Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen3
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Average of 11 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen3
Cramming a second display onto a laptop has been challenging for makers like Asus, HP, and even Apple. However, we think Lenovo is closest to nailing the concept for a more seamless user experience.
Source: Root Nation
Lenovo has managed to do something incredible – the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 has turned out to be a great laptop for a workaholic: the screens are finally big enough, their resolution and configuration are as convenient as possible for productive work, and all this in a fairly compact body that won’t weigh you down on the road. Of course, it would have been nice to have discrete graphics, a slightly larger battery, and better software for the additional screen. But even now, working on a new Lenovo laptop is a pleasure. So if you need a work machine for maximum productivity, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is a great choice. Lenovo has done the unthinkable - the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is the perfect laptop for the workaholic: the screens are finally big enough, the resolution and configuration are the most convenient for productive work, and all this in a compact enough body that won't weigh you down on the go. So if you need a work machine for maximum productivity, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is the perfect choice.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/12/2023
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 70% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 90%
Source: Laptop Mag
I haven’t had this much fun in a long time — I had an absolute blast working with the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3’s dazzling second panel. From sketching alongside a YouTube illustration tutorial to firing up documents to help facilitate my cross-referencing tactics, I can honestly say that the deck display is not a gimmick. It’s an incredibly useful feature — so much so that I may continue to use it for work to help boost my productivity. However, it’s worth noting that firing up some features on the second display was slow at times. The main display deserves a pat on the back, too. This ultra-wide display, boasting a 21:10 aspect ratio, is gorgeous! It’s perfect for widescreen entertainment, allowing you to kick back, relax, and stream your favorite shows after work. However, I’m not a big fan of the keyboard. It’s a little too mushy for my tastes. If it doesn’t feel as if the keys are flinging me from one letter to another, I don’t want it! So, the question is, who is the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 for? It’s for users who do a lot of cross-referencing for work or school. This dual-display laptop can, for example, allow you to launch an online textbook on the second panel while you use it to propel the essay you’re writing on the main display. It’s also excellent for notetakers, allowing you to scribble notes on the second display while you listen intently to YouTube lectures. The possibilities are endless. If you can stomach a slightly slow secondary display and a mushy keyboard, by all means, get yourself the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3. Get it now while it’s on sale for less than $1,160.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/18/2023
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Digital Trends
Experimental designs like this one aren’t always more useful. Sometimes, the designs bring more compromises than benefits. That’s not the case with the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, which is well-designed for a specific user: the intense multitasker. If you’re prone to running multiple apps at once and need to keep several windows in the forefront, then the wide display and secondary panel are perfectly suited. The use case that I wish worked well with the ThinkBook is the creator, given how the second display can enhance workflows with Adobe applications. Unfortunately, the laptop’s GPU and display colors aren’t up to snuff. It’s not that you can’t use the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 for creative work; it’s just that you won’t be completely happy with the experience. Should you buy the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3? Yes, if you multitask like a demon and have space for a very wide laptop. Otherwise, you can get a large format laptop, like the HP Envy 16, that’s faster and has a better display for less money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/29/2022
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Mag
Lenovo's ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 looks amazing and has real potential for pushing the boundaries of laptop technology, but the cool factor of a dual-display laptop doesn't quite hold up in everyday use. We've seen plenty of companies try dual-screen designs, from Apple's ill-received MacBook Pro Touch Bar to the more successful Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, but it seems every attempt faces challenges in ergonomics, software support, and user adoption. The Gen 3 tablet's right-of-keyboard placement holds it back, and limiting smartphone support to the Motorola brand makes it essentially a non-starter. All this means that, despite solid performance and the attractive main display, this isn't the business laptop to get. Kudos to Lenovo for continuing to try new things, but it looks like the company will need at least another crack at it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2022
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 has a 21:10 widescreen 17” main touchscreen and a secondary 8” display beside the keyboard. Certainly very different from Gen 2 that had an E-Ink display on its lid, this one goes a little toward the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo route, but the secondary display is a bit more accessibly located and has a more usable aspect ratio. The second display supports pen and touch, making it a natural for note taking. Lenovo envisions this laptop as an SMB creative’s dream and it has 45 watt Intel Core i5 and i7 CPU options, DDR5 RAM and a fast PCIe4 SSD.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2022
A 21:10, 17.3-inch laptop isn't going to be for everyone, there's no question about that. But for photographers and graphic artists, this might just be the laptop you've waited your whole career for, and students may find a lot to like here, especially for the price.
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 01/07/2022
Source: Tom's Guide
Lenovo has tried some wacky stuff before with the ThinkBook Plus line, but the Gen 3 is the best combination of innovation and practicality I've seen yet. The ultra-wide main display paired with the second 8-inch screen could be a boon for productivity, provided Lenovo can refine the software further. This laptop also packs a good amount of power for the price, and I like that a digital pen is included for making the most out of the secondary display. We look forward to testing this laptop to see if it can help us work smarter and better in day-to-day use.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/05/2022
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 01/05/2022
Source: Gamestar DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2022
Source: Smart World IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/26/2023
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 70% display: 85% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80%
Source: Quotidiano Hardware Upgrade IT→EN
Positive: Impressive dual display; big screen; premium design; solid workmanship; metal case; great connectivity; smart stylus pen; powerful hardware; great GPU; high performance. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/20/2023
Source: Charles Tech FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/15/2023
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
Source: Journal du Geek FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/09/2022
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Phonandroid FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/14/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Root Nation PL PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/14/2023
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80%
Source: Instalki PL→EN
Positive: Nice design; great built quality; backlit keys; lightweight; smart stylus pen; high performance. Negative: Mediocre dedicated graphics card; short battery life; poor second display; many bloatwares.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/24/2023
Source: Zive CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/09/2023
Rating: Total score: 86%
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17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
76.96%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
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