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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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30
kellymike
11.17.15
Kira book has had strange problems since I got it with cursor jumping around for, example, in Word or online in a comment box, suddenly moves from where typing to other parts of the already typed and continues. Sometime, I'll be typing in Word and find the word I just typed is being looked up in MS browser. Terrible; and 6 calls, 6 hours with Toshiba CS and still not fixed. 6 months old, $1500 and it can't type correctly. WiFi connections which had been find now say unable to connect to that network. Pages freeze up. I've videod a bunch of these and am ready to make a utube of them. Others have complained of similar problems yet CS seems surprised. I think I'll do a crowd funding raising to pay for a class action suit, or just to make a video of me putting the near worthless Kira under a tire of my car and backing over it a few times. I've owned Toshiba computers for 20 years, but this one and the CS is just terrible.
 
70
marc
05.16.13
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 good, but its trackpad isn't. And although battery life is decent, it's far from class-leading, and the touchscreen model suffers from the same battery issues as other Windows 8 laptops. The fan is also incredibly loud, and comes on far too frequently, even when the laptop isn't doing anything that should be causing serious heat issues. All that said, I do like the Kirabook, and enjoy using it. However, it's hard to recommend, especially at $1,599 for the non-touchscreen model, and up to $1,999 for the touchscreen version. There are just too many other good options for less, and until there are more uses for its high-res display, it's not worth paying extra for. That could change, as more software begins to take advantage of it. But by then, there will probably be more laptops with similar displays, at lower prices.