We’ve seen our share of Ultrabooks already, and it is likely that we’ll see up to about 50 new models being launched or displayed here at CES.
LG Z430: Design & build
The Z430 sports a 14-inch screen, but because of a 4.5-millimetre thin bezel, the laptop actually feels much closer to a typical 13-inch laptop.
As we’ve come to expect from most Ultrabooks, the design takes heavy cues from Apple’s MacBook Air, but the Z430 does have its own distinct identity, and it’s hard not to fall in love with the brushed metal frame and the unit’s clean lines and minimalistic design.
LG Z430: Features
Weighing in at 1.5 kg with a 19.9 mm chassis, this model’s a tad thicker and heaver than most Ultrabooks, but that’s because you’re rewarded with an extra HDD alongside the system’s SSD that works as the primary drive for Windows and your programs.
The laptop accommodates a full range of ports, so you don’t have to worry about carrying around multiple adapters.
LG Z430: Performance
Final models will be powered by either a 1.6 GHz Core i5-2467M or a 1.7 GHz Core i7-2637M processor, giving you plenty of oomph for those everyday tasks.
The built-in Intel HD 3000 graphics chip will not run the latest batch of 3D games, but if that is at all important to you, you shouldn't even consider purchasing an Ultrabook in the first place.
Booting time is approximately 12 seconds, a tad longer than that of most competitors, but that’s apparently because the extra HDD needs to initialize at boot up.
LG says the Z430 will offer more than six hours of battery life, which is not fantastic but still very decent, and should allow you to head out the door without the charger and not worry too much about running out of juice.
LG Z430: Verdict
The Z430 looks like an interesting ultrabook for those in search for a machine that’s able to offer more storage space, more memory, and a larger screen while still retaining a slim design and low weight.
LG Z430 availability: TBC, first shipments expected to arrive in February
LG Z430 price: TBC
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