The NEC LaVie series of Ultrabooks has always led in terms of weight. The latest model, the LaVie GZ was the lightest yet and when I say light I mean as light as an 8-inch tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard. This 13.3-inch Ultrabook weighs just 794 grams. The problem is that it’s only available in Japan. Lenovo and NEC are set to change that with a distribution deal that sees two new LaVie PCs under 1KG heading out of Japan to the USA.
The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 is a 13.3-inch laptop that weighs just 1.72-lbs (780 grams.) The Lenovo LaVie Z HZ750 is a 13-in convertible Yoga-style laptop at just 2.04-lbs (925 grams.)
The incredibly low weight is achieved by using a magnesium-lithium material for the casing and a direct-bonded touchscreen (on the HZ570) which doesn’t have the glass covering that most touchscreens do. Obviously these aren’t cheap ultralights and there’s a point of note in the battery capacity of the HZ550 which is low at 29.6Wh so you’ll need to bring the charger. The convertible has a larger, 44.4Wh battery.
The Sharp IGZO screen could be interesting. For more information on that read this article from 2013 at Ultrabooknews.
Watch a hands-on video with the HZ750 below.
The two devices will be available in Spring in the USA with the laptop-style HZ550 starting at $1,299 and the touch-convertible HZ570 starting at $1,499 via Lenovo’s website. The two new models will also be available in Japan in the Spring. No other country deals were announced.
- World’s lightest 13.3” laptop (HZ550 1.72 lbs.) and convertible (HZ750 2.04 lbs.)
- Built with Super light Magnesium-Lithium (Mg-Li) Alloy case
- HZ550 laptop180-degree lay flat hinge or HZ750 360-degree hinge
- Vibrant 13.3 wide QHD or Full HD power saving IGZO panel
- Specialized Film type light Touch screen, exclusive “Forged” case engineering technique
- Unique chassis design with keyboard and panel built-in and direct bonding of frameless touch panel.
- Processor: Up to 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor for HZ750 and Core™ i5 for HZ550
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 Upgrade
- Display/Resolution: HZ550 – 13.3inch LED (non-touch) Anti-Glare (WQHD) / HZ750 – 13.3inch LED (touch panel) (WQHD/FHD)
- Video Graphics: Intel® HD Integrated Graphics
- Memory: HZ550 – LPDDR3 4GB / HZ750 – LPDDR3 4GB/8GB
- Storage: 128 GB SSD
- Ports: USB 3.0×2, HDMI out, SD card, Headphone Jack
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 11ac & BT 4.0
- Camera/MIC: HD (720p), Stereo mic
- Battery HZ550 : 4cell battery (29.6Wh) / HZ750 : 6cell battery (44.4Wh)
- Weight: HZ550 – 1.72-lbs. / HZ750 – 2.04-lbs.
- Dimensions: HZ550 – 319(W)×212(D)×16.9(H) mm / HZ750 – 319 ( W)×217(D)×16.9 ( H) mm