NEC LaVie Z

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Overview

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)
Manufacturer NEC
Model name LaVie Z
CPU type Intel Core i5-3317U (Ivy Bridge)
CPU speed 1700 Mhz
Graphics Intel HD 4000
OS Windows 7
Display Size
13.3" 1600 X 900
Screen Type
LED-Backlit LCD
Touch Technology
No Touchscreen
Weight 875g / 30.9 oz.

Physical Interfaces
DC-in
HDMI
Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)
SDHC Card Slot
USB2.0 (x2)

Wireless Interfaces
802.11 b/g/n
BT (type unknown)
No Wireless WAN (e.g. 3G cellular)

Additional Specs and Accessories (can vary)
AC Adaptor
Microphone
Multitouch Touchpad
WebCam
Stereo speakers

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