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Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 ITL Laptop

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Product Overview

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 is a 13.3-inch dual-screen laptop designed for business users. Besides a WQXGA IPS display, it also sports a 12-inch e-Ink secondary display on the top cover.
Compared to the first-gen model from 2020, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 increases the size of the e-Ink panel to cover 68% of the body (up from 48%) and with it the resolution to WQXGA. The chassis also shrank in the process, thanks to the 16:10 aspect ratio of the displays, increasing the screen-to-body ratio to 90% from the 78% of the 2020 model.
Thanks to the 11th-gen Intel CPU, it also comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports. Lenovo has also endowed the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 with PCIe Gen4 SSD.
There is an integrated Lenovo digitizer that can be stored inside the body of the laptop.
The ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 is compatible with the new ThinkPad USB-C and Thunderbolt 4 docks.
Alongside the ThinkBook 16p, Lenovo also introduced ThinkBook 13x, ThinkBook 14p Gen 2, and ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Matte IPS display with high color space coverage
  • Good system performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • High temperatures under load

What external reviewers found***

Ext 78% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great e-ink display
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Lacks connectivity
  • Mediocre performance
  • Grainy webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C ports
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x Audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
53 Wh
Camera | Front
HD Cam with ThinkShutter
Colors
Storm Gray
Form Factor
Clamshell laptop computer with 180-degree higne
Material
Anodized Aluminum on top-cover, Magnesium body
Microphone
4 high quality Mics
Speakers
2x 2W Harman Kardon Speaker

Dimensions

Bezels
3.9mm size bezels, > 90% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
209 mm / 8.22 inch
Size | Height
13.9 mm / 0.54 inch
Size | Width
298 mm / 11.73 inch
Weight
1.3 kg / 2.86 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
Brightness
400 nits
Display Diagonal
13.3 inch
Display Type
IPS
Resolution

Function

Audio
Dolby Atmos
Digitizer
Lenovo Integrated Pen
Fast Charging
Rapid Charge
Graphics
Integrated Intel UHD graphics on Unified Memory Architecture (UMA)
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro
Processor
Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor
Security
Default discrete TPM 2.0, Default Smart Power On
Touch Screen
Yes, both displays

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 15 hours / 24 hours with E-ink only
Memory | Capacity
16 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4x
Power Supply
65W Slim or Wall-Mount Adapter
Storage
Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 SSD

Production

Availability
2021-Q1
Debut
2021-01-12 (CES 2021)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 has decent battery life for a thin and light laptop. If you don’t care about the e-ink display, then the ThinkBook 13s is a better choice. The XPS 13 is no more expensive while offering a superior and better-looking build, it’s faster and longer-lasting depending on the display.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very thin and light
  • 3.5K OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great e-ink display
Cons
  • Lacks connectivity
  • No Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus G2 is stylish, innovative, and unique. It's designed to appeal to mobile professionals, students, and folks looking for a solid digital sketchpad or e-reader. While the lid-mounted E-Ink display is a definite conversation starter, it’s a bonafide workhorse thanks to its Core i7 processor.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Lid-mounted E-Ink display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre performance
  • Grainy webcam

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen2 is a high-quality notebook. However, it is only worth buying if the E-ink display is also used in everyday life. With two Thunderbolt ports, modern transfer standards are available, but USB-A and HDMI now have to be dispensed with. In return, Lenovo's notebook is now stronger and lighter and slimmer.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Full-size E-ink display
  • Good battery life
  • Very good Essentials score
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Mark 10 simulates a variety of real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. The ThinkBook Plus showed average battery life for an ultraportable laptop. The main screen is rated for 400 nits of brightness and 100% of the sRGB gamut. Adding an E Ink display on the back of a business laptop is a cool idea.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • E Ink display on the back of a business laptop
  • High-quality build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C ports
  • Only one USB-C port

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 review: Half laptop, half Kindle. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-plus-gen-2-review/. 2021-11-19. Retrieved 2021-11-25.
2. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook Plus G2 ITG Review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-plus-g2-itg-review. 2021-12-05. Retrieved 2021-12-13.
3. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen2 in review: E-ink laptop with touchscreen. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkBook-Plus-Gen2-in-review-E-ink-laptop-with-touchscreen.570094.0.html. 2021-10-09. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
4. ^ Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lenovo-thinkbook-plus-gen-2. 2021-12-06. Retrieved 2021-12-07.

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