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72 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The LaVie Z is the world's lightest 13-inch convertible laptop, but it punches above its weight in terms of performance. That said, its relatively short battery life and cramped keyboard layout make it difficult to recommend.

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Pros
  • Lightest convertible 13-inch laptop
  • Doesn't compromise on performance
  • Touchpad works well
Cons
  • The US edition has aJapanese keyboard layout with lots of shrunken buttons
  • Battery life is short compared to other thin-and-light touchscreen PCs
  • Build quality feels a bit flimsy
  • Display suffers from washout
72 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
The Lenovo LaVie Z is an impressive engineering feat, but unless you need the touch screen and 360-degree hinge, stick with the less-expensive, lighter, non-touch model.
 
50
Laptop Magazine
The LaVie Z 360 reaches new heights for 2-in-1 lightness and performance, but is held back by a confusing keyboard, dim screen and lackluster battery life.
 
60
TechRadar
Weighing in at 2.04 pounds, the Lenovo LaVie Z 360 might be the easiest hybrid laptop to sling around – it's too bad that using the notebook is almost an entirely disappointing experience.
 
60
Computer Shopper
Lenovo introduces the first convertible that's genuinely light enough (2.04 pounds) to work as a tablet. But the keyboard sabotages it as a laptop, and it lacks the in-between stand and tent modes of Lenovo's Yoga models.
 
50
About
The system does offer a lot of performance and a very good display but there are just enough issues combined with the price that just hold it back too much.
 
80
WinSuperSite
If the LaVie Z had been the first to market, I'd had given it some serious consideration. But, with so many similar options now available, with much friendlier pricing, it probably wouldn't make my top two decision points.
 
70
HotHardware
With its $200 price premium ... ultra-glossy, high-glare display and slightly increased weight, the 360 is just not as attractive. To boot, it's still pretty awkward to use a 13.3-inch machine as a tablet under most conditions, so you're better off sticking with the more affordable standard LaVie Z.
 
70
Engadget
The LaVie Z is the world's lightest 13-inch convertible laptop, but it punches above its weight in terms of performance. That said, its relatively short battery life and cramped keyboard layout make it difficult to recommend.

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