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Toshiba tries to reinvent itself with a flagship Ultrabook

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The Kirabook is Toshiba's best ultraportable to date, but it's still not quite good enough -- at least not at this price.

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  • Battery life
    7.4
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    9.2
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    5.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
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7.0
Engadget May 17, 2013

The Kirabook is Toshiba's best ultraportable to date, but it's still not quite good enough -- at least not at this price.

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8.0
Computerworld May 14, 2013

At a price that reaches $2,000, a KiraBook can cost as much as a pair of lesser ultrabooks. However, if you want a computer that comes with everything, can outperform the pack and has been built to last, it may be money well spent.

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8.0
Ars Technica May 14, 2013

In many ways, it fulfills its promise as the PC world's first answer to the Retina MacBooks.---Sadly, these good qualities make the laptop's bad qualities stand out in even sharper relief.

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7.0
CNET May 7, 2013

Toshiba's ambitious Kirabook has a screen that rivals Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and a price to match. It's a solid, useful laptop, but for these prices, the design should really be more exciting.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine May 3, 2013

Ultimately, the Kirabook suffers from a problem not of Toshiba's making: Aside from watching high-def movies, there are simply not a lot of apps that can take advantage of its Retina-like display.

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7.0
AnandTech May 9, 2013

Is the KIRAbook a bad product? No, not at all, quite the opposite actually. But it's a good product that has a questionable price and poor timing, and that's ultimately where things go south.

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7.0
PC Mag May 14, 2013

The Toshiba Kirabook ultrabook has a breathtaking screen. However, that screen doesn't necessarily justify the system's high price point.

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7.0
Wired May 28, 2013

At two grand — yow — it’s the most expensive ultrabook I’ve ever seen, by a considerable margin. And try as I might, I haven’t been able to convince myself that it’s worth it, despite the high-res screen and excellent performance.

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5.0
PC World May 16, 2013

The Kirabook looks the part of a luxury laptop, and it’s the first Ultrabook to compete with Apple’s Retina lineup. But Toshiba made some disappointing decisions on the way to a $2000 price tag.

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5.0
PC Advisor May 17, 2013

Although I wish I could report that Toshiba has crafted a masterpiece that fully justifies its $2,000 price tag, this machine suffers from a couple of significant flaws.

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8.0
Ubergizmo May 10, 2013

If money is no option to you and you want to have the highest-resolution display possible on PC, then by all means, pick up the KIRAbook.

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7.0
Popular Mechanics May 6, 2013

Were it not for the price, this would be a totally reasonable alternative to Apple's premium lineup. But here's our advice to anyone looking for a high-quality option that isn't an Apple laptop: Wait out Toshiba on this one.

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First Looks

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Engadget Apr 17, 2013

For the money, you get a mix of modern design, top-shelf components and a whole lot of sucking-up from Toshiba's technical support. Topping the list is a 2,560 x 1,440 display, making this the first Windows Ultrabook to sport such a high-res screen.

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CNET Apr 17, 2013

In our brief hands-on time with the Kirabook, it certainly was thin and light, and it felt physically very well put-together. The high-res screen looked amazing when playing native resolution video content...

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TechCrunch Apr 17, 2013

The KIRAbook is Toshiba’s first entrant in their newly fashioned “KIRA” line of luxury ultrabooks. At first glance, you can see that the KIRAbook is meticulously designed, and it radiates a Cupertino-esque level of fit and finish.

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ZDNet Apr 19, 2013

Following on the heels of Samsung's Series 9 notebook family, Toshiba's new Kirabook lineup is a luxury bid that features premium, well, everything. From its AZ91 pressed magnesium alloy body and Corning Concore Glass display for touchscreen configurations to its 2,560x1,440 13.3-inch screen.

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Gizmodo Apr 17, 2013

This is the first super hi-res Windows 8 laptop that you can buy. And it might end up being the best of the year. But you should probably hold out for similar from companies that have a riper track record on "good."

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Laptop Magazine Apr 17, 2013

The Kirabook boasts a premium design that’s deserving of its own brand. The lid is made of AZ91 pressed magnesium alloy, which is 100 percent stronger than aluminum alloy, while the inside employs a sturdy honeycomb structure. The bottom of the chassis uses die-cast magnesium.

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Mashable Apr 18, 2013

I got a little hands-on time with the KIRAbook, and I came away impressed by the build of the laptop (it feels very solid) as well as the keyboard, which has very gently sloped keys that make your fingertips feel pampered. The screen is definitely the star though.

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Time Apr 17, 2013

In person, the KIRAbook doesn’t look quite as much like a MacBook clone ... though it’s certainly reminiscent of Apple’s design, down to the wedge shape. It’s made of AZ91 magnesium, not aluminum (Toshiba says it’s twice as strong) and at 2.6 pounds, it’s lighter than the Air.

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7.0
marc marc

The KIRAbook is something of a mixed bag. While it has the best display currently available on a Windows laptop, few applications can take advantage of it, and the pixel scaling needed to make current applications usable can result in fuzziness, especially in text. Its backlit keyboard is very...

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