Toshiba introduced a 5-in-1 PC concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Now the company has added a few new modes on the computer and launched it as a real product… in Japan.
There’s no word on whether the Toshiba Dynabook KIRA L93 will be available for purchase outside of Toshiba’s home country anytime soon.
So what exactly makes this a 7-in-1 device?
Like many 2-in-1 systems, you can use the Toshiba Dynabook KIRA L93 as a laptop or detach the keyboard and use it as a tablet. But the keyboard is only a part of the laptop base. Take it away and there’s still a flap that you can use as a kickstand.
That lets you use the prop up the system in a variety of ways, including:
- Notebook mode: You know what this looks like.
- Tablet mode: Fold back the flap and hold the system like a tablet.
- Desktop mode: Prop up the display like a PC monitor and place the keyboard in front.
- Canvas mode: Use the kickstand to position the tablet at a 30 degree angle (or so) for writing or drawing.
- Flat mode: Just fold the whole thing down flat… for whatever reason.
- Tent mode: Fold the screen back over the keyboard and prop it up like a tent for watching videos or interacting with the touchscreen.
- Stand mode: Take off the keyboard and use the base as a kickstand like you would in Desktop mode, but ignore the keyboard and use the PC as if it were in tent mode.
Arguably, there’s little different in how you would use the system in Desktop, Tent, and Stand modes… and I’m not really sure why you’d ever use the system in Flat mode. But the design of the Dynabook KIRA L93 certainly makes the system more versatile than most convertibles.
It’s also a reasonably powerful computer, with a 13.3 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, an Intel Core i5-4210y Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB solid state drive, 3 USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, and Windows 8.1 64-bit software.
It supports 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and includes Harmon Kardon speakers.
The system has a dual-digitizer setup with support for finger input as well as precise, pressure-sensitive input from a digital pen.
Toshiba plans to begin selling the Dynabook KIRA L93 in Japan in late June.