Lenovo’s idea of adding another screen with the ThinkBook Plus was met with mixed reception. While the idea is promising, it has its shortcomings when it comes to implementation. Even if foldable laptops are slowly becoming a thing, Lenovo is not giving up on the dual-screen concept. In fact, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 takes things to another level by adding an 8-inch color LCD beside the keyboard.
The result? A 17.3-inch laptop that has a tablet with its chassis. While it is not as radical as ASUS’ ZenBook/ROG Zephyrus Duo laptops, having a tablet-sized display beside the keyboard brings in a lot of productivity ideas on the table–making it even better than the e-Ink display used on the first ThinkBook Plus.
With the addition of an 8-inch color LCD touchscreen display in the keyboard area, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3’s 17.3-inch display has an ultra-wide (and very unconventional) 21:10 aspect ratio that Lenovo claims is optimized to take advantage of Windows 11’s Snap Layouts. Like with ASUS’ implementation, the second display can be used to show sub tools on supported applications, a dedicated chat window for video calls, and as a drawing board for illustration and photo editing.
Speaking of the displays, the 8-inch display has an 800×1280 resolution, while the 17.3-inch main display has a 3072×1550 resolution, a 120hz refresh rate, and support for Dolby Vision. You also get an integrated digital pen that you can use for the second display.
With such an unusual form factor, Lenovo made sure that the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 has enough muscle to boot with 12th-gen Alder Lake H-series processors, up to 32GB LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 2TB NVMe SSD storage. Other features include a fingerprint reader integrated into the power button, a Full HD webcam with a physical shutter, Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, WiFi 6e, and a glass trackpad.
The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 will be available in the US on May with a starting price of $1399(~Php 71.4k), which is not bad for a laptop with two screens.