NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There are a number of words we can use to describe Lenovo's (LNVGY) amazing new LaVie Z 360 notebook/tablet computer. The descriptive terms that immediately come to mind are "beautifully designed," "super lightweight," "amazingly powerful" and "unbelievably fast."
Unfortunately, we can also use words such as "underwhelming keyboard" and "half-baked tablet mode."
The Z 360 was designed jointly by Lenovo and NEC (NIPNF) . The two companies have been partners for the past four years marketing Lenovo designs in Japan. This is NEC's first computer to be sold outside of its home market.
This "ultrabook" computer has lots of things going for it. For instance:
Design: The LaVie 360 is nearly a work of art in its simplicity. It is an all-black, squared-off slab with simple lines. Measuring 12.56 by 8.35 by 0.67 inches the LaVie Z 360 has enough room for a 13.3-inch (2560 by 1440 pixels) HD touchscreen inside, plus two USB 3 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, and a full-sized SD card reader on the outside.
Lightness: Lifting this computer is a revelation. It weighs just 2.04 pounds. That's in the same neighborhood as Apple's (AAPL) newest, non-touchscreen, 12-inch MacBook (2.03 pounds). Lenovo offers a non-touchscreen version of the LaVie too. It weighs 1.76 pounds. But you shouldn't judge laptops by weight alone. There's a lot more to the Lenovo than good looks and a svelte body.