Initially, Chromebooks have started as reasonable, cheaply-made laptops but as they got more successful, these tech companies started making them more robust, with better designs to harmonize. Nowadays, it is difficult to find a Chromebook worth purchasing that costs less than $500. But we have seen such a choice that can meet the above-mentioned niche. It is Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook.
Lenovo’s Flex 5 Chromebook is possibly the best out there in the market for most of the people at a reasonable price but it has some limitations too. But still, it has enough power for most of the tasks. Keep reading to know more about it.
Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook
As there are hundreds of Lenovo products, the Flex 5 is modest and understated. To be precise, it’s your primary grey slab of a laptop, not too thin (.66 inches) or light (just under 3 pounds). The feel is the same when you open it up. The 13.3-inch touchscreen has comparatively tiny bezels on three of four sides, with a thick layer at the bottom and a webcam finished with a solid slider to block it on the up top.
Talking about the screen, it is pretty cool for a machine in this price range. It doesn’t have the best viewing angles and reflections in bright light can be rather hard. But it’s comparatively bright, colors and contrast make everything pop and the 1080p resolution is stable on a display this size.
Luckily, the Flex 5 has a 360-degree hinge, so that screen can be folded all the way around to use the device like a huge tablet. You’ll see a volume rocker and power button on the side to make changing things more comfortable when in tablet mode. There’s also a USB-C port on each side, a USB-A port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot.
Lenovo has a name for high-quality keyboards, and the best part, you won’t be compromising with the Flex 5 — the backlit keys are admirable and large with lots of travel. Laptop speakers have gotten surprisingly satisfying lately, but Lenovo isn’t pushing anything forward here. You will not find any speakers on the bottom or sides’ means that the audio can get pretty softened if you flip the screen around and watch a video in stand mode, though.
It seems that Lenovo has got the winning point of specs and price, making a Chromebook that has almost the same features as more costly models while keeping the price affordable. The combo of Intel’s 10th-generation Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage is rather simple, but it has the capacity to handle your work needs with no difficulties.
The flipping characteristic makes some sense on the Flex 5 since Chromebooks can run touch-optimized Android apps. If you are interested in putting that 360-degree hinge to use, the Flex 5’s hinge is powerful and flips around perfectly.
The Flex 5 will win your heart in another area: battery life. Though it’s not the best we’ve ever seen, it did last just over eight hours in our test running an HD movie with the screen set to 65 percent brightness.
The only Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook configuration available in the market costs $409.99 and comes with a 13.3-inch, 1080p display, an Intel Core i3-10110U, integrated Intel UHD graphics, 4GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC flash memory.
- Price: $409.99
- CPU: Intel Core i3-10110U
- GPU: Intel UHD
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB
- Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080
- Battery: 7:20
- Size: 12.2 x 8 3 x 0.7 inches
- Weight: 2.9 pounds