We'll say this for the Toshiba Kirabook: it certainly got people's attention. The $1,599 Ultrabook boasts a 13.3-inch display with 221 pixels per inch (2560 x 1440) -- the highest, to date, of any Windows 8-based laptops. You'll also find 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5 processor and a 256GB SSD.
The Kirabook's base model does not include a touch screen. For that, you'll pay $1,799 or $1,999 for touch plus a Core i7 processor. The 2.66lbs Kirabook also offers an SD card slot, HD webcam, an HDMI output, a USB 3.0 port with sleep and charge and two standard USB 3.0 ports.
For all its spec-ed out glory, the Kirabook didn't win over reviewers. It lost points for noisy operation, poor viewing angles and a top lid that bent just a bit too much for comfort. These flaws, on their own, aren't damning but the steep price tag made the Kirabook that much more of a stretch for reviewers to recommend. Plus, a new line of Intel Haswell-based laptops are due in the summer of 2013 (and beyond) which promise better performance and battery life.
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