Lenovo’s CES lineup has solar power, cranks and colored e-ink

Lenovo ThinkBook at CES
Pictured: Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 3 SPE
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Fergus Halliday
Jan 11, 2024
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Published on January 10, 2024

Lenovo isn’t just bringing a slate of new PCs to this year’s CES, it’s also showing off some new sustainability-oriented proof-of-concept pieces.

The first of these is the Lenovo Mechanical Energy Harvesting Combo. It’s a nifty mouse and keyboard pairing that relies on both mechanical movement and solar irradiation in lieu of a traditional power source.

The keyboard has both a solar sensor and a fidget spinner-like wheel that can be spun to generate charge while the mouse has a physical crank you can turn whenever the battery gets low. Essentially, this pair of accessories can do away with external charging entirely.

You never have to worry about them running out of battery. That's just as appealing to everyday consumers as it might be to the enterprise crowd. Beyond that, they’ll also come with both Bluetooth and wireless connectivity plus an ergonomic design that’s sure to make them more comfortable to use over longer sessions.

Then, you’ve got the Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 3 SPE.

It’s a nifty spin on Lenovo’s workplace-oriented laptop line that incorporates colored e-ink into its exterior. This coat of digital paint can be customised to suit your individual preferences.

It’s not dissimilar to the led array lighting seen on ASUS’ Zephryus gaming laptops. However, the use of e-ink rather than LEDs does seem to suggest that this novel aesthetic will have a significantly reduced cost when it comes to battery life. 

While the concept piece itself is said to support up to a thousand different images, Lenovo is also showing off more ambitious applications of the feature. Some of these include dynamic clocks and animated interfaces.

It’s not going to be for everyone, but the ThinkBook 13X Gen 3 SPE is the kind of weird take on a laptop that you can only find at CES. Who knows if it will ever make its way to consumers, but it feels right at home in the halls of the Venetian.

According to Lenovo’s senior executive Eric Yu, these novel products are a necessary step toward driving increased growth, efficiency and productivity in the years ahead.

“By offering unique pioneering products like the latest ThinkBook laptops, ThinkCentre neo desktops, and innovative accessories, we are enabling new ways of working to create efficiencies and new opportunities and help SMBs drive positive growth in a new AI era,” he said.

While the above is certainly the most interesting-looking devices that Lenovo brought to this year’s CES, it also announced a laundry list of laptops refreshed across the Yoga, ThinkBook, IdeaPad and Legion series, including a follow-up to one of our favourite laptops from last year. 

If you want to get your head around Lenovo’s gaming laptops, be sure to check out the table below.

Model
CPU
Display
Graphics
Storage
RAM
Weight
RRP
Lenovo Legion 9iUp to Intel Core i9-14900HXUp to 16-inch 3.2K Mini LED, 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3, VESA DisplayHDR 1000 Certified, AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-SYNC, Dolby VisionUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPUUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD (Gen 4)DDR5, Up to 64 GB2.56kg$7,399
Lenovo Legion 7iUp to Intel Core i9-14900HX16-inch 3.2K IPS, 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3, VESA DisplayHDR 1000 Certified, AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-SYNC, Dolby VisionUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPUUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD (Gen 4)DDR5, Up to 32GB2.28kgTBA
Lenovo Legion 5iUp to Intel Core i9-14900HXUp to 16-inch WQXGA IPS, 240Hz, 100% sRGB, VESA DisplayHDR 400 Certified, AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-SYNC, Dolby VisionUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPUUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD (Gen 4)DDR5, Up to 32GB2.3kgTBA
Lenovo Legion Slim 5AMD Ryzen 8040 SeriesUp to 16-inch WQXGA IPS, 240Hz, 100% sRGB, VESA DisplayHDR 400 Certified, AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-SYNC, Dolby VisionUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPUUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD (Gen 4)DDR5, Up to 32GB2.3kgTBA
Lenovo Legion Pro 7iIntel Core i9-14900HXUp to 16-inch WQXGA IPS, 240Hz, 100% sRGB, VESA DisplayHDR 400 Certified, Nvidia G-SYNC, Dolby VisionUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPUUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD (Gen 4)DDR5, Up to 32GB2.8kg$4,999
Lenoo Legion Pro 5i Intel Core i9-14900HX Up to 16-inch WQXGA IPS, 240Hz, 100% sRGB, VESA DisplayHDR 400 Certified, Nvidia G-SYNC, Dolby VisionUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe SSD (Gen 4) DDR5, Up to 32GB2.5kg $2,999

As part of this refreshed gaming lineup, Lenovo is also looking to flesh out the Legion LOQ sub-brand it introduced in 2023.

Model
CPU
Display
Graphics
Storage
RAM
Weight
RRP
Lenovo LOQ 15IRX9Up to Intel Core i7-14700HXUp to 15.6-inch WQHD IPS, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, Nvidia G-SYNCUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPUUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSDDDR5, Up to 16GB 5600MHz2.38kg$1,799
Lenovo LOQ 15IAX9IIntel Core i5-12450HXUp to 15.6-inch WQHD IPS, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, Nvidia G-SYNCIntel Arc A530MUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSDDDR5, Up to 16GB 4800MHz2.38kg$1,499
Lenovo LOQ 15IAX9Intel Core i5-12450HXUp to 15.6-inch WQHD IPS, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, Nvidia G-SYNCUp to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPUUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSDDDR5, Up to 16GB 4800MHz2.38kgTBA
Lenovo LOQ 15AHP9Up to AMD Ryzen 7 8845HSUp to 15.6-inch WQHD IPS, 165Hz, 100% sRGB, Nvidia G-SYNCNVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPUUp to 1TB M.2 PCIe SSDDDR5, Up to 16GB 5600MHz2.38kgTBA
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Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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