Toshiba's new Kirabook touts 13.3" 2560x1440 screen, premium design

By Matthew
Apr 17, 2013
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  1. Toshiba has announced a new premium notebook family whose sole member may be the only high-end ultrabook to offer a 2560x1440 display. Named "Kirabook," the system is Toshiba's first to ship with an ultra-high resolution PixelPure screen, which is protected...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +478

    It does to me...

    1. It is not smart trying to bring in a high-end laptop on Ivy Bridge when Haswell products are already well on the way, just waiting for June's announcement. And since Haswell is touting huge energy savings, it is a big deal for an ultrabook.
    2. If 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD are at the top end, it will cool the interest. Apple is expected to have a 16GB RAM update for Macbook Air this summer (plus retina display), while they already have 512GB options on the current lineup.

    And for that kind of money they are gambling... The higher resolution screen alone is just not enough.
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,510   +308

    Top notch specifications should only be the beginning. The MacBook Pro Retina (at least the 15" version) is awesome because of its build quality and actual usage scenarios where you take advantage of the screen resolution. In other words, Toshiba will have to make Windows and applications scale properly, a tough job if you are pushing for this change alone.
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,676   +868

    VitalyT Apple is not gonna bring the Retina to the Air just yet. That is a rumor. I dont think they will since it will take up too much battery life, and adding more battery space to an already tight chassis will be tough.

    Julio Franco I agree. I think the only reason the MBP Retina succeeded was because of the advertising Apple puts forth. It gives developers incentives to support the screen.

    I really like this laptop in general. Too bad it is a Toshiba. I hate Toshiba personally because they dont allow you to install 3rd party drivers from people like nVidia or AMD. So you will be stuck with an outdated driver for years. As nice as this is though, I would rather put the money toward a MBP Retina or a Samsung Series 9. I really wanna see where Samsung goes with their upcoming high resolution Series 9.
  5. Zeromus

    Zeromus TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 231   +7

    I absolutely love the Series 9 design, it's absolutely gorgeous! But I'd rather it have a the competing resolution of 2880x1800 rather than 2560x1400.
  6. Features smeatures. Will they have clever marketing? That's what we care about.


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