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NEC Brings Lavie PC Line to the US

Lavie PC
(Image credit: Lenovo/NEC)

NEC is bringing its ultra-thin Lavie line of computers to the U.S. ahead of CES 2020. The Lavie Pro Mobile laptop, Lavie Vega laptop and Lavie Home All-in-one are the first U.S. models we’ll see. 


NEC Lavie Pro MobileNEC Lavie VegaNEC Lavie Home All-in-One
CPUIntel Core i7-8565UIntel Core i7-9750HIntel Core i7-10510U
GraphicsIntel UHD 620Intel UHD 630Intel UHD
RAM8GB LPDDR38GB DDR4-26668GB DDR4-2666
Storage512GB SSDIntel QLC 512GB SSD + 32GB Intel Optane Memory256GB SSD M.2 2280 PCIe + 3TB 5,400-rpm HDD
Display13.3-inch 1920 x 108015.6-inch 3840 x 2160 OLED27-inch 1920 x 1080, IPS
PortsUSB Type-A, 2x USB Type-C, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD slot2x USB Type-C, 2x Thunderbolt 3, microSD slot, 3.5mm headphone jack5x USB 3.1 Type-A, microSD slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, Ethernet  
Size12.1 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches24.2 x 11.3 x 13.5 inches
Battery49 Whr80 WhrN/A
Weight1.9 pounds4.1 pounds23.4 pounds
Starting Price$1,599.99 $2,099.99 $1,799.99
Release DateMar 2020Mar 2020Mar 2020

The $1,599.99 Pro Mobile comes in “bordeaux” (read, “dark red”), using an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM soldered onto the motherboard, a 512GB PCIe M.2 2280 SSD, a 13.3-inch FHD display and Wi-Fi 5. 

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It’s less than 15.5mm thin and weighs just 1.9 pounds with its magnesium-lithium chassis. There’s a fingerprint reader on the power button, and the design has a hinge that tilts the laptop’s keyboard forward for comfortable typing. 

(Image credit: NEC/Lenovo)

There’s also the more powerful Lavie Vega ($2,099.99) with a 9th Gen Intel Core i7. The 15.6-inch laptop has a 3840 x 2160 display with OLED technology. It also has a 512GB QLC SSD, 8GB of RAM (soldered onto the board) and 32GB of Intel Optane memory, which is supposed to enable quick access to the SSD. It boasts Wi-Fi 6, four far-field microphones and a “Smart Light” to show when voice assistants are working. 

(Image credit: NEC/Lenovo)

The Lavie Home all-in-one (AIO) bakes Intel’s Ice Lake chips (up to an Intel Core i7-10510U), 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and 3TB HDD (5,400-rpm), plus a DVD drive into its 27-inch display. The 1920 x 1080 screen tilts, and this one also has Wi-Fi 6. It has far-field mics for Alexa and Cortana, and NEC says it can wake with a voice command.

Each of these devices is scheduled to launch in March 2020, so we’ll start to see how NEC performs in the U.S. in the next few months.

Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming as well as keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag, Complex, Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag among others.