The Lenovo Flex 5 14 Inch is a powerful and flexible laptop that has the features of a premium laptop while being affordable. It is an amazing looking powerful 2-in-1 laptop. However, when it comes to usability, it is not as user-friendly as many other similar laptops. It has a shallow keyboard that makes it difficult to type. Similarly, its dim screen can be quite a turn-off, especially if you are using it on a bright day. On the plus side, it is way cheaper than other laptops of similar specifications.
The Lenovo Flex 5 14 comes in a number of variations. There is the 7th gen i3 version, the 7th gen i5 version, and the 7th gen i7 version. It also comes in three colors: Black Onyx, Mineral Grey and Liquid Blue. This article reviews the 7th gen i7 version in Onyx Black.
Before we dive deeper into the review, here is a general overview of the specs:
Operating System: Windows 10
CPU: 2.7GHZ Intel Core i7-7500U
Hard Drive: 1 TB
Secondary Hard Drive: 128GB PCIe SSD
Display: 1920×1080 14inch Touchscreen FHD Display
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB
The Lenovo Flex 5 has a simple but eye-catching two-toned design. It has a hard black plastic lid with the trademark Lenovo logo in the top left corner. When you open it up, the desk is a classy gunmetal gray aluminum with the island keyboard placed elegantly at the center. The design is modern with curvy edges, which makes the laptop look elegant and high quality.
The Lenovo Flex 5 is a bit on the heavy side, weighing in at 4.1 pounds and 12.9x9x0.8 inches. It is a convertible 2-in-1 laptop that can be used as a normal laptop, as a fancy tablet, a display when you fold the keyboard back, and also in ‘tent’ mode. The sturdy flexible inch works amazingly well, letting you prop the laptop into all sorts of positions. It can be a little hard to open sometimes, but you get used to it.
The Lenovo Flex 5 fails when it comes to the display. It has a dull 14inch 1920×1800 display that dims down your colors. Be prepared to lose lots of details in shadows when you have even the slightest bit of a low brightness setting. When you max out the brightness, the dullness goes away, but it is replaced by a considerable amount of glare that will really annoy you.
1. Ports and Slots
The set of ports that the Lenovo Flex 5 comes with is pretty standard. On the left, there is an HDMI slot, a USB 3.0 port, a USB C port, and a headphone jack. To the right, there is one SD card slot and a USB 3.0 port. There is also a Kensington lock slot towards the rear.
The default 720p webcam is a lot better than you would expect from a laptop camera. It is color accurate and detailed, only appearing minimally grainy. It, however, does not do well if you are in a room with bright lights.
3. Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard has 1.3mm of travel out of an optimum 1.5, which makes it feel a bit soft. The touchpad is 4.1×2.7inches. It is smooth and very accurate, working perfectly with all Windows 10 gestures.
It also comes with a fingerprint reader that is located just below the right bottom part of the keyboard, which is a very convenient feature for anyone who would like to switch to the desktop or the windows screen in an instant.
Furthermore, Lenovo has added support for the Lenovo Active Pen 2 Stylus. This makes the Flex 5 perfect for designers, students, and creatives, especially if you combine it with the capabilities of Windows Ink.
Lenovo purposely ships their laptops with a small number of add-on software, which is perfect for anyone who hates bloatware. All the default Lenovo installed software that comes with the Flex 5 are mostly useful, including the Companion app for running diagnostics and the Settings app for the webcam and networks. The rest is the default software that comes with Windows 10 installations, such as Candy Crush, Bubble Witch Saga. Minecraft, Twitter, and Drawboard PDF. You can ignore or uninstall anything you don’t need.
The Lenovo Flex 5 has a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U CPU with 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD plus 128GB SSD, and a Nvidia 940MX GPU with 2GB VRAM. It can comfortably handle almost anything you throw at it. The Graphics card, however, is not strong enough to handle most heavy graphics games. If you want to use this laptop for gaming, you might want to upgrade the graphics card.
When it comes to handling normal programs, though, the Lenovo Flex 5 does so beautifully. It can run a ridiculous number of programs at the same time, and you will be able to easily switch between them. You can also open over 100 tabs on Chrome and it will not lag. However, it does start to heat up a bit when you put it through the paces, and you will notice the fan working a bit harder. For your normal daily use, though, you probably won’t be running this many programs concurrently. Plus, placing it on a soft surface causes it to heat up faster than when it is placed on a hard surface, so it probably shouldn’t be on your lap for too long when you are using heavy programs.
When it comes to audio performance, the Lenovo Flex 5 performs pretty decently. It has powerful Dolby Audio speakers that will fill your room with sound. The default audio settings are really bad with bass, though. However, the Dolby Audio app will take care of that with the sound presets. The music preset Is the most balanced.
The speakers are located under the front of the laptop. The curve ensures the speakers are not blocked when in use. Placement of speakers facing down may seem strange, but when you place the laptop on a hard surface it does help tremendously with the bass.
It has an impressive battery life, with an average of at least 8.5 hours. If you get the optional fast charging 64W power adapter with your laptop, you can get an additional 2 hours of battery life with only 15 minutes of charging. As always, battery life depends on what you are using the laptop for, and the numbers given by Lenovo reflect a normal, non-intensive everyday use.
1. It has an attractive design, which gives it an ok look
2. It will give you some solid performance
3. Its flexibility allows for several configurations, which is great
1. It lacks character. Although it looks good, it doesn’t look amazing
2. It has a dim display, which glares when you increase brightness
3. The keyboard is really shallow
4. Some reviewers have complained that over extended use of the 2-in-1 feature, the screen starts to get grey lines across it when you fold and unfold it.
The Lenovo Flex 5 14 inch is an awesome laptop, with amazing features such as being 2-in-1. It’s biggest drawbacks are the dull display and the uncomfortably shallow keyboard. However, for its price tag, you are getting quite a good deal considering all the features this laptop comes packed with.
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