LG introduces 2.5 pound Z360 ultrabook
The LG Z360 is one of the thinnest and lightest ultrabooks I’ve ever seen. It measures 0.5 inches thick and weighs 2.5 pounds, which makes it one of the most portable 13.3 inch laptops around. The only other models in its class that I’m aware of are the Samsung Series 9 and maybe the MacBook Air.
The ultrabook has a 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display with wide viewing angles, up to an Intel Core i7 processor, and room for two microSD card slots.
While the notebook has a plastic case, it’s a very sturdy feeling ultrabook that’s thinner than most metal models.
LG has made a couple of interesting design decisions with the Z360. One is the touchpad which doesn’t feature physical at all. Instead there’s a touch surface that sits flush with the palm rest and which you can tap to click.
There are also thin lines separating left and right click-areas toward the bottom of the touchpad, which you can “click” by tapping.
It’s an interesting idea… but I find it a bit awkward to use.
One thing I really do like about the LG Z360 is a row of dedicated Windows 8 function keys on the left side of the keyboard. You can press these to switch apps, search for apps, files, or documents, open your settings menu, or perform other actions.
Since the ultrabook doesn’t have a touchscreen display, these buttons can make navigating Windows 8 a bit easier.