NEC announced this week that it is releasing its LAVIE Pro to the world.

NEC while based in Japan, when it comes to laptop development is partnered with Lenovo, which makes sense if you want access to large-scale manufacturing capacity.

The specifications of the device appear to support a very mobile yet powerful laptop. Equipped with an i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1920×1080 IPS display, 512GB SSD and even an IR camera for Windows Hello as standard there is a lot to like. Although the design is made out of a boasted new carbon material wrapped in a soft-touch coating, the price tag is certainly premium at $1,699 USD.

Packing all of this into a package as thin and light won’t be cheap and it has to make room for a 49Wh battery, but at that price point, can it move beyond just being a “good” laptop? As with many premium devices, they invite comparison and I will be curious to see how the NEC LAVIE Pro stacks up once in the wild.

For full specifications, see their datasheet.

Many announcements are coming out of CES this year before the main week and one that caught my eye was from Lenovo and its Yoga AIO 7. While an All-In-One with a rotating display is already impressive enough, what truly caught my eye was the design of the internal rotation mechanism shown off in this video:

If you pause the video and examine the tracks that handle what is likely a very smooth action, they don’t too much unlike those that are found in the classic IBM ThinkPad 701C TrackWrite or more famously known as “Butterfly” keyboard.

If the above images are compared to the TrackWrite mechanism, the systems look like they share a similar design philosophy in terms of how they function. Both used pins set into tracks cut into the surfaces to guide where they ride.

While I doubt the similarities are anything beyond coincidence, it is fun to imagine how designs from the past could be repurposed in modern hardware.

LG has announced a new revised LG Gram Lineup sporting 16:10 displays. The main claim to fame of these devices is their lightweight, nice screens and solid build quality. They have been favoured by many reviewers for a nice moderate lifting device in terms of computer workload.

Pricing and availability should be coming out shortly. In the meantime, please see the specs below to see if any of the new models catch your eye.

LG Electronics is bringing to the first all virtual CES 2021 its eagerly awaited lineup of new gram laptops.

I did note that some models (with the exception of the LG gram 14) are pushing their namesake a bit in the weight category.

Specifications:

 

LG gram 17
(17Z90P)

LG gram 16
(16Z90P)

LG gram 14
(14Z90P)

LG gram 16 2-in-1
(16T90P)

LG gram 14 2-in-1
(14T90P)

Display Size

17-inch

16-inch

14-inch

16-inch

14-inch

LCD

WQXGA (2560 x
1600) IPS, DCI-P3 99
percent (Typical)

WQXGA (2560 x
1600) IPS, DCI-P3 99
percent (Typical)

WUXGA (1920 x
1200) IPS, DCI-P3 99
percent (Typical)

WQXGA (2560 x
1600), Touch IPS
Display, Corning®
Gorilla® Glass 6

WUXGA (1920 x
1200), Touch IPS
Display, Corning®
Gorilla® Glass 6

Aspect
Ratio

16:10

16:10

16:10

16:10

16:10

Weight

1350g (2.98lbs)

1190g (2.62lbs)

999g (2.2lbs)

1480g (3.26lbs)

1250g (2.76lbs)

Size

380.2 x 260.1 x
17.8mm
(14.97 x 10.24 x 0.70
inches)

355.9 x 243.4 x
16.8mm
(14.01 x 9.58 x 0.66
inches)

313.4 x 215.2 x
16.8mm
(12.34 x 8.47 x 0.66
inches)

356.6 x 248.3 x
16.95mm
(14.04 x 9.78 x 0.67
inches) 

314 x 219.5 x
16.75mm
(12.36 x 8.64 x 0.66
inches)

Battery

80Wh

80Wh

72Wh

80Wh

72Wh

CPU

11th Gen Intel®
Core™ Processor

11th Gen Intel®
Core™ Processor

11th Gen Intel®
Core™ Processor

11th Gen Intel®
Core™ Processor

11th Gen Intel®
Core™ Processor

GPU

Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
Intel® UHD
Graphics

Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
Intel® UHD
Graphics

Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
Intel® UHD
Graphics

Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
Intel® UHD
Graphics

Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
Intel® UHD
Graphics

Memory

8/16GB
(LPDDR4x)

8/16GB
(LPDDR4x)

8/16GB
(LPDDR4x)

8/16GB
(LPDDR4x)

8/16GB
(LPDDR4x)

Storage

M.2 Dual SSD slots
(NVMeTM)

M.2 Dual SSD slots
(NVMeTM)

M.2 Dual SSD slots
(NVMeTM)

M.2 Dual SSD slots
(NVMeTM)

M.2 Dual SSD slots
(NVMeTM)

Color

White, Silver, Black

White, Silver, Black

White, Silver, Black

Silver, Black, Green

Silver, Black, Green

Keyboard

Backlit

Backlit

Backlit

Backlit

Backlit

I/O Port

USB 4 Gen3x2(x2,
USB PD,
ThunderboltTM 4),
USB 3.2 Gen2x1(x2),
HDMI, microSD/UFS,
HP-Out

USB 4 Gen3x2(x2,
USB PD,
ThunderboltTM 4),
USB 3.2 Gen2x1(x2),
HDMI, microSD/UFS,
HP-Out

USB 4 Gen3x2(x2,
USB PD,
ThunderboltTM 4), USB
3.2 Gen2x1(x2),
HDMI, microSD/UFS,
HP-Out

USB 4 Gen3x2(x2,
USB PD,
ThunderboltTM 4), USB
3.2 Gen2x1,
microSD/UFS,

HP-Out

USB 4 Gen3x2(x2,
USB PD,
ThunderboltTM 4), USB
3.2 Gen2x1,
microSD/UFS,

HP-Out

USP

Fingerprint Reader,
Compliant with 7 US
Military Standard
810G tests***, DTS X
Ultra, Wi-Fi 6

Fingerprint Reader,
Compliant with 7 US
Military Standard
810G tests***, DTS X
Ultra, Wi-Fi 6

Fingerprint Reader,

Compliant with 7 US
Military Standard
810G tests***, DTS X
Ultra, Wi-Fi 6

Fingerprint Reader,
Stylus Pen (Wacom
AES 2.0), Compliant
with 7 US Military
Standard 810G
tests***, DTS X Ultra,
Wi-Fi 6

Fingerprint Reader,
Stylus Pen (Wacom
AES 2.0), Compliant
with 7 US Military
Standard 810G
tests***, DTS X Ultra,
Wi-Fi 6

ThinkMods have announced one of their next products on their Discord today. It is a better-built version of an existing mod that puts a USB port inside of your compatible ThinkPad.

This is really handy if you have a USB module for a mouse or keyboard that you use all the time but don’t want to use up an external port. Instead, it plugs into an absent SmartCard plug found on the motherboard. To be clear, this mod is only possible on the X220/X230 and T430 machines. The Tablet variants of the X series listed should be compatible.

While this mod currently exists and can be found on several websites, there are some key differences that the ThinkMod version will provide.

Unlike the Chinese one, these will both be available for $5, and the X220/X230 one actually has a full 5V voltage regulator, so it provides a proper 5V unlike the Chinese one which only provides 3.3V.
(some USB devices, like logitech unifying receivers, are ok with 3.3v, but not all are)

So in summary: Higher quality, cheaper, and ships much faster than the Chinese variant.

While the main focus remains on getting the TM-E2M finished, it is exciting to hear what they have in the works. For more information, consider dropping by their website, https://thinkmods.store/