Excerpt: While much of the PC industry is hustling to bring lower-cost Ultrabooks to market, Toshiba is unabashedly raising the high end, complete with an all-new brand meant to ooze excellence. The first product to wear this proud badge is the 13.3-inch Kirabook .
Pros: Eye-popping screen; good looks and build; strong performance; bundled extras.
Cons: Expensive; value depends on interest in extras.
Conclusion: The Toshiba Kirabook ultrabook has a breathtaking screen. However, that screen doesn't necessarily justify the system's high price point.
Pros: Brilliant 2,560-by-1,440 resolution screen. Very light. Premium materials and look. Two year warranty, including tech support and Internet Security. Includes media creation apps (Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements). Three USB 3.0 ports and HDMI out.
Cons: No 802.11ac or 5GHz Wi-Fi. Small bezel makes some touch gestures inconvenient. May have to adjust zoom or screen resolution for apps. Integrated graphics.
Summary: When Toshiba announced the KIRAbook, we were blown away by its specs, especially its high-resolution display. After playing around with it for our reviewing purposes, we’re still impressed with Toshiba’s offering, although the KIRAbook isn’t quite as perfect as most people had hoped it would be.
Conclusion: Without having personally tested any of the ASUS Zenbooks, which at least around the "office" (disclaimer: there is not an office) are generally regarded as among the best ultrabooks on the market, I can't really speak too greatly on how the Toshiba KIRAbook measures up competitively.
Conclusion: The Toshiba Kirabook is in many ways a great Ultrabook. The 2560 x 1440 would be impressive on its own, yet it’s served up in a package no larger than a MacBook Air that still offers excellent performance and reasonable battery life. Toshiba’s engineers have certainly earned their keep.
Pros: Solid chassis, Glass touchscreen with thin bezels, Beautiful 2560 x 1440 display, Excellent performance
Cons: Display suffers from scaling issues, Extremely hot and loud at load, Not a good value
Summary: For those who can afford it, the Kirabook has everything: a gorgeous and very-high-resolution touch-screen display, a blazing 256GB SSD, and gobs of power in a sexy, yet durable design. Better yet, this $1,999 system lasts nearly 7 hours on a charge.
Excerpt: Toshiba is finally bringing its premium KIRAbook ultraportable laptop to the UK, it announced today. Having previously launched KIRAbooks only in the US, Toshiba's latest model looks set to be the best yet, with a new 4th-generation Intel Core processor.