Lenovo has upgraded its IdeaPad Flex range of 2-in-1 laptops using AMD’s most recent CPUs. Here’s a quick review of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14.
|Design & Build||All-plastic build, 12.66W x 8.56D x 0.70H-inches, 1.5 kg|
|Display||14″ glossy IPS panel, 250 nits brightness, 45% NTSC color gamut|
|Resolution||FHD (1920×1080) resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio|
|Keyboard||Chiclet-style backlit keyboard|
|Trackpad||Plastic multi-touch trackpad, Windows Precision drivers|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU, Zen 2 (Lucienne), 6C/12T, 4.0GHz Max Boost Frequency, 8MB L3 Cache, 7nm FinFET, 25W TDP-up|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 RAM (3200MHz) (soldered)|
|Storage||256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (expandable)|
|Graphics||7-core AMD Radeon 7 Graphics @1800MHz (Integrated)|
|Audio||2x 2W speakers with Dolby Audio, Dual microphone|
|Battery||52.5 Watt-hours Li-Ion battery|
|Power Supply||65W USB-C AC power adapter|
|Webcam||720p HD camera, Privacy Shutter|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|I/O Ports||2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (with PD charging), 1x HDMI 1.4b, 1x 3.5mm combo audio jack, 1x 4-in-1 card reader, 1x DC port|
|Price in Nepal||Rs. 118,000|
Lenovo is not a new name in the laptop market, nor is it new to the 2-in-1 market. Lenovo’s renowned Yoga series is well-known for its design.
The Lenovo IdeaPad attempts to bring the benefits of the Yoga series, which is essentially a 2-in-1 form factor, to a more inexpensive category. Let’s get started with the color.The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is only available in Graphite Grey. This color appears to be stylish and quality at first glance.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 sports a 14-inch screen with a Full HD resolution on the front (1920×1080). This is a glossy display with a screen-to-body ratio of 88 percent. The display boasts 10-point multi-touch capabilities and small bezels on the sides, with a significant amount of bezel on the top and bottom. The maximum resolution of the display is 250 nits.
The touch responsiveness is fairly decent here, although I generally used the keyboard because utilizing the touchscreen required extra care in keeping the screen clean.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, making it one of the cheapest laptops in India with a Ryzen 5 4000 series chipset. It has six cores and a base clock speed of 2.3GHz with a turbo clock speed of up to 4GHz. Onboard graphics are handled by an AMD Radeon R5 GPU, which is adequate for light to medium activities.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 comes with 8GB of Soldered DDR4-3200Mhz RAM. It does, however, support up to 16GB of RAM. It also has a 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD that cannot be extended.
In India, the Lenovo Flex 5 comes with a 65W barrel-style AC adapter. It comes with a Type-C charger in select areas, including the United States. The India edition supports charging through Type-C connector, though it is slower than the barrel charger unless you have a compatible adapter. Because it is a 2-in-1 computer, the laptop has quick charging capabilities.
The keys on the Flex 5 are adequately spaced and have plenty of travel. It was a lot of fun to type a large paper or write a script. The Lenovo Flex 5 has half-sized upper and lower arrow keys, as do most laptops we’ve seen recently.