Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7S1
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7S1
Source: CNet Archive.org version
Toshiba's high-end Kirabook is a slick, well-made laptop that includes premium components and an excellent better-than-HD screen. When the series first debuted a couple of years ago, it was one of the only legitimate competitors to the Retina MacBook Pro. But since then, higher-res displays have become much more common, and powerful Windows laptops have become lighter, slimmer and more stylish.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/30/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
With a slick quad-HD touch display, zippy processing speeds and a stunningly slim design, the Toshiba Kirabook ($1,699 as reviewed) is a reliable ultraportable whose performance is as good as its looks. The notebook's small footprint and 9-hour-plus battery life make it ideal for vacations and business trips, and its crisp harmon/kardon speakers make it a solid multimedia machine.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Excellent build quality ; durable design; perfect IPS display with high contrast, high resolution and accurate colors; comfortable keyboard and touchpad. Negative: Too noisy fan.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/18/2015
Model: The Toshiba Kirabook is a premium laptop for those who like a high performing laptop as well as looking stylish using it. The casing is made of an AZ91 magnesium alloy, which gives it that premium feel. Its 13.3 inch widescreen display features the WQHD PixelPure LED Backlit. The touchscreen supports multi-touch gestures and is protected by Corning Concore Glass. It has a 16.9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and is driven by an Intel HD5500 Graphics. In addition, it features a 5th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM and a 256 GB mSATA SSD.
Its Harman/Kardon stereo speakers are driven by an DTS Studio sound card and come with dual microphones located on the underside. The Kirabook 13 i7S1 comes with a USB 3.0 charger port as well as two USB 3.0 ports for connecting other devices, an HDMI port with 4K Ultra HD output, a standard 3.5 mm audio jack and an SD card slot. Besides that, it also features an HD webcam and for connectivity, a standard Intel dual-band wireless card with WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Unfortunately, the lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 52 Wh cannot be replaced by the user, but has a 1-year-warranty.
Intel HD Graphics 5500: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in the Core processors of the Broadwell U-series (15 W TDP).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
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.
5500U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate or technology group. The company was established in 1939 and in 1978 Toshiba became the official company name. The company's products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard drives, printers, batteries, lighting, logistics and information technology. Toshiba was one of the largest manufacturers of personal computers, consumer electronics, home appliances and medical equipment.
75%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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