Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus has a giant E Ink screen on the lid

Despite obvious reasons why it wouldn’t be commercially viable, I’ve always wanted an E Ink laptop. What could be better than a reading and writing device with endless battery life that would be comfortable to use in the park on a sunny day? Well, Lenovo’s new ThinkBook Plus isn’t quite that, but it might be the closest thing yet.

The catch is that the 10.8-inch E Ink display is on the outside of the laptop and is mostly designed to be used when the computer is closed. Lenovo envisages people using it when carrying their laptops between meetings, for example; the display shows things like calendar events and weather information that might be more convenient to check than the phone in your pocket. When the laptop is opened, this…

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