It has taken long enough but finally one of Apple’s competitors has built a machine that can wrestle the “best ultrabook” crown from the MacBook Air. The 2015 version of the Dell XPS 13 is smaller, lighter and has a vastly superior screen than the Air and it even undercuts it on price – the most crucial factor that every competitor has so far got wrong.
The Toshiba Kirabook (Kira in the UK) has been the company’s premium 13in ultrabook line for a number of years now and its latest incarnation brings with it an optional 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen, the latest Intel Broadwell processors and nearly 10 hours battery life.
All wrapped up in a slim and light magnesium alloy chassis, on paper it’s certainly got what it takes to beat the likes of the MacBook Air 13in, Dell XPS 13 (2015) and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2015). The question is whether it lives up to that expectation.
“Both mechanical-switch keyboards and multi-colour backlit keyboards have been around for a while. However, what we haven’t ever had before is a keyboard that combines the two, marrying the high-end typing ability of mechanical switches with the pizzazz of 16.7 million different colours of backlighting. That makes the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB a first. It also makes it one of the snazziest keyboards you can buy.”
“Logitech has a long and enviable history in the gaming mouse market and its latest model looks set to continue that line. While it may not include every possible feature, it packs in a high-speed, high-sensitivity laser sensor, a 32-bit ARM processor and oodles of programmable buttons, so it’s got all the performance you should need.”
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“Tomorrow is expected to see the announcement of Apple’s latest phone, the iPhone 6, and it’s sure to be as lovely as ever. However, with many of the details of its design now leaked I can fairly safely say I won’t be interested in getting one almost regardless of exactly what the device turns out to look like.”
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The Corsair K70 is one of the most desirable gaming keyboard’s currently available thanks to its stylish brushed aluminium construction. It’s also fully-equipped with mechanical switches for speedy typing and greater longevity, and it’s fully backlit too.
Although it’s branded as a gaming keyboard and does come with replaceable contoured WASD keys there are no extra gaming keys here, though you do get a selection of multimedia keys.