Lenovo has introduced the brand new ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, which has two (two!) screens. There’s one 17.3-inch main display (like, the common one), and there’s one other eight-inch display on the keyboard deck. Varied different fashions which have tried this type issue (specifically, Asus’ gaggle of Duo merchandise) have put the secondary display behind the deck and pushed the keyboard to the entrance. However Lenovo has as a substitute put the keyboard on the correct facet of the chassis, smushing the keyboard to the left.

Whereas the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3’s look takes a little bit of getting used to, I undoubtedly choose this structure to these of the Duos. You don’t have to purchase a separate palm relaxation, and also you don’t feel and appear like a T. rex whenever you’re typing. (I do know that members of the Keyboard In The Entrance Membership will disagree with me on this, however so be it.)

The first display is… nicely, it’s very extensive. Particularly, it has a 21:10 side ratio, which could be very uncommon to see on a laptop computer. I’ve by no means used a pocket book this extensive and can be loath to attempt to carry it round too many locations, however it definitely affords fairly a little bit of display area for multitasking. The eight-inch secondary show has 800 x 1280 decision and helps a stylus that comes built-in within the chassis.

The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 open on a table angled to the right. The primary screen displays a blue swirl on a white background.

It’s a large one.

Lenovo confirmed off a pair neat use instances for the secondary display throughout my transient demo. You possibly can write notes on it (when you’re proper handed, lefties might need some points), and it syncs immediately with OneNote. There’s a cool factor the place when you’re, say, modifying a photograph on the principle display, you should utilize the stylus to blow a small a part of it up on the secondary display. You possibly can dump distractions like Twitter and Spotify down there, you may pull up a calculator, you may mirror sure smartphones, or you may simply lengthen no matter app you’re on the first display.

The software program doesn’t look as elaborate as Asus’ is (although which may be for the perfect, as determining easy methods to use Asus’ is a complete factor). Lenovo, additionally in contrast to Asus, doesn’t look like attempting to get builders to make issues particularly for this type issue — they famous that it has loads of makes use of already.

The Lenovo ThinkBook 14 Gen 4 open on a white table, plugged in, angled to the left. The screen displays a field of purple flower beneath an orange sky.

Right here’s the ThinkBook 14 Gen 4.

The Plus, which begins at $1,399 and ships in Might, is (like the remainder of the ThinkBook household) focusing on small and medium companies that will not have the finances for Lenovo’s top-of-the-line ThinkPads. Twin-screen gadgets are usually costly, and a price ticket of $1,399 might make this expertise accessible to a brand new swath of enterprise clients.

The ThinkBook Plus additionally comes with twelfth Gen Intel Core processors, as much as 32GB of RAM, and as much as 1TB of storage, in addition to an FHD infrared digicam with a bodily privateness shutter. However come on — the screens are the thrilling half.

The ThinkBook 13X open on a white table. The screen displays an outdoor night scene with a red tent in the middle and the Lenovo logo on the right side.

And right here’s the ThinkBook 13X.

Lenovo introduced updates to a couple different ThinkBooks as nicely. We’ve now obtained the ThinkBook 13X Gen 2, the ThinkBook 14 Gen 4 Plus i, and the ThinkBook 16 Gen 4 Plus i. (The names are lots, I do know — Lenovo does this generally.) These will all be out there in April, with beginning costs of $1,099, $839, and $859 respectively.

All three fashions will function Intel’s twelfth Gen processors. The 13X now comes with an non-obligatory wi-fi charging mat, which might cost a suitable cellular gadget alongside it. The ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 16 have thinner designs from their predecessors, with 16:10 shows and bigger glass touchpads.

The Lenovo ThinkBook 16 Gen 4 on an angled stand, open. The screen displays a night outdoor scene with a small red tent in the center and the Lenovo logo on the right side.

And right here’s the ThinkBook 16 Gen 4.

I’m a fan of the ThinkBook line typically, and I’m glad to see it getting some funky options. Given how outrageously costly enterprise laptops have a behavior of being, it’s good to see that fashions at extra accessible costs are maintaining with the most recent {hardware}. These fashions are all sturdy, enticing, and nicely made, and (assuming the efficiency is as much as snuff) I’d don’t have any downside bringing one into the boardroom. I say the extra innovation at this worth level, the higher.

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