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You can buy the Toshiba Qosmio glasses-free stereoscopic 3D laptop now!

Note: If you found this by searching for a review of the Toshiba Qosmio glasses-free display F750, F770 or F775 laptop, you’re in luck – I actually own and use one! This is not another of the endless “coming soon” copy and paste reviews you’ve been sifting through.

UPDATE: I now have posted instructions on how to solve the Qosmio’s key problem using third party software. Please visit my page here:

www.sibbet.com/index.php/2011/10/01/autostereoscopic-games-on-your-toshiba-qosmio-f750/

Only by pressuring the General Manager of the downtown Future Shop did I manage to convince them to let me buy the one demo unit on display. Being the stereoscopic 3D enthusiast that I am, the Toshiba Qosmio F750 (Canadian version) represents to me the holy grail! Why?

It is the first laptop to go on sale with a glasses-free 3D stereoscopic display!

Yes, that’s right. No shutter glasses. No polarized glasses. No glasses at all, unless you happen to wear prescription ones.. or sunglasses I suppose.

Let’s get to the point.

First question: What’s it like?

At first, it seemed a bit complicated and not particularly easy to watch. Fortunately, by the end of the most recent round of driver updating and fiddling, the effect became much cleaner. The laptop uses the webcam to track where your face is, which dynamically adjusts the image so you don’t have to lock your head in one place to see it. I think that the updated software runs faster than the older version that comes with it, out of the box, because the tracking improved significantly after updated. The four people who looked at it so far were impressed that yes, there is a real stereoscopic image on the screen and the tracking works very well.

Second question: Why shouldn’t I buy one?

As of September 24th, 2011, the “Stereoscopic 3D” panel in the nVidia drivers ONLY shows up when I have connected the laptop to an external 3D monitor! Yes, that’s right! The 3D movies play just fine, but for some reason that I have been unable to discern, the autostereoscopic display is not recognized by nVidia as a valid 3D device. So, essentially, it’s a $1899 video player.

I still have confidence that the functionality will become available, this kind of thing is something I am used to after 30+ years of nerdliness. You buy the bleeding edge, sometimes that blood is your own!

Once I have learned more, I will report back! Until then, if you purchased a Toshiba Qosmio with an autostereoscopic, 3D glasses-free display (can’t we get a better name for this?) or have more questions and information, please contact me!

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