Now that many computer hardware companies are highly capable of developing their own brand of ultrabooks, creating a slim laptop that merely outperforms Apple’s 1.3kg MacBook Air is no longer the top priority. Much of the focus these days, rather, seem to be directed towards finding a way to develop the lightest, thinnest laptop possible, with the ultimate goal being to create an ultrabook that weighs less than 1kg (2.2 pounds).
Surprisingly, only one company so far has been able to accomplish this feat. About month ago, Japan based hardware company, NEC, is reported to have successfully created a 13.3-inch ultrabook that weighs a mere 875 grams (0.9 kg). The NEC laptop is currently lighter than any of the 13-inch ultrabooks out there, including Acer’s S5 (1.5kg), Sony’s VAIO Z (1.15kg), and Samsung’s Series 9 (1.19 kg).
NEC’s unique 13.3-inch ultrabook, a part of the company’s LaVie Z series, is composed of a material known as magnesium lithium, which is 1mm thinner than aluminum alloy, and weighs 60% lighter. The laptop utilizes a single-frame structure design to give the body a necessary sturdiness, and takes advantage of a “unified” keyboard frame that allows the computer to be 10% thinner than a typical ultrabook. With its light mass, slim body, and surprisingly powerful battery (8.1 hours per charge), the 13.3-inch LaVie Z is the ideal product for anyone looking for a light and highly portable computer.
The main appeal of NEC’s 13.3-inch ultrabook, according to TrendInsider, ultimately boils down to three essential qualities: light weight, long usage hours, and high power efficiency. Complementing these inherent qualities are the computers’ impressive specs, which includes a 1600×900 resolution screen, a highly functional HDMI port, two major USB ports (2.0 and 3.0), and a SD card reader. During August, NEC plans to release both the Core i7-3517U(1.90GHz) and Core i5-3317U(1.70GHz) versions of the 13.3-inch ultrabooks at a retail price of 160 thousand and 130 thousand yen, respectively.
Taking into account the potential success of NEC’s ultra-lightweight ultrabook, we believe it will only be a matter of time before big names like Sony, Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, and Toshiba jump onto the bandwagon and begin developing their own line of “ultra-light” ultrabooks. Before that happens, though, the trophy for creating the lightest notebook in the market rightfully belongs to NEC.