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LG Z330 and Z430 'Super Ultrabooks' (hands-on)

LG Z330 and Z430 'Super Ultrabooks' (hands-on)


Hands-on impressions of LG's first ultrabooks, the Z330 and Z430. The 13.3-inch and 14-inch ultrabooks have SSDs and aluminum construction.

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We've just taken a look at LG's first ultrabooks, the recently-announced 13.3-inch Z330 and 14-inch Z430. LG is calling them "Super Ultrabooks" because they go "above and beyond" Intel's requirements. The two laptops are extremely similar — they're both made of aluminium, have (non-backlit) chiclet keyboards, and have thin bezels that let the company squeeze more screen real estate into a smaller frame.

The Z330 has a single USB 3.0 port on the left edge (alongside the power plug), and a USB 2.0 port, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, and MicroSD card slot on the right edge. We weren't crazy about the particular aluminum finish on this ultrabook — it has a texture that makes it feel a bit like plastic and it makes the touchpad too "sticky." The Z430 felt significantly heavier in hand (about 0.6 pounds more according to the specs), and adds an additional USB 2.0 port and a pull-down Ethernet connection. Unlike its 13.3-inch brother, there's a full-sized SD card slot on the back. There's still no pricing information yet: all we know is that they'll come sometime in the first quarter of this year. Check our product database entries for each ultrabook to get a full rundown of specs.