The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop that offers much better performance than many of its competitors. It costs around $600 whereas many other laptops in its league cost twice as much. Ideapad Flex 5 14 has a decent keyboard, a sturdy chassis and excellent connectivity options. The laptop is slightly heavier than many other 14 inch laptops, and its display is not exceptionally bright. Still, it is great value for money.
The Ideapad Flex 5 has a 360-degree hinge which makes it a lot more flexible than regular clamshell laptops. It is powered by fourth-generation AMD Ryzen ‘Renoir’ processors with AMD Radeon graphics integrated into the CPU. The top-of-the-line configuration has an eight-core Ryzen 7 4700U processor. The standard storage is 256GB SSD but you have the option to upgrade to 512GB SSD. The highest model is priced at around $800. In India prices start at around 60,000 INR. The laptop is available in Graphite Gray and Platinum Gray color options.
There is a dedicated power port and a USB Type-C port which can also be used to charge the laptop on the left side. Other specifications include an HDMI 1.4b output port and an audio combo jack. There are 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports and an SD card reader on the right edge. Supported connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.
Perhaps the only major flow worth mentioning about this laptop is its not-so-bright screen. The display works perfectly fine in a dark room but if you want to use it in sunlight-lit environments, you have to increase the brightness to the maximum level. On the plus side, the dimly lit screen helps to conserve battery. The 14 inch display has a full HD specification with 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is an IPS touch screen which can register inputs from the Lenovo Digital Pen. The HD webcam can shoot 720 p videos but the video quality isn’t particularly impressive. The backlit keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience.
The best thing about Flex 5, of course, is its computing power. Unlike other ultraportable laptops in its price range, it can handle complex tasks like 3D gaming and multimedia editing all thanks to its Ryzen 5 processor and Radeon graphics.
You can’t expect the Flex 5 to be a power horse because it really isn’t; however, in terms of computing power, it is much better than other ultraportable laptops in its price range. It is good enough for everyday tasks, light gaming and multimedia editing. It is definitely the best midrange 2-in-1 convertible laptops available out there at the moment.
- Good computing power
- Better than other laptops in the price range
- Good battery life
- Screen not bright enough
- Slightly heavier