Ultrabooks aren’t for everyone, or at least when considering their hardware features in today’s’ standards. For instance, they don’t come with optical drives nor gamers friendly powerful graphics.
Although some say the importance of having an optical drive will eventually be outrun by Cloud storage modules in the near future. But not having gamers friendly graphics makes sense as Ultrabooks are designed for professional individuals.
And nowadays almost all the major PC hardware manufactures have an Ultrabook model of their own and few hours ago LG announced they’ve also decided to “join the trend” by introducing one of the most thinnest and powerful Ultrabooks in the current market! (named Z330 & Z430).
The Z330 is the most thinnest and lightest model (1.21 kg) with 13 inch display, 1366 x 768 HD display resolution, 4GB RAM, either 128GB or 250GB of SSD drive, Core i3/i5/i7 processors, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 support, HDMI, memory card reader, 1.3 mega pixel web camera, 4-cell battery and comes with Intel HD 3000 graphics (APU). Measuring at 315.4 x 214.7 x 14.7 mm, well it’s thin! (at least for now ;-)).
The Z430 is the big brother (1.51 kg) of Z330 as it has a larger 14 inch display, although the resolution stays the same. It comes with an 8GB of RAM (both DDR3), core i7 processor and 500GB SATA HDD. Those are the only differences between them.
But the thing about the Z330 and Z430 is that they both seem to come with 4-cell batteries, which could be an issue. Now they are one of the thinnest Ultrabooks right now, but with Intel Core i7 and 13/14 in displays etc I’m a bit skeptical about their battery life though.
The moderate battery life of 5 hours is a pretty common thin for an Ultrabooks but they should do better (at least around 7 hours) concerning the fact that after all, they are “ultra-portables”.
There are only two models that have been able to reach excellent battery life (Toshiba Portege z835 and Lenovo IdeaPad U300s). But Toshiba Z835 heats up a little (which is again a common complaints among Ultrabooks due to their “slim” nature).
Anyway LG says that the Z330 is at least 3 times faster than the other notebooks in the market (boot times) as the models with Core i7 can boot within 10 seconds! (thanks to the SSD) and apart from its “awesome” thinness, let’s hope that it could last some decent hours.
They haven’t released them yet and according to LG, Z330 and Z430 should come around first quarter of 2012.