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73 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

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).

Engadget Review

At 1.87 pounds, the LaVie Z is the world's lightest 13-inch laptop, and it offers surprisingly robust performance for its size. It has the potential to be a great PC, but Lenovo made a serious misstep by releasing it in the US with an unfamiliar Japanese keyboard layout.

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Pros
  • Lightest 13-inch laptop
  • Doesn't compromise on performance
  • Battery life matches heavier,supposedly lower-powered machines
  • Touchpad works well
Cons
  • The US edition has aJapanese keyboard layout with lots of shrunken buttons
  • Build quality feels a bit flimsy
  • Display suffers from washout
73 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

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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Score Breakdown

 
70
Average Critic Score
 
80
TechRadar
A few minor flaws separate the LaVie from the best laptops in the world. Unfortunately, given that it's dramatically more expensive than its competitors, the LaVie is a cut just below.
 
70
PC World
Are the compromises made worth it? The keyboard is almost a deal-breaker. ... The audio is also truly atrocious. In the comfort of my cubicle yeah, it bugs me. But the next time I’ve been standing in line at the airport for an hour, maybe, just maybe, the tradeoff is worth it.
 
80
CNET
Despite a few design quirks that make it feel less than premium, the Lenovo LaVie Z can't be beat for a combination of light weight and processor power.
 
70
PC Mag
The Lenovo LaVie Z is the lightest ultraportable laptop in the world, with a high-resolution display and better-than-average performance, but you still have to make some compromises to keep the weight down.
 
50
Laptop Magazine
The unbelievably light Lenovo LaVie Z performs well but is weighed down by an uncomfortable keyboard and short battery life.
 
70
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.
 
80
HotHardware
Performance is outstanding, but the keyboard layout and exterior design left much to be desired. Hopefully, Lenovo's next generation will be able to maintain its petite, super-light frame while increasing build quality and rigidity.
 
60
Computer Shopper
Lenovo's (and NEC's) LaVie Z pares a 13.3-inch Core i7 laptop down to a phenomenal 1.87 pounds. It's easy to forget you're carrying it, but hard to master its quirky keyboard, and rivals like the Apple MacBook and Dell XPS 13 are formidable.
 
70
Engadget
At 1.87 pounds, the LaVie Z is the world's lightest 13-inch laptop, and it offers surprisingly robust performance for its size. It has the potential to be a great PC, but Lenovo made a serious misstep by releasing it in the US with an unfamiliar Japanese keyboard layout.

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