Lenovo claims the lightest 13" convertible PC crown with new LaVie series

Hot on the trail of its 100 million Thinkpads sold celebration, Lenovo took the wraps off of it's new thin & light "LaVie" laptop PC series today at CES. The series features both a standard laptop design and a full 360-degree hinge that allows the LaVie to be used in tablet form, a feature popularized by the company's Yoga PC series. With a surprising starting weight of 1.72 lbs. with its 13.3" screen configuration, the Lavie earns the world's lightest 13" laptop/convertible crown.

The LaVie comes in so light due to a chassis built from magnesium-lithium (Mg-Li), allowing for both reasonable durability without the added weigh - similar to Microsoft's Surface products. If a lightweight and sleek 13" laptop sounds like a good idea that is resigned to performance compromises, think again. The LaVie houses Intel's 5th-generation i-series CPUs for excellent performance while under formidable workloads.

The LaVie will be available in two models, both running Microsoft's Windows 8.1 OS: the HZ550 and HZ750. The HZ750 is the higher-performing variant and comes with the 360-degree adjustable hinge. The HZ550 starts at $1,299 while the HZ750 starts at $1,499.

HZ550 HZ750 (Convertible)
CPU 5th-gen i5 (Intel HD graphics) 5th-gen i7 (Intel HD graphics)
Memory 4GB (DDR3) 8GB (DDR3)

Operating System

Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1
Ports USB 3.0 (2x), HDMI out, SD Card, 1/8" audio out (headphone) USB 3.0 (2x), HDMI out, SD Card, 1/8" audio out (headphone)
Battery 4-cell 29.6 Wh (est. 7-8 hrs w/ video playback) 6-cell 44.4 Wh (est. 7-8 hrs w/ video playback)
Screen 13.3" (WQHD non-touch, fixed hinge) 13.3" (WQHD/1080p, touch-enabled, 360-degree hinge)
Storage 128GB SSD 128GB SSD
Weight 1.72 lbs. 2.04 lbs.

Lenovo is planning a worldwide launch of the LaVie for May 2015, with a separate Japan launch slated for a similar time frame and different pricing. Both version of this convertible laptop will be available for purchase directly from Lenovo's web page.

Source: Lenovo

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