Toshiba Announces 13", High Resolution KIRAbook Ultrabook
April 17, 2013 11:32 AM
comment(s) - last by
Toshiba unveils new high-end ultrabook
Toshiba has pulled the wraps off a new series of notebook computer called the KIRAbook. The machine is an all-new ultrabook promising a lightweight and compact design thanks to its magnesium alloy chassis.
The 2.6-lb machine has a 13-inch PixelPure display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (221 pixels per inch). Toshiba promises that the screen delivers razor-sharp clarity for text, photos, movies, games, and other content types. The KIRAbook will be available in standard, and touch screen versions -- the touch screen version of the ultrabook supports 10-points of touch and Windows 8 gestures.
Toshiba says that a high-capacity lithium polymer battery promising all-day battery life, while storage duties are handled by a 256 GB SSD. The ultrabook will offer 8 GB of 1600 MHz memory and a range of third generation Intel Core processors.
Pre-orders for the KIRAbook will kick off on May 3 with purchases starting May 12 online. Pricing begins at $1599 and goes up to $1999 depending on the processor chosen.
The KIRAbook joins other high-resolution 13” notebooks like the
13” Retina MacBook Pro
13” Google Chromebook Pixel
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
4/17/2013 12:56:24 PM
I agree to an extent. Yes we need higher resolutions screens but this resolution IMO is just overkill for a 13" screen, especially since battery life is a priority when buying laptops like these.
I would say 1600x900 - 1920x1080 would be a good range.
4/17/2013 1:33:13 PM
High pixel density helps with things like proper font rendering. High DPI in laptops like the retina display MBP is a huge jump in quality from others out there.
I have no idea how good its keyboard or trackpad are, but on paper my only real issue with this laptop is its 16:9 aspect ratio. The move from 16:10 to 16:9 is a terrible trend in laptop and desktop monitors. You lose a lot of vertical desktop space to work with and it serves absolutely no practical purpose, especially in something as small as 13". Otherwise I'm really glad that we're starting to see these kinds of resolutions in more laptops.
This should be
nice once Haswell with its faster IGP comes out.
I'm assuming that a straight doubling in pixel density was done partly because it uses the same LCD panels used by Apple in their laptops (just cut to 16:9 rather than 16:10), and partly because it uses 200% scaling in Windows 8. One simple adjustment and you're looking at the same proportions and spacing as standard Windows at 100% scaling.
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Touch-Screen "Pixel" Chromebook Takes Aim at Retina MacBook Pros
February 21, 2013, 3:00 PM
Quick Note: Apple Announces 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display
October 23, 2012, 1:22 PM
Quick Note: Samsung's Request to Dismiss Microsoft Lawsuit is Rejected
November 20, 2014, 12:53 PM
Amazon Offers "The Washington Post" Free for Six Months to Kindle Fire Owners
November 20, 2014, 7:41 AM
Apple Watch Screen Resolution, App Limitations are Laid Bare by Developer Kit
November 19, 2014, 11:31 PM
Apple Replaces “FREE” Label with “GET” on App Downloads in iTunes App Store
November 19, 2014, 5:38 PM
Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone is Only $40 at Best Buy on Black Friday
November 18, 2014, 11:59 AM
Samsung to Slash Number of Smartphone Models by 30 Percent in 2015, Reduce Costs
November 18, 2014, 10:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Austrian Pilots Call Surface 3 Pro Flight Bag a "Dream Come True"
November 14, 2014, 2:00 PM
U.S. Marshals Using Fake, Airplane-based Cell Towers to Scan Cell Phones of Americans
November 14, 2014, 9:05 AM
Wal-Mart: Miss Thanksgiving, Get Xbox One + Master Chief Collection for $299
November 17, 2014, 9:40 PM
Nokia Explores Two Paths Back to the Smartphone Market
November 14, 2014, 9:05 PM
Microsoft: All* Lumias Will Get Windows 10; Adds Real-Time Battery Live Tile
November 13, 2014, 6:32 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information