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Lenovo ThinkBook Plus does not have much to offer besides its e-ink display

The ThinkBook Plus does not have much to offer besides its e-ink display
The ThinkBook Plus does not have much to offer besides its e-ink display
Innovative features may be the icing on the cake but in order to make it in the laptop market you need to cover the basics. The ThinkBook Plus's special feature is its e-ink display. Unfortunately, the rest of the notebook is average at best.

If there is one thing certain about the laptop segment of the market it’s that it surely does not suffer from lack of competition. Various OEMs are selling dozens of laptops each, and AMD’s Ryzen 4000 managed to stir up the CPU market anew. In order to convince a potential customer of your offering it needs to be priced well, offer decent performance, and if possible include innovative features and great design.

Many laptops in the $1,000+ segment have the basics, such as performance, display, keyboard, and battery life covered. In order to stand out these aspects need to be either exceptional or the device needs to offer additional unique features.

The ThinkBook Plus is Lenovo’s attempt at the latter. The additional e-ink display is definitely a unique selling point that will find its customers. However, most users will likely not opt for the ThinkBook Plus despite its e-ink extravaganza.

But why, you ask? Simple: our extensive review revealed that the ThinkBook was mediocre at best in most categories. For example, Lenovo’s decision to feature Intel’s Comet Lake platform CPUs and GPUs is a major downside of the ThinkBook Plus. Not only are these dated 14 nm chips much slower than newer Ice Lake and Tiger Lake CPUs, they are also no match for AMD’s Ryzen 4000-series either. Other downsides include a short default warranty of just 12 months and a somewhat mediocre connectivity.

All this does not render the ThinkBook Plus a poor choice, not by a long shot. If you can benefit from the extra e-ink display the device will certainly be worth a closer look. However, most of its similarly priced competitors are simply better.

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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-10-10 (Update: 2020-10-10)