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Responsibility for that, plus a generally budget-looking chassis, might be chalked up to Lenovo's partner for the LaVie series. The LaVie Z is the product of a partnership Lenovo has had with computer-maker NEC since 2011, where the two companies would sell some Lenovo machines as NEC-branded PCs in the Japanese market. That partnership has now expanded, with this as the first NEC-designed system to be sold outside of Japan with Lenovo branding, although NEC has sold its own branded version of the LaVie Z in Japan for the past couple of years.
Retraining your fingers to use the small, quirky keyboard is the biggest hurdle to what is otherwise an excellent laptop that offers both power and portability. The LaVie is an impressive example of how laptops are continuing to become slimmer and lighter, and there's no doubt we'll see more models from different PC makers break the 2-pound barrier while maintaining decent performance and battery life.
In that sense, the Lavie Z suffers from first-generation jitters, and simply isn't as fun and easy to use as something like the 12-inch MacBook or the even the 13-inch MacBook Air, that latter of which admittedly now feels like a pile of bricks at a hefty 2.9 pounds.
But for maximum processing power at minimum weight, plus decent battery life, the LaVie Z sets the bar very high, and is quickly becoming one of my go-to laptops for daily travel.
Liking it alrady already had it a day and it's going great.
If you need full PC performance and a stylish, mobile design this is the notebook for you. The large high-definition screen, full size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad, and multi-touch gestures makes operation easy and fun.
For outstanding processing power there’s a choice of the latest AMD and Intel processors, plus powerful graphics choices as well as generous hard drives and memory options all add up to help you get more done in less time.
The HP Pavilion dv7 was designed to look good and last longer, with key components in a sleek and durable metal chassis, available in two colour options, steel grey and dark umber. Its large HD screen and full size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad make operating it a pleasure.
A Multi-Format Digital Media Reader easily transfers data from secure digital cards, MultiMedia cards, memory sticks and XD Picture cards.
With the choice of a 1TB SATA hard drive, this notebook allows you to easily store all your data and digital memories. Once you’ve stored your data safeguard your content from unauthorised access and keep everything secure with the latest HP security software and an integrated finger print reader, HP SimplePass too.
Your precious files, photos and music will also be protected with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection, an innovative feature that acts like an airbag! It detects if your notebook has been dropped and in the split-second journey to the floor it automatically locks your fragile hard drive minimising loss of files caused by damage from a fall impact.
Beats Audio with integrated triple bass subwoofer provides spine-tingling sound and makes sure you enjoy music the way artists intended. There’s a large HD screen for bringing your favourite films to life, and an HP TrueVision Webcam with integrated digital microphone for staying in touch with friends and family when you’re apart
Laptop A6-3430MX processor model number. Quad Core Processor,1.7 GHz processor clock speed,4 MB processor cache