Toshiba Kirabook Series

Toshiba Kirabook 2014Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U, Intel Core i7 3537U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch
Weight: 1.2kg, 1.4kg
Price: 1600, 2000 euro
Average Score: 72.16% - average
Average of 19 scores (from 26 reviews)
price: 69%, performance: 73%, features: 82%, display: - %
mobility: 75%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

 

Toshiba Kirabook

Specifications

Toshiba KirabookNotebook: Toshiba Kirabook
Processor: Intel Core i7 3537U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 2560x1440 pixels
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 2000 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section
 Kirabook (Series)

Average Score: 70.46% - average
Average of 13 scores (from 18 reviews)

 

90% Toshiba Kirabook
Source: Maximum PC English
While much of the PC industry is hustling to bring lower-cost Ultrabooks to market, Toshiba is unabashedly raising the high end, complete with an all-new brand meant to ooze excellence. The first product to wear this proud badge is the 13.3-inch Kirabook. If you’re into those extras and having the highest-res screen on an Ultrabook, the Kirabook’s your ticket to living large.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
67% Review: Toshiba KIRA Ultrabook
Source: PC Authority English
Combined with how much noise the KIRA makes in operation – the whine from the Ultrabook’s fans nearly drove our designer to distraction – it becomes a hard unit to recommend. Save the money, and go with the Z360. Or ditch the constraining Ultrabook spec altogether, and go with Venom’s excellent Haswell machine.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/12/2013
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 67% performance: 50% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
Toshiba KIRAbook High Resolution Ultrabook
Source: Hot Hardware English
On the design side of things, the KIRAbook is a handsome machine. But, as we mentioned earlier, it suffers a bit from the bevy of other laptops that look very much like it. People may comment on this machine's size, but we doubt anyone will walk up to you and say “Oooh, you have a KIRAbook.” Of course that's likely not your primary reason for buying an ultrabook like this.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/27/2013
70% Toshiba KIRABook 13 i7 Touch
Source: Wired Magazine English
WIRED Best resolution screen available for an ultrabook, period. Lightweight yet powerful, with better-than-average battery life. Responsive touchscreen and trackpad. Handsome and sturdy, yet demure. TIRED Touchscreen could be brighter. Fan could be quieter. Ultra-flat keys not overly friendly for touch typing. Ungodly costly.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Toshiba Kirabook ultrabook
Source: Gadgetmix English
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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2013
Toshiba tries to reinvent itself with a flagship Ultrabook
Source: Engadget English
There's no question the Kirabook is Toshiba's best Ultrabook to date. But is it good enough to win over wary consumers? We're inclined to say no, at least at this price. For all the things Toshiba got right (attractive design, improved keyboard, solid specs, generous warranty) there are a few important details it overlooked.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/17/2013
50% Toshiba Kirabook review - first Ultrabook with 'Retina' display
Source: PC Advisor English
The audience Toshiba is pursuing with the Kirabook is the well-to-do professional who is willing to pay extra for high-end hardware and services. The Kirabook is the most beautiful Ultrabook to pass through our Test Centre, but its inability to drive a large external monitor at native resolution, a lid that flexes like a contortionist, a Wi-Fi adapter restricted to 2.4GHz networks, and a display that doesn't deliver as much contrast as the Retina display Toshiba wants consumers to compare it to make this machine's sky-high price tag hard to swallow.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 50%
80% Toshiba KIRA Ultrabook review
Source: Good Gear Guide English
It's hard not to like the Toshiba KIRA. It has everything we want in an Ultrabook: a strong chassis and a light weight, great performance, full-sized ports, and an excellent, high-resolution screen. For the most part, it's an Ultrabook that's a pleasure to use, and we even made a lot of use of its touchscreen. We think the noise from the fan is a problem though.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
50% Toshiba Kirabook review: The first Ultrabook with a higher-than-HD touchscreen
Source: PC World English
The Kirabook is the most beautiful Ultrabook to pass through the PCWorld Labs, but its inability to drive a large external monitor at native resolution, a lid that flexes like a contortionist, a Wi-Fi adapter restricted to 2.4GHz networks, and a display that doesn’t deliver as much contrast as the Retina display Toshiba wants consumers to compare it to make this machine’s sky-high price tag hard to swallow.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/16/2013
Rating: Total score: 50%
70% Toshiba Kirabook
Source: PC Mag English
And therein lies the problem: The Toshiba Kirabook is really good, but not the best for the money. If you have a need to spend $2,000 on a high-end ultraportable laptop, the Editors' Choice Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display) will give you a higher-than-HD resolution screen, dual-band Wi-Fi, full size HDMI, 8GB of memory, 256GB Flash Storage, and similar performance with a Core i5 processor for the same $2,000 price tag. The MacBook Pro also has more battery life and forward-looking I/O ports like Thunderbolt. The Kirabook is lighter, thinner, and comes with the two-year service and support, but those aren't quite enough to unseat the MacBook Pro as the high end ultraportable EC.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Toshiba KiraBook Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
This will probably make this article seem as dated as disco before too long, but at this writing there is no Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display to go with the 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros. Toshiba launches a new luxury brand with an ultra-high-resolution ultrabook (think MacBook Air Retina). The view is alternately spiffy and squinty, but the rest of the design dazzles.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/10/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Toshiba KIRAbook Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
If money is no option to you and you want to have the highest-resolution display possible on PC, then by all means, pick up the KIRAbook. But if you want the biggest bang for your buck and don’t “need” all of that resolution (although it’s still very nice) when you’re responding to emails, Facebooking or watching cat videos on the Internet, then there certainly are slightly cheaper options, like the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which performs just as well as the KIRAbook and is $100 less, although you would have to purchase a Windows 8 license (and deal with Apple’s questionable Windows power management) and have to deal with a heavier laptop as the 13-inch MBP with Retina weighs in at 3.57lbs versus the KIRAbook’s 2.66 (!).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/10/2013
Toshiba KIRAbook Ultrabook Review
Source: AnandTech English
Without having personally tested any of the ASUS Zenbooks, which at least around the "office" (disclaimer: there is not an office) are generally regarded as among the best ultrabooks on the market, I can't really speak too greatly on how the Toshiba KIRAbook measures up competitively. I can definitely tell you how the user experience measures up to the myriad non-ASUS ultrabooks I have tested, though.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/09/2013
79% High-end specs, and a price to match
Source: CNet English
When Toshiba first showed us the Kirabook in person, company reps asked my colleague and I what we thought the system would cost. We gave a couple of well-reasoned guesses, but came nowhere close to the $1,599-to-$1,999 range. But there is room for premium laptops even among today's price-sensitive shoppers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 80% mobility: 70%
90% Toshiba Kirabook
Source: Techreview Source English
The Toshiba Kirabook is an attempt to conquer the Apple laptop. It is an upscale Ultrabook laptop that has a sleek, thin design and a Retina-like 13.3-inch touch screen display. With the Kirabook, you also get excellent battery life and a speedy solid-state drive.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
60% Toshiba Kirabook Review
Source: Digital Trends English
The Toshiba Kirabook is in many ways a great Ultrabook. The 2560 x 1440 would be impressive on its own, yet it’s served up in a package no larger than a MacBook Air that still offers excellent performance and reasonable battery life. Toshiba’s engineers have certainly earned their keep. But even the best hardware can’t reach its potential without the right software, and that’s where this Ultrabook – through no fault of its own – stumbles.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Toshiba Kirabook Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
For those who can afford it, the Kirabook has everything: a gorgeous and very-high-resolution touch-screen display, a blazing 256GB SSD, and gobs of power in a sexy, yet durable design. Better yet, this $1,999 system lasts nearly 7 hours on a charge. However, the front corners are a little sharp for our taste, and the webcam could be better.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/03/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Toshiba KIRAbook 13 i5-Touch 13.3-inch Laptop Review
Source: Comp Reviews English
Toshiba entry into the premium ultrabook market with the KIRAbook tries very hard to make a name for itself. The high resolution display, very fast storage performance and strong warranty support definitely are all welcome additions. The problem is that there are enough quirks that hold it back.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%

 

Toshiba Kirabook 2014

Specifications

Toshiba Kirabook 2014Notebook: Toshiba Kirabook 2014
Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4400
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 2540x1400 pixels
Weight: 1.4kg
Price: 1600 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section
 Kirabook (Series)

Average Score: 75.83% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 8 reviews)

 

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
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%

 

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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.

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

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Intel HD Graphics 4400:

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

» 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.  

3537U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q1 2013. Offers a core clock of 2.0 - 3.1 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1200 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

Intel Core i5:

4200U:

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.


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.


1.2 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

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.


72.16%: 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.

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Toshiba Portege Z30-A-M5S
Core i5 4200U, 1.2 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 13-59402183
Core i3 4010U, 1.6 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
» Acer Aspire S7-392-9460
Core i7 4500U, 1.3 kg
» Sony Vaio Pro SVP1321M2E
Core i5 4200U, 1 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A1301
Core i5 4300U, 1.2 kg
» Acer Aspire S7-392-54208G12tws
Core i5 4200U, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Portege Z30-A-12U
Core i7 4500U, 1.2 kg
» Asus UX301LA-C4006H
Core i7 4500U, 1.2 kg
» Samsung ATIV 940X3G-K01PL
Core i5 4200U, 1.3 kg
» Samsung ATIV 940X3G-K01NL
Core i5 4200U, 2.4 kg
» Sony Vaio Fit multi-flip SV-F13N1L2E/S
Core i5 4200U, 1.307 kg
» Sony Vaio Flip 13 SV-F13N17PXB
Core i7 4500U, 1.3 kg
» Sony Vaio SV-F13N1Y9E/S
Core i7 4500U, 1.2 kg
» Sony Vaio Flip 13 SV-F13N13CXB
Core i5 4200U, 1.3 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-01-12 (Update: 2014-01-12)