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Toshiba KIRAbook

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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

 
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Average Critic Score
Product Review
CNET
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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Engadget
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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TechCrunch
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
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
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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Mashable
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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Laptop Magazine
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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Time
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.
 
70
CNET
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.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
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.