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Lenovo Lavie Z HZ550

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It might not be attractive as Dell’s XPS 13 or Apple’s macbook air, but weighing surprisingly light at just 0.78kg or 1.87 pounds, the lavie Z doesn’t quite frankly need to be. There was a serious technology uproar when Lenovo unveiled the NEC made lavie z HZ550. Much of the frenzy was caused by its light weight. The lavie z HZ550 is so light that you would think your handling an empty prototype with no hardwares installed if you lift it, that’s how impressively light this device is. The 0.78kg notebook has successfully broken the record as the lightest notebook in the world!.Compared to the entry- level XPS 13, which weighs 2.6 pounds (1.17kg) – and the Zenbook UX305, which weighs 2.65 pounds (1.18kg) – the LaVie is noticeably lighter and dramatically more comfortable to transport. It makes The MacBook Air, weighing 2.69 pounds (1.22kg), no longer worthy of its Air status. Producing very consistent and dynamic colours that are present from screen corner to screen corner, the LaVie’s 13.3-inch WQHD (2,560 x 1,440), LED anti-glare screen is one of the best in the market.
The lavie z HZ550 can’t compete with the XPS 13’s full HD “Infinity Display,” but believe me, its so very darn close. The trackpad features a minimalist design, akin to that of a MacBook. It features no buttons, no dividing lines… Just a simple and accurate pad that enables you to scroll, click and highlight.The Lenovo LaVie Z is one of the latest laptops to be outfitted with a fifth-generation Intel Broadwell processor. According to Intel, the new CPUs offer improvements in processing and gaming performance as well as in security and battery life.

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FLAWS
Being the world’s lightest ultraportable laptop obviously comes at a price, the HZ550 though very darn impressive is far from perfect. Its webcam is not so impressive with washed out and hard to identify colors. Battery life peaks at 7 hours but this is still way below XPS 13(non touch model) 12 hours and Macbook Air’s 14 hours. The keyboard design is not making things any Easier, at first glance it looks normal but the HZ550 keyboard is anything but normal;The Space Bar, Left Tab, Caps Lock and BackSpace key are laughably small, whereas the Enter key is inordinately huge .ln a File Transfer Test by Laptopmag reviewers, It took the LaVie Z’s 256GB SSD 39 seconds to complete duplication of 4.97GB of mixed-media files). This almost translates to a transfer rate of 131 MBps, way below 181.5 MBps average. The XPS 13’s 256GB SSDs achieved 339.3 while the Air’s 128GB Flash drive hit a swift 358.4 MBps. The lenovo Lavie Z HZ550 mmate a light laptop but it has sacrificed quite a lot to get there. The audio volume is not so impressive either.
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My verdict
If you are looking for an ultraportable travelling laptop, the HZ550 might be your best bet as it packs a fifth generation Intel processor with it’s trademark light weight. The audio issues can be overlooked but one would expect a laptop of a laptop of a price range of between $1500 to $1700 to come with a longer lasting battery and a more vibrant display. Its important to note that the HZ550 manages to pack some impressive number of ports dispite its slim size.

General specs

CPU
2.4-GHz Intel Core i7-5500U
Operating System
Windows 8.1
RAM
8GB
Hard Drive
256GB
Hard Drive Type
M.2 SSD
Display Size
13.3
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Optical Drive
None
Graphics Card
Intel HD Graphics 5500

Video Memory
Wi-Fi
802.11ac
Wi-Fi Model
Intel Wireless 7265 (2×2) AC
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband

Touchpad Size
3.5 x 2.4 inches

Ports (excluding USB)
USB 3.0
HDMI
Headphone/Mic
Kensington Lock

USB Ports
2
Card Slots
SDXC
Warranty/Support
One-year warranty
Size
12.6 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
Weight
1.8 pounds

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