It looks like NEC has dialed things back somewhat after its experiment with 3D paint jobs, with its new L series LaVie laptops sporting some slightly more subdued color options. If you want one those new colors, however, it looks like you'll have to settle for the lower-end LL550KG model of the line, which comes loaded with a Sempron 3400+ (as opposed to a Turion 64 X2 TL-52) and drops the 1seg tuner of the higher end models. Otherwise, the various laptops appear to be identical, with them each boasting a 15.4-inch WXGA display, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, a DVD burner, and slots for ExpressCards and FeliCa cards, in addition to the usual array of memory cards. Look for these to trickle out in Japan this month and next for between ¥160,000 and ¥175,000 (or roughly $1,400 to $1,530).

[Via Akihabara News]

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NEC intros colorful new LaVie laptops