LG re-entered the PC space in Australia last year, offering an Ultrabook and a hybrid model. This year, the company is offering an ultraportable laptop called, funnily enough, the UltraPC (Model 13Z940). It’s a 13.3in unit with fourth generation Intel Core processing, an IPS display, and a sub-1kg weight.
LG can’t call the 13Z940 an Ultrabook, and that’s because it’s not offering the unit with a touchscreen. Intel stipulates that all fourth generation Intel Core ultraportables must have a touchscreen if they want to carry the Ultrabook moniker. With the lack of a touch option, LG has chosen to name this model an UltraPC instead. That’s good news for anyone who wants an Ultrabook computer that doesn’t have touch capability.
We had a brief look at the UltraPC yesterday, and it sure seems like it’s going to be one of the more attractive models on the Australian market. It comes in a range of colours that includes a grey called ‘Glam Metal’, and it's also available in a pink colour (Misty Rose) that LG hopes will fly off the shelves.
Other than colours, the other aspect of the UltraPC that makes it attractive is a very thin screen bezel. You only get about 5mm of bezel on either side of the screen, and the screen itself looks beautiful thanks to the use of a Full HD, IPS (in-plane switching) panel. You can see the screen in good contrast, even when viewing from the sides or from above.
A magnesium alloy casing keeps the weight of the UltraPC to a minimum, and it felt as light as a feather when we lifted it off the table for the first time. The balance of the unit is spot on, though, and you can open the lid with one hand without the base lifting up from its resting place. This will come in handy for those days when you need to open your laptop while holding a coffee in the other hand. It resumes from sleep in about two seconds.
The thin profile of the UltraPC thickens out a bit towards the rear, and this is because it houses some good connectivity options. You get a full-sized HDMI port, two microSD card slots, and a couple of USB 3.0 ports. You also get dual-band Wi-Fi, which was a missing feature on last year’s Z360 model.
LG said that the UltraPC will be going on sale from Monday 17 February, with the Core i5 model to be priced at $1298 and the Core i7 model at $1898. The main specifications are as follows:
Operating system: Windows 8.1
CPU: either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 (fourth generation, speeds not specified yet)
Graphics: Intel HD 4400
RAM: 4GB or 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD
Networking: 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band) Wi-Fi; Wi-Di; Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth 4.0