Lenovo has unveiled two striking new laptops. Both laptops have two screens and both have features that the average laptop does not have.
Lenovo’s Yoga laptops have been around for ten years. The laptops distinguish themselves with striking designs, for example with hinges that can rotate up to 360 degrees. Flexibility is central to the Yoga line and the latest model, which was presented at the CES tech fair, stands out thanks to two screens.
The Yoga Book 9i is best described as two tablets that are attached to each other with a hinge like a book. And that ‘book’ can be attached to a keyboard and a tripod in either an upright or lying position. This creates, for example, a setup with a keyboard under two screens that are on top of each other. Or two screens that are next to each other, also with a keyboard underneath.
As a tent with two screens
A traditional setup is also possible: the keyboard is then emptied onto one of the screens, with the lower part of the screen used as a trackpad. The device can also be laid flat, as a large tablet. Or as a tent, so that a screen can be seen on both sides.
These are two 13.3-inch OLED screens with a resolution of 2880×1800 pixels. This is controlled by a thirteenth-generation Intel Core i7 chip, with up to 16GB of RAM, and a choice of up to 1TB of storage space. The device runs on Windows 11 and will be available in the Netherlands from June for 2299 euros.
Rotatable color E Ink screen
If it doesn’t fold, it will rotate. At first glance, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist looks like a normal laptop, but the 13.3-inch OLED screen can be flipped horizontally. On the back is a 12 inch E Ink screen, or the same kind of electronic paper as in e-readers. But in full color.
That electronic paper should be easier on the eyes. This is partly due to the low speed of the screen: images are refreshed at 12Hz, or 12 times per second. The OLED screen on the other hand is refreshed a standard 60 times per second. That screen is therefore better suited for video, while the E Ink screen is better suited for reading and writing.
Read and write quietly
Lenovo envisions users using the E Ink screen, for example, to read longer texts when the laptop is closed. Or in ‘typewriter’ mode, where the screen rotates and the E Ink screen sits above the keyboard. Both screens are also touch screens, and can also be written on with an e-pen.
The OLED screen of the ThinkBook Plus Twist also has a resolution of 2880×1800 pixels and also runs on a thirteenth generation Intel Core processor, with up to 16GB of memory, and a choice of up to 1TB of storage space. The device runs on Windows 11, and will be available in the Netherlands from June from 1699 euros.