Toshiba KIRAbook: Conclusion

April 23, 2014 by Michael Epstein Reads (23,591)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8.5
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 7.5
    • Performance
    • 8.5
    • Features
    • 8.5
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.86
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Toshiba KIRAbookWith its intense resolution display and stellar speakers, the Toshiba KIRAbook makes an excellent portable media device, and can handle everyday work with ease as well. The sleek, compact design makes it a good option for on-the-go users who will find it good for traveling, and the solid build quality means it should survive trips for a long time to come.

Of course, one of the main reasons to purchase the KIRAbook instead of a slightly less expensive ultraportable laptop is the 13-inch screen packed with that impressive 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Combine that greater-than-HD screen with the battery-friendly Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a fast 256GB solid state drive and you’ve got a reasonably impressive laptop at a fair price.

Despite a few minor flaws such as the frustrating trackpad responsiveness and the fact this ultrabook is a little bit pricey, the KIRAbook still makes a worthwhile addition to the ultrabook scene.


  • Hi-res screen
  • Good port selection for an Ultrabook
  • Very portable and stylish


  • Dim screen
  • Slick keyboard
  • Frustrating trackpad



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  1. HiDesertNM

    From the pictures that display looks like a TN panel. At any rate, for that price it should be 300 nit minimum and IPS. The Samsung for the same price destroys this. Toshiba is losing its Mojo IMO. Have not seen anything interesting from them in quite some time.

  2. seirios

    @HiDesertNM: I just love smartasses like you who post rubbish without thinking (and looking) twice. FYI this laptop has an IPS panel and the brightness is 350 nit. Go figure. As for comparing it to Samsung… I’m sorry. Of course this is a matter of taste as well, but this laptop blows away any Samsung product on any day. I considered buying Samsung laptops and monitors several times in the past, but I always ended up choosing something else, because I cannot stand the oversaturated colours and the blueish glow that is omnipresent in the Samsung universe. To me it feels fake.

    As for the review, and particularly the cons listed, I must say I don’t agree at all. I’ve used this ultrabook outdoors and also our offices are very bright with much natural sunlight – I never had problems with the brightness of the panel. In fact I don’t remember ever using it at 100%. As for the touchpad and keyboard (slick kb is a con ?!) – these are among the best designed features of the laptop. I type a lot, so I wanted an ultraportable device with an outstanding typing experience, and this laptop is excellent at it.

    To me the greatest and only con is the annoyingly small text size which, as stated in the article, cannot always be readjusted. But this is of course Microsoft’s epic failure – simply put, Windows 8.1 (the latest and “greatest”) is not ready for QHD. Maybe a bit more juice in the battery would help, but this is definitely not a deal breaker. Other than that, I’m absolutely satisfied with this device, after having used it for more than half a year.