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Toshiba Launches $1500 Luxury Kirabook with 2560x1444 LCD

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Toshiba's got a new premium brand and it's kicking things off with a Windows 8 ultrabook.

Toshiba has announced the release of a brand new luxury laptop aimed at the high-end market. Dubbed the Kirabook, Toshiba says the laptop is just the first device in its brand new Kira line of luxury products. At $1,500 it's definitely got a premium price tag, so what do you get for your grand and a half?

 

Well, the most notable feature is the display. Measuring in at 13.3-inches across, the Kirabook boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1444 for an impressive 221 ppi (almost on par with the 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, which has 227 ppi). Users also have the option of a 10-point multitouch display. Under the hood, you'll find Intel's third-gen Core i-series (either a Core i5 or Core i7, depending on configuration), 8GB of 1600 MHz RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage. The whole package weighs in at 2.6 pounds, thanks in part to the pressed magnesium alloy chassis, and measures 0.7 inches thick.

The Kirabook also comes with Toshiba's Platinum Service & Support, which includes a two-year warranty, 24x7 phone support, access to dedicated U.S.-based agents, rapid repair, set-up assistance, and annual tune-ups.

"At the core of the KIRA brand are products derived from inspired engineering," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "Products that will carry the KIRA name will be more than a collection of the latest hardware technologies, but a statement of craftsmanship, fit and finish, and features built for the consumer's benefit, not technology's sake."

The Kirabook ranges from $1,599.99 to $1,999.99 and is up for pre-order on May 3. You can purchase it outright on May 12 on Amazon.com or BestBuy.com, or at the Microsoft Store, B&H and Adorama. You can also buy from ToshibaDirect.com.

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    jackson1420 , April 18, 2013 12:40 PM
    Wow only 2.54 times thicker than the Samsung 840 Pro. No wonder you need mSATA.
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    bak0n , April 18, 2013 12:54 PM
    Gamers need not apply, unless you like gaming at 10fps.
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    bootsattheboar , April 18, 2013 12:56 PM
    Wow, it's sad to think that $1500 used to get you a mid-level pc, and that was when $1500 was worth what $2100 is now. Now $1,500 is a luxury price? No wonder my repair business has dropped off the economic radar.
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    TheViper , April 18, 2013 1:01 PM
    So Toshiba made a Windows Mac?
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    shotgunz , April 18, 2013 1:10 PM
    It's not high end until you shove in a high end GPU
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    Apanzee , April 18, 2013 1:14 PM
    But can it run Minecraft?
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    SteelCity1981 , April 18, 2013 1:23 PM
    your paying for the resolution ne the sceen mostly and lets be honest 2560 x 1444 on a 13.3 inch screen? good luck convincing people that you can tell a diff between that and a 1366 X 768 on that small of a screen.
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    jackson1420 , April 18, 2013 1:43 PM
    Quote:
    Wow, it's sad to think that $1500 used to get you a mid-level pc, and that was when $1500 was worth what $2100 is now. Now $1,500 is a luxury price? No wonder my repair business has dropped off the economic radar.


    You pay the the lightness of the ultrabook packed with the features. You could pay less but you might short yourself on the typical features you expect.

    For example I was shopping Ultrabooks last month and found many laptops that fit my needs but was missing the Ethernet or it weight half a pound more or the SSD was only 128GB oh I can go on. These make all the difference.
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    Shankovich , April 18, 2013 2:33 PM
    Still going to wait for Haswell, I'd like to have at least some gaming potential in an ultrabook
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    bootsattheboar , April 18, 2013 2:43 PM
    Wow, it's sad to think that $1500 used to get you a mid-level pc, and that was when $1500 was worth what $2100 is now. Now $1,500 is a luxury price? No wonder my repair business has dropped off the economic radar.
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    Vatharian , April 18, 2013 4:54 PM
    First thing that came into my mind - Book of Yagami Light's 'partner'? It's always good to see move from crap 14x9 and smaller LCDs... Low resolution is crap (proud owner of both Dell 3008wfp and Nexus 10)
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    bebangs , April 18, 2013 7:51 PM
    1366x728 resolution is a joke.

    2560x1444 should be the new standard not the touchscreens.
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    sublime2k , April 19, 2013 2:44 AM
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    Still going to wait for Haswell, I'd like to have at least some gaming potential in an ultrabook

    As if that will make any difference.
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    del35 , April 19, 2013 5:38 AM
    Now with toshiba imitating Apple, I am having second thoughts about using Toshiba products....
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    wilem_WAR246810 , April 19, 2013 5:46 PM
    am I the only one who thought of Death Note here?
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    JeffJuice , April 20, 2013 12:18 AM
    As others have stated, sure the screen resolution is great [albeit I still think 1080 should be standard by now, but am surprised to find many units with the 768 res]. Given that 1080 is not even standard for laptops, nor is 1440 standard for desktops, it will be awhile till that is standardized. Plus as another user stated, 1440 on a 13 inch screen is a bit much. It does make every everything clear sure, but it won't work as well for those with bad eye sight.
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    laststop311 , April 20, 2013 4:35 AM
    Why do they keep sticking 2560x1440 in a 13 inch screen? I will be ecstatic if the next alienware m18x r3 comes out with a 2560x1440 IPS flavored 18.4" screen so you can actually make use of the extra pixels a little more. If they can do it on a 13 inch screen with much less room to pack all those pixels in it should be even more simple to get those pixels into a larger space with more room to dedicate to each pixel. Plus that is the only way dell is going to get me to upgrade my entire m18x r1 to the r3. Didn't get the r2 just changed out the heatsinks for gpu and cpu with the beefier r2 versions and changed the gpus from crossfire 6990m to sli gtx 680m. And it's looking like the gtx 780m is just going to be a small incremental upgrade thats mayve 10% faster at most compared to the gtx 680m so I probably wont be doing any upgrading to my R1 this generation of upgrades. Now when they move down from 28nm to the next node I think its either 20nm or 16nm on the 800 series geforce it will be time for the upgrade as that will be a leap in performance like the 680 was to the 580