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Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist combines the best of OLED and colored E-Ink

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist combines the best of OLED and colored E-Ink

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Lenovo is no stranger to E Ink displays. The original ThinkBook Plus, like its successor, had an E Ink screen on the lid. Oddly enough, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 ditched E Ink in favor of a secondary display on the keyboard deck, but now it’s back with the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist. We had to test it at CES 2023 and are big fans, especially of the colored e-ink display. Yes, you heard that right.

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist and its wild design

There’s more than one thing that intrigued us about the ThinkBook Plus Twist. First of all, the lid is hinged, so you can turn it over to look at both sides. It is reminiscent of convertibles from the Windows 8 era, a wild time with many experimental form factors. However, what really struck me is that this isn’t just E Ink; The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist has a colored e-ink display on the lid.

Close-up of the swivel hinge on the laptop

I’m not entirely sure how convenient it is to be able to rotate the display like this. Ultimately, you probably won’t be using the E Ink display as a laptop, so you might want to be able to choose between E Ink and OLED with the lid closed.

It also doesn’t have infinite rotation. If you turn it around, you have to turn it back in the opposite direction.

E-ink color display on the laptop lid

As you can see, the E Ink display just isn’t as vivid as an LCD, and it shouldn’t be. But I’ll tell you something, I’m really excited about the potential here. I’ve loved e-ink products for years, including when reviewing the aforementioned Lenovo ThinkBook Plus. We’ve heard about colored e-ink for years, and now we actually ship products with it. I’m someone who enjoys reading on an Amazon Kindle, but if I want to read a comic book, unless it’s something black and white like The Walking Dead, I have to use a tablet. So a colored E Ink display is very appealing.

However, this doesn’t give you Kindle-like battery life, even when using a Kindle app. If you sit and read about this thing all day, you’ll be aware that it still has an Intel processor.

E Ink display with Windows user interface

While there is a custom UI, you can choose to display a regular Windows shell, which isn’t practical.

The ThinkBook 16p Gen 4 is cool too

Lenovo always announces some cool stuff at CES, and when you have a nice dual-screen laptop like the Yoga Book 9i and a laptop with a color E Ink display like the ThinkBook Plus Twist, the ThinkBook 16p is easy to lose go in the mix. Still, it’s worth mentioning.

Lenovo ThinkBook 16p with webcam port

First of all, the Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 4 is a laptop that is similar to its predecessors. It features 13th Gen Intel H-series processors coupled with Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics, just as you’d expect. What makes this device different is that it has pins on the lid for modular accessories like the webcam you see above.

Lenovo ThinkBook 16p with cellular connection

There are three attachments. The webcam is obviously higher quality than the one baked into the product, but the one you see in these images also adds 4G LTE connectivity to the device, which is really cool (although I’ve been told it’s unlikely to be coming to the US ). You also get a light to use while streaming or in a video conference.

Lenovo ThinkBook 16p with webcam folded behind

Another thing that’s cool about the webcam is that you can actually flip it back and point it in the opposite direction. In fact, it allows you to have two cameras, one facing you and one facing outwards.

Both the ThinkBook Plus Twist and the ThinkBook 16p Gen 4 are interesting, cool ideas. However, what always worries me is that I don’t know if they’ll be refreshed in next year’s products. These things feel more like concepts that you can buy, not ones that will be implemented in the long term. Still, cool ideas that I, as a laptop fan, would like to see further developed.

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist is coming in June, while the ThinkBook 16p Gen 4 is coming in May.

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