Quality is mixed, with thumping bass drums accompanied by tinny, loud high-hats theyre obtrusive enough to make the mid-range feel swamped. While the VAIO doesnt have the sheer pixels of the Kiras panel, its 1080p screen isnt hampered by formatting problems, and its got better brightness and colour accuracy.Nonetheless, the 221ppi screen means that text, images and apps looks impressively sharp, as long as theyve been scaled to appear smoothly on the high-pixel panel.1s own settings alongside its own similar tools, but the panel isnt at adept when tasked with third-party software. This is still largely the fault of Microsoft and the poor support Windows has for these high resolutions but clearly Toshiba hasn’t managed to fix the issue.
Its made entirely from metal, with a brushed finish, and its magnesium alloy rather than aluminium a material that Toshiba says is stronger, lighter and more resistant to scratches. Its the first of a new range designed to bring some sheen back to Toshiba, and its first impression an all-metal construction, a 2,560 x 1,440 screen and a Core i7 processor whets the appetite.The Kira boasts of Harmon/Kardon speakers, and theyre certainly loud; despite the Toshibas small size, it pumped out enough volume to fill a small room. That could be about to change with the Kira.
06kg Sony and the 1. The base and screen are saddled with obvious, distracting seams, and that front edge is irritatingly sharp. The average Delta E of 1. Wed listen to music on the Kira if nothing else was available, but the Apples more balanced speakers are better.
Its not got the mighty resolution of the Samsungs 3,200 x 1,800 screen, which remains the highest pixel count weve seen on an Ultrabook. The Kira weighs 1. Theres a column of four stickers and logos on the right-hand side that you just wouldnt find on a MacBook, and the underside is similarly busy. Underneath, the Kira is built using a honeycomb structure designed to keep the system sturdy without adding weight.
The colour temperature of 7,075K isnt as good, but thats the only benchmark test where this panel fell behind and this is something that should be easy to calibrate. The screen is the Kiras weak point, with a flexible rear that caused significant screen distortion when pressed most laptops do this but here more so than others. Its 21.
Some apps have tiny interfaces, others have trouble displaying text boxes and other page furniture properly, and the low-resolution fonts and images found on many websites are quickly exposed.REVIEWS: Latest UltrabooksToshiba Kira-101: Screen & Sound Quality The Kiras huge 2,560 x 1,440 resolution marks it out from the MacBook Air, which hasnt yet been given a Retina display, and its also got the Sonys number the VAIO Pro 13 made do with a 1,920 x 1,080 panel.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4. Magnesium dominates the Kira, and it looks good when set against the black keys and the dark bezel.
We dont like the chrome-effect ring around the touchpad, either: its designed to add class, but its effect is diminished by its presence on many cheaper machines.84 is similarly impressive, and it means good colour accuracy, and the Kiras panel correctly displayed 94 of the sRGB colour gamut another good result. Theres no room for Gigabit Ethernet, and no adapter in the box, but the Kira makes up for this omission with dual-band 802.3kg Samsung.
The growth of the Ultrabook brand has seen Samsung and Sony gain prominence in a quest to beat the Apple MacBook Air at its own game, but Toshiba has been left behind in a quagmire of uninspiring mid-range laptops. It works for the underside, which feels strong, but we got mixed results from the wrist-rest: theres only a little depression from the metal, but the right-hand side clicked awkwardly when we pushed.Toshiba makes up ground with good connectivity. Theres a downside to this, and thats the price: at 1,299, the Kira is more expensive than every competitor.
1cd/m2 are excellent, meaning the Kiras panel delivers bright, vivid colours and some of the deepest blacks weve seen on any laptop. Thats not the only design disappointment.5mm thick at its widest point and, while it tapers to a 4mm front edge, that former figure is still larger than the MacBook Air, Sony VAIO Pro 13 and the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus.0.
There are plenty of other touches that put us off. The lid looks classy, too, with the metal only disturbed by a shiny Toshiba logo. And, while those bass drums sounded good, more subtle deep notes were almost entirely lost.0 ports is more than the Apple and Sony machines, and theyre joined by HDMI, an SD card reader and a single audio jack.
Three USB 3.The brightness and black levels of 253cd/m2 and 0. These are tiny complaints, but they all add up, and they all disappoint on a system thats this expensive. Thats done by Toshiba, which has used Windows 8.
The Kira looks smart, but we cant help thinking that weve seen a laptop with brushed metal, a tapered front edge and a black bezel before and its not like this is even the first time an Ultrabook has taken plenty of inspiration from the MacBook Air.The Kira is no slimmer or lighter than rivals, either. The Kiras screen also has middling viewing angles and a very glossy surface.35kg: the same as the MacBook, but more than the 1.
ROUND-UP: 10 Best LaptopsToshiba Kira-101: Design & Build QualityThe Kira is expensive but, at first glance, it looks the part.This is an excellent touchscreen, with better quality than the Samsung and more pixels than the non-touch MacBook, but its pipped to the post here by the Sony. Let me know what you are thinking.