(SPOT.ph) Earlier this month, the 2022 run of CES—a huge tech event where electronics companies introduce their latest innovations—was held. If you spotted that nifty projector-slash-Bluetooth speaker from Samsung that's been getting buzz online, that’s just one of the products that was unveiled at the event—and trust us, there's more where that came from. Another one of the most talked-about products at the convention was Lenovo’s new ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, a business laptop that has two screens on its body. No, seriously.
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Is Built With Two Screens
Now, technically, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen two screens on a laptop—the MacBook touch bar perhaps being the most famous example of secondary screen—but this model does take the technology to new heights. Rather than installing a slim screen above the keyboard for adding additional features that support the main screen, Lenovo here is providing a pretty sizeable eight-inch display—a little bit bigger than that of a smartphone—on the right side of the keyboard.
The laptop itself provides some great features for productivity including a powerful 12th gen Intel Core processor, a 17.3-inch ultrawide 3K primary display with 3,072 x 1,440 resolution, and a compact, remote work-friendly build that weighs just under two kilograms. The secondary screen, on the other hand, offers a 800 x 1280 resolution and comes with a stylus. It can be used to write notes—though left-handed folks may have some trouble with this—read supplementary text, get notifications, pull up a calculator, open your calendar, and more. Plus, it works as an extension to whatever program you're running on the main screen and you can also use it to run non-work-related apps and features like Twitter or Spotify.
In a general sense, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is a fitting upgrade to Lenovo's ThinkBook line, which caters to professionals who need power, efficiency, and portability. It stays true to previous models' fast processors and WFH-friendly capabilities like an HD webcam and smooth screen usage. But unlike those previous models, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 offers a more versatile user experience and a dual-screen model that we may be seeing from other tech brands in the future. Plus, for a device that touts a two-in-one interface, it doesn't have the most outrageous price tag.
The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 starts at U.S. $1,399 (roughly P71,423)—a retail price that, like the rest of the ThinkBook line, targets "small and medium businesses that may not have the budget for Lenovo’s top-of-the-line ThinkPads," according to The Verge. "Dual-screen devices are generally expensive, and a price tag of $1,399 could make this technology accessible to a new swath of business customers," they note.
As of writing, no word yet on whether the Lenovo Plus ThinkBook Gen 3 will be available in the Philippines, but we're definitely crossing our fingers. It will begin shipping out in the U.S. in May so for now, you can check it out online.
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