The Lavie Mini is a modern netbook that doubles as a game console


Thankfully, Lenovo is no stranger to weirdo laptops — the half-e-ink Yoga Book C930 springs to mind, as does last year’s ThinkBook Plus. That the company ushered these out of the concept phase, through development, and onto store shelves should give new Lavie fans some hope; they’re solid proof that Lenovo commits to the bit. In the short term, though, if you want a Lavie machine, you’ll have to settle for the Lenovo and NEC’s Lavie Pro Mobile.

At first glance, the Pro Mobile is as practical as the Mini is whimsical. The fact that it packs Intel’s i7-1165G7 chipset with 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and integrated Xe graphics should give the Pro Mobile the oomph to handle most road warrior workloads, but let’s be honest: the real draw here is just how portable this thing is. In addition to a 13.3-inch display and a six-row keyboard with 1.5mm of key travel, the Pro Mobile’s (partially carbon fiber) body weighs a shade under two pounds and is just 0.66 inches thick. The only drawback? Lenovo says you can expect up to ten hours of use from the Pro Mobile’s 49Wh battery, which is by no means stunning for a $1,700 laptop.