Intel has made speed a big priority in Ultrabooks from the beginning. Instead of continuing the race-to-the-bottom that was the netbook, Intel wanted to pack premium components into sleek laptops. With the first generation, Intel made sure that every Ultrabook included Rapid Start, among other technologies, which cut resume times from something like 10-15 seconds down to 3-4 seconds. With even more performance in the second generation of Ultrabooks, Intel is now passing the threshold into ‘instant-on’ Ultrabooks.
After spending time with the NEC Lavie Z, we’re ready to give you the full report. What’s obvious is the incredibly light weight of this device; it is hands-down the lightest Ultrabook we’ve seen — lighter even than many 11.6-inch Ultrabooks despite the Lavie Z being in the 13.3-inch class. Beyond the weight is the fastest CPU Ultrabook we’ve tested and a speedy SSD. In this review we’ll give you the lowdown on the build quality, aesthetics, performance, and more.
We finally got our hands on the NEC Lavie Z which is the world’s lightest 13″ Ultrabook. In fact, at 875 grams, it’s even lighter than most 11.6″ Ultrabooks! Thanks to our pals at Dynamism, who handle importing products like the Lavie Z that aren’t otherwise available in the US, we have an unboxing and forthcoming review of the Lavie Z for you.
Chippy is checking out Ultrabooks at IDF this week and he had a chance to get his hands on the NEC Lavie Z Ultrabook. What makes this unit stand out is its incredible weight. This is a 13.3″ screen; at just 876 grams, the Lavie Z is the world’s lightest Ultrabook in it’s class, even lighter than many of the Ultrabooks in the size class below it. For example. the Asus UX21A with an 11.6″ screen is about 1100 grams.
It looks like NEC have pushed out a business variant of the NEC Lavie Z. The NEC Versa Pro packs in Windows 7 Pro, a TPM module and offers a Core i7 platform with optional secure SSD. You’ll pay for it though!
At 875 grams, the NEC Lavie Z is the world’s lightest laptop with a 13.3″ screen. You’ll need to put up a pretty penny for the privilege of owning the world’s lightest 13.3″ computer, it has been priced by Dynamism at $1799. NEC is expected to launch the Lavie Z in mid-August and we’ve got full official specifications.
Sorry Gigabyte, before your ‘lightest notebook on Earth’ has become available, NEC have not only reduced the weight of their LaVie Z LZ750/HS, they’ve done it with a 13.3” screen. This is a stunning bit of engineering – just on weight alone.
The last time we reported on the NEC Lavie we had ‘official’ specs which have turned out to be slightly wrong in the weight department. NEC have succeeded in reducing the weight from an already impressive 999gm to a mind-blowing 875gm. How did they do it?
Another huge day for the Ultrabook world as Computex gets started on day one! Most of the big surprises like the Asus TaiChi and Transformer Book were outed on Day 0, but there was still a flood of exciting news today. We worked hard to bring you detailed coverage here at Ultrabook News and now we’ve got a handy round-up of all the Computex Day 1 news; come on in and check it out!
NEC is jumping into the Ultrabook market this summer with the Lavie Z ( name subject to change, according to the company). The company says that they will use lithium alloy magnesium, “in the body of a PC for the first time in the world”, to achieve a sub-1kg weight on an Ultrabook with a 13.3″ screen — something we’ve yet to see. NEC is apparently holding a competition where you can guess what the lightest model of the Lavie Z will be, and if you guess correctly you could win one!