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.