NEC LaVie GZ with IGZO is the lightest Ultrabook yet.

Posted on 05 July 2014, Last updated on 26 January 2020 by

As the Ultrabook design philosophy reaches more of the mainstream laptop market it is becoming more and more difficult to spot new advances in laptop design. NEC makes it easy for us though by launching the sub 800-gram (1.76 pound) LaVie GZ. Energy and space-saving IGZO screen and mainboard means less layers to the laptop cake. There’s a trade-off though.

The LaVie GZ is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook available with 2560 × 1440 resolution and the weight is just 794 grams which is very very impressive. The IGZO screen doesn’t provide a touch layer (an IPS 1920x1080p version offers that and a larger internal battery but at a slightly heavier 964 grams.) but it’s all-Ultrabook in other aspects of the device.

Specs include a Core i7-4510U or Core i5-4210U CPU with a fixed 4GB of RAM and SSD options. There’s an SD card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI for video output. It’s just 14.9mm thick.

As for the battery life, NEC are quoting a 5.4hrs battery life on the JEITA 1.0 test which isn’t actually that good considering that it’s almost a no-load test. We haven’t managed to find the actual battery capacity but given the other figures available we don’t expect more than a very small 25Wh pack. Under load and high screen brightness this LaVie won’t be an all-dayer but It’s a sign of how increasing component efficiency allows expensive and large battery requirements to be reduced.

NEC Lavie GZ (2)NEC Lavie GZ (1)

The NEC LaVie GZ won’t be available globally and probably won’t be available much outside Japan but you might be able to find an importer for this amazing Ultrabook. Full specifications are available from NEC here. (Japanese.)

Via: NotebookItalia.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Jose says:

    I’d get a 11.6 incher with an IGZO screen (no touch). That 5.4 hour idle battery life is a concern though.

  2. Mark J says:

    This is not really new except for maybe the energy saving bit. Although the weight and screen is nice, the keyboard is terrible compared to Sony or Thinkpad.

  3. Lance Warley says:

    Chippy said: As the Ultrabook design philosophy reaches more of the mainstream laptop market it is becoming more and more difficult to spot new advances in laptop design.

    You are so right. My Yoga 2 Pro has comparable performance with my 2011 desktop system. Details here:
    Both have SSD. The differences are in RAM (Y2P 8, Desktop 32) and in i7 processors/graphics cards (the desktop is one generation older).

    I bought the desktop with the intent of saving money on upgrading it when I want to improve performance vs the cost of buying a new laptop. The way things are going, it may be cheaper to buy a new Ultrabook, rather than a new cpu/graphics card for the desktop. Hook up the Ultrabook to my calibrated monitor and I’m done.

  4. DavidC1 says:

    5.4 hours with JEITA 1.0 may mean 3.5-4 hours with updated versions of JEITA and MobileMark 2012 which reflects real world scenarios better.

    That suggests maybe 20-22WHr battery pack. Not really an advancement(even in weight) if that’s true.

    They might as well take the battery pack out, make it AC only and get it to 600g.

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