January 16, 2021

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Lenovo’s updated ThinkBook Plus has a more practical E Ink screen

Lenovo's updated ThinkBook Plus has a more practical E Ink screen

Then there’s the pen: you’ll be able to draw or take notes on the second screen just like last time, but there are some noticeable changes to remember. For example, this time the stylus is placed inside the notebook, instead of magnetically – and somewhat awkwardly – snap to the side of the screen. Most importantly, the stylus can also be configured to launch specific apps once it is removed from its cover, a move that makes it no different from one of the Samsung-branded S pens.

Meanwhile, the rest of the machine is standard stuff for a road warrior. You can outfit it with up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 chipset and up to 1 TB of storage, while 16GB RAM, built-in UHD graphics, WiFi 6, and powerful Harman Kardon 2 stereo speakers Watt, two USB Thunderbolt-compatible 4- C ports are shared across all configurations. Lenovo says you can expect to use up to 15 hours of ThinkBook Plus’s 53Whr battery, although you can squeeze out a much longer life from this laptop if you only use an E Ink display – think 24 hours or so.

The original ThinkBook Plus was charming in its weirdness, but some of Lenovo’s software options and features seemed to be inconsistent with the laptop’s business focus. This time, however, the company not only clarified the functionality of the second screen – it focused on it. Sure, that means it’s less fun than before, but hey: these changes make the Gen 2 i an easier sell-off to IT departments, and a great conversation start for the pros who end up with these things.