Judie and I are pretty much in lockstep when it comes to the computers we use. Both of us like using Apple’s Mac computers; there are two reasons for this. First, we tend to prefer the OS X operating system over Windows. It’s simply a matter of personal taste, and that happens to be our OS preference from a usability perspective. Then there is the hardware. Apple’s hardware tends to be among the nicest and most refined you are going to find. From the beautiful lines of the 15 inch MacBook Pro with retina display to the chiseled look of the incredibly light 11 inch MacBook air, Apple’s laptops are a wonderful example of great industrial design.
Fortunately other manufacturers are taking a page from Apple’s playbook and creating some gorgeous Windows laptops. Chief among them are the laptops from Toshiba. Judie recently took a look at the Toshiba i5 KIRAnook, and she liked what she saw.
The 13? i5 KIRAbook has an all-metal magnesium body; it has a low-profile and back-lit chicklet style keyboard, a generously-sized buttonless touchpad, and an edge to edge glass display. KIRA laptops have a wedge-shaped design, slightly reminiscent of the Apple MacBook air, and a 2,546 x 1,440 pixel display that is comparable to the 2560 x 1600 resolution on a 13? MacBook Pro retina; the i5 Kirabook has an Intel Core i5-3337U dual core processor, 8GB memory, a 256GB mSATA solid state drive, and a starting weight of 2.66 pounds. The 13? i5 KIRAbook is $1599; if you spring for the touchscreen, it will add an additional 0.3 pounds and $200. The KIRAbook comes with two years of Toshiba Platinum support and service, which includes “rapid repair, 24/7 support and access to a dedicated team of US-based KIRA experts.”
From a design perspective, Toshiba has really nailed this one as well. It’s made from the best materials, and it has a design and finish that are comparable to the best being produced by any company. Then there is the screen. It’s gorgeous.
The end result is the fact that we are finally seeing some parity with regard to design and finish between Apple laptops and some of the higher end laptops running Windows. That’s great news because it means consumers can now opt for the operating system they prefer, knowing that they can get a beautiful piece of hardware which ever direction they turn.
You can read Judie’s complete look at the Toshiba i5 KIRAbook over on the eBay Influencer Digital Digest blog.
And once you read her post, make sure to click through to the ‘my gadget giveaway ‘ that eBay is running. There are great prizes each week and a grand prize of over $35,000. That includes one of these laptops!
The contest ends soon, so you’ll want to enter quickly for a chance to win.
Finally, make sure to read our other recent posts over on the eBay Influencer Digital Digest blog: