CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.
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.
Toshiba's ambitious Kirabook has a screen that rivals Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and a price to match. It's a solid, useful laptop, but for these prices, the design should really be more exciting.
A new CPU and much-improved battery life make the Kirabook easier to recommend.
The Kirabook's biggest selling point is its high-res screen. Far beyond 1,920x1,080, this is instead a 2,560x1,440-pixel-resolution display (called PixelPure), putting it firmly in the territory of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Of course, that also includes MacBook-Pro-like prices, with the Kirabook running from $1,599 to $1,999.
Hands on with the Retina-like Toshiba Kirabook
The new Satellite E55 and E45t are inspired by the pricey Kirabook, but start at $579.
Commentary: In a breathless bid to differentiate their devices, PC makers are looking to outdo each other by adding unique ways to twist, turn, and tear apart their screens and keyboards. At some point, it becomes a case of diminishing returns.
Asus was one of the first PC makers to go ultra-thin with its Zenbook line. That latest UX301 version packs in nearly every high-end spec you'd want, but it's priced out of reach for most, and lacks an all-day battery.
Sony priced itself out of the market. And consumers' flight from premium laptops could mean some pain for Apple.
The third version of Lenovo's ultralight 14-inch laptop, the X1 Carbon, gets nearly all the basics right while adding a few new twists, including a function key row that changes app by app.