Lenovo has collaborated with NEC to create the worlds first 2 in 1 or Notebook for that matter, with an IGZO display, this helps tip the scales at a meager 2.04lbs. We got hands on at CES 2015.
How on earth could you make a Notebook so light? Forget the fact this is a 2 in 1 which has additional weight for the hinges that allow it to offer you tablet mode. The LaVie Z is extremely thin it is only 0.67 inches or 17mm. The lid is made of magnesium-lithium which is 50% thinner than aluminum while being just as strong or even a little more robust (this did seem up for debate with a few attendees at Showstoppers). The magnesium-lithium construction is definitely as strong as the magnesium alloy typically used in laptops. Regardless, apart from being light, it did feel like a durable machine even though every piece was hand painted.
The beauty of how they get the device so light is around hand selecting the parts, a hard drive or battery with the same capacity might weigh in differently. NEC is hand selecting parts to ensure the lightest possible devices.
The laptops are configurable, with up to an Intel Core i7 (HZ750), and with 128GB SSD storage. Lenovo claims the LaVie Z laptops have all day battery life.
The LaVie Z comes in two models, the HZ550 and HZ750. The HZ550 is the lightest 13-inch laptop, weighing in at a mere 1.72 pounds. The HZ750 weighs only 2.04 pounds and is a hybrid with a screen that rotates a full 360 degrees. We didn’t get to snap any shots or video of the lighter edition, but they look very similar, so you can just imagine a lighter version in my hands on video below.
The LaVie Z HZ550 and HZ750 will be available in the US in May 2015 for $1,299 and $1,499 respectively.