Toshiba KIRAbook

70
Engadget
Score
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Toshiba Kirabook review: Toshiba tries to reinvent itself with a flagship Ultrabook

Summary

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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Pros
  • Brilliant, 2,560 x 1,440 screen
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Generous warranty, software package
  • Fast boot-up
Cons
  • Exceptionally loud fan
  • Limited viewing angles
  • Expensive, touchscreen not standard
Toshiba Kirabook review: Toshiba tries to reinvent itself with a flagship Ultrabook
More Info

Toshiba's Kirabook rocks a 2,560 x 1,440 display, arrives May 12th starting at $1,600

Toshiba Kirabook hands-on

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It's not like Toshiba is new to laptops -- it's been making them for decades -- but for whatever reason, US consumers don't seem to trust the company with top-shelf products. Four-hundred-dollar machines, maybe, but a designer laptop? An Ultrabook, no less? Toshiba has an image problem, to be sure, and the executives in Tokyo know it. The answer, they hope, is to start fresh with a clean slate. The company recently announced a new family of premium devices, called Kira, with the 13-inch Kirabook being the inaugural product.

At first blush, it has all the trappings of a flagship machine, with an all-metal chassis, backlit keyboard, 8GB of RAM, a two-year warranty and a 2,560 x 1,440 display, one sharp enough to rival the Chromebook Pixel and Retina display MacBook Pro. In fact, this is the first Windows laptop to offer such a high-resolution panel, which gives Toshiba a big opportunity indeed: to lure people who still haven't found their perfect Ultrabook. The problem with "perfect," of course, is that it comes at a price: $1,600 and up, in this case, and the touchscreen isn't even standard. That leaves just one question, then: is it worth it?

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Scores

Engadget

70
 

Breakdown

Speed and features
7.8
Portability (size / weight)
8.2
Display
9.2
Noise
5.0
Battery life
7.3
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Specs

KIRAbook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
8 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

KIRAbook

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
8 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad
View Full Specs
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