Lenovo LaVie Z 360
Average of 5 scores (from 8 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo LaVie Z 360
Source: PC Perspective
On one hand, I really want to love the LaVie-Z. Ever since we saw a preview of this machine at CES it has been on my radar as a potential replacement for my mid-2013 MacBook Air. I am a true believer in lightweight laptops, and my MacBook serves the purpose that some people use a tablet for – I bring it with me everywhere. Cutting that weight substantially again with the LaVie-Z was a very intriguing proposition.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 08/04/2015
The Lenovo LaVie Z meets the demands of tablet users pretty well. It’s easily expandable, has a terrific display and it feels like it weighs less than most cups of coffee. Lenovo set out to make a machine for the mobile warrior and it succeeded on the major bullet points. You can run any app, or program with this machine and actually have enough storage space to hold all of your essentials without extra media. 9 hours of battery life is pretty impressive in a package this light and small.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/19/2015
Ultimately, the Lenovo LaVie Z 360's asking price is too high for what it actually is. Sure, it's lighter than any 2-in-1 laptop on Earth, but the cuts made to get there have severely hamper its versatility. If you're looking for a machine that offers more modes of use, then the HP Spectre x360 and, more so, the Acer Aspire R13 should be up your alley. Both of these rivals are also better choices if you're looking for a longer lasting machine, especially the Spectre x360.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Hot Hardware
Let's be clear: Lenovo's LaVie Z deserves huge praise for weighing in at just 1.87 pounds. It's an engineering feat, and what's even more impressive is that there's a potent Core i7-5500U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a fast SSD in there. What you're looking at is the year's most powerful Ultrabook under 2 pounds, which is impressive in and of itself.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2015
Source: Comp Reviews
Lenovo's convertible version of the LaVie Z may be the lightest 13-inch convertible on the market even surpassing the Yoga 3 Pro, but the price makes for a less than stellar offering. 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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2015
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: Computer Shopper
All told, the LaVie Z 360 leaves us torn. We love its amazingly lightweight design, solid build quality, first-rate display, and snappy performance. What ultimately prevents us from recommending it is its mangled keyboard layout. We were constantly hunting and pecking at the keyboard because its design is that bizarre compared to a conventional English keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Laptop Mag
The LaVie Z 360 is a roller coaster of highs and lows. Its peaks includes some of the best performance I've seen on any ultraportable -- 2-in-1 or otherwise -- and its logic-defying 2-pound body makes competing systems feel like they're in need of some help from Jenny Craig. But its dim screen, short battery life and weak speakers fall short of delivering the kind of convertible that a $1,699 system needs to be.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 50%
The LaVie Z 360 packs a lot of power into a lightweight package, and this version includes both a touchscreen and hybrid hinge, while adding only a little weight. You could hand either LaVie Z we reviewed to someone and there's a good chance they'd ask if it was a hollow plastic mockup rather than a fully functioning laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/03/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Model: Lightweight and flexible; the Lenovo LaVie Z 360 is designed to be a perfect travel companion with superior viewing ergonomics with its 360 degree display position. At just 2.04 pounds (1.09 kg), the Lenovo LaVie Z 360 is the world's lightest 13.3 inch 2-in-1 laptop. The device comes in dark grey with a matte finish and a clean silhouette that oozes elegance. There is a chiclet styled keyboard and a responsive touchpad that is pretty much an essential expansion in the laptop configuration. As mentioned, the Lenovo LaVie Z 360 features a beautiful and sharp 13.3 WQHD LED panel with touchscreen capability.
The Windows 8.1 system sports an Intel Core i7-5500U processor clocked at 2.4 GHz, 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM, an Intel HD Graphic 5500 and up to 256 GB SSD depending on the configuration. Audio quality is good with stereo speakers utilizing the YAMAHA AudioEngine technology. The Lenovo LaVie Z 360 also includes a 720p HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI out, an SD card reader and several software suits for a more complete user experience. Another impressive aspect lies in the form of battery life. The Lenovo LaVie Z 360 is capable of up to 9 hours of usage, which is uncommon for most devices with this form factor.
Intel HD Graphics 5500: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in the Core processors of the Broadwell U-series (15 W TDP).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
5500U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Mainly, bigger-sized tablets and convertibles weigh as much.
Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.
In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.
From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.
58%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.