Don’t call it a refresh: The 6 most adventurous laptop designs of 2022

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Don’t call it a refresh: The 6 most adventurous laptop designs of 2022

In a world of shiny clamshells and flashy convertibles, laptop releases can feel repetitive. Some of the most successful, well-known designs don’t always see massive overhauls from one year to the next. Stock up on the latest CPUs or GPUs, maybe demand a slightly cooler build, and call it a day (or year). After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

The problem with that is, well, it gets boring. And for tech enthusiasts interested in developments that could change how we work, play, repair and upgrade, it’s imperative that PC manufacturers are willing to take risks.

The laptops below all tried something more adventurous than a component upgrade in 2022. We’ll break down the groundbreaking designs, ideas, and capabilities these systems are trying to deliver—and whether or not the risks they took paid off. .

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3

Who says we don't need ultrawide laptops?
Enlarge / Who says we don’t need ultrawide laptops?

Premium laptop buyers are increasingly looking for screens with higher aspect ratios. But Lenovo took things in the opposite direction with its ThinkBook Plus Gen 3, a clamshell with a 17.3-inch, 21:10 primary display. To go even further, Lenovo didn’t let the extra long deck the screen creates—16.3 inches long—go to waste. Instead, Lenovo placed a secondary 800×1280 LCD next to the keyboard to create a laptop it says is uniquely designed for multitasking.

We haven’t seen an ultrawide laptop since 2017’s Acer Predator 21 X curved-screen gaming PC. Acer’s laptop focused on promoting immersion for gamers by making games seem to revolve around them more than a flat screen laptop. However, the 2022 ThinkBook aims its elongated screen at multitasking-obsessed workers.

The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3’s smaller screen lets users do things like show thumbnails while working in Photoshop, use a calculator, and take notes. It’s reminiscent of the ScreenPads Asus has been using for a while in its touchpads and north of some laptop keyboards, but less advanced.

Did it pay off?

The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 is a fascinating exploration of the clamshell design that brought variety to laptop choice in 2022. Lenovo didn’t expect everyone to want this laptop or to ignite a wave of ultrawide laptops that would ignite 16:9 and 16:10 competitors. Since Gen 1, Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus laptops have been about offering PCs that push the envelope and offer over-the-top features that most can live without.

But for the right user, the ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 offers a convenient way to work and organize multiple windows. It also challenges other companies to create designs that are not only striking, but that strive for clear value.

We’d like to see Lenovo play with the ultrawide PC’s ergonomics. Since it is so long, it can be difficult to balance on a lap. We haven’t tried the machine yet, but we’re concerned about our right hand accidentally brushing against the deck’s screen when typing or using the touchpad. The ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 isn’t a left-handed friendly design either.

But Lenovo has revived the idea of ​​ultra-wide laptops while bringing a new multi-screen option to users, offering more choice when it comes to balancing tasks.

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