Toshiba Satellite P855 pictures and hands-on

Toshiba has previously restricted its glasses-less 3D screen technology to its high-end gaming laptops, the Qosmio range. Now the same proprietary tech has been bled down the company's product line, appearing in a mass-consumer Satellite notebook for the first time.

The Toshiba Satellite P855 is one of a new line-up of similarly designed laptops, but is the only one to feature a 15.6-inch HD autostereoscopic screen. It will be available in Q2 in the UK, and will cost more than the non-3D P850 - itself weighing in at £599 - but not by much, we expect.

Few other actual specifications are know at present, save that, like the rest of the new P series, it'll come with the "latest Intel processors", "next-generation Nvida GPUs", and up to a 1TB hard drive or 750GB/8GB hybrid drive.

It will have a combination DVD/Blu-ray drive - with the latter feature supporting 3D Blu-ray. Integrated Harmon Kardon stereo speakers give the audio a little more oomph than you'd normally find on a relatively thin laptop.

Four USB 3.0 ports are available on the P855, and Intel WiDi is built in, allowing you to stream your entire screen to a compatible TV (or accessory) wirelessly, without the need for connection to a router. The PC also features Toshiba's Sleep-and-Music technology, which allows you to plug in and play an MP3 player through the notebook's speakers, without the device even being switched on.

Design-wise, the Satellite P855 is a tasty bit of kit - all brushed aluminium and sleek lines. Toshiba has made a concerted effort in keeping the same aesthetic DNA running throughout all of its premium laptops this year, and this particular effort benefits greatly.

But it is the 3D screen that will garner the most attention, and from our brief play it certainly works. There are times when images overlap, specifically if you move your head quickly, but keep fairly still and the face tracking technology does a good job of trying to offer the best sweet spot for the lenticular display based on where you're sitting.

As previously mentioned, we're not sure how much it will cost when it arrives, but the Toshiba Satellite P855 will be the cheapest example of this screen technology from the Japanese company yet. Certainly cheaper than its ZL2 autostereoscopic 3D 4K TV, which will set you back £6,999.