Lenovo LaVie Z targets the new MacBook


Apple surprised a lot of people and caused a bit of frustration among Apple users when they revealed their newest MacBook with no ports except for a single USB-C. Users are forced to get adapters that bring back the ports Apple lost and to allow USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices to connect to the new USB-C. This may be the future of laptops, but for now, the majority of users need those standard ports. Enter the Lenovo LaVie Z.

The LaVie Z surpasses the new MacBook in nearly every category. It weighs just 1.87lb compared to the 2.03lb of the MacBook. The LaVie Z boasts a 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,440 resolution touchscreen display, which is a little bit bigger than the MacBook’s 12-inch 2,304 x 1,440 non-touchscreen display. Even if touchscreen isn’t important to you, the extra inch can make all the difference when it comes to screen size.

When it comes to ports, the LaVie Z doesn’t disappoint. It has two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output and an SD card slot. This is infinitely better for day-to-day use than the single USB-C connection you get on the MacBook.

Lenovo didn’t compromise on power either. The LaVie Z is powered by a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 chip (compared to the MacBook’s 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor), Intel HD Graphic 5500 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid-state drive storage. It even comes with a 720p webcam while the Macbook comes with a 420p webcam.

So, power? Check. Screen? Check. Where does the LaVie Z fall short? The battery life. The Lenovo gets up to seven hours of battery life during web browsing and up to nine hours for video playback. However, the MacBook gets up to nine hours while web browsing and up to 10 hours viewing video. With more power than the MacBook, it doesn’t seem too surprising the battery life would suffer, but with that small of a difference, I would take power and screen size over the battery life.

The price could also prove problematic for the LaVie Z which starts at a whopping $1,499. That is $200 more than the MacBook. Lenovo also offers the LaVie Z 360 which has many of the same specs, but a rotating screen, which starts at $1,699.

In my opinion, despite the price tag and battery life, if I am going to spend that much on a laptop, I would rather splurge $200 more and get the LaVie Z. I would probably get more use out of it day to day and without having to buy adapters.

Do you think the Lenovo will be able to successfully compete with the MacBook in spite of the price tag and battery life? Keep the conversation going in the comments below.

Sources: PC MagcMashable

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