We’re not sure a second screen with different input method is the answer, but it’s one that’s at least caught our attention.
The e-ink display (think Amazon Kindle) is 10.8in while the internal regular laptop display is a 13.3in FHD 1080 IPS LCD. As a normal laptop, it has the early 2020 specs you’d expect like a 10th-gen Intel Core i7, Windows 10 Pro, 8/16GB RAM and 256/512GB SSD. It’s only 17.4mm when closed, so the outside display doesn’t add much bulk.
The input for that e-ink screen is the integrated Lenovo Precision Pen, which Lenovo says is best to take notes, draw and… not much else. The screen will display email and calendar notifications but apart from discreetly doing so in meetings, you’re surely not going to be using it much.
“Switching between tasks up to 300 times per day is normal. ThinkBook Plus enhances SMB users’ multitasking productivity,” said Eric Yu, senior vice president and GM, Lenovo SMB Group. “With the secondary display, integrated pen and smartphone-like features, ThinkBook Plus boosts laptop capabilities to maximize efficiency.”
You get staple features like Windows Hello authentication, a fingerprint sensor, full size USB ports and Alexa integrated but we’re not sure anyone needs an external display on their laptop, even if they do run a small to medium business.
For the specs though, Lenovo isn’t charging that much more for the privilege – the ThinkBook Plus starts at $1,199 USD and is available from March 2020.