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Lenovo Lavie Z Laptop: Is It Good for Business?

Lenovo LaVie Z, business laptops
The LaVie Z is even lighter than the new MacBook. / Credit: Lenovo

Looking for a work laptop that won’t weigh you down on your daily commute? At just 1.87 pounds Lenovo’s new LaVie Z is a ludicrously light 13-inch machine that weighs even less than Apple’s new 12-inch, 2.03-pound MacBook. It also offers more ports than Apple’s machine, making the LaVie Z a lot more practical for business users.

You’ll pay a lot for it, though. The standard LaVie Z starts at $1,499, and the LaVie Z 360 — which sports a flexible hinge so you can use the machine like a tablet ala Lenovo’s Yoga line — costs $200 more than that to start. That’s a lot pricier than the new MacBook, which will run you $1,299 for the low-end model.

But that’s the price you’ll pay for a machine that’s bigger, more powerful and more versatile than Apple’s featherweight notebook, while still managing to weigh less. Aside from the folding hinge, both LaVie Z models offer the same hardware inside, including a blazing fast Intel Core i7 processor that leaves the MacBook’s Core M chip in the dust and a super sharp quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), 13.inch display. The LaVie Z matches the MacBook in other areas, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).

You also get two USB 3.0 ports for plugging in accessories, as well as an HDMI out port for linking the LaVie Z to a monitor for desktop use, or hooking it up to a projector for showing presentations. The new MacBook, meanwhile, boasts only a single USB C port that will require an adapter to work with most devices, and doubles as the charging port.

The bottom line is that laptops — especially machines with the power and versatility to satisfy working professions — don’t get much lighter than this. That’s why the LaVie Z looks to be one of the best business trip companions around, if you don’t mind the premium price.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.