Toshiba Kirabook Aims for High-End Consumers
Offered in both standard and touch-screen display configurations, Kirabook's touch-screen models utilize Corning Concore Glass.Toshiba's digital products division is targeting high-end customers with the launch of its first device in the Kira family, the Kirabook notebook, which sports the company’s high resolution PixelPure display and a lightweight and compact design engineered with pressed magnesium alloy, which is far stronger than aluminum alloy. The Kirabook will be available for preorder on May 3 and for purchase on May 12 at Amazon, BestBuy’s online site, the Microsoft Store, B&H and Adorama, and direct from Toshiba. Three configurations will be available ranging from $1,599.99 to $1,999.99, featuring Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors. Offered in both standard and touch-screen display configurations, Kirabook's touch-screen models utilize Corning Concore Glass, which offers damage resistance and a 10-point multi-touch surface to navigate the Windows 8 operating system. The notebook also includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 software. On the inside, the Kirabook features Toshiba's AirFlow II technology, a multi-phase fan cooling system, as well as a stabilizing hinge that increases the resilience of the lid when opening and closing the laptop and reduces screen bounce for touch-screen use. A Li-Polymer battery is also included, along with a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and 8GB of 1600 MHz memory.
The device has a starting weight of 2.6 pounds and stands at 0.7 inches, fitting its 13.3-inch display into a honeycomb-reinforced design, which is applied to key pressure point areas of the device such as the palm rest area to achieve a higher grade of durability and rigidity. With a native resolution of 2560 x 1440, the notebook delivers 221 pixels per inch, which the company claims is a 90-percent increase over standard HD displays.