• Very high-resolution touchscreen
  • Thin, light, and extremely quiet
  • Rigid lower chassis


  • No DisplayPort
  • Flimsy lid
  • Disappointing contrast in the display
  • Wi-Fi adapter doesn’t support 5GHz networks

At A Glance

The Kirabook looks the part of a luxury laptop, and it’s the first Ultrabook to compete with Apple’s Retina lineup. But Toshiba made some disappointing decisions on the way to a $2000 price tag.

Manufacturer’s Description

The powerful side of luxury: A perfect union of elegant design, meticulous craftsmanship and unparalleled performance, KIRAbook exemplifies inspired engineering. Introducing the Ultrabook, redefined.

Manufacturer’s Website

Toshiba Kirabook

The Specs

Processor type Intel Core i7-3537U
Processor speed 2000.0 MHz
Operating System Compatibility Microsoft Windows 8
Display size 13.3 inches
Touchscreen Multitouch
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD 4000
Drive 1 size 256.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
General Information
UPC Code 022265462355
Battery Type Lithium Polymer
Charging Interface Proprietary Connector
Vendor Rated Battery life 6.0 hours
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.0
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Memory size 8000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Memory max 8.0 GB
Width 12.44 inches
Depth 8.15 inches
Height 0.7 inches
Weight 2.97 pounds
Storage Media
SD card
  • Micro SD
  • Mini SD Card
  • SD Card
  • SDHC Card
  • SDXC Card
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
Other Features
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Built-In Microphone
Input devices Touch Screen


Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 284.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery Life 5:14   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 10.5   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 2834.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2326.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 4655.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 116.3   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 227.3   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 160.9   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 154.5   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 249.4   seconds (lower is better)
3DMark, Firestrike 563.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 3915.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Ice Storm 31636.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 265.0   score (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 5.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1024x768 16.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 40.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 1.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1024x768 16.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 2.3   Watt hours
Idle power usage 8.6   Watts