The Toshiba Kirabook ultrabook model we looked at is the most basic model of the three in the series. It features a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor that can reach speeds up to 2.7GHz. You also have the option to upgrade to a 3rd generation i7, 3.1GHz processor. Both of these CPUs have an integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics card that can handle most games on high settings. Considering the price tag attached to any Kirabook model, it doesn't make sense that these ultrabooks don't have 4th-generation Intel processors. This is something we hope Toshiba changes in later models because it's difficult to justify spending so much on older CPU technology.
The Kirabook comes with 8GB of memory, which is maxed out, but we found that it's plenty for almost any of your computing needs. The standard 256GB solid-state hard drive gives you some space to save files, but you can upgrade to a 512GB drive. You also receive an additional 25GB of Toshiba cloud storage when you purchase this ultrabook.
When it comes to design, this is what Toshiba seemed to focus on – especially with the display. The Kirabook may not be the best ultrabook, but its 2560 x 1440 ultimate-resolution touchscreen display tops our list. We noticed that the screen has deep blacks and great high-definition color. Videos and photos look pure, and the Corning Concore glass is ideal for this touchscreen because it helps prevent smudges and facilitates multi-touch gestures, so you can use Windows 8 on this ultrabook the way it's supposed to be used.
The ultrabook has a magnesium-alloy chassis lid that feels a little flexible, and almost fragile. With that being said, it's not fragile at all. You won't have to worry about the computer breaking when you travel or take it around the office. The keyboard is backlit, which should be a standard for all ultrathin laptops.
Some of the features include Bluetooth 4.0, an SD card reader and three USB ports, one of which is a USB 3.0 port. There is an HDMI-out port, but you will only get a max resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels on your external monitor. This is a concern because if you want to use a large HD TV instead of a 21-inch computer monitor, you may be disappointed with the image quality. The Wi-Fi adapter doesn't support 5GHz networks just 2.4GHz.
The Kirabook has a two-year limited warranty, which is longer than many of the other ultrabooks on the lineup. Whether it's by phone, email or live chat, Toshiba representatives are responsive and knowledgeable. You can order repairs and parts from the online store, join the community forum and watch some of the how-to videos if you are a DIY type of person.
The exquisite touchscreen display on the Toshiba Kirabook adds an interactive element to laptop computing and lets you view movies or other high-definition media in the best way possible. The processor, 8GB of memory and up to 512GB of storage space are all on par with the average ultrabook. This computer will run many 3D games without overheating or lagging. The Kirabook gets a lot of things right, just at the wrong price.
This ultrabook's display has the highest resolution of all the products on our lineup – and it's a touchscreen.
The wireless adapter doesn't support dual-band wireless.
This ultrabook is missing many components you would expect with its price tag, but between its size, display and bonus software, the Kirabook may be worth your consideration.