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Toshiba Kirabook 13 / PSU8SU

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 reviews of Toshiba Kirabook 13 / PSU8SU. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the design and usability are on the whole positive. The screen and portability also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the sound and price, while there are some mixed reviews about the size.

performance, portability, screen, usability, design

price, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Toshiba Kirabook 13 / PSU8SU is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Toshiba Kirabook 13 / PSU8SU

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Toshiba Kirabook 13 / PSU8SU from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the screen and design. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Reviews about the touchpad and sound are mixed.

performance, usability, portability, design, screen

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba KIRAbook 13 i7 Touchscreen LaptopToshiba KIRAbook 13 i7 Touchscreen Laptop

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Toshiba KIRAbook (KIRA-101) Ultrabook Review

 

Expensive = good? Buyers prepared to invest around 1500 Euros (~$2054) in a premium ultrabook will now find another alternative to Apple & co. in the new Toshiba Kira-101. We will reveal why it is not class best despite a speedy Core i7 processor,...

High-quality and lightweight metal casing, Good input devices, Extremely sharp IPS screen, Outstanding application performance, Low temperatures, Long battery runtimes, Affordable warranty upgrades, Speedy hardware in an elegant packaging - not only...

Middling webcam, Low screen brightness, Limited 3D performance, Very pricey, A bright screen should actually be standard equipment for every ultrabook. It's aggravating that the Kirabook messes up just with this crucial issue

May, 2014

Expert review by: Katherine Stevenson (maximumpc.com)

Toshiba Kirabook Review

 

While much of the PC industry is hustling to bring lower-cost Ultrabooks to market, Toshiba is unabashedly raising the high end, complete with an all-new brand meant to ooze excellence. The first product to wear this proud badge is the 13.3-inch...

Expensive; value depends on interest in extras

Expensive; value depends on interest in extras

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Daniel Perez (ubergizmo.com)

Toshiba KIRAbook Review

 

Asus Zenbook UX31A Review | After playing around with it for our reviewing purposes, we're still impressed with Toshiba's offering

and have to deal with a heavier laptop as the 13-inch MBP with Retina weighs in at 3.57lbs versus the KIRAbook’s 2.66 (!).

May, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7s Touch

 

With a brilliant, bright WQHD screen and premium components, all housed in a chassis that weighs less than three pounds, the Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7s Touch is a dream ultrabook.

Brilliant 2,560-by-1,440 resolution screen. Very light. Premium materials and look. Two-year warranty, including tech support and Internet Security. Includes Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements.

May have to adjust zoom or screen resolution for apps.

With a brilliant, bright WQHD screen and performance to match, the Toshiba Kirabook 13 i7s Touch earns our Editors' Choice nod for high-end ultrabooks. Though it's a little pricey, the new Kirabook, with premium components housed in an attractive...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Epstein (NotebookReview.com)

Toshiba KIRAbook Review: Hi-Res Ultrabook With Style

 

The Toshiba KIRAbook is an ultrabook with both a high-resolution screen and impressive specs, but does it hold up under our scrutiny? Read our full review to find out.

Hi-res screen ; Good port selection for an Ultrabook ; Very portable and stylish

Dim screen ; Slick keyboard ; Frustrating trackpad

With its intense resolution display and stellar speakers, the Toshiba KIRAbook makes an excellent portable media device, and can handle everyday work with ease as well. The sleek, compact design makes it a good option for on-the-go users who will find...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Brown (pcworld.com)

Michael Brown

 

Most of the original Kirabook's shortcomings have been addressed, but Toshiba's competitors haven't stood still.

Beautifully sleek and lightweight design ; High-res display (and support for a 4K external monitor) ; Luxurious customer service

Max refresh rate of 30Hz with external 4K monitor ; Default "eco" power plan suppresses performance ; Expensive

This Haswell-class Kirabook is a big improvement over the original, but its price-to-performance ratio remains high.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Toshiba Kirabook 13 i5 Touch

 

Despite many excellent high-end features, the original Kirabook fell short because its design didn't move the needle much, battery life was underwhelming, and the least-expensive model skipped the touch screen, despite a $1,600 price.

The slim, lightweight Toshiba Kirabook still feels very premium, and it deserves credit for being one of the first Windows laptops to feature a better-than-HD display. Thanks to an updated CPU, battery life is now good enough for all-day use.

Higher-res screens are more common now, and available for less. The generic brushed-metal look isn't particularly distinctive given the price.

The design of Toshiba's high-end Kirabook hasn't changed since last year, but it has aged gracefully. The components get an update and the battery life gets a big boost, making this an all-around excellent, but expensive, ultrabook.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Toshiba Kirabook (2014) review

 

The first generation of Toshiba's Kirabook was an ambitious shot at creating a high-end product with MacBook-like buzz. That slim 13-inch magnesium-alloy laptop was even the first post-Retina PC we'd seen with a better-than-HD screen resolution -- a...

The slim, lightweight Toshiba Kirabook still feels very premium, and it deserves credit for being one of the first Windows laptops to feature a better-than-HD display. Thanks to an updated CPU, battery life is now good enough for all-day use.

Higher-res screens are more common now, and available for less. The generic brushed-metal look isn't particularly distinctive given the price.

The design of Toshiba's high-end Kirabook hasn't changed since last year, but it has aged gracefully. The components get an update and the battery life gets a big boost, making this an all-around excellent, but expensive, ultrabook.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Bryan Carnathan (the-digital-picture.com)

Toshiba KIRAbook 13

 

Laptop reviews are not standard fare for this site, but I was strongly urged to give the Toshiba KIRAbook 13 a try.I live deep in the IT world and have purchased a huge number of computer systems.These purchases have included models up to and including...

Unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier in the review, I had to return this evaluation unit.But, the Toshiba KIRAbook 13 definitely has me thinking about what my next laptop will be.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Wired (wired.com)

Strictly Top-Shelf

 

1080p is old news. Ultrabook resolution is about to get crazy, and the first ultra-resolution-ultrabook to hit the market is this pint-sized powerhouse from Toshiba, which packs 2560 x 1440 pixels into a 13.3-inch screen, a first for a machine of this...

May, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:DTS Studio Sound
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Harman Kardon

Battery

Battery Capacity:52
Battery capacity (Watt hours):52
Battery life (max):13 / 6.1 / 7.75
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black, Silver / Grey, Metallic / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Magnesium
Product type:Ultrabook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13 / 13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440
Display surface:Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / Not supported / Wide Quad HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / Y

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.792 / 1792
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x1616 / 0x166 / 0xA16
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 5500

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Clickpad

Memory

Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):867
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-2362 - 393701 / -2362.2 - 393700.8
Non-operating shock:60
Non-operating thermal gradient (max):20
Non-operating vibration:1
Operating altitude:-2362 - 118110 / -2362.2 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating shock:10
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating thermal gradient (max):15
Operating vibration:0.5
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 65

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:DTS Studio Sound
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Quantity:1

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 ports quantity:3
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.37
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Chipset:Intel HM76 Express
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):18
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 12
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM76 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x4, 2x4 / 2x4 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-3337U / i5-4200U / i5-4210U / i5-5200U / i7-4500U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 3
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell / Haswell / Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 2.2
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:I5-3337U / i5-4200U / i5-4210U / i5-5200U / i7-4500U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / D0 / F0 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:72055 / 75459 / 75460 / 81016 / 85212
Processor code:SR0XL / SR16Z / SR170 / SR1EF / SR23Y
Processor package size:31 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
UART:Y

Security

Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:Y

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Reader\nAdobe Premiere Elements 11\nAdobe Photoshop Elements 11\nNorton Internet Security / Adobe Reader\nAdobe Premiere Elements\nAdobe Photoshop Elements\nNorton Internet Security / TOSHIBA Bluetooth Stack\nTOSHIBA Desktop Assist\nTOSHIBA eco Utility\nTOSHIBA Media Player by sMedio Truelink+\nTOSHIBA Recovery Media Creator\nTOSHIBA Service Station\nTOSHIBA Resolution+ Upconvert Technology \nTOSHIBA Video Player\nInternet Explorer 10\nIntel Wireless Display 3.5\nIntel Rapid Start Technology\nIntel IPT Middleware\nAdobe Reader\nAdobe Premiere Elements 11\nAdobe Photoshop Elements 11\nDTS Studio Sound\nNorton Online Backup\nNorton Internet Security\nNorton Anti-Theft
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Trial software:Microsoft Office 365

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MiniSD, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256

Technical Details

64-bit computing: Yes
Quantity:1

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8 / 8.15
Height:0.701 / 0.705 / 1
Height (front):0.299
Height (rear):0.705
Power adapter depth:1.6
Power adapter height:1.1
Power adapter weight:6.4
Power adapter width:3.7
Weight:2 / 2.43 / 2.67 / 2.98
Width:12.4 / 13