Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 Review

The brand new Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 (aka ThinkBook Plus G3 IAP) is pitched by Lenovo as an “epic multitasker.” It options two built-in shows and an e-Pen, making it one of the vital revolutionary laptops of 2022. This design might be a boon to somebody that travels quite a bit however largely work at a desk, in a resort (no exterior monitor), or at a shopper’s facility.

Specs Highlights

Our particular unit configuration got here with an Intel i5-12500H (16 cores), 16GB of LPDDR5-4800 RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. As such, it is likely one of the extra inexpensive SKUs, beginning at $1,927 on the official Lenovo web site.

The upper CPU choice could be the Intel Core i7-12700H (20 cores), and each choices enable as much as 32GB of RAM. The reminiscence is soldered to the motherboard, so that you’ll should resolve at order time. When unsure, I like to recommend prioritizing the RAM over the CPU improve, particularly in the event you’re not doing one thing that saturates the CPU. 16GB is okay, however not all that a lot.

The utmost order-time SSD capability is 1TB (), and just one single M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot exists. I’ve not opened the again cowl, however Lenovo normally tries to make the SSD as accessible as attainable in case you wish to change it later.

Industrial Design

The ultrawide kind issue of the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 opens new potentialities. This time, Lenovo brings two wonderful productiveness options: the ultrawide 17.3” major show and a secondary 8” show to the keyboard’s proper. We’ll get again to each shows intimately shortly, however for now, let’s check out the remainder of the chassis design.

This laptop computer has a unibody-type design which appears to be made from CNC aluminum. It, due to this fact, feels extraordinarily inflexible when closed or open. The show has little or no flex, and I just like the design’s total “Premium” really feel.

The laptop computer can also be barely rugged and is licensed to endure a battery of MIL-STD-810H navy transport endurance checks that the majority laptops don’t even try. On that be aware, the keyboard can also be spill-resistant, which coffee-goers would significantly admire.

The underside cowl is detachable for straightforward servicing and encompasses a meshed space for chilly air consumption. The recent air comes out from the again through massive exhausts, and the general cooling appears fairly environment friendly, which leads to the pc being low noise. More often than not, the followers are completely quiet.

The Energy button is above the F7 key and doubles as a fingerprint reader. The built-in ePen is neatly tucked at the back of the laptop computer the place it prices. This successfully means the pen is all the time charged and prepared. You could possibly get an elective Lenovo Pen which is greater and extra ergonomic in the event you sketch quite a bit, however the built-in pen is comfy sufficient for informal use.

Lastly, I discover the 4.4 Lbs weight wonderful for a twin 17.3” + 8” shows laptop computer. To this point, it’s the perfect “productiveness per weight” setup I’ve seen, and that’s an enormous deal for a lot of customers.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The keyboard is harking back to what Lenovo makes use of in its high-end client laptops. It appears and feels just like the Lenovo Slim 7i Professional X, which we just lately reviewed. In the event you’re seen older fashions, such because the Lenovo Yoga 9i, it’s comparable.

Typing feels nice, and I just like the agency key tactile suggestions. Truthful warning: that is fairly completely different from the ThinkPad keyboards, which usually have a barely deeper key journey and softer key floor (paint). I take advantage of each extensively, and maybe, the ThinkBook’s keyboard is nearer to what you might discover in non-Lenovo high-end laptops. The ThinkPad keyboard stays a novel expertise.

Ports

Regardless of its massive measurement, the variety of ports will not be as spectacular as anticipated. There are two USB-C (TB4 and USB 3.2 Gen 2), two USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 1 and USB 3.2 Gen 2), one full HDMI, and the normal 3.5mm audio port. A lot of the ports are tucked at the back of the laptop computer, which is a good location.

The relative thinness of the decrease a part of the chassis most likely explains the unremarkable variety of ports. The beveled Left/Proper sides are too skinny for full-size ports. It appears gorgeous, however I might recommend that Lenovo have a non-beveled space with a minimum of a multi-card reader (Ethernet could be good too).

Sound

The dual-speaker system of the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 delivers good sound for watching films and likewise for video-conferencing. Nonetheless, it’s not on the stage of Lenovo’s greatest laptop computer sound system geared up with a sound bar or up-firing quad audio system.

As a substitute, the 2 audio system are bottom-firing, and a few sound vitality is misplaced. The Dolby Atmos software program does job with spatial audio, however total, the sound might have had extra physique and energy with a dearer speaker setup.

Nonetheless, the laptop computer is satisfying when watching films on a desk or your lap, particularly since its show reclines to nearly 180 levels.

Show

The shows are actually the highlights of the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, beginning with the first 17.3” one. It encompasses a 3K (3072×1440) decision: a superb steadiness between pixel density and battery life. The 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut makes it very appropriate for color-sensitive inventive work.

For most individuals, 4K is overkill on a laptop computer, and in the event you want 4K, it’s best to know exactly why and settle for the battery life tradeoffs that include that selection. The 3K choice appears noticeably higher than a 1080p-equivalent show for everybody else. You’ll be able to see the advantages, and also you’re not paying an excessive amount of for it (in cash or autonomy).

This display is massive sufficient to have a 2-split horizontal setup that genuinely works for productiveness duties reminiscent of doing analysis or engaged on a doc whereas having your emails on one facet. The combos are infinite, but it surely’s like having a minimum of two fully purposeful side-by-side home windows.

The secondary 8” display seems like an actual second Home windows monitor. You’ll be able to set it up similar to another “exterior” monitor, making it appropriate with all Home windows apps. What you do with it’s as much as you, however since it’s Pen-compatible (the big show will not be), that’s the place you’d take notes, for instance.

I like to make use of that second monitor for apps like Calculator, Notepad, YouTube, Visible Studio Code output, Cat apps, and extra! I wager my accountant would set up a digital NumPad on this pc.

The one restrict is the comparatively small measurement of the fonts, however you possibly can change the PPI scale within the Home windows settings. To me, it’s a superb show for issues that will not require my focus however that I’d verify typically.

I discover it rather more versatile to most customers than some Artistic laptops’ elongated secondary show above the Keyboard. Whereas these are nice for video-editing timelines, Lenovo’s portrait mode show is genuinely useful, extra typically, to extra folks.

In relation to exterior shows, this pc might be related to three exterior displays through HDMI, USB-C, and Thunderbolt.

Webcam

The 2 Megapixel digicam has a large angle and could be appropriate for a video name with a few folks within the body, sitting subsequent to one another. Relying in your video name software program, you may have the ability to body the picture additional.

The digicam is noticeably higher than your typical 0.7 Megapixel digicam however stays properly beneath most midrange smartphone selfie cameras. That’s how issues are within the laptop computer world.

There’s additionally an infrared sensor to unlock the laptop computer utilizing a face detection algorithm securely, and I like setting that up along with the fingerprint reader. There’s additionally a bodily privateness shutter, which is all the time good to have.

Efficiency

Working key benchmarks reminiscent of Geekbench, Cinebench R23, 3DMark, and GFXBench, Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 (17” Intel) reveals itself as a superb productiveness laptop computer because it options superb CPU efficiency as demonstrated by Geekbench and Cinebench.

The comparability with the Lenovo Slim 7i Professional X reveals what to anticipate if you choose the i7-12700H CPU as an alternative of our i5 mannequin.

From a graphics perspective, the efficiency is respectable, however the lack of a discrete GPU choice retains this pc from being a gaming machine or a system optimized for GPU-accelerated workloads reminiscent of heavy video processing.

It’s a pity since this manner issue could be implausible for video enhancing, however Lenovo does have 17” laptops with discrete graphics choices. Within the meantime, this stage of efficiency is greater than sufficient for any workplace work, gentle inventive duties, and improvement.

On the SSD entrance, we famous that the learn speeds are akin to different high-end Lenovo laptops just like the X1 Carbon Gen 10, however the write speeds had been barely slower. Most customers received’t discover, but it surely’s good to know in the event you’re doing one thing that requires intense disk writes.

Battery Life

The 69Wh capability of the battery is sweet, however we’ve seen laptops this measurement with 99Wh batteries. That stated, I think the capability has been tuned to maintain the laptop computer’s weight to 4.41 Lbs, which can also be a vital issue.

This method will not be optimized for extra-long battery endurance because of the show measurement and the actual fact you now have two of them. However this battery ought to get you ~5-6hrs of workplace work, relying on the display brightness.

and will, in idea, final for ~7-8 hours of native video playback (150 NITs brightness) when you’ve got beforehand downloaded films.

When you want to replenish the battery, it does use Lenovo’s quick charging, and it appears just like the 100W PSU (USB-C) helps the laptop computer cost sooner than the X1 Carbon’s 65W charger. Charging velocity might be much more vital than the battery capability when you’ve got easy accessibility to energy shops. The telephone market has confirmed that, and the identical logic applies to laptops.

Conclusion

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 options a superb chassis design and dual-display setup, and that’s its principal power and the primary purpose folks wish to get one. Google Search information, it’s evident that individuals are not even evaluating it with another 15.6” competitor as a result of there’s nothing prefer it.

The query is: is it quick sufficient on your job, and is the consolation price it? Hopefully, we’ve given you sufficient efficiency information, and most productiveness customers will doubtless be glad by the efficiency stage.

This laptop computer will enhance your every day life in case you are a cellular employee who tends to work at a desk with out easy accessibility to an exterior monitor. The first show alone could be akin to having two 13.3” shows facet by facet, and the additional 8” monitor can brighten your day in the event you continually should be on Slack or need a digital numeric pad.

If I needed to do prolonged journey with a single pc, that’s the one I might go for. The 4.41 Lbs weight makes it gentle sufficient that weight will not be a difficulty, and the productiveness enhance is simply too good to cross. Lastly, the licensed MIL-STD sturdiness and the spill-resistant keyboard improve survivability throughout journey.

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