Toshiba launches a new flagship benchmark-busting ultrabook called Kirabook.
Premium brush magnesium metal chassis is said to be 90 percent stronger than aluminum counterparts in other models (like MacBook Air). The magnesium used is scratch-resistant and light. The Kira ultrabook weighs only 1.3kg (2.9lb). MacBook Air weighs about the same, but does not have a touch-screen.
Toshiba offers the highest pixel resolution of all Windows 8 ultrabooks. The 13-inch glossy touch screen with tiny bezel stretches the pixel limit to 2,560 x 1,440 and 220-ppi pixel density. The viewing angles however are mediocre.
This port-packed ultrabook can connect to just about anything. Toshiba Kirabook features SD card reader, 3 x USB 3.0 port, HDMI port, and a headphone jack. To keep the mass off, Toshiba opted out of Ethernet port.
The backlit keyboard is a welcomed improvement over Protege line. So is the oversized Synaptics trackpad. The single-finger tracking as reported by engadget is a bit sticky though.
The DTS Studio Sound technology is loud and crisp. The noise of spinning fans however, at simplest of windows tasks does get distracting. At the benchmark tests Kirabook performed very well, albeit with noticeable noise. Beating anything that it was compared to including ASUS Taichi 21 and Microsoft Surface Pro, Kirabook ultrabook tested well over 5,000 mark in PCMark7 and 3DMark06.
The 52Wh battery promises decent 5 hours on a charge.
Kirabook is well equipped with hardware noteworthy of a premium portable. Running things is a 2GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM. Both read and write speeds are above 500MB/s. The boot-up from cold happens in under 10 seconds. The Kirabook is a powerful ultrabook, but it doesn’t come cheap.
At $1600 Toshiba offers a speedy powerhouse ultrabook with two years warranty and dedicated phone support ($100 value). The touch-screen option starts at $1,800. With just a week to Intel Haswell’s launch, one needs to wonder whether waiting for an upgraded version isn’t a bright idea. Haswell chip is to double the 3D graphics performance and better the battery life.
- Toshiba makes new detachable ultrabook Portege Z10t
- NEC launches VersaPro VG Ultrabook, the World’s Lightest Ultrabook
Sign up to the Gadgetmix Newsletter (free) for news and reviews mailed directly to your mailbox CLICK HERE