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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 Motoman on 4/17/2013 1:57:47 PM , Rating: 3
On a 13" screen? Yeah, 1366x768 is probably about right. The vast majority of people would scale their interface to something equivalent thereto, granted that they found a way to do it. Either by just changing the resolution like in Win7 and all previous versions, or by scaling it in Win8 or some other OS to about that profile.

At the end of the day, you get the same amount of content displayed on the screen, regardless of the number of pixels that got use for each character on it.

Maybe *you* like running tiny screens at ridiculously high resolutions...but you're not a normal user.


RE: Brilliant
By retrospooty on 4/17/2013 2:11:23 PM , Rating: 2
"At the end of the day, you get the same amount of content displayed on the screen, regardless of the number of pixels that got use for each character on it."

Ummm... Until you open a spreadsheet... Or log in to a server/different computer remotely , or try to set up a preview panel in outlook or any # of other things... Or even try to real almost any website without needing to keep scrolling down.

"Maybe *you* like running tiny screens at ridiculously high resolutions...but you're not a normal user."

Again, this isn't a cheapo $500 laptop for the average user. Its a high end laptop. If you like 1366c768, then good for you. You get off cheap, this isnt the product for you. I would be fine with this in a 1920x1080 flavor, but nothing lower. Not even 1600x900 at that size.


RE: Brilliant
By Motoman on 4/17/2013 2:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
In my experience the people throughout that office building are more likely to be running their monitors at lower resolutions the higher up they are on the food chain.

Basic accounting guy? Yeah, he's running dual 27" monitors at resolutions so high they warp timespace.

Mahogany row? They're running their 27" monitors at 1024x768.

Guess who's more likely to pay more money for an expensive laptop vs. an inexpensive one. The executives are the ones running around with $1,000 ultrabooks. Running at 1024x768.


RE: Brilliant
By retrospooty on 4/17/2013 3:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
Again, this isn't a cheapo $500 laptop for the average user and having higher than 1366x768 does make a difference. It makes a bbig difference in sharpness/clarity and it makes a HUGE difference in screen real-estate. For those with not so great eyesight, the sharpness/clarity issue goes away, but real estate is real estate. For example... Just Launching Excel 2010 full screen on my 1920x1080 I see 28 columns and 43 rows. At 1366x768 I see 20 columns and 27 rows. That alone makes it worth it. I cant believe you are arguing in favor of lousy display resolution. FFS, I agree 2560 x 1440 is overkill, but 1366x768 is ridiculous.


RE: Brilliant
By ebakke on 4/17/2013 5:24:14 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Basic accounting guy? Yeah, he's running dual 27" monitors at resolutions so high they warp timespace.
My basic accounting girl would kill for dual 27" monitors. Well, that and a decent {expletive} laptop.


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