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A premium laptop with a few non-premium quirksThis high-end 13-inch laptop adds better battery life and faster performance, but doesn't upgrade its design.
It's a premium laptop with a couple of less than premium touches. I'm Dan Ackerman and this is the 2015 version of Toshiba's Kirabook. This is Toshiba's highest And consumer laptop it came out a couple of years ago and it's had a couple of updates since then. Each time keeping essentially the same body, the same shape, same design, upgrading the processor and doing some better stuff on the price And making sure that features such as a touch screen, which we always think is very important, are standard rather than something you'd have to add on. The original KIRA book we looked at was a direct competitor to Apple's Retina Mac Book Pro. In that it had a better than HD resolution, which it still does. It was in a very slim, attractive, well-designed, aluminum chassis with, kinda, brush metal accents. Our problem originally was that the Kirabook was very expensive, went over $2000 and if you just got the $1500 entry level model, it didn't even have a tough screen. Well, a couple generations later, now the single $1500 configuration you can get Has a touchscreen, it's got a high end Core i7 processor, it's got a big solid state hard drive. So a lot of premium stuff going on there and of course you still have that 2560x1440p. Not 4k, but better than HD screen. It's really becoming the standard for a lot of higher end laptops. This guy has a feature they pulled over from another high end Toshiba system and that is The Chroma Tune software by Technicolor and that lets you set the color temperature on the screen. It's mostly for people doing professional photo and video editing, although this system does not a discrete graphics card. So that may not be the best for For super high resolution video editing. So if it has these great features packed in for a fairly reasonable price, what's not to like about the KIRAbook? Two things that have bothered me off and on over the last generations of the system that I reviewed. Number one, the keyboard, the keys are kinda small, they feel a little plasticky and clacky under the fingers. Although, there's no flex when you press down hard, so I appreciate that. And secondly, the touchpad In different generations of the system, I've had different responses from the touchpad. We're trying to use two finger gestures. So in 2015, we're back again but things like two finger scroll feeling kinda laggy and that really takes away from the premium experience, especially compared to something like a MacBook. Where the touchpad really just gets top priority in terms of responsiveness. I'm Dan Ackerman, that that's the 2015 version of the Toshiba Kirabook. [MUSIC]