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: 76.33% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 12 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 80%, features: 77%, display: 83% mobility: 88%, 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

Toshiba Kira Ultrabook
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/17/2014
Toshiba KiraBook
Source: Plus X Award - Heft 8/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2014
88% Toshiba Kira-101 (PSU8SE-00J00HGR)
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 08/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 88% display: 85% mobility: 93%
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
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/16/2014
80% Toshiba Kira-101 (PSU8SE-00J00HGR)
Source: e-media - Heft 9/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%



Toshiba Kirabook 2014 Edition is a slim, lightweight and premium ultrabook with impressive screen resolution and upgraded battery life. The ultrabook is elegantly built from pressed magnesium alloy. It features a strong stabilizing hinge to support the beautiful touchscreen. The display is a 13.3 inch 2560 X 1440 pixels PixelPure panel that will stun most users with its clarity and accuracy.

At the heart of the ultrabook is a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7 – 4500U processor, 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1600 MHz and  integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU. This enables the ultrabook to perform most tasks asked of it with relevant ease. There is also a model with an Intel i5 configuration available as a lower end option. The storage on board is a 256 GB SSD drive and excludes an optical drive which is common with newer ultrabooks.

It also comes with a backlit frameless keyboard, ultra fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi chipset and the ability to charge USB devices even when the Kirabook is off. The operating system is Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit) and this takes advantage of the Kirabook’s touchscreen capabilities. Considered to be a bit pricey for the specifications, the Toshiba Kirabook is just another option with no distinct features to separate it from the rest.

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

76.33%: 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

» Acer Aspire V3-371-33LX
Core i3 4005U, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire R7-371T-77FF
Core i7 4510U, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire R7-371T-72TC
Core i7 4510U, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A-189
Core i5 4210U, 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire R7-371T-55DQ
Core i5 4210U, 1.5 kg
» HP Pavilion 13-b102TU
Core i3 4030U, 1.7 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Z30T-A-111
Core i5 4200U, 1.4 kg
» Acer Aspire R7-371T-55DJ
Core i5 4210U, 1.5 kg
» Samsung 940X3G-K07DE
Core i5 4200U, 1.4 kg
» HP Probook 430 G2
Core i5 4210U, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire R13 R7-371T-779K
Core i7 4510U, 1.46 kg
» HP Pavilion 13-a051sr
Core i5 4210U, 2 kg
» Asus Zenbook UX303LA-R5094H
Core i5 4210U, 1.45 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U330-59427487
Core i5 4200U, 1.7 kg
» Acer Aspire V3-371-52VR
Core i5 4210U, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga2 13-59427516
Core i3 4030U, 1.6 kg
» Asus Zenbook UX303LA-R5097H
Core i7 4510U, 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire R13
Core i5 4210U, 1.8 kg
» Dell Inspiron 13-7347-3276
Core i3 4010U, 1.7 kg
» Dell Inspiron 13 7347
Core i5 4210U, 1.65 kg
» Toshiba KIRA-102
Core i7 4510U, 1.4 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Z30-A-1D2
Core i7 4510U, 1.18 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-06- 1 (Update: 2014-06- 1)