Lenovo CES continues to roll out in a unique category this year. Last week it was screen-swilling all-in-one and some AR glasses, and today (the first official day of the show), the company received an interesting update to last year’s dual-performance ThinkBook Plus.
Like the original, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 sports an e-ink display on the lid. Lenovo is experimenting with technology for a number of form factors, and it makes more sense than previous shots – essentially offering a quick-glance notification center. I think you can also use it as an e-reader if you are very inclined.
In the end, like what Lenovo does, it’s probably more interesting than honestly useful. However, as always, points to try something new. This time the screen is quite large outside, about the same size as the primary screen. It now measures 12 inches and sports a 2560 x 1600 resolution (matching the main screen). The refresh rate has been increased, and it is now possible to run some apps on the lid without opening.
The laptop also sports a built-in stylus for use with a touchscreen. Also interesting is the arrival of the new Thinkbook Charging Mat, which uses EnergSquares power to power the battery. If an e-ink screen is used, the battery gets 15 hours, or 24 hours on charge. I suspect that charging it using just pads is a fairly time consuming process.
Dell specifically introduced itself back in its category CES 2017. Technology, of course, has not had much traction in the intervening years.
The ThinkBook Plus Gen 2i starts at $ 1,549 this quarter. No word on pricing for the mat accessory.