Next-generation laptops - NEC Lavie Z

The NEC LaVie Z ultrabook is the lightest ultrabook in the world. Weighing in at just 875 grams, it is half a kilogram lighter than many of the other models that consider themselves "very light". The LaVie Z has been available in Japan since July, with no plans to bring it to any other country. But why not?

The LaVie Z was designed and manufactured as part of a new joint venture between Lenovo and NEC. NEC is a very Japan-focused company in the laptop scene, but the partnership means that if Lenovo wanted to, they could release the same device into any territory they choose. So it's not a lack of global presence stopping this from wider release.

The LaVie Z, itself, is eerily light. In the hand, it feels fake, as though there couldn't possibly be any internal parts hidden underneath the keyboard. Like one of those pretend computers sitting on the furniture at IKEA. But it is real, and it's spectacular. Its chassis is a magnesium lithium alloy which allows the amazing lightness, and they have used special screen glass to also take weight out of that area of the device. Available in both Core i5 and Core i7 configurations, this is a true ultrabook. Perhaps its only trade-off, compared to other Lenovo ultrabooks, is a choice of a lighter battery type that delivers an eight hour performance, but doesn't have advanced features like rapid charge. While it is definitely not Mil-spec tough, like Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, it is no fragile snowflake, either. Even if its lightness makes it feel that way.