Looking not unlike the Apple MacBook Air, the new Toshiba Kirabook is a high-end offering in the Ultrabook space. Key features include 2560-by-1440 color-calibrated resolution on a 13.3” display and a magnesium casing that helps keep the weight down to 2.6lb. A starting price of $1599 means you’ll be looking carefully at the other specs before buying. A few of them are quite surprising.
Kira is a new brand from the Japanese manufacturer which means there’s likely to be a range of products but the first, the Kirabook, comes in i5, i5 with touch and an i7 version with touch.
This is not a VPro Ultrabook (which can be a more efficient advantage for those who don’t need remote management and the advanced security features) but it does come with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB HDD. There’s an HDMI port, 3 USB 3.0 ports, headset port and a full SD card slot.
Battery capacity is a sector-average 52Wh (about 5hrs of normal use) there’s no DisplayPort and, surprisingly, you’ve only got a Centrino-N 2230, a 2.4Ghz only model. That’s not good if you’re using WiFi in a heavily populated area these days. 5Ghz support is a must.
It seems that Toshiba have worked to create a media-persons Ultrabook here. Photographers, videographers and, if that keyboard is better than the previous Toshiba Ultrabooks, for writers. It’s a stylish unit and will fit well with media-types. Add about 15% to the weight figure for a touchscreen version though.
The obvious competitor is the Ultrabook I’m using right now. A Core i7, 8GB, 256GB Lenovo Yoga 13 has a usable 1600×900 touchscreen display and similar port-set and battery life. It costs much less than the Kirabook i7 touch and can also function as an easel or tablet.
We’re in contact with Toshiba to find out about European availability. The Kirabook will be available on May 3rd in the USA.