NEC's schizophrenic laptop changes again

The Lavie G now sports illustrations by a Japanese artist.

Akihabara News

NEC continues to use its LaVie G laptop as a blank canvas for artistic expression, whether it be for cars or Hello Kitty . In fact, the Japanese giant seems to use any excuse at all to release yet another design for this hapless computer. Case in point: the fourth anniversary of its direct-sales Web site. We're not kidding.

To commemorate this landmark event, NEC is releasing a limited edition of "pimped" laptops with illustrations by Toshiko Kimura, according to Akihabara News. (Who? And what is it about the Japanese obsession with the word " pimp "?) Anyway, maybe we should cut NEC some slack. If its recent work is any indication, its designers appear to be going through some kind of meltdown .

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