Lenovo retains rolling out distinctive takes on acquainted classes this yr at CES. Final week it was the screen-swiveling all-in-one and a few AR glasses, and at the moment (the primary official day of the present), the corporate’s received an fascinating replace to final yr’s dual-display ThinkBook Plus.
Like the unique, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i sports activities an e-ink show on the lid. Lenovo’s been experimenting with the know-how for quite a few kind components, and this one makes extra sense than earlier pictures — basically providing up a quick-glance notification middle. I suppose you can additionally use it as an e-reader in the event you’re so inclined.
In the end, like numerous what Lenovo does, it’s maybe extra fascinating than actually helpful. Although, as ever, factors for making an attempt one thing new. This trip the display screen is considerably bigger, at about the identical measurement as the first display screen. It now measures 12 inches and sports activities a 2560 x 1600 decision (additionally matching the primary display screen). The refresh charge has been enhanced, and now it’s potential to run among the apps on the lid with out opening it.
The laptop computer additionally sports activities a built-in stylus to be used with the touchscreen. Additionally fascinating is the arrival of the brand new ThinkBook Charging Mat, which makes use of Energysquare’s Energy by Contact to energy the battery. The battery itself will get 15 hours on a cost, or 24 if simply utilizing the e-ink display screen. I think charging it up utilizing simply the pad is a reasonably time-consuming course of.
Dell notably launched its personal tackle the class again at CES 2017. The know-how, in fact, hasn’t gained a lot traction within the intervening years.
ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i arrives this quarter, beginning at $1,549. No phrase on the pricing for the mat accent.