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Practical or Not? New Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Laptop Packs Secondary 8-inch Touchscreen

Laptop designs haven’t changed all that much, but we’ve been seeing some crazy stuff the last couple of years. Take the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, which the company just announced for CES 2022. Instead of rocking an E Ink display like its predecessor, Lenovo has fashioned a secondary 8-inch display right next to its keyboard. Not surprisingly, it begs the question of whether or not it’s actually practical.

At first glance, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 will command attention to its 17.3-inch 3,072 x 1,330 touch display — partly because it goes with an unconventional 21:10 ultra wide aspect ratio, with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Everything about it screams the perfect productivity laptop, evident by its support of 12th Gen Intel Core H-Series processors, up to 32 GB LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 2TB solid state storage.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, CES 2022

However, the strangest thing about it is the 8-inch touchscreen that’s embedded right next to the keyboard. It’s there to complement multi-tasking functions, such as the ability to turn into a notepad using the integrated digital pen, used as a quick launcher to open apps, and even mirroring your smartphone. Essentially, it’s there to keep the main display clutter free — which we suppose could be useful when you’re juggling multiple things at once.

Now, if this is something that certainly appeals to you, just know that the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 will become available in May 2022 for the starting price of $1,399.

Do you fancy laptops with unconventional designs, especially ones that pack in secondary displays? Here are just a few that are available right now to buy.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo

Gamers will adore the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo because its secondary touchscreen display above the keyboard can be tilted up to for multi-tasking purposes — such as stream controls while gaming, tools for photo or video editing, and more.

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HP Omen X2S

Similarly, there’s the HP Omen X2S that also features a secondary touchscreen display above its keyboard. Even though it’s smaller in size versus the Asus laptop, it still provides users with multi-tasking functions to keep the main display free of clutter.

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Mobile Pixels Trio Max Portable Monitor

If you want to maximize your existing setup, you can always just buy a portable monitor that you can take with you any time. The Mobile Pixels Trio Max Portable Monitor easily clips to the side of your laptop’s display to give you that dual-screen experience without being tethered at your desk in the office or home.

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