Toshiba Kirabook Windows 8 Laptop Computer

Love the Retina display of the MacBook Pro? Finally, we are now about to face a new world of ‘Retina’ displays but no longer using Mac OS X, but with a full-featured Windows 8 OS! This is the newest flagship offered by Toshiba in the name of the Kirabook, and it will be available by May. The price starts relatively high at around $1,600, and that’s a Windows 8 with a ‘Retina’ display but without touch, and the full-featured model gets up to $2,000. That’s a real bag of price, I know, but should buyers really look for it?

The main feature of the Toshiba Kirabook is obviously the so-called Retina display, i.e., 2560x1440pixels in one go. That’s actually very unusual, more if you learn that all these pixels with a density of 221ppi are all pinched into a 13.3-inch display. This may not be new, actually, as screens this size have already acquired HD compatibilities even before. However, when compared to the product of Apple, the Kirabook may have a feather-like difference in terms to pixel density, but the rest of the comparisons can be significant.

In its price, the Macbook Pro of Apple is actually cheaper, but that’s $100 difference if you prefer a touch capability. The Toshiba Kirabook for its $2000-price tag not only has the display with thin bezels, but the same display also features Corning’s Concore glass as the ‘right’ protection for touch-enabled devices. In terms to speed and performance, there’s hardly any difference between the two competitors, but the dimension takes preference to the Kirabook for being slightly thinner and lighter at 0.7-inch and 3.57lbs, respectively.

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More with the product design itself, the Toshiba Kirabook is said to be featuring a 100%-better aluminum body compared to that of the competitor. Using the honeycomb-pattern for ensuring durability, the Kirabook is incredibly light as mentioned a while ago. There’s also the frameless LED-backlit keyboard, and actually, it looks like that of the competitor, except that it has a more adorable way of display the backlight. Ports include three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI, a multi-in-one media reader, and a combo audio port; if you want a display extension, you can only opt for the HDMI that can only promise 1080p resolution that should cut down your expectations. On the other side, the Kirabook features a customized speaker right from Harman Kardon… thus is the price.

On the performance level, the Toshiba Kirabook is obviously not really designed to be a gaming unit (and I think the boring aesthetics speaks so much about it), but the specs can be quite good that the package includes an Adobe Premier Elements 11 and Photoshop Elements 11 on it. Configurations can run from an i5 processor to an i7 3537 processor from Intel, and there’s a relatively short 256GB SSD for storage purposes outside of the 8GB RAM. The Windows 8 OS installed in this model truly enjoys the responsive touch display, and what’s more to the package is that the company promises 2-year warranty with a real-time support and repair guarantee.

Overall, the performance offered by the Toshiba Kirabook is quite as expected. The keyboard is responsive enough, the multi-touch display is superb, and the touchpad is easy enough but not really the best at least to my comfort level. I only had problems with the overly sized resolution that texts and buttons can appear really small that it would require that you tweak them if not zoom. However, this particular experience is a part of what you have paid for, I think.

The Toshiba Kirabook is a very good attempt to rival against Apple’s rigorous line of products. The aesthetics can actually improve a bit to be more appealing, and I would pray for a better display port to sustain the superb resolution I am already enjoying. Outside these, all the promises are guaranteed, and hence, worth the hefty price it poses.

Toshiba Kirabook Windows 8 Laptop Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 70,000.00

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