The updated Toshiba Kira series: putting the ‘ultra’ in ultrabook?


Toshiba has announced it has both expanded and enhanced its premium Ultrabook Kira range. According to Toshiba, with a range of new features, the 13.3 inch Kira takes “performance to an improved level as the ultimate Ultrabook both for personal and business use.”

The Kira range will soon be available for the first time in Europe with a range of configurations. Will it be the “detailed clarity” of a PixelPure touch screen, or the new fully HD non-glare option, that whets the appetite of the Europeans?

So what to the critics think of the new and enhanced Toshiba Kira range?

The Gadget Show is wholly impressed, running its review with a striking opening sentence that states the new Toshiba Kira “Packs more of a punch than ever.”

With a fifth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, according to the Gadget Show, not only is the new Ultrabook more powerful than previous models, but it allows for slicker day-to-day use as well as processor-heavy tasks such as gaming.

The Gadget Show review is particularly awestruck with the 1080p model, in which users can enjoy a “whopping” 13 hours of standard use.

Wooing Apple laptop users?

The Inquirer is equally as rapt by the “beefed up” Toshiba Kira range, believing that the Windows 8.1 Ultrabook will have the ability to “woo Apple laptop users.”

The Inquirer is keen to highlight the fact the full HD model weighs just 1.1 kg and the higher spec model weighs a little more at 1.32kg.

The upgrade comes with 256GB SSD storage and 8GB RAM, as well as the same Haman Kardon stereo speakers with DTS Studio Sound as its predecessor.

Trusted Reviews were also quick to jump of the Kira Ultrabook’s new processor and longer battery life, which, according to the site, jumps from around 10 to 13 hours.

As far as connectivity goes, the upgraded Kira has three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI, SD card reader and dual-band Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, Trusted Review is quick to point out.

According to the Gadget Show the 2,560 x 1, 440-pixel model will be out before the end of March, but we’ll have to wait for the 1080p model which is likely to be available before the end of June.


There definitely seems to be a general accord of excitement surrounding the new Toshiba Kira range, and that’s even despite the fact we’re all looking forward to the arrival of Windows 10 but with the Kira update we’ll still have to make to with Windows 8.1.

The prices have yet to be disclosed.