No, not a product that kills anyone, though there’s no shortage of those. I’m talking about a new product designed to kill one of Apple’s popular products. In recent years we’ve had an endless list of iPhone killers, iPad killers, and now there’s already a new MacBook killer.
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Apple’s newest Mac, the diminutive, anorexic, almost translucent MacBook weighs in at just about four M&M’s above two pounds. At the back end it’s a little more than half an inch thick, and at the low in barely half of a quarter of an inch thick.
That’s thin, folks. You could cut cheese with the MacBook. Speaking of cutting the cheese, Chinese knockoff maker Lenovo decided to kill the MacBook before it gains traction in the marketplace with a less expensive Windows notebook that’s even lighter.
ZDNet calls the new Lenovo LaVie Z laptop a MacBook killer. Is it? Regardless, it won’t be the first MacBook killer and it’s likely not the last to carry the torch.
The LaVie Z has more going for it than Apple’s new MacBook. And less. It’s not quite as thin, but it weighs almost a Quarter-Pounder less by way of a magnesium-lithium frame. The MacBook uses heavy, old fashioned aluminum.
Lenovo’s LaVie Z’s base model costs a little less than a new MacBook, but comes with more. A faster CPU but the same 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The larger screen resolution is slightly higher on the LaVie Z, comes with touchscreen, a hinged display, and a 720p HD camera (vs. the 480p on the MacBook).
Of course, with the LaVie being a Windows PC it has multiple ports, including dual USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card reader, and more. All for less than a new MacBook.
Here’s the only problem with Lenovo’s LaVie Z becoming the latest MacBook killer.
It’s one of many, many Windows-based PCs from recent years which had a few better specs than a MacBook, but which disappear from prominence within months. Meanwhile, the Mac notebook line continues to dominate the industry by every important measure; revenue, profits, mindshare. This time next year nobody will remember the LaVie Z, but the MacBook will still be around.