Would You Use a Laptop with a Transparent Screen? – Slashdot


At CNN’s product review site, one electronics reporter wrote they were “dumbfounded”, “surprised,” and “shocked” by the transparent screen on Lenovo’s ThinkBook Transparent Display prototype. “This Micro LED screen is no slouch, either; a Full HD panel with up to 1,000 nits of brightness…”

Let’s get the big issue out of the way early: Lenovo is merely boasting what it can do, not what it will do. That’s what a “concept” product means, of course. That said, it’s still the most exciting thing I’ve seen in laptops in quite some time…

Thinking of major use cases for such a laptop, I basically considered any time you’re out in public and want a more complete world view. While websites with white backgrounds look more opaque than transparent, the black backgrounds of a Notepad document and animations of space and fish fit the experience much better, as I could see the plants that Lenovo had placed behind the screen. The more websites use dark modes, the better this will go, too.

Admittedly, I can also imagine some will blanch at the fact that such a laptop completely removes your privacy as a user. From those shopping for loved ones in the same room to those working on important business documents, the ThinkBook Transparent Display laptop could use a non-transparent mode, just like the LG OLED T offers. That said, I’m sure teachers would love to see what their kids are working on in the classroom.
The Verge calls it “an exceptionally cool-looking device that’s capable of some fun novelties.”
The key draw is its bezel-less 17.3-inch MicroLED display, which offers up to 55 percent transparency when its pixels are set to black and turned off. But as its pixels light up, the display becomes less and less see-through, until eventually, you’re looking at a completely opaque white surface with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits…

How often, of course, do you actually want to see the empty desk behind your laptop? Would it be beneficial to be able to see your colleague sitting across from you, or would it be distracting? One of Lenovo’s big ideas is that the form factor could be useful for digital artists, helping them to see the world behind the laptop’s screen while sketching it on the lower half of the laptop where the keyboard is (more on this later)…. 720p still feels like a very work-in-progress spec on a 17.3-inch laptop like this, but at least text shown on the screen during my demo was perfectly readable… Lenovo’s transparent laptop concept feels like a collection of cool technologies in search of a killer app.
And yet Lenovo’s executive director of ThinkPad portfolio and product Tom Butler tells the Verge he has “very high confidence” this will be in a real laptop within the next five years. (The Verge add that he “hopes that revealing this proof of concept will start a public conversation about what it could be useful for, setting a target for Lenovo to work toward.”)

But would you use a laptop with a transparent screen?



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