- Windows 8.1 pre-installed (upgrade to Windows 10 available)
- 5th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7-5500U Processor with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
- Intel® HD Graphics 5500
- 256 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
- 8GB, DDR3L RAM (1,600 MHz)
- HD webcam
- Battery Life: up to 14 hours 45min
- Extremely light 1.1kg
- Screen Size 13.3″ / 1920 x 1080 display
- Dimensions: 20.7 x 31.6 x 0.8 cm
I have had my Toshiba Kira 10D for 6 months now and I absolutely love it. I actually managed to pick up a second-hand one at a really great price and I have not been disappointed.
The laptop is extremely lightweight and small meaning that I can easily put it in my handbag and carry it around.
The keyboard is backlit which is a nice touch and practical for when I am on my laptop late at night.
The laptop starts up in a matter of seconds and programs load quickly (thanks to the SSD).
I use the laptop for photo editing and also video editing, and whilst the fan starts up whilst I am editing videos – the laptop seems to cope well with this intensive task.
The laptop is cased in magnesium alloy and there is a gloss black bevel around the screen meaning the laptop is stylish and looks very similar to the Macbook Air.
In terms of ports and connectivity, there are 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HMDI 1.4, 1 x SDXC card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm headset jack and 802.11ac 2×2 wi-fi.
Similar laptops to consider
2. Dell XPS 13 – this was my second choice and very close to the Kira 10d in specs. I just thought it was a little overhyped (and over priced), the only advantage being the sharper ‘touch’ screen (3200 x 1800) which unless you are a photographer isn’t really going to matter a great deal. I wasn’t bothered about a touch screen, because it’s a laptop – not a tablet. Take a look at a review here.
3. Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch – Mac vs. Windows is always a personal preference. I have grown up with Windows so cannot easily find my way around a Mac, however the specs on the Macbook Air are good and its small/lightweight. Take a look at a review here.
Whilst all three laptops have slightly differences in specs, they are all top performers and ultra portable. The one you choose will simply come down to preferences regarding apple vs. windows, screen specs, and price.