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Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus has an E Ink display on the front cover

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus with stylus
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus with stylus (Image credit: Lenovo)

What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the ThinkBook Plus at CES 2020.
  • The laptop features a traditional laptop display and a secondary E Ink display on the outside cover.
  • The ThinkBook Plus will be available in March 2020, starting at $1,199.

Lenovo announced the ThinkBook Plus at CES 2020, a unique laptop with a secondary E Ink display. The E Ink Display can be used to read documents, but also supports Lenovo's Precision Pen so you can draw and ink on the display. The ThinkBook Plus will be available in March 2020, starting at $1,199.

The ThinkBook Plus isn't the first device to feature a secondary E Ink display, but Lenovo frames its purpose a bit differently than some other companies. Many companies only focus on E Ink's battery advantages, but Lenovo points out that it built the ThinkBook Plus to make working more efficient. The E Ink display is just part of its overall package. You can draw and mark up the E Ink display, so you aren't distracted by the rest of your laptop in meetings. The laptop supports Modern Standby, which means that while the lid is closed, you can still see notifications for calendar appointments, instant messages, and emails.

Lenovo also put support for Amazon Alexa in the ThinkBook Plus. Alexa can be accessed even when the laptop is closed, making it easy to perform certain tasks without opening the device. The laptop also has Skype hotkeys to streamline Skype communication.

CategoryTKTK
OSWindows 10 Pro 64-bit
Display13.3-inch FHD IPS anti-glare (300 nits)
10.8-inch E Ink monochromatic
ProcessorUp to 10th Gen Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntegrated Intel UHD
Memory8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Storage16GB+256GB
32GB+512GB
SecurityFingerprint reader
WirelessWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Ports1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2
2x USB 3.0 (one always-on port)
1x HDMI 1.4b
Microphone/audio
Audio2x 2W HARMAN-branded speakers
Dolby Audio certified
Alexa voice assistance certified
Near-field dual array digital mics
Battery45Whr with Rapid Charge
WeightStarts at 1.40kg(3.08lbs)

To go along with the ThinkBook Plus, Lenovo announced the ThinkBook Plus Sleeve and the ThinkBook Bluetooth Silent Mouse. The sleeve includes padding to protect the E Ink display. The ThinkBook Bluetooth Silent Mouse doesn't make clicky noises when you use it, making it ideal for meetings.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • This seems like a great idea. I'd miss using different color ink when taking notes (and that alone would make the e-ink screen useless for inking during presentations) but in many cases and for many people this just makes sense. You'll save plenty of battery life and take all the notes you want (just in black and white). Also, having a built-in e-reader in a laptop is kind of great. I think in some ways this is a more practical implementation of the laptop e-ink idea than that one with the e-ink keyboard/second screen.
  • Agreed, this makes sense without sacrificing something else (like a good keyboard or such).
  • Just what I wanted to see on the Surface Phone two years ago. I hope MS manages to release at least its foldable phone by 2021.