It’s been a few years since Japanese electronics company has offered personal computers in the US market. But that changes this year, with two new laptops and a new all-in-one desktop set to go on sale in the United States in March.

The NEC LaVie Pro Mobile is a 1.85 pound notebook with a 13.3 inch display and an 8th-gen Intel Whiskey Lake processor, while the NEC LaVie Vega is a 4 pound notebook with a 15.6 inch 4K OLED display and support for up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor.

They’re expected have starting prices of $1600 and $2100, respectively. Meanwhile, the NEC LaVie Home is an all-in-one desktop PC with a 27 inch display, an Intel Core i7-10510U Comet Lake processor, and a $1800 starting price.

NEC Personal Computers is actually a joint venture between Lenovo and NEC… although Lenovo has a controlling stake. So the last time an NEC laptop made it to US shores, it was actually a Lenovo-branded product (Lenovo slapped its name on the existing NEC LaVie Z in 2015).

This time NEC’s laptops will be sold under the company’s own name… for better or worse. While NEC has continued selling laptops in its home market of Japan, it’s been a long time since an NEC-branded PC went on sale in the United States. That could make the relatively high price tags for these new models a bit tough to swallow.

Anyway, here’s an overview of some key specs for each new model.

NEC LaVie Pro Mobile

  • 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display (300 nits)
  • Intel Core i7-8565U
  • 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM
  • 512GB of solid state storage
  • 49 Wh battery
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
  • HDMI 1.4b
  • 3.5mm audio
  • microSD card reader
  • 2W stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 720p camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 12.1″ x 8.5″ x 0.6″
  • 1.85 pounds starting weight

NEC LaVie Vega

  • 15.6 inch, 3840 x 2160 pixel OLED display (400 nits)
  • Intel Core i7-9750H
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 32GB Intel Optane storage
  • 512GB SSD
  • 80 Wh battery
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
  • 3.5mm audio
  • microSD card reader
  • 2W stereo speakers
  • 4 x microphones
  • 720p webcam with IR camera
  • Corning Gorilla Glass lid
  • 14.2″ x 9.6″ x 0.7″
  • 4.1 pounds

NEC LaVie Home

  • 27 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display (250 nits)
  • Intel Core i7-10510U processor
  • 8 GB of DDR3-2666 memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • 3TB HDD
  • 720p webcam
  • 2.7W stereo speakers
  • 4 x microphones
  • 802.11ax WiFI
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 3.5mm audio
  • mciroSD card reader
  • 24.2″ x 13.5″ x 11.3″
  • 23 pounds

via PRNewswire, AnandTech, and Notebook Italia


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2 replies on “NEC returns to the US PC market with new thin, light, and expensive laptops”

  1. The ultrabook market is pretty crowded. (MS Surface, Dell XPS, HP Envy, Asus Zenbook,…etc.) I wonder what NEC thinks their selling point here is? Personally, I don’t see it.

  2. In your introduction you described the NEC LaVie Pro Mobile as an 18.5 lb notebook. 🙂

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