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Lenovo LaVie Z: Hands-On With The “World’s Lightest Laptop”

by Todd Haselton | January 5, 2015January 5, 2015 12:53 pm EST

I admit, it’s hard for me to get excited about laptops these days. Here are two I’m super pumped about: the Lenovo LaVie Z, and its convertible counterpart. Why? They’re insanely, insanely light. They also just so happen to be the first devices produced by the joint venture between NEC and Lenovo that will be sold outside of Japan.

When I had a chance to sit down with Lenovo for my hands-on, the devices were so light that I thought they were handing me prototypes. It almost felt like the laptops were made out of plastic, but they aren’t. Instead, the bodies feature a magnesium-lithium material that’s 50-percent lighter than aluminum but just as strong as other magnesium products. Seriously, you have to find one of these when they launch just to try picking one up, even if you’re not out to buy one.

Anyway, I digress. There are technically two models that will eventually hit the market in May. One, the LaVie Z HZ550, is a standard non-touch 13-inch laptop that weighs 1.72lbs and features up to an Intel Core i5 processor, USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out and Windows 8.1 Update. The second is a full convertible with a 360-degree hinge and a touchscreen that can be used in tablet mode, tent mode, laptop mode — you get the idea. It’s also super light, but weighs slightly more, 2.04lbs, and features up to an Intel Core i7 processor.

The LaVie Z HZ550 will fall in at about $1,299 while the convertible LaVie Z HZ750 will land for about $1,499. If you need to lighten your load, definitely consider giving these a look. Check out our video above where a Lenovo employee discusses both products for us.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...