NEC LaVie Z
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This is the NEC LaVie Z Ultrabook with a weight of stunning 999g. It features an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5/i7 and has a resolution of 1600x900. The NEC LaVie Z joins the sub-1-kilo Ultrabook club by using an magnesium-lithium alloy for the body. There is also an i7-3517U clocked at 1.9GHz version.
Specifications for the NEC LaVie Z
|Specifications (base version)|
|Model name||LaVie Z||CPU type||Intel Core i5-3317U (Ivy Bridge)|
|CPU speed||1700 Mhz|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4000|
||13.3" 1600 X 900||Screen Type
||LED-Backlit LCD||Touch Technology
|Weight||875g / 30.9 oz.|
|Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)|
|SDHC Card Slot|
|BT (type unknown)|
|No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)|
|Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)|
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|NEC LaVie Z Ultrabook information (translated)||05/06/12|
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