Lightweight and powerful LaVie Z by Lenovo
Inside the 0.86kg (1.9 pound) 13-inch laptop there is a new fifth-generation low-voltage Intel Core i7 processor, the first such a powerful chip in such a light system. The processor is paired with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD and the device is well on its road to be compared with Apple's 12-inch MacBook. The LaVie Z is lighter than the MacBook, has a larger screen, and a more powerful processor. Add to that the standard ports and connections, and you have a very interesting device in sight.
There is also a hybrid version, the LaVie Z 360, that includes a touchscreen and a 360-degree hinge. The Z 360 version will rotate its screen as needed when folded all the way back into tablet mode, but not if flipped upside down. The keyboard is a bit unusual and that can be a problem if you depend on it for some heavy typing. An odd idea because we used to look at Lenovo as a brand with very good keyboard. Operating system is Windows 8.1 64-bit and the display is WQHD.
Its battery lasts for up to 9 hours so it will be a very good device for all road warriors. On the right side there are two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-out port, an SD Card slot, and a headset jack. On the left side there is a case-lock slot and power connector, along with the system's Power button. The LaVie Zfeatures dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 for connections. The device looks and feel very light and, coupled with a powerful processor, that's its main advantage.
The device made in cooperation with NEC comes with Windows 8.1 installed and was easier to use with the touch screen as described in the Display section. Lenovo did install their own software: REACHit, SHAREit, and System Update. There is also the ThinkVantage Tools programs too. McAfee is the security program. Microsoft Office also comes pre-installed, but it iss more for you to either try, buy, or activate. If you do need to download any kind of applications, you always have Microsoft’s app store. ■
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