Here’s how to turn your Lenovo laptop into an Echo Show, if you want to do that for some reason

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A new Show Mode feature from Amazon is now rolling out to some Lenovo laptops. When you activate this, your home screen changes to look like the home screen of an Echo Show smart display, in a similar way to the Show Mode feature on Amazon’s tablets. That means you can do smart display things like control smart home devices, check the weather and news headlines, and chat with Alexa – you know, the kind of things you’ve always wanted you to. could do on your ThinkPad.

The feature is currently rolling out to Yoga, ThinkPad and IdeaPad PCs with Alexa built-in, and is available in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Lenovo says it is coming to more PCs with Alexa later this year.

If you want to give it a try, open the Alexa app (it should appear when you type “Alexa” in the Windows search bar) and hit the Show Mode button.

I would love it if this ThinkPad X12 Detachable could use Show Mode.
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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen 3 bent slightly to the right, open.  The screen shows a night scene outside with the Lenovo logo on the right.

This ThinkPad X1 Extreme? Not so much.
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Lenovo first announced this feature on CES 2021 with his Yoga Slim 9i. Chromebooks have had this feature for a while – they can act like a Nest Hub Max when not actively in use, although I can’t say I’ve ever taken advantage of this as a frequent Chromebook user.

Really, Show mode seems to be most useful on a tablet form factor device, which may not always be around the keyboard and touchpad. For example, it could be cool on the ThinkPad X12 Detachable, although the X12 unit I reviewed earlier this year didn’t ship with Alexa. Anyway, if you want to try this out on your clamshell, don’t let me stop you.