Toshiba's Dynabook KIRA L93 Convertible Boasts 7 Usage Modes
Slated for release in its home country on late June, Toshiba's 13.3” Dynabook KIRA L93 wants to be no ordinary convertible PC. Detaching the keyboard leaves a flap attached to the hinge, allowing the system to operate in any one of a whopping seven different positions.
Some of these positions are a little uninspired, though, as you might expect from how many there are. They include:
- Desktop mode: The device is propped up on the kickstand; the keyboard (wirelessly attached using Bluetooth, I presume) is placed in front.
- Notebook mode: This one's obvious, I think.
- Flat mode: Same as Notebook mode, but with the display down flat.
- Stand mode: Same as Desktop mode but without the keyboard (or, physically attach the keyboard for extra stability).
- Tent mode: Fold the screen back and prop the machine up like a tent.
- Canvas mode: The kickstand raises the screen at an angle off the ground to aid with drawing.
- Tablet mode: Fold the kickstand and hold like a tablet.
So, really, there's only five positions here. Still, the point is that the kickstand gives the KIRA L93 more flexibility than a typical two-in-one setup; about as much flexibility as a system with a 360-degree hinge. Being able to continue using the keyboard even after detaching it is icing on the cake.
The KIRA L93 is also more powerful and full-featured than many two-in-ones. Beneath the 13.3”, 2560x1440-pixel resolution touchscreen beat an Intel Core i5-4210Y processor, eight gigs of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive. 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are supported, and ports include a pair of full-size USB 3.0 and a micro HDMI output.
Windows 8.1 64-bit runs the show. Artsy types may benefit from the touchscreen's dual-digitizer setup and support for pressure-sensitive input from a digital pen accessory. We're not sure if the panel is a cheaper TN unit or a more colourful and viewing angle-friendly IPS, though.
Meanwhile, the average battery life is rated at nine hours, and the whole thing weighs in at 2.87 lbs (1.3 kg), while attaching the keyboard ups that to 3.86 lbs (1.3 kg). Not bad, but I doubt the Tablet mode will be too popular with most people.
In any case, only Japan will see Dynabook KIRA L93s on store shelves near the end of next month. We're not sure about pricing, nor if these will eventually come available over here, but if they do, you can expect them to be priced at a little over a grand each. (They also won't be “Dynabooks” – Toshiba only uses that name in Japan and a few neighbouring countries.)