D and extending that experience to 3D HDTVs.
Toshiba also announced Toshiba Book Place today – it’s an online electronics bookstore that adds easy-to-access, interactive eBooks to laptops. In partnership with K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc., Book Place will enable readers to download more than a million titles in their original printed format to create their own full color, mobile libraries. For full details, check out the press release here.
Toshiba Satellite A665-3D Laptops Give New Life to DVD and PC Game Libraries
Powerful Performance and New Features Deliver Incredible Entertainment Experience With Full Range of 3D Playback Capabilities, Including 2D to 3D Conversion and Ability to Output to 3D-ready HDTV
IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 28, 2010– Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that it has added powerful new features to enhance the 3D playback capabilities of its Satellite® A665-3D Series laptops. Equipped with NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ technology, the updated laptop models are ready to deliver a stereoscopic 3D experience to games, movies, photos and more. New features further enhance the experience, giving consumers the ability to convert their favorite 2D DVDs to 3D as well as extend the experience to 3D-ready HDTVs.
Bundled with a pair of wireless active shutter glasses, Satellite A665-3D series laptops provide immediate out-of-the-box compatibility with hundreds of PC games, plus the ability to enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies, photos, videos, 3D websites and more. The included Toshiba Video Player 3D software player further enhances the experience giving consumers the ability to convert their favorite 2D DVD movies into 3D.
“The latest versions of our Satellite A665-3D Series laptops make 3D technology even more accessible,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “Our 2D to 3D conversion software allows people to go back into their DVD libraries and experience their favorite content all over again in stunning 3D without having to repurchase anything.”
A Growing 3D Content Ecosystem
The availability of 3D content continues to grow. Dozens of films are slated to release on 3D Blu-ray Disc™ in time for the holidays, as well as several new NVIDIA 3D Vision-ready PC games and 3D streaming video events.
“Personal 3D content is hitting the mainstream with more games, movies, cameras and Web content being released daily,” said Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision technology at NVIDIA. “Laptops like the Toshiba Satellite A665 3D Edition with NVIDIA 3D Vision deliver the best-in-class 3D experience to the consumer.”
Encased in Toshiba’s stylish Fusion® X2 finish, the Satellite A665 laptop delivers enthusiast-class performance and features with the processing power of the latest Intel® Core™ processors, plus the NVIDIA GeForce® GTS 350M graphics processing unit (GPU) with 1GB of GDDR3 video memory. The laptop now features a built-in emitter, eliminating the need for extra cumbersome cables and making set-up even easier.
The Satellite A665 3D Edition features a 15.6-inch diagonal TruBrite® widescreen LCD display with LED backlighting and a 120Hz refresh rate and is packed with premium multimedia features.
Built-in harman/kardon® speakers deliver impressive sound while Dolby Advanced Audio™ further optimizes audio quality so games, movies and music sound more vivid and true to life.
Toshiba’s unique Sleep-and-Music technology is also included, enabling users to play music from their MP3 players through the laptop’s speakers – even while the laptop is powered down.
Toshiba’s Resolution+™ DVD upconversion technology improves the quality of standard definition DVD content by boosting contrast, sharpness and saturation to near high-definition quality.
Rounding out the list of premium features is an optional LED backlit keyboard that provides convenience in low-light conditions, while raised-tile style keys deliver a comfortable typing experience. A wide TouchPad™ also offers multi-touch control for easier navigation, allowing users to pinch, swipe or zoom through files, applications and webpages.
The Satellite A665 3D Edition will also support NVIDIA 3DTV Play™ software, available later this fall, which allows consumers to attach the laptop to a 3D-ready TV and enjoy all the latest 3D content, including the latest PC games, photos and streaming video on the big screen.
Features available on the Toshiba Satellite A665 3D Edition include:
-15.6-inch diagonal HD TruBrite® LED Backlit widescreen display4 with 120Hz scan rate
-Intel® Core™ i5-460M or Core i7-740QM processor with TurboBoost technology
-NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 350M2 with 1GB DDR3 discrete graphics memory3
-NVIDIA 3D Vision™ kit with active shutter 3D glasses1
-Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD SuperMulti drive with LabelFlash
-harman/kardon® stereo speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio™
-Windows® 7 Home Premium operating system
-Up to 6GB DDR3 RAM3
-640GB hard drive
-HDMI 1.4 port
-802.11b/g/n wireless and 10/100/1000 Ethernet (WiMAX optional)
-6-cell battery (12-cell battery optional)
-One eSATA/USB combo port with Toshiba USB Sleep-and-Charge and three USB 2.0 ports
-Optional Bluetooth® V2.1 + EDR
-Microphone input port with Toshiba Sleep-and-Music
-Built-in Webcam with Toshiba Face Recognition
-5-in-1 Memory Card Reader and ExpressCard slots
Pricing and Availability
The Toshiba Satellite A665 3D Edition laptop are available starting in October 2010 at Best Buy and other select retailers, e-tailers and directly from Toshiba (
www.toshibadirect.com) with a starting price of $1,299.99 MSRP.
Toshiba Opens E-book Store for Laptops
Toshiba Book Place Provides Access to More Than One Million Public Domain Titles With a Superior Color Reading Experience Plus Interactive Features That Today’s Readers Want
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced Toshiba Book Place, an e-book reader and store that adds easy-to-access, interactive e-books to the suite of digital entertainment products that consumers can enjoy on laptops. In partnership with K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc., a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc. and the National Federation for the Blind, Toshiba Book Place will enable readers to download and access more than a million public domain titles to create mobile libraries.
“With Toshiba Book Place, readers of all ages can enjoy an unparalleled digital reading experience that combines what they love about physical books – including the vibrant colors and crisp pictures – with interactive tools that make books come to life”
“Toshiba Book Place is the type of entertainment option that our customers are looking for from their laptops,” said Terry Cronin, vice president of Business Development and Channel Marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “What sets Toshiba Book Place apart is that it takes advantage of the PC experience and offers an immersive reading environment for the consumer.”
In partnership with some of the world’s largest publishers, Toshiba Book Place launches with capability to access more than a million free public domain titles and thousands more for sale, including many of today’s bestsellers, making it one of the largest online sources of electronic literature. It also promises a new and exciting interactive reading experience as Toshiba Book Place preserves a book’s printed format, including the original layout, fonts and images in full, vibrant colors, with pages that turn like the real thing. Other noticeable features supported by the Toshiba Book Place experience include:
- A read-aloud feature that makes instant audio books. Synchronized word highlighting allows children to follow sentences in their favorite books.
- An integrated Web search that allows readers to leap instantly from the imaginary world of the story to the Internet.
- Toshiba Book Place e-books also make it possible for publishers to embed author commentary, background music and more, while users can insert notes in the margins of pages, as well as hyperlinks into the text.
“With Toshiba Book Place, readers of all ages can enjoy an unparalleled digital reading experience that combines what they love about physical books – including the vibrant colors and crisp pictures – with interactive tools that make books come to life,” said Ray Kurzweil, inventor of the flat bed scanner and character and speech recognition technologies, and founder of K-NFB Reading Technology.
Toshiba Book Place works with Windows-based devices and can sync up to five devices.
As part of the launch, Toshiba will be offering registered users four (4) free pre-selected e-book titles with a retail value of approximately $80. The promotion will be available through October 12, 2010.
About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America.
TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. Toshiba Corporation is a world leader and innovator in high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products. These products span from information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; as well as power systems including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion (6.3 Trillion Yen). For more information on Toshiba visit www.toshiba.com.
About K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.
A joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation of the Blind, the principals of K-NFB Reading Technology Inc. (www.knfbreader.com) have propelled reading technology forward for the last 35 years through the invention of omnifont OCR, the flatbed scanner, text-to-speech synthesis, and the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind. K-NFB once again is redefining the boundaries of the printed word with Blio, which promises to set the standard for digital reading. This free application works across platforms and presents books as they were intended — in full color and as laid out by the publisher. K-NFB is headed by CEO Ray Kurzweil, a 30-year innovator and pioneer in assistive technologies. The National Federation of the Blind is the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.
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