Toshiba Kirabook 2014


Toshiba Kirabook 2014Notebook: Toshiba Kirabook 2014 (Kirabook Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 2540x1400 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.4kg
Price: 1600 euro
Average Score: 77.63% - good
Average of 16 scores (from 18 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 88%, features: 79%, display: 91% mobility: 86%, workmanship: 81%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 68%

Reviews for the Toshiba Kirabook 2014

80% Toshiba Kira review
Source: English
The Toshiba Kira seems to have been designed to offer Windows users a surrogate for Apple's MacBook Air, with its thin and light wedge-shaped chassis, but offering a high resolution display similar to a MacBook Pro. It thus offers a stylish and lightweight laptop that is likely to appeal to many business users and consumers alike, with a surprisingly good battery life as well. However, business users should note the lack of vPro, its integrated battery and no support for a desktop dock. We would also have liked to have seen at least the option for mobile broadband in a system clearly designed for mobility.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/12/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Toshiba Kira review
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Kira ticks a lot of desirable boxes and, in casual use, does a good job. It's lightweight and easily portable enough for us to happily use it as a day-to-day Windows machine. But that price point would make us look elsewhere. A little more polish and refinement and the Kira could be a glittering example of a laptop. For now it lays the groundwork to what we suspect will be a great device in its second generation format. One to watch.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Toshiba Kirabook review
Source: T3 English
There's a lot to like about the Kirabook. It's beautifully designed, super light, and the screen is a delight. The only real downer is the price. Toshiba should release a cheaper version, with a same resolution 11-inch screen and 128GB storage. But if money is no object, add on another star.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Toshiba Kira-101 review
Source: PC Pro English
The Toshiba Kira-101 marks an excellent debut for the Kirabook range, and proof positive that Toshiba really does know how to build a luxurious consumer Ultrabook. It's the best Toshiba laptop we've seen for a very long time, and goes toe to toe with the finest Ultrabooks out there. Despite lacking the fancy hybrid features of the Dell XPS 12 and Yoga 2 Pro, the Kira-101 matches them blow for blow. Our only reservation is that slightly high £1,299 price tag.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 100% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
79% Toshiba KIRAbook Review: Hi-Res Ultrabook With Style
Source: English
With its intense resolution display and stellar speakers, the Toshiba KIRAbook makes an excellent portable media device, and can handle everyday work with ease as well. The sleek, compact design makes it a good option for on-the-go users who will find it good for traveling, and the solid build quality means it should survive trips for a long time to come. Despite a few minor flaws such as the frustrating trackpad responsiveness and the fact this ultrabook is a little bit pricey, the KIRAbook still makes a worthwhile addition to the ultrabook scene.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 79%
70% Toshiba Kira-101 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Kira is fast, with a high-quality screen and superb battery life, but it just doesn’t have the all-round quality to justify its high price. The smart design doesn’t stand out nor have the attention to detail we demand from this level of system, the keyboard is flawed, and the fan is too noisy. We’d rather buy the cheaper Samsung or Sony machines, or the MacBook Air – even if it means waiting until Apple updates its ultraportable with a Retina screen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 70% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70% emissions: 50%
80% Toshiba Kira-101 review: Windows Ultrabook with 13in touchscreen that has good overall speed and a high-resolution display
Source: PC Advisor English
The Toshiba Kira cannot approach the outstanding battery life of its Apple rivals. It does manages to combine good overall speed and a high-resolution display with a truly ultraportable design. That's a difficult trick to pull off, and it makes the Kira one of the most attractive Windows Ultrabooks currently available.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
70% Toshiba Kirabook review: Rich and thin, but still short of awesome
Source: PC World English
The Kirabook is an impressive notebook, but it’s also very expensive. Lenovo’s Yoga 2 Pro and HP’s Spectre 13t are its closest competitors. The Yoga 2 Pro, with the same CPU and memory but an even higher-resolution display (3200 by 1800 pixels) and more storage (a 512GB SSD), goes for $1599. The Spectre 13t, with the same processor and same-resolution display, costs $1505. But neither Lenovo nor HP matches Toshiba’s white-glove service: 24/7 telephone support from U.S.-based technicians (with call pick-up within 45 seconds), setup assistance, annual tune-ups, and paid shipping both ways for repairs under warranty.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
85% The high-end Kirabook gets a battery life upgrade
Source: CNet English
The original Toshiba Kirabook was a well-intentioned attempt to capture some boutique-level mindshare from other high-end, high-design laptops. Despite excellent craftsmanship, it missed on enough levels, from oddball price/feature combos to disappointing battery life, to fall just short of a strong recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/05/2014
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
60% Toshiba Kirabook (2014)
Source: Digital Trends English
The new revision of Toshiba’s Kirabook is in every way a better laptop than its predecessor, but the competition has also improved and high-resolution displays have become more common, detracting from the system’s main selling point. Indeed, we think this new model is rather late to the party. Ultrabooks running 4th-gen Intel processors have been out for about six months.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Toshiba Kira
Source: Trusted Reviews English
When it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to stand out from a congested ultrabook crowd, the Kira is a great looker and is fully equipped to take on everyday tasks. The screen is the real standout feature and should make it a great place to watch films or binge on a box set on Netflix. Price is obviously the stumbling block here, but with the features on show and the sleek design there’s a whole lot to love about Kira.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/07/2014
Toshiba Kira Ultrabook (Haswell edition) pictures and hands-on
Source: Pocket Lint English
Bar the sumptuous, clear and ultra-crisp screen, the other impressive part of the Kira is in its build quality. The case uses a magnesium aluminium alloy, which supplies stability while not sacrificing weight. It's 1.35kg in total and 19.8mm thick.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/06/2014

Foreign Reviews

70% Toshiba Kira Im Ultrabook-Test
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
91% Toshiba Kira-101
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/23/2014
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 89% features: 83% display: 92% mobility: 89% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 85%
94% Toshiba Kira-101 (PSU8SE-00J00HGR)
Source: SFT - Heft 5/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 94%
70% Test : Toshiba Kira
Source: Journal du Geek French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Toshiba KIRABook : l’Ultrabook à la japonaise
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/09/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Toshiba Kirabook (2014)
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%



Toshiba may not be a name often heard in the devices industry, but their products and innovations are all good. The Toshiba Kirabook 2014 is one example of it. The Kirabook is the world’s first Windows based notebook with a pixel dimension as high as 2540 by 1400 pixels. This great resolution on a 13.3 inch screen makes graphics look on a whole different level. In addition, the notebook uses magnesium alloy and only weighs 1.4 kg, making it one of the lightest notebooks in its class as well. Despite being so light, the pressed magnesium alloy along with its honeycomb design ensures that the Kirabook is strong and durable.

The Toshiba Kirabook 2014 also has rather decent hardware specifications under the hood. It is equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor capable of clocking up to 2.6 GHz on turbo and also comes integrated with an Intel HD Graphics 4400, which will satisfy casual gaming needs. With 8 GB of RAM, the Kirabook should not be facing lags unless it runs some high requirements programs.

In conclusion, despite Toshiba not being a big name in computers, remember that Toshiba is a big name in making screens and Kirabook shows exactly why they are the experts of making screens. The Kirabook is without a doubt a great notebook/tablet hybrid, however, the price may be deter purchases.

Intel HD Graphics 4400:

ULV integrated GPU (GT2) with 20 EUs found on certain Haswell CPU models.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.4 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components. Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is one of the biggest international notebook-manufacturer. There exist many reviews for Toshiba models.

Toshiba reviews

77.63%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Toshiba Satellite Z30-A-12R
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire S3-392G-54206G50tws
Core i5 4200U, 1.65 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30T-A-11C
Core i5 4200U, 1.4 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3010ea
Core i5 4200U, 1.5 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook U574
Core i5 4200U, 1.6 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4001H
Core i5 4200U, 1.9 kg
» Sony Vaio Fit Multi-Flip SV-F13N1J2R
Core i3 4005U, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Kirabook 2014
Core i7 4500U, 1.28 kg
» Dell Latitude 3340 i5
Core i5 4200U, 1.773 kg
» Samsung ATIV Book 9 900X3G-K01
Core i5 4200U, 1.12 kg
» Fujitsu Lifebook T904
Core i7 4600U, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A-M5S
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 13-59402183
Core i3 4010U, 1.6 kg
» Asus VivoBook S301LA-C1073H
Core i5 4200U, 1.77 kg
» Acer Aspire S7-392-6807
Core i5 4200U, 1.3 kg
» Asus UX301LA-DH51T
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3000eo
Core i5 4200U, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX32L
Core i5 4200U, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Z30-A-134
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Fujitsu LifeBook S904
Core i7 4600U, 1.5 kg
» Sony VAIO 13 SV-F13N1A4E
Core i5 4200U, 1.3 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3090EF
Core i5 4200U, 1.5 kg
» Asus UX301LA-DH71T
Core i7 4558U, 1.2 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A-12T
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Dell XPS 13-9333
Core i5 4200U, 1.374 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A1302
Core i7 4600U, 1.2 kg
» HP Spectre 13-3010eg
Core i7 4500U, 1.48 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-01-12 (Update: 2014-01-12)