Lenovo LaVie Z 360, a two-pound hybrid

Compared with the Lenovo LaVie Z that comes as a clamshell laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor and weighs under two pounds, this hybrid laptop probably will attract a lot more attention, due to its touchscreen feature. The new LaVie Z 360 is built with the same magnesium/lithium alloy and also keeps the same components as its clamshell brother. The design is approximately similar, meaning that there are not so many modifications.

However, the new Lenovo LaVie Z 360 comes with a glossy touchscreen under edge-to-edge glass, but after a closer look, it seems like this model is heavier and also more expensive. The Z 360 weighs 2.04 pounds, exactly the same as the new Apple 12-inch MacBook and heavier than the original LaVie Z that weighs 1.9 pounds. It seems that adding a touchscreen and a hybrid hinge, this laptop costs 200 dollars more, compared with the original model. This laptop comes with a single configuration and costs approximately 1,699 dollars. To be mentioned that the clamshell version costs 1,499 dollars.

Looking at its size and weight, the performance and internal components found in LaVie Z and Z360 are simply impressive. Compared with many other small-size laptops, customers will definitely not find one of Intel’s low-power Atom or Core M CPUs. They will actually be surprized because LaVie Z and Z 360 come with a new fifth-general low-voltage Intel Core i7 processor. This great processor is accompanied by 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. This laptop also has most of the standard ports and connections that customers will not find on the Apple’s MacBook, which is using a single USB-C port.

Adding a hybrid hinge and a touchscreen is without a doubt making this laptop more practical compared with the clamshell model. Despite its comfortable way of usage, this hybrid model was criticized because if you flip it upside down into a tent-like shape, the screen orientation doesn’t respond. However, this is a minor issue that might be fixed with a software update. Another minus is the keyboard, which is far from Lenovo’s famous models.

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