Summary: Expensive = good? Buyers prepared to invest around 1500 Euros (~$2054) in a premium ultrabook will now find another alternative to Apple & co. in the new Toshiba Kira-101. We will reveal why it is not class best despite a speedy Core i7 processor, magnesium casing, and WQHD screen.
Pros: High-quality and lightweight metal casing, Good input devices, Extremely sharp IPS screen, Outstanding application performance, Low temperatures, Long battery runtimes, Affordable warranty upgrades, Speedy hardware in an elegant packaging - not only Apple manages that. Toshiba comes amazingly close to the contender from Cupertino in terms of quality impression.
Cons: Middling webcam, Low screen brightness, Limited 3D performance, Very pricey, A bright screen should actually be standard equipment for every ultrabook. It's aggravating that the Kirabook messes up just with this crucial issue.
Excerpt: The Toshiba Kira-101 is a stylish 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop with a smart brushed aluminium finish that's cool to the touch. From a distance, you could mistake it for a 13-inch MacBook Pro , which is precisely the device the Kira-101 is pitting itself against. The laptop feels very well built, while retaining the portability that is so crucial to the Ultrabook brand.
Summary: All's well that's Haswell for Toshiba's updated Ultrabook
Pros: Attractive design, 'Retina' display, Port selection, Solid chassis, The Toshiba Kira's appearance remains unchanged from last year's model, which is certainly no bad thing. It has a slim bezel and feels decidedly more compact than competing models of the same size. It has a comfortable keyboard once you adjust to its rectangular keys, and despite being on the dim side, its display is incredibly sharp. While it only offers an integrated graphics setup, it's fine for pl...
Cons: Expensive, Dim display backlight, Windows 8 scaling, Lid flex, It's a shame that Toshiba couldn't notch the Kira's display brightness up by 10-15%, something that would better positioned it for use in brightly-lit conditions. The flex in the Kira's lid is also cause for concern for a laptop in this price bracket. Set to its native resolution, the Kira's desktop provides a huge working area that can be used to lay out multiple documents or apps, but it's at the expense...
Conclusion: The Kira's star of the show is its 2560 x 1440 widescreen display. It's quite simply ace. It not only looks great but has exceptional viewing angles and this one feature puts the Toshiba of many of its competitors. It's in and around the same ballpark as the MacBook Pro with Retina display. But its the subtle details that stall the Kira; it never quite achieves on its spectacular promise.
Pros: Fabulous screen, lots of power potential, quality materials in construction, decent battery life
Cons: Fan noise, pricey, small size keys, no discrete graphics, falls short of design potential, lacklustre audio
Summary: Toshiba's Kira offers Windows users a stylish lightweight ultrabook with an excellent high resolution screen and design reminiscent of the MacBook Air. On the downside, it has an internal battery, no docking station, and no mobile broadband.
Pros: Compact but sturdy, impressive display, stylish
Cons: Non-removable battery, no vPro, no mobile broadband
Conclusion: The Toshiba Kira is a beautiful looking lightweight slab of an Ultrabook. It also has a terrific screen and fast processor but it's price very much marks it out as an exceptional device, and it's performance only places it among the best of its (less expensive) rivals, like the Samsung ATV 9 Plus or the Macbook Air 2013, not significantly ahead of them.
Pros: Sleek good looks, fine screen, fast processor, Solidly built, good battery life
Cons: Expensive, noisy fan, not significantly better than rivals
Toshiba's KIRA offers everything we want in an Ultrabook, we just wish it wasn't so loud
Good Gear Guide.au
5 August 2013
Summary: The Toshiba KIRA is a lovely Ultrabook that's designed for those of you want to splurge on a finely crafted product. It would suit anyone who wants great performance and a very high resolution screen in a thin and light chassis. However, the fan in the chassis can get very loud and annoying.
Pros: Excellent screen, Sturdy build quality, Swift performance