Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 laptop puts a second 8" display next to the keyboard 2

Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 laptop puts a second 8″ display next to the keyboard

It’s the perfect thing for folks who love handwriting quick notes more than typing

We’ve seen secondary screens in all sorts of unexpected places over the years, but Lenovo’s latest laptop might be the most practical approach we’ve seen yet! The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 not only has a 17.3″ ultra-wide 21:10 aspect ratio display, but uses that extra width to slide an 8″ secondary display to the right of the keyboard, opening up all sorts of productivity features.

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Of course, that secondary screen can also be where those meeting materials live, while you take notes on the main display — there’s enough flexibility here to make the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 fit within whatever workflow works best for you.

Like what? Well, the secondary 8″ LCD screen is touch-enabled and supports a digital pen included with the laptop, which means it’s going to be great for notes. A lot of us are probably familiar with how difficult it is to type notes on the same machine running your Zoom meeting – with the secondary screen, you’d be able to jot down notes while keeping the main display on the meeting and any other materials people are sharing.

And, if you’ve ever had the itch to use your smartphone as a control device for your laptop, well, that’s in play as well. The Magic Launcher allows users to dock their favorite apps for easy access. Or, you can just integrate your phone into the laptop! The secondary display can even mirror compatible smartphones, so you won’t have to switch devices when working.

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Inside, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is powered by 12th Gen Intel Core processors partnered with Intel Iris Xe graphics, up to 32GB of RAM and up to a 1TB M.2 PCle Gen 4 SSD for storage. There’s also a smart power button with an integrated fingerprint reader, an FHD infrared camera with a physical shutter, Harman Kardon speakers with Dolby Atmos, and WiFi 6E.

The main display is definitely built for folks who are going to need to look at it for a long time. The ultra-wide 17.3″ display has a unique 21:10 aspect ratio at 3072×1440 resolution, with a refresh rate of 120Hz and up to 400 nits of brightness. Dolby Vision handles the processing, and the display, like so many others this year at CES 2022, is Eyesafe certified, limiting the amount of blue light emitted from the screen.

The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 will have a starting price of $1400 and will be available May 2022.

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