Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th May 2013 00:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "We're sure that more high-density Windows laptops are on the way, but the Kirabook is the first to make it to market. The laptop raises some natural questions: Does a computer that is both thinner and lighter than the Pixel and the Pros skimp on battery life to achieve these feats? Is the Kirabook good enough to justify its jaw-dropping $1,599.99 starting price? Most importantly, can Windows support high-density displays as well as OS X, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, and others can?" Great laptop, great screen, decent battery life - but Windows' scaling is a terrible mess. Metro is fine, but the proper desktop is a disaster.
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Jaw-dropping starting price?!?
by karunko on Thu 16th May 2013 13:08 UTC
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Here's another reviewer who's unable to keep his bias in check: the 13" Retina MacBook Pro with a 256GB SSD is $1,699.99 but I dare you to find a single review complaining about the "jaw-dropping asking price".

Okay, the review itself is not as negative as the introduction makes it sound, but even the "good points" as presented in a way that is is not entirely positive. For instance:

- Large, fast SSD is a standard feature, as is 8GB of RAM (though the latter is non-upgradeable)

completely ignores the fact that 8 GB of RAM in the 13" Retina MacBook Pro aren't expandable either. And don't get met started about:

- Lots of fan noise under load
- High starting price and no touch in the cheapest SKU

because MacBooks Pros under load are notoriously whisper quiet and, of course, brimming with touch functionality, aren't they? ;-)

Now, don't get me wrong: my point is that some reviewers try very hard to find faults with most products without an Apple logo on it, not that (given the same price range) the 13" Retina MacBook Pro isn't more desirable to some people.


Edited 2013-05-16 13:10 UTC

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