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.

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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 DDR416GB DDR4
SecurityFingerprint reader
WirelessWi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.0
Ports1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 22x USB 3.0 (one always-on port)1x HDMI 1.4bMicrophone/audio
Audio2x 2W HARMAN-branded speakersDolby Audio certifiedAlexa voice assistance certifiedNear-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.

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