While the majority of computers still utilise the 16:9 aspect ratio, several businesses have begun to employ taller aspect ratios in recent years.
Lenovo is pursuing a broader approach, while also experimenting with 16:10 laptop screens in other forthcoming models.
It revealed a laptop with an ultrawide display at CES this week. Oh, and there’s also a second screen right next to the keyboard.
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is the first laptop with a 17.3-inch 21:10 screen, according to Lenovo. We’ve seen ultrawide laptops before, but laptops with screens larger than 16:9 are quite uncommon these days.
In 2012, Toshiba attempted to make it a reality. The Toshiba U845W laptop, which has a 21:9 aspect ratio, offered a better experience for watching movies (at least those with the same aspect ratio) and multitasking.
Acer’s 2017 Predator 21 X employed a unique curvature and a 21:9 aspect ratio to promise unsurpassed gaming immersion (again, with supported titles).
The ultrawide screen on the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is a fairly large IPS. It offers a 3072 x 1440 resolution, a 120 Hz refresh rate, a brightness of up to 400 nits, and a DCI-P3 colour claim of 100 percent.
The third edition of Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus is aimed towards small and medium-sized organisations, as well as the task juggling that comes with them.
While larger screens are better for viewing long documents and spreadsheets, a wider screen gives you more room to stack windows side by side.
And, as Lenovo pointed out, Windows 11 makes this a lot easier than it was previously.
The 8-inch touchscreen is similar to Asus’ ScreenPad technology, which converts the touchpad on some of its laptops into a touchscreen.
Lenovo demonstrated a variety of applications for its 800 x 1280 LCD, including a calculator, notepad, and calendar, as well as presenting a live feed, such as a stock tracker.
While working in Photoshop, the little screen might display a gallery of thumbnails, or you could write on it with the pen stashed in the back of the deck.
A lengthy document may begin on the primary display of the next clamshell and progress to the secondary one.
You might also save frequently used app launchers on the 8-inch screen. Lenovo also mentioned that you can reflect your smartphone on the screen. This, too, is aimed towards SMBs with a lot on their plates.
The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 features an Intel Core I-series CPU from the 12th generation, 32GB of dual-channel LPDDR5 RAM, and 2TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage.
It has two USB-C ports, one Thunderbolt 4, two USB-A connectors, an HDMI port, and an audio jack, according to Lenovo.