Before you start sharpening your knives, let’s acknowledge that, yes, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has even higher resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels. But the Mac isn’t an ultrabook, weighing 3.6 pounds, versus just 2.8 pounds for the Toshiba KIRABook. While talk of a Retina-enabled MacBook Air has been rampant for months (and can’t be far from coming to fruition), for now it’s stuck far behind the pack with just 1440 x 900 pixels of resolution.
To be sure, the screen on the KIRABook is to-die-for gorgeous. And Toshiba is surely hoping you will slobber over the display and cause the price tag to smear in the process. The KIRABook — if you’re ready for this one — starts at $1,600. Starts at. Fully equipped, as our review unit was, it hits $2,000. The $1,600 version doesn’t even include a touchscreen.