The Lenovo ThinkBook series has been receiving some real admiration from business professionals for a while now and the company wants to keep those positive vibes coming.
To add some extra glamour to what can be called a pretty tamed line-up, Lenovo has introduced the new ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 to the US market and it’s available to order right now.
While the business laptops from the competition are taking a somewhat Thin & Light and minimalistic approach, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 tries to mix things up by still somewhat preserving those aspects while adding as much extra functionality as possible.
One of the biggest differentiators in this laptop is the secondary screen beside the keyboard area. The 8-inch secondary display is touch capable and it also works with the integrated pen which slides in and out from the back of the laptop.
The screen allows seamless multitasking with support for multiple productivity-focused apps. You can also mirror your smartphone or simply duplicate the primary display to get work done, fast.
Perhaps the biggest advantage here, is that you don’t have to compromise on the keyboard or the trackpad.
You still get a full-size keyboard (13-inch laptop equivalent, without a numberpad on the side) and a spacious trackpad that is properly centered below the keyboard.
However, because of the secondary display on the right, the entire keyboard area shifts to the left which can take some time to get used to.
The primary display is massive at 17.3-inches and it’s a 3K (3072×1440) 21:10 wide IPS panel which provides a lot of working space with enough resolution to go with it.
It also has a 120 Hz refresh rate, Touch support, 400 nits of peak brightness, and support for Dolby Vision HDR.
The 8-inch secondary display is 800 x 1280 pixels which is okay for that screen size, but I wish it was a slightly higher resolution. It’s possible that the secondary display was kept fairly simple as a battery-saving measure.
You have a total of three variants of the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 to choose from. The base variant comes with the 12th gen i5-12500H, 16GB of 4800 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and 512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD. You can also upgrade to an i7-12700H with this exact configuration or get the i7 variant with 32GB of 4800 MHz LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD. You also get Iris Xe graphics, but sadly there’s no dedicated GPU option.
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It also has a ton of ports including 1x Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Type-C Gen 2, 2x USB 3.2 Type-A Gen 1, 1x HDMI 2.0, and 1x 3.5mm Headphone combo jack. However, there is no SD card slot, which should have been present on a laptop like this. It also has Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 for wireless connectivity.
The 70Wh battery is decent in size, but you’ll need to plug in the 100W quick charge adapter pretty often because both displays and that 45W processor are going to consume a huge amount of battery. All of this comes at a respectable 4.4 lbs which isn’t quite ASUS Experbook level, but as Lenovo is offering a lot more here, the weight is more than okay.
You can get the base i5 variant (16GB, 512GB) for $1500.85 (MRP: 2309.00) which is surprisingly good value for a business laptop, but I’d recommend at least upgrading to the base i7 variant (16GB, 512GB) as it’ll only cost you $98.00 extra at $1598.85 (MRP: $2459.00).
However, the higher-end i7 variant (32GB, 1TB) costs $1812.85 (MRP: $2789.00) which in my opinion, unless you need the extra storage, doesn’t make much sense.