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Toshiba KIRAbook

from  $9999+
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70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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
70 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
70

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

70
 

User Reviews

30
kellymike
Kira book has had strange problems since I got it with cursor jumping around...read more
70
marc
The KIRAbook is something of a mixed bag. While it has the best display currently...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
68
Average Critic Score
 
60
Digital Trends
While the Kirabook’s hardware impresses, Windows software rarely makes proper use of its high-resolution display.
 
70
Popular Mechanics
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.
 
70
AnandTech
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.
 
80
Ubergizmo
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.
 
80
Computerworld
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.
 
80
Ars Technica
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.
 
70
PC Mag
The Toshiba Kirabook ultrabook has a breathtaking screen. However, that screen doesn't necessarily justify the system's high price point.
 
50
PC World
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.
 
70
Engadget
The Kirabook is Toshiba's best ultraportable to date, but it's still not quite good enough -- at least not at this price.
 
50
Tech Advisor
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.