Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 – Laptop with an E-Ink Lid
So this is lenovo, think book plus gen, 2. yep, so second generation not the first time they tried something like this and its a nice aluminum, clad metal, ultrabook with intel 11g and cpus inside and all that and a qhd plus 16 by 10 aspect ratio. Inner display, but look at the lid 12 inch e and qhd plus resolution display pen and touch supported for both displays were going to look at it now so whats. This e ink on the lid business about right well, its 12 inches. The previous generation was only 10 inches, so it fills up most of the lid of the display. Yes, caveat is obviously that makes the lid a little bit more delicate. You dont want to go just like throwing your smartphone on top of it, but its got a pretty thick piece of glass over the top, its not terrifyingly scary. So the idea is, you can use pen, you can use, touch and use a lot less power. You can just close the lid on the laptop while its running and theres software. That gives you a choice of going to sleep, hibernate, turning off or using the e ink screen, and then you can continue on, but using a whole lot less power. So if you want to do something like take notes, for example, handwritten style well, you can go on for you know. Instead of measuring in seven hour run times or seven and a half hour run times, which is what this gets using.
The main ips internal, normal display – you know you could go probably a day and a half or something like that. So theres the appeal and they have some customized software. You just press that little button on the top lid. That kind of reminds you, the old windows logo, home button. We used to see on tablets back several years ago and it brings up their launchers, so you can add whatever programs you want to it by default. It has microsoft office apps there, but not onenote. So i added onenote: there is a weather widget which for us kept failing to get location. I dont know why, but it should work for most people and they have their own notes, application lenovo as well, so it can export to onenote if you want, but just in case you like theirs better, it is a little quicker to track. The e ink pen strokes, for example, but that one you can insert objects, have it tidy up your geometry, all that sort of thing right. You get the idea and then theres this weird option to turn it into a wacom tablet. The kind that use usb one that you stand your desk and you just write while youre staring at your monitor. You can only use that if you hooked up an external display, i dont think most people are going to make use of that. So, oh yes and theres, an e book reader theyve rolled their own e book reader at lenovo as well so yeah sure you could use kindle or something like that, because you can run any windows app and even the desktop if you wish.
But you probably dont on the ink display, but they have a basic e reader app. I can open e pubs with them, thats just fine. You can do single pages or facing pages, and you can do annotations on the documents so thats, nice and obviously, if youre doing something like pdf annotation, which is something that a lot of business people and scientists use its a nice big e ink screen its good For that sort of thing, so there you have it. The drawback is its e ink, so the response times are slow. When you draw a line, especially in something like one note, thats, not highly optimized for e ink youll see the word writing much more slowly than what youve done. Theres a delay a lag, and you, though, you can run the windows desktop on this e ink display. It again its the lag and the not the partial refreshes versus the full refreshes that happen. Every certain number of page turns or display refreshes with eating. I you know it its not something that you want to use just for everyday, ie or chrome, or something like that. All right. One caveat, though, is, though, these days you can get a e ink reader, a kindle with front lighting side lighting, which is really the proper terminology for some form of lighting, to make it more readable in middling to dark lighting this one doesnt have any of that. So you do have to use it in a reasonably welded environment.
No at night in bed with the lights turned off that sort of thing, so you might think well, this thing is going to be god awful, expensive right. Well, lenovos been doing this long enough. They found a way to make it not so expensive. The two versions are available now and granted its been out for a couple months, so the prices have come down a bit, but right now its about 1250 for a core i5 and 1340 1340 for the core. I7 mod so for a premium, ultrabook, clad and aluminum with the latest intel? U series cpus and all that sort of thing: an intel, iris, xc, graphics, 16, gigs of ram and a 512 gig ssd thats, not a bad price youre, not paying a whole lot of premium for the ink on the lid. So i mean its fun to watch. Just a lot – youre – probably just watching this, because its nifty its different, but you know who you are if you think that this is a useful technology – and it is indeed just a perfectly normal, very slim and very light 13.3 inch ultrabook. So it weighs about the same as a thinkpad x1 carbon, which is pretty impressive about 2.55 pounds, which is around 1.16 kilograms, very light and thin one of the drawbacks of this much thin. This is the fact that here we have only two thunderbolt 4 slash usbc ports on board, one of them the charger will plug into and a headphone jack.
So, unlike a lot of think pads, remember, this is a think book. More of the soho line for business users and home users and you dont get legacy ports on board with this one, so dongle life. Here. Yes, it is the qhd plus ips internal panel isnt bad um, color, gamuts. Okay, you got full srgb coverage good enough for most people. This is not wide gamut. Full p3 coverage kind of display contrast is above average on this brightness. They claim 400 nits. We measure close enough and ‘7 nits and the qhd plus 2560 by 1600 resolution is sweet, its nice, so that sounds good youve got a webcam up top of the privacy shutter a little bump there over the display to fit that in so thats a 720p camera. You do have four far field microphones and alexa is pre installed. You can always uninstall alexa if you dont want that, along with the mcafee software thats installed, um, so thats, nice fingerprint scanner, that big old hump, where the webcam is doesnt, have a windows, hello ir camera. But you do have a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button, so kind of all the bells and whistles youd expect at this price point with a better than average inner display, not to mention the extra e ink keyboard on. This is not thinkpad level and in fact, im not feeling it kind of literally there is not much tactile feel its very low travel.
So if youre, a thinkpad person thinking about shifting over be prepared for kind of mushy low travel keyboard, trackpad, happily, is fine. Since this is not a thinkpad, you dont get the eraser, stick nav point pointer on board or dedicated clicker buttons, its your microsoft, precision trackpad and it works very nicely in terms of performance. We have the core: i7. Its 28 watt use series quad core intel, 11th gen cpu. You can also get the core i5. I wouldnt expect huge performance delta between those two. So if youre thinking about saving 80 bucks, it probably is just fine. Anyway, 16 gigs of ram is soldered on board low power, ddr4 x and the m.2 ssd slot that supports pci, e4 and lenovo, says theyre, actually putting a gen 4 drive in there, but the measurements on rsa its pretty slow on so as pci e4 goes. Its faster than most pci 3 drives that weve been seeing for years so its not that its a bad drive its just not like. Now, if you do want to get it into the internals and its the usual ultrabook story, theres, not a super lot. You can do in here unscrew the torx, t5 screws and boy. This has tenacious clips work the clips around to get this off and take out the garage pen or, as we call a pen and a silo from the side. First, so yeah you do get a little toothpick pen and its rechargeable.
This is wacom aes pen and, as you saw diagonal lines, are a little bit jittery on it. So not a fine art product but okay for note taking, but the pen does actually have two clicky buttons on it, so thats kind of cool and it does have 4096 pressure levels anyway, back to the internals first off you can see the speaker. Grilles are right. There and ventilation take this off and there is the battery taking up most of the space inside usual ultrabook design, with the stereo speaker, two watt units flanking the battery one single fan right there, which is fine for an ultrabook, really the m.2 ssd slot is here, Should you wish to upgrade that after the fact, the wi fi card is soldered on board right here, its an intel x201 card, wi fi, six and its a fine card with bluetooth and thats about all you can do because ram is soldered on. It is dual channel low power. Ddr4X ram, so you know 16 gigs is okay under here is the heat pipe in the heatsink by the way in case youre wondering speakers on this are pretty good. Two two watt harman kardon branded speakers with dolby atmos software on board and like a lenovo business laptops are surprisingly good good enough to watch a movie and enjoy it actually hear a little bit of bass and plenty of volume, and treble clarity is certainly there. The fans will not drown out your movie.
Certainly, i mean its an ultrabook, its, not a gaming laptop, so its not going to get really loud or really hot, but when pushing it hard doing synthetic benchmarks and stuff like that, they will come on, but theyre not loud at all and it doesnt get very Hot to the touch, despite the fact, its thin and its aluminum battery on this is 53 watt hour, which is pretty good for an ultrabook thats this size and you get a 65 watt fast charger on board. Now the qhd plus higher resolution display does hit battery life some and touch screen and pen support and all that sort of thing plus, while the e ing display uses like no power so thats not part of the equation there, but typically with 200 nits of brightness. A mix of productivity works streaming, video a little bit of photoshop. That sort of thing i was getting about seven and a half hours on a charge, its okay, its not certainly class leading but its not abysmal, either so thats, the lenovo, thinkbook plus generation, two, and certainly they improved. Its 16×10 aspect. Ratio displays qhd, plus bigger 12 inch e ink display that uses up much of the front face and youre not paying a huge premium beyond the cost of a premium. 13.3 inch ultrabook with a high resolution display to be honest. So for those of you who see the use for this sort of thing, the e ink on the lid well its its here for you um.
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