Toshiba Announces 13", High Resolution KIRAbook Ultrabook
April 17, 2013 11:32 AM
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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
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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.
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