IDF 2012 cool gear: the world's lightest Ultrabook

Japan can boast having the world's lightest Ultrabook on the market, thanks to NEC and its LaVie

The NEC LaVie Z.
The NEC LaVie Z.

The world's lightest 13-inch Ultrabook is made by NEC and it's only available in Japan — for the equivalent of about $2000.

The LaVie Z is a super-light 13-incher that disturbs the scales at 875g, which is significantly less than even Toshiba's 1.12kg Satellite and Portege models, which are also 13 inch models.

It would be perfect for those of us who want a very light laptop to carry around on a daily basis, and its magnesium alloy body makes it feel solid to hold despite being so light.

It features a third generation Intel Core i7 CPU running at 1.9GHz, 4GB of RAM and 128GB solid state storage.

The screen is 1600 pixels wide and of high quality from what we saw. The keyboard feels decent for such a light chassis and the touchpad is smooth without separate left- and right-click buttons visibe on the surface.

There is an 802.11n Wi-Fi module and Bluetooth 4.0 built in for wireless communications. Around the edges there are some useful features, including a full-sized HDMI port, a full-sized SD card slot and USB 3.0.

No built-in Ethernet though — the chassis is only thick enough to house the USB and full-sized HDMI ports.

The lightest Ultrabook we've ever lifted with one hand.
The lightest Ultrabook we've ever lifted with one hand.

Front view.
Front view.

Side view with the lid closed.
Side view with the lid closed.

Right side ports.
Right side ports.

Left side ports.
Left side ports.

Bottom panel.
Bottom panel.

Keyboard view.
Keyboard view.

It's unfortunate that NEC only sells it in Japan as it created quite a buzz among IDF attendees for its light weight and exceptional styling.

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