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MORRISVILLE, N.C. – is jumping into the 3D business with a new laptop that features a 3D screen, software and special glasses.

Called the IdeaPad Y560d, the laptop will be available later this month.

Prices start at $1,199.99. ()

The world’s No. 4 PC maker, which maintains its headquarters in Morrisville, is the latest high-tech company seeking to capitalize on the 3D rage. From movies such as “Avatar” and emerging 3D TV broadcasts to forthcoming 3D gaming devices from Nintendo and upgrades for Sony’s PlayStation3, companies are striving to meet rising demand for 3D content as well as equipment and devices.

“Fun is a notebook that brings multimedia to life—and the IdeaPad Y560d does this in a dramatic fashion with a truly unique 3D viewing experience,” said Dion Weisler, vice president of business operations for Lenovo in announcing the new laptop Thursday morning.

“While 3D technology has been around for ages, it has not been readily accessible to consumers within the home,” he added. “Lenovo is helping bridge this gap by delivering consumers a 3D experience on a familiar PC platform that can be viewed and enjoyed when and where they want.”

Lenovo is not the first PC maker to try the 3D route.

“Asus announced two 3D laptops earlier this month with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch screens. Acer last year announced a laptop with 15.6-inch 3D screen,” PCworld noted in its report. “However, adoption of the laptops has been slow because of high prices and lack of interest.”

Lenovo touts the new IdeaPad as a way “users can experience the unique sensation of visual immersion within their favorite movies, pictures and games.”

Features of the IdeaPad include:

• 15.6 inch screen
• High definition quality
• Polarizer glasses
• TriDef 3D technology

The TriDef 3D technology package in cludes a TriDef Media Player that converts standard movies into 3D as well as TriDef Photo Transformer, which converts standard photos into what Lenovo calls “eye-popping 3D.”

From California-based DDD, "TriDef is at the heart of many of the latest 3D HDTVs, mobile phones and PCs leading consumer electronics companies including Samsung Electronics and Sharp Corporation," according to that company’s web site.

Lenovo also promises faster boot-up times through its “Lenovo Enhanced Experience for Windows 7” solution called RapidDrive.

The Y560d can be equipped with a Blue-ray player, HD graphics and an output for linking the machine to external devices such as TVs or gaming systems.

Other optional features in Dolby surround sound and JBL speakers.
Wireless WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity are optional, Lenovo said.

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