KIRAbook™ 13 i5 Ultrabook™

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Premium ultrabook delivers on every expectation

POSTED BY: Proud owner , VA
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

Shipping and packaging The KIRAbook was delivered as promised with no delays whatsoever. The packaging was fantastic, with several layers of protection for the laptop and a very classy feel. Display The 2560 by 1440 IPS display is amazing, and is readable (for the dedicated) even at 100% DPI scaling (allows for two full-size webpages side-by-side). The viewing angles are wide, the contrast is high, the colours are bright. There are other IPS panels which are better (and lower resolution), but the KIRAbook display is still excellent. Keyboard Travel is minimal with a spongy feel rather than the distinct tactile sensation of a scissor switch or mechanical switch. Keyboard layout is sane and easy to use, with an Fn modifier key to allow convenient access to many useful features and quick toggles. Fn lock is also available. Touchpad Not very good, like most touchpads. The problem is heightened by the extremely high resolution. However, there are extensive customization options available to adjust the touchpad response, and eventually a better configuration may be found. Chassis Excellent build quality, premium feel, classic look. Extremely light and good at presenting the illusion of thinness (with rubber feet on the bottom, it is not truthfully that thin). Difficult to believe that so much power and so many pixels fit into such a svelte package. Battery life On 'eco' mode (under a Toshiba-provided power management utility), power consumption is aggressively low. On an almost 36-hour journey from the US to Japan, the KIRAbook did not need to be charged until the day after the journey (note that the laptop was used mainly during layovers and not during flights) - and it was not even fully charged at the beginning of the journey. Ports The selection of ports is perfect. 3 USB, 1 video, 1 audio, 1 storage. What else do you need? Bloatware The amount of pre-installed software was not excessive. The only resource-intensive one was Norton antivirus (including 2-year subscription). The antivirus also affects the subjective experience of the speed and performance of the system (as it does for all systems). The plethora of included Toshiba utilities are great for those who like to tweak, and unobtrusive for those who don't. Conclusion Ultrabooks are too often consumer-grade and Mac imitations. The KIRAbook steps beyond by combining aesthetics with enterprise-grade features (such as status indicators, battery management, excellent build quality, extended warranty, etc) and first class service.

Better than the macbook pro

POSTED BY: Diamond , New York, NY
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

Well some people may say the price is a little to much but when you actually get hand on you will understand why its that price. When I first opened the package i was shocked at how thin it was, the screen is about same as apples retina display. The only downside for me was no ethernet port but not a big deal

Ultra Bang In An UltraBook

POSTED BY: Ted , Richmond, Va
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

I have used Toshiba Laptop computers for several years and have had consistently positive user results. I travel extensively and want a smaller, lighter laptop with good battery life and great screen quality. Recently, I purchased the Kirabook 13-i5 and have been blown away by the overall quality. The weight is amazingly light, like not carrying a computer at all. The Kirabook is very fast, has excellent visual screen quality, and I have gotten OVER 6.5 hours of battery life on airplane flights when performing word processing tasks and creating business graphics for reports - with excellent screen brightness. I have stopped carrying my IPAD 2 because the Kirabook has made it surperfluous.


POSTED BY: Twinkle Toes
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

Kira is fast becoming my best friend. Great, fast.


POSTED BY: Princess , Florida
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5

Super lightweight, fast and friendly!


POSTED BY: Coolwater , Miami, fl
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 4 out of 5

Excellent product, hope Toshiba makes one like this with a 15".Screen The only issue I see is the battery, having to ship it to an expert to change battery. Other than that . Great.

Too Small To Be Useful

POSTED BY: Jay , Los Angeles, California
Overall rating: 2 out of 5 2 out of 5

I have had Toshiba laptops in the past and found them to be more than adequate. I purchased the Kira because I wanted a lighter weight machine to take with me when I travel. The text size is very small when set to the recommended resolution. When coupled with the lack of a trackball or pointing device such as is found on Lenovo machines, the machine is pretty much unusable for any practical purpose.

MSRP: $1299.99

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  • Laptop summary
  • Intel® Core™ i5-3337U dual core processor
  • Windows 8
  • 8GB DDR3 memory
  • 256GB mSATA solid state drive
  • Mobile Intel® HM76 Express Chipset
  • 2560 x 1440 PixelPure™ LED backlit display
  • Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230, 2x2 BGN + WiDi Ready
  • HD webcam
  • Frameless LED Backlit Keyboard
  • HDMI output
  • Starting at 2.66 lbs