Using the working slogan “leading innovation,” Toshiba has this week shown Australians its new Kirabook concept, a product that brings the highest definition screen ever seen on a Windows PC, yet without the bulk that would normally weight it down. And if that doesn’t interest you, there are a bunch of other announcements, including a gaming PC that has more power than most desktops.
Announced a few weeks ago, Toshiba’s Kirabook represents a bold move for the company, venturing into territory that was – up until it was announced – only occupied by Apple, presenting the world with a laptop screen that features more resolution than practically anything else available outside either company.
The notebook sits in Intel’s Ultrabook section of the market, and is a 13.3 inch laptop sporting Intel’s third-generation Core i5 or i7 processors (depending on how much you want to spend), with 8GB RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive staying across the range regardless of cost, as well as three USB 3.0 ports, SD card, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Harman/Kardon speakers, and a magnesium alloy casing built using the robust honeycomb structure.
Toshiba’s biggest feature, however, is that screen, which sports a 2560×1440 resolution, which is three times higher than the regular HD-capable screens normally seen on 13 inch notebooks, making it sharper than others, and closer to that whole “Retina” screen argument we’re seeing on mobile phones lately.
That is certainly a premium feature, and it will bring these in spades, with backlit keys, the option for a touchscreen with support for a fingerprint-resistant glass display, Windows 8 Pro, a premium box (seriously), and a two year warranty with a dedicated support line for Kira customers.
“It really is a harmonious position between design, but it also is the best performing platform that we can build,” said Mark Whittard, Toshiba’s Managing Director for the Australian arm of the company. “Customers will feel loved, because they’re buying the best of the best.”
Hands on with the notebook, and it’s certainly one elegant machine, with a soft metallic feel, light weight, and very sleek look. In the flesh, the Kirabook is very light, easy to pick up, and the fingerprint resistant screen is exactly that: highly resistant, which was fun to try and force our mitts all over.
We didn’t get to spend as much time analysing the screen but the moment it comes in for review, we’ll get the microscope out. Initial glances, however, show that this is one nice screen, and if you’re looking for a thin and light colour capable creation computer, the Toshiba Kirabook looks very promising.
It’s also the first product for Toshiba to use the Kira name, which means “shining light” in Japanese, and we’re told it won’t be the last, as this is Toshiba’s new line of premium products.
Launched at the same briefing was Toshiba’s other thin and light, the Portege Z10T, a tablet that keeps the computer inside the slate and offers up a keyboard dock as a bonus.