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Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Hands-on: Ultrawide Display with a Second 8-inch screen, Perfect for Creative Professionals

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The Lenovo Thinkbook Plus Gen 3 is perfect for multitasking. It’s the first laptop with a 17.3-inch ultra-wide display, making it excellent for multitasking with two or three apps. The latest feature is a secondary 8-inch color screen adjacent to the keyboard that can perform a variety of functions.

 

Pros

Cons

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Display

17.3 inches (3072 x 1440), 120Hz

Second display

8 inches (1200 x 800) with pen support

CPU

12th gen Intel Core H-Series

RAM

up to 32GB

Storage

Up to 1TB PCIe SSD

GPU

Intel Iris Xe

Battery

69WHr

Size

16.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches

Weight

4.4 pounds

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3: What’s with the 8-inch screen?

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 | Secondary Screen

The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 comes with a secondary 8-inch LCD. It offers a 1280 x 800 resolution and a variety of applications. You can use it as a calculator or take brief notes on the secondary screen with a digital pen during meetings. When you start employing application sub tools, though, things start to become really interesting.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

During one demonstration using Adobe Lightroom, for example, you may use the 8-inch display to select from many thumbnail photographs without losing the ultra-wide view of the main panel.

 

Alternatively, you may use a pen to make fine modifications to a photo on the smaller screen while watching the changes on the larger screen in real time. ColorKing Plus technology is also used in the digital pen to ensure accurate color matching.

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

The 8-inch LCD can also be used for other purposes. For scrolling through lengthy documents that extend from the primary screen to the secondary display, you can use “waterfall mode.” You may also personalize your Magic Launcher by adding frequently used app icons for quick access.

 

For the second display, there’s also a smartphone mirroring feature, but it only works with certain Motorola phones right now. When moving between modes during our demo, the software felt a little shaky. However, assuming Lenovo irons out the wrinkles, the secondary display has the potential to be a really useful tool.

 

 

ThinkBook Plus Gen 3: Main display

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3’s 17.3-inch display, which has a resolution of 3072 x 1440 (3K) and an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 21:10, is the second most unusual feature. In person, the panel appears to be custom-made for Windows 11’s Snap desktop configurations, which allow you to run two or more apps simultaneously.

 

In comparison to a 14-inch laptop, Lenovo claims that this aspect ratio provides 30% more screen real estate. The 90 percent screen-to-body ratio is a plus, and you get Dolby Vision and Low Blue Light certification to keep your eyes healthy.

 

ThinkBook Plus Gen 3: Design and ports

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

The ThinkBook Gen 3’s most surprise feature, aside from its second screen, is how portable it is for a 17.3-inch laptop. It weighs roughly 4.4 pounds, making it quite light to transport. It is, however, a tad on the thick side, measuring 16.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches, and may be too wide for some backpacks.

 

The ThinkBook Gen 3 has one Thunderbolt 4 port, one USB-C port (DisplayPort and power delivery), two USB-A ports, an HDMI jack, and a headphone jack. The HDMI, USB-A, and USB-C connections are located on the back of the computer, which may irritate some users, but I believe this machine will be used primarily at a desk.

Performance

In day-to-day use, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 should be fast enough, and it’ll need it if it’s going to power two displays at the same time. The system will be powered by an Intel Core H series processor with up to 32GB of dual channel LPDDR5 memory and a 1TB PCIe SSD from Intel’s 12th generation.

 

Thanks to integrated 2 x 2 AX Wi-Fi 6e connectivity, you can expect speedy networking as well.

 

 

Battery life and charging

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

A 69WHr battery powers the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3. According to Lenovo, the laptop’s durability is expected to be around 8 hours, which is adequate but not exceptional. We anticipate that having the second display on most of the time will be a power drain, but we’re excited to put it to the test.


A 100W Type-C compact adapter with RapidCharge capabilities is included by Lenovo.


Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 outlook

Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus line has done some crazy things before, but the Gen 3 is the best blend of creativity and practicality I’ve seen yet. If Lenovo can improve the software, the ultra-wide main panel combined with the second 8-inch screen might be a productivity benefit.


This laptop has a lot of power for the price, and I like that it comes with a digital pen to help you get the most out of the secondary display. We’re excited to put this laptop to the test to see if it can help us work smarter and more efficiently in everyday situations.


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