Toshiba Kirabook 2014


Toshiba Kirabook 2014Notebook: Toshiba Kirabook 2014 (Kirabook Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4500U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 2560x1440 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.28kg
Price: 1500 euro
Average Score: 74.88% - average
Average of 8 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 80%, features: 77%, display: 82% mobility: 86%, workmanship: 79%, ergonomy: 87%, emissions: 91%

Reviews for the Toshiba Kirabook 2014

84% Toshiba KIRAbook (KIRA-101) Ultrabook Review | Notebookcheck
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.
80% Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7s Touch
Source: PC Mag English
With a brilliant, bright WQHD screen and performance to match, the Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7s Touch earns our Editors' Choice nod for high-end ultrabooks. Though it's a little pricey, the new Kirabook, with premium components housed in an attractive package that weighs less than 3 pounds, is worth the extra cash. It smokes its rivals and looks good doing it. That's the formula for a top-notch high-end ultrabook if I ever saw one.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
75% Toshiba Kira-101 review: High-res touchscreen, premium price
Source: English
The Toshiba Kira 101 is a thin, lightweight and stylish ultrabook that would not look out of place in a business meeting. The high-resolution 13.3-inch touchscreen is a highlight, alongside 8GB of RAM, a dual-core Core i7 processor and a 256GB SSD. Some business users may bemoan by the absence of VGA and Ethernet ports and the lack of an optical drive, but these are rare components on an ultrabook. The £1,082.50 (ex. VAT) price is high, though.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
60% Toshiba Kira-101
Source: It Pro English
The Kira's price and availability - £1,299 and from Selfridges - makes this machine feel like a high-class affair, but the reality isn't quite so sweet. The high-quality screen is hampered by lack of software optimisation, the performance is mediocre and is accompanied by noise and heat, and the design just can't match the pure class of rivals. The keyboard, trackpad and battery life are all good, but are also all bettered elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Toshiba Kira-101 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Kira-101 is an extremely well-built Ultrabook which has one of the best displays we've ever seen on a laptop. However, it's very expensive for its capabilities, especially when compared to the Best Buy-winning Asus Zenbook UX302, which is similarly specified, cheaper and has longer battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Toshiba Kira review All's well that's Haswell for Toshiba's updated Ultrabook
Source: Techradar English
The Kira's longer battery life, compact stylings and attractive looks (with the lid open) are all plus points for Toshiba's second Ultrabook, but some of the flaws are real deal-breakers. The most glaring one is the display's lackluster backlight, which is an unfortunate one considering the highly reflective nature of the display and its average viewing angles.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 70% workmanship: 70%
Review: Toshiba Kira Ultrabook
Source: Gizmag English
The Kira is an impressive piece of kit. It's fast and the screen is stunning. There are a few niggles that will hopefully be ironed out by the time the second generation of the Kira is released. There's still room for refining the design, for example, and there's definitely scope for improving the built-in speakers. Perhaps the area that most needs attention, though, is price. The Kira is listed for £1,299 (US$2,190) in the UK. The highest spec Dell XPS comes in at £150 ($253) less and is very comparable specs-wise, while you can pick up a 13-in MacBook Air with a comparable i7 processor from £1,129 ($1,900).
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/13/2014

Foreign Reviews

90% Luxux-Ultrabook
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/25/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 100% display: 82% mobility: 92% ergonomy: 87%
Toshiba Kira-101 (PSU8SE-00J00HGR)
Source: c't - Heft 11/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/16/2014
80% Toshiba Kira-101 (PSU8SE-00J00HGR)
Source: e-media - Heft 9/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/16/2014
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.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  


Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.0 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.

1.28 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

74.88%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not 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
» 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
» Toshiba Kirabook 2014
Core i5 4200U, 1.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-06- 1 (Update: 2014-06- 1)