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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 and the 13” Google Chromebook Pixel.

Sources: Toshiba, The Verge

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RE: Brilliant
By TakinYourPoints on 4/17/2013 1:44:56 PM , Rating: 2
I challenge you to try to convert these people to running their monitors at their native resolution, and then use larger font sizes and scaling in their browser, etc.

That isn't how it works with these high-PPI displays. You use the monitors at native resolution and set scaling at the OS level rather than at the application level.

In OS X you put the display resolution to the "retina" setting, which renders text at 4x its "normal" size and uses the oversizes graphics assets in OS X. Everything is sized normally, it just uses much larger and more detailed assets like you'd see on a smartphone or tablet. Its a similar thing with Windows 8, you set it to 200% scaling and that's it, you're done.

Nobody is being asked to use tiny fonts, it is rendering the same assets using more pixels. I'm also certain that UI scaling would be set properly out of the box, considering that the Asus Zenbook Prime is set to 150% scaling by default.

RE: Brilliant
By Motoman on 4/17/2013 1:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody is being asked to use tiny fonts, it is rendering the same assets using more pixels.

Then ultimately you don't get any more screen room. Ergo...there was no point to the exercise.

The average person is going to look at a 13" screen that natively runs at 1366x768, and then another 13" screen that natively has 4 times that pixel density but is scaled to run at an equivalent to 1366x768, and they're going to shrug their shoulders and declare that they can't really see any difference.

RE: Brilliant
By TakinYourPoints on 4/17/2013 2:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
Additional screen room is a secondary goal. You can do it by setting your scaling to 100% or 150%, but the main point is additional sharpness and detail. For me the benefits with font rendering (true fonts, not anti-aliased), images, and color are huge, but I've always spent more on my monitors. Hell, I owned IPS monitors ten years ago, long before they became mainstream and back when they were very expensive.

Lots of people didn't see the point of the retina display iPhone either, but now high PPI is becoming pretty standard.

You're right though, lots of people also don't care about quality. Its the same reason people buy LCD HDTVs and set it at torch mode with motion smoothing. They're happy with it even though they don't realize it looks like crap. Good products aren't for everyone, and fortunately this laptop doesn't prevent people from buying a $500 HP either.

RE: Brilliant
By Motoman on 4/17/2013 2:45:52 PM , Rating: 2
Correction: they're happy with it because they don't see the value in the "better" product.

The TV example is perfect. In the store, side-by side? average consumer will say "yeah, I guess the $5,000 plasma looks better than the $500 LCD."

Then they buy the $500 LCD, put it on the wall at home, and enjoy it 100% as much as they'd have enjoyed the $5,000 plasma.

Very, very few people in this world will sit on the couch watching at TV show and steam about "...but the color temperature is off on the blacks!"

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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