After making a brief appearance at CES 2015, Lenovo’s notebook collaboration with NEC is finally slated to hit Western shores as the LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360.
The 13-inch systems, according to TechSpot are nearly the same as announced in Jan., and they strike a perfect balance between features and portability although, they are slightly heavier and bit pricier than originally expected.
They share Quad HD screens, fifth-generation Core i7 processors, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive.
Engadget noted that the only major difference is the convertible touchscreen which transforms the PC into a makeshift tablet.
The 848-gram LaVie Z is available to purchase in the United States and costs $1,699 before a $200 web rebate for a limited period.
The LaVie Z weighs 925-gram and costs $1,849 ahead of a $150 rebate.
According to NDTV Gadgets , the weight is the only major difference between the two laptops that are otherwise identical.
The Lenovo LaVie 360 carries the added hinge that allows it to rotate 360-degrees.
The 64-bit Windows 8.1-based LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 boasts a 13.3-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) LED-backlit IPS anti-glare display, and it is powered by an Intel Core i7-5500U Processor (dual-core with Hyper-Threading, clocked at 2.4GHz, Turbo clock 3GHz) coupled with integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 graphics and up to 8GB of LPDDR3 1600MHz RAM.
In addition, it packs a 256GB SSD storage and measures 319.0×212.1×17.0mm.
Lenovo guarantees up to 7 hours of video playback when detailing the 6-cell Li-polymer battery of the LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360.
In terms of connectivity both LaVie Z and LaVie Z 360 include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI-out, a SD card reader and a combo headphone along with a mic jack.
Besides a 720p HD webcam, Lenovo is also is also giving a push to the onboard Yamaha AudioEngine utility.
Engadget noted that there is a possibility that lower-end versions are coming, too.
However consumers who can’t wait will have to pay a premium.