An interesting Lenovo laptop concept when equipped with a large E-Ink secondary screen to increase multitasking capabilities, ThinkBook Plus is expected to open a new direction in the context of the laptop market gradually becoming saturated and boring.
It can be said that Lenovo is a brand that has “experience” in integrating E-Ink screens – the kind of screens we still see on e-readers like the Amazon Kindle Fire – on their laptops. Dual screen solutions that are cheaper to save battery power than those using IPS or OLED screens.
However, the first and more recent generation of Yoga Book is the Yoga Book C930 that uses the E-Ink screen to replace the keyboard and trackpad, making input and overall experience different from the rest. again. Introduced by Lenovo at CES 2020, ThinkBook Plus – the protagonist of this article – promises to continue to bring new experiences, when the E-Ink screen is placed on the top cover, while still available. keyboard and trackpad like a normal laptop.
ThinkBook Plus has a reference price of 23,370,000 million VND for the configuration Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD). With E-Ink screen almost unique on the market, is Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus enough to convince users?
The typical design of the ThinkBook line “adorns” with the E-Ink screen
When opening the top cover, ThinkBook Plus is like a “twin” with the ThinkBook 13s Gen 1 that VnReview once evaluated. From color to design and design, the most notable difference between the two models is the placement of the fingerprint sensor, when the ThinkBook Plus integrates it into the power key and sits on the right edge.
The overall design language of the ThinkBook line is generally quite modern and minimal, and the ThinkBook Plus is no exception. The absence of the signature red TrackPoint of the ThinkPad line, combined with dark gray tones, makes ThinkBook Plus almost free of distracting features, allowing you to focus on work. Bright silver chrome surrounds around the trackpad and the top cover is a rare “hit” on the ThinkBook Plus.
Fabric carrying case included with ThinkBook Plus
However, things change when we see the “exterior” of the laptop, where “is located” of the secondary E-Ink screen. This screen has a size of 10.8 inches, similar to the size of a tablet. But before diving deeper into this screen’s experience, it’s also important to remember that Lenovo puts it in a position that protects the laptop – from external impact when carried in a backpack, to the more unpredictable. Like… your cat lying on top when you’re away. Lenovo has included a fabric carrying bag inside the laptop’s box, but we still have to be especially careful when using the ThinkBook Plus nonetheless.
Weighing 1.4 kg and thickness of 17.4 mm, the ThinkBook Plus is obviously not the leading thin and light laptop on the market, but it also does not cause too much difficulty in holding. To be fair, the upper lid of the ThinkBook Plus needs room for not only one but two screens, and in fact the thickness of the top bezel also allows users to “hold the pen” on the touch side by magnetic magnets. This way is better than sticking the pen on either side of the laptop base, when the pen can block the entrance of the port.
The touch pen included with the ThinkBook Plus is the Precision Pen also has a gray tone, slightly longer than the regular ballpoint pen, with a market price of about $ 60 (1.4 million). The pen has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and up to 400 days of battery life as announced by Lenovo. The pen tail has buttons so you can set up quick actions or shortcuts through the Windows Pen or the Pen App.
The hinge on ThinkBook Plus, similar to other ThinkBook products, allows the screen to be tilted 180 degrees from the body, and is made of zinc alloy coated with Indium and Stannum to increase corrosion resistance, making the machine more resistant. 25,000 open / close cycles under test conditions.
The number of ports on the ThinkBook Plus is enough for the working needs of the office or business, including two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A ports, HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and a mixed 3.5mm jack. Full of today’s super-fast connections like Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
The underside of the machine is a strip of radiator holes, with dual Harman Kardon speakers on either side. ThinkBook Plus’s speakers have a loud volume, no bass – the common weakness of the speakers on a laptop – but the mid range is quite clear. Listening to music on Youtube or meeting via Zoom is not a bad experience on ThinkBook Plus, as long as you are not too difficult.
Experience two exciting screens
The main screen of the ThinkBook Plus has a 13.3-inch size, an IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution that does not support touch, providing a good viewing experience, although the screen is thicker – another sacrificed for the secondary E-Ink screen. The maximum brightness of ThinkBook Plus announced by Lenovo is 300 nits, while the color coverage reaches 92% sRGB, so the machine can meet the needs of office use, watching movies, entertainment and basic photo editing.
The ThinkBook Plus’ secondary screen has a 1080p resolution, due to the use of E-Ink technology, of course only showing two black and white colors, but with touch support with both the Precision Pen and the finger. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass NBT, but if you’ve ever broken your smartphone, you’ll know that tempered glass can be very fragile sometimes.
With the features of E-Ink technology, operation delay is inevitable, when all pixels are only refreshed when needed. For ease of visualization, it is like writing a pencil on a piece of paper and a new stroke appears half a second later. In return, the power consumption of the E-Ink screen is very small, almost zero, can always be displayed like Always-on screen on smartphones. Users can change the picture displayed in standby status at will or display all pictures as a slideshow.
With this secondary E-Ink screen, users can quickly write notes, draw sketches or read stories, documents, because there is almost no light emitted, thus reducing eye strain. Performance and responsiveness, while not as fast, still deliver an enjoyable experience that isn’t as expensive as Asus’ two-screen laptops.
Keyboard for good typing experience, with LED
Lenovo’s keyboard and typing experience are almost the same throughout the ThinkBook versions, which is understandable when they are quite optimal. The keys have good bounce, moderate key travel, large keycap, neat fonts, monochrome LEDs for use in the evening.
The trackpad of the device is large, feels good, fast and smooth thanks to support for Microsoft Precision.
Security, software and warranty
Unfortunately, the ThinkBook Plus is not equipped with the ThinkShutter slider to cover the webcam when not in use, in the context of personal privacy is still a hot topic. However, the machine still has other security features such as FIDO (Fast Identity Online) authentication, dTPM 2.0 security chip that encrypts and stores user information on a separate chip instead of the cloud system, or software. Lenovo Vantage provides a suite of hardware analysis tools for early error detection, personalized hardware setup and automatic installation of important updates. These are essential pluses to help increase persuasion for business users when choosing to buy a machine.
Check information through Lenovo Vantage software, ThinkBook Plus model that VnReview experiences with 1 year warranty, Lenovo Premier Support service pack. Users can buy additional warranty period on demand to ensure that the machine is always in optimal service for their jobs.
Flexible performance according to your needs
The detailed configuration of the ThinkBook Plus model that VnReview experiences with Intel Core i5-10210U Comet Lake chip, 8GB of single-channel DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD. Lenovo’s top-of-the-line option for ThinkBook Plus includes a Core i7-10510U chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
The i5 chip, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD are enough power to meet the common office needs such as surfing the web, Office, watching movies, to some extent gentle online gaming with graphics settings. is lowered, because the machine does not have a discrete GPU, but uses the integrated UHD Graphics 620 chip. RAM and SSD are not soldered to the board, so users can upgrade if needed.
In addition, Lenovo’s Intelligent Cooling feature, when enabled, helps the chip run at a lower clock speed to minimize heat and noise. Accordingly, the temperature of the machine seems to always be controlled, when playing games, it only fluctuates 65-70 degrees C for both CPU and GPU. If you turn off this intelligent cooling feature and leave the machine in the full speed mode (full speed mode), users will immediately have the machine operating with the highest performance for important tasks. on response time and handling.
The performance score of the i5-10210U CPU on CineBench R23, single-core 990 points, and multi-core 2769 points.
With the 3DMark Night Raid benchmark, the ThinkBook Plus got an overall score of 4285, with a graphics score of 4,302 points, and a CPU score of 4,192 points.
ThinkBook Plus CPU (top) and GPU (bottom) performance scores on the GeekBench 4 app.
PCMark 10 measures overall performance, ThinkBook Plus scored 3,613 points.
In terms of storage, the ThinkBook Plus is equipped with a 256GB Samsung PM981a PCIe SSD. Measured quickly by the Crystal Disk Mark tool, this SSD achieves sequential read / write speeds of 3346 MB / s and 2346 MB / s, respectively. Windows or application start-up is both very quick. High-volume data retrieval and video editing also benefit.
Average battery life, fast charging 65W
ThinkBook Plus equipped with 45 Whr battery, a capacity quite popular in the market today. According to Lenovo, ThinkBook Plus for up to 10 hours of use, but of course it depends on what you use the machine for what. In actual use, the writer can use about 7 hours with basic needs including Office and web surfing, 70% brightness. Overall, if you are economical, ThinkBook Plus can last a working day.
The device comes with a 65W charger, and supports RapidCharge with this feature enabled in the Lenovo Vantage software to reach maximum capacity. Fully charging the battery takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
“E-Ink or not E-Ink”, which is the biggest question if you care about a laptop like the ThinkBook Plus. If you need to write notes, read e-books, or have a hobby of sketching, the ThinkBook Plus is the only viable option on the market right now with the versatile E-Ink sub-monitor at a high level. The price is not too expensive. ThinkBook Plus also has a minimalistic, modern design and good typing experience.