Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 two minute preview
Here are the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 specs shown to TechRadar during our hands-on preview:
CPU: Up to 12th-gen Intel Alder Lake
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
Audio: Harman Kardon speakers, Dolby Atmos
RAM: up to 32GB LPDDR5
Screen (Primary): 17.3-inch, 21:10 (3072x1440p), 120Hz IPS, TUV EyeSafe, 400 nits, 90% screen-to-body | (Secondary): 8-inch LCD Touch Display 800 x 1280p with pen support
Storage: up to 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD
Ports: 1 x HDMI | 1 x USB Type-C | 1 x Thunderbolt 4 | 2 x USB Type-A | 1 x 3.5mm combo jack
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E | Bluetooth 5.1
Camera: 1080p IR Webcam with Privacy Shutter
Weight: 4.40lbs | 2kg
Size (W x D x H): 16.14 x 9 x 0.7ins | 410 x 228.7 x 17.9mm
When we first heard about Lenovo’s new 21:10 laptop with a secondary built-in side display, we honestly were ready to write it off. Well, we got to try out the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 for ourselves this week at Lenovo’s CES 2022 showcase in New York City, and we have to admit, Lenovo might be on to something here.
First thing’s first, we immediately questioned the portability factor on such a long laptop. At 16.14-inches long, this is going to be too tall to fit in just about every one of the best backpacks we’ve tested out this year. But not all of them, however.
And if you are a photographer, your “backpack” probably looks more like those giant insulated cubes being hoisted around by GrubHub and DoorDash delivery workers. Honestly, you’ll probably be able to get the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 to fit if you’re serious about your craft.
If you’re not a photographer, you might have more of an issue, but it’s not insurmountable, and the usefulness of having a built-in secondary display next to the keyboard might very well override any other inconvenience you might have to endure.
You’re likely already carrying around a Wacom tablet as it is, along with all the other cables and such, so simplifying things is also a huge benefit.
What’s more, there is an optional docked stylus along the back hinge of the laptop, so if you’re looking for an all-in-one graphic design platform, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 could very well be the laptop you’ve waited your entire career to purchase.
Speaking of purchases, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 isn’t some one-off concept device, it’s actually coming to market in May 2022, and prices will start at just $1,399 (about £1,080/AU$1,960), making it way more affordable than something like the Asus ZenBook Duo 14 or the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15.
What’s more, if you’re a photographer or designer, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is a much more natural workspace than the ZenBook Duo, and you don’t have to sacrifice your keyboard space in the process.
Assuming you’re right-handed, having the secondary touchscreen more naturally placed to the right of the keyboard rather than along the top of it replicates the experience of using a separate Wacom or similar tablet off to the side.
In short, for someone looking to edit photos or digital artwork, this laptop was made specifically for you, and it’s affordable enough that this could be the laptop that gets you through a four-year art program at university.
Most apps like Adobe Photoshop have already implemented features that take advantage of secondary displays and tablets for creative workflows, and this works seamlessly with the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3’s tablet display.
The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 also has some features for the non-photogs and artists out there.
The laptop also has the ability to break the main display in two, with a 16:10 display on the left and a 1:2 display on the right, the latter of which lines up perfectly with the display next to the keyboard. This allows you to “waterfall” documents from the…