Lenovo ThinkBook Plus with stylusSource: 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.

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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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OS Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Display 13.3-inch FHD IPS anti-glare (300 nits)
10.8-inch E Ink monochromatic
Processor Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7
Graphics Integrated Intel UHD
Memory 8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Storage 16GB+256GB
32GB+512GB
Security Fingerprint reader
Wireless Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Ports 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2
2x USB 3.0 (one always-on port)
1x HDMI 1.4b
Microphone/audio
Audio 2x 2W HARMAN-branded speakers
Dolby Audio certified
Alexa voice assistance certified
Near-field dual array digital mics
Battery 45Whr with Rapid Charge
Weight Starts 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.