This sleek Lenovo laptop looks awesome, if not lefty
I'm not lefty, but I feel for my sinister brothers. Whether it’s an ergonomic mouse or a flexible controller, the PC industry tends to prioritize the right-handed people at the expense of lefties. A notable example of this can be seen in the released 17-inch Lenovo ThinkBook Plus, courtesy of Ewan Blass.
Have you seen this yet? 17-inch ThinkBook Plus from Lenovo… pic.twitter.com/OElc5ZM3pb
- House (@evleaks) October 31, 2021
I do not already know what to do with it as a right, but I do know that it looks a lot more interesting for lefties.
At the same time, I like it when PC makers push the boundaries of laptop design. Unlike Apple with its old drilled laptops that have a larger format factory innovation that is pretty much useless, the PC world has all sorts of unconventional design. I'm particularly fond of PCs looking for ways to make stylus installation more useful (see my review of Surface Laptop Studio to see what I mean).
As someone who uses style regularly, I have to admit that I am very knowledgeable about how this design might work. I find the screen less useful as a permanent notepad or as a kind of built-in Wacom Cintiq. The more I think about it, the more I think I enjoy it.
It does not cover every situation that one might use a more traditional 2 - in - 1 for - it's too important to pass as a tablet - but it does add some convenience to a standard design. which can also be changed.
In fact, it is just the fact that this seems to be the case which is not a turn that relieves some 2-in-1 pain points. One of the most common complaints about PCs is that you can't move (with rare exceptions), use the keyboard comfortably along with a stylus insert for quick access to shortcuts and such. When taking pictures with a stylus, for example, I plug in my Bluetooth keyboard on the left side of the screen so I can still access my keyboard commands.
Similarly, using the touchscreen comfortably can be weird if you have a handful of connected edges. You have to choose between prioritizing the keyboard or swiping in, and you will never use either without an external keyboard.
Lenovo, unfamiliar with dual-screen laptops, solved it by simply making the screen a permanent part of the setup. Yes, the screen is relatively small and limited to fixed direction compared to the keyboard, but I can honestly find it useful for many workflows.
On the other hand (literally), sad luck if you are a lefty. I believe that able Lenovo may be planning to make a version with a screen on the left, or the screen is somehow, but I would not hold my breath.
It’s also worth noting that with a 17-inch ultra-wide display, this isn’t the most portable laptop. I usually prefer higher view ratios as well, but that can be forgiven considering the second display. Anyway, at the big panel like this, I think a lot of people use apps side by side.
At the very least, I have to give Lenovo props for thinking outside the box. With CES just a month or two away now, I expect to hear more about this weird laptop design soon - and plenty more, I'm sure.