Would You Pay $2,000 For A 13-Inch Laptop?
Toshiba unveiled their new high-end Kirabook this week, and it pushes the envelope for just how much someone will pay for a slim laptop not made by Apple.
The 13-inch computer clearly takes aim at the MacBook Air, and even weighs half a pound less than the premiere lightweight laptop.
But most attention is focused on the computer’s 2560-by-1440 resolution “PixelPure” touch screen, making it the only laptop besides the MacBook and the Google Chromebook with the latest in high resolution display. The Kirabook even boasts a touchscreen, taking full advantage of Windows 8 design.
The laptop actually starts at $1,599, but goes up to $1,999 for the highest end version, which includes the touchscreen. By comparison, a MacBook Pro with Retina Display costs only $1,499.
The first in the Kirabook line represents a major departure for Toshiba, which has thrived with affordable laptops and netbooks. But netbook sales have been in sharp decline since a peak in 2010- probably not coincidentally the year that the iPad was introduced. As tablets render the netbooks and low-end laptops obsolete, one research firm predicts that netbooks will be completely gone by 2015.
What do you think of the Kirabook?