Lenovo is launching a 13 inch Windows laptop that weighs just a tiny bit more than Apple’s first-generation iPad.

The Lenovo LaVie Z is a notebook with an Intel Broadwell processor, solid state storage, Windows 8.1 software, and a case that weighs just 1.7 pounds.

There’s also a 2-in-1 model that you can use either as a notebook or a tablet. That version is still super-light, weighing just over 2 pounds.

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Both models are 0.67 inches thick and feature magnesium-lithium cases which Lenovo says is 50 percent lighter than aluminum, but just as sturdy as other magnesium laptop cases.

The LaVie HZ550 is the laptop-only model, while the HZ750 convertible has a touchscreen that’s bonded to the display so there’s no cover glass to add thickness or weight.

Both models feature 13.3 inch displays, up to a 5th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 128GB of solid state storage, and an optional 2560 x 1440 pixel WQHD display.

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Lenovo plans to begin offering the notebooks in the US in May with the HZ550 selling for $1299 and up while the HZ750 will start at $1499.

If the LaVie branding sounds familiar, that’s because NEC has been offering a line of notebooks in Japan under that name for a few years. The Lenovo LaVie Z comes from a partnership between Lenovo and NEC.

 

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6 replies on “Lenovo LaVie Z: 1.7 pound laptop with a 13 inch screen”

  1. Make a light weight tablet with digitizer pen and the
    ability to convert back into a full fledged 13+ laptop running win 10 and usb 3.1 and it would cause a tectonic plate shift in business.

  2. These devices are getting to be too light. To
    achieve their goals, manufacturers are turning
    out “anorexic” laptops with too few ports (particularly
    USB), requiring easily-misplaced dongles, too
    little internal storage (128 GB SSDs when 256 GB
    should be the minimum), nonremovable batteries,
    non-upgradable RAM, and nonreplaceable SSDs.
    I’d rather have greater weight but with the above
    features, plus an active digitizer.

    1. https://www.dynamism.com/top-notebooks/nec-lavie-z.shtml

      Same ports that my old UX31E got (minus a mini-VGA that, honestly, no one uses) and that I was plenty happy with port-wise. Non-upgradability is but a small sacrifice to achieve such a light weight (and how many ultrabooks are upgradable anyway). And that active digitizer, well, I doubt your average consumer (or even the deep-pocketed business type that this is aiming for) will miss it. Heck, I hardly ever use the one on my Note 4.

      Besides, there are plenty of heavier, more fully featured tablets that can address your needs. Leave the lightweight 2-in-1s for us. If VR don’t catch on, I can’t wait for the day when a 13.3″ tablet is <1lb.

  3. I am interested in the ~2lbs 13.3″ foldable. Having used a DV11P as my sole computer for the past half year I am leaning back towards the 13.3″ hybrid range. A bit too early for an upgrade for me, but if the Lenovo/NEC partnership holds and they update this with Skylake/Cannonlake, this just might be my next laptop/tablet.

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