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NEC LaVie Hybrid Zero notebook loses weight: now starts at 1.7 pounds

Japanese electronics company NEC is updating its LaVie Hybrid Zero line of thin and light convertible notebooks. The new models pack Intel Kaby Lake processors and NEC will offer models with 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch displays. The lightest model weighs just 769 grams (about 1.7 pounds), despite featuring a 13.3 inch display. Much like […]

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LG claims its 2 pound LG Gram laptops get 24-hour battery life (but not really)

As expected, LG is updating its LG Gram line of compact notebooks just ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show. The new LG Gram laptops feature Intel Kaby Lake processors and LG will offer models with 13.3 inch, 14 inch, and 15.6 inch displays… and each version weighs about 2.4 pounds or less. The new 15.6 inch […]

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Lenovo ThinkPad X131e ultraportable notebooks on the way

Lenovo appears to be preparing a minor update to its smallest, cheapest ThinkPad notebooks. Right now the company offers ThinkPad X130e laptops with 11.6 inch displays and a choice of Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 processors or AMD Brazos chips. But Lenovo will replace those notebooks with new ThinkPad x131e models featuring a choice of Intel […]

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Sony updates Vaio Z laptop, hopes people still want high-priced ultraportables

Netbooks, CULV laptops, and ultrabooks have all demonstrated that just because a laptop is small doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. But by definition, most of these affordable ultraportable laptops are less powerful than high-end laptops. Sony is hoping there’s still a market for small but high performance (and high priced) laptops. The company […]

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Intel introduces the Ultrabook category for ultraportable laptops under $1000

Intel has introduced a new buzzword for thin and light laptops with next-generation Intel processors. The company describes an “ultrabook” as a laptop with “tablet-like” features including a slim size and sub-$1000 price tag. The first ultrabooks will measure less than 0.8 inches thick and use second generation Intel Core chips. Intel says the Asus […]

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Lenovo ThinkPad X220 12.5 inch ultraportable laptop caught hiding in plain sight

Lenovo hasn’t made any official announcements about a new ThinkPad model with a 12.5 inch display, but an Engadget tipster found a spec sheet at Lenovo’s web site for a ThinkPad X220 with what appears to be Lenovo’s new favorite screen size. The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 will have a 1366 x 768 pixel LED backlit […]