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Lenovo Flex 5i Review And Specification

Lenovo Flex 5i Review And Specification

The Lenovo Flex 5i, a more reasonably priced 2-in-1 form factor for Chromebook aficionados, is the convertible variant of our beloved IdeaPad 5i. This sleek piece of technology includes a huge battery, a reasonably fast 11th Gen Intel processor, and a 1080p monitor that rotates 360 degrees. It is in competition with Chromebooks priced under $500, such as the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2.

As a compelling all-arounder, this laptop does stand out because it offers some decent components at a relatively low price. The 13-inch touchscreen is one of the features in addition to that Intel CPU. It features an IPS panel with Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080-pixels. Since the IdeaPad is a "Flex" model, its screen may be fully adjusted to the tablet mode thanks to a full 360-degree hinge.

Something needs to give at this pricing point, and the 64GB storage is by far the most noticeable downside as of this writing. Since you will be doing most of your work in browser tabs, it won't have a significant effect on performance, but if you need to download a lot of data, that could be a drawback. If so, you can purchase an external hard drive to house the majority of your information, but the 8GB RAM provides sufficient power to accomplish the majority of daily chores.

We experienced problems with the IdeaPad Flex 5's mediocre battery life and overheating in earlier versions, but it appears that these problems have been fixed with the Flex 5i. With its extended battery life and enhanced cooling capabilities, the Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook is unstoppable. For the price, this is a nice machine.

Lenovo Flex 5i Specification

Processor : Intel Core i5-1235U 10 x 0.9 - 4.4 GHz, 49 W PL2 / Short Burst, 26 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-U
Graphics adapter : Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Core: 1200 MHz, Memory: 2133 MHz, LPDDR4, 30.0.101.1369
Memory : 16 GB , LPDDR4x 4266 MHz, Dual-Channel
Display : 14.00 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 162 PPI, 10-point capacitive, native pen support, LEN140WUXGA, IPS, LEN9125, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard : Intel Alder Lake-P PCH
Storage : Samsung PM9B1 512GB MZAL4512HBLU, 512 GB
Weight : 1.613 kg ( = 56.9 oz / 3.56 pounds), Power Supply: 276 g ( = 9.74 oz / 0.61 pounds)
Price : 700 USD

Design

The IdeaPad Flex 5i 13 has the same design as the previous generation, but it feels more substantial thanks to the aluminum lid. Even though the rest of the chassis is composed of a polymer and polycarbonate blend, it feels sturdy and is even more durable than other high-end laptops that use magnesium alloy to cut weight. The Lenovo Flex 5i feels more upscale than the somewhat more reasonably priced and pliable Asus VivoBook Flip 14, which has an aluminum alloy lining on the lid and a plastic frame.

The hinge on the Flex 5i 13 feels fine too, and it's flexible enough to open with one hand. However, when it goes into the upright position to hold it in place in the media, tablet, clamshell, and tent modes, it becomes a touch rigid. All in all, the IdeaPad's construction quality is better than its low cost.

Following the trend of minimalist designs seen in Lenovo's entry-level and midrange models, the 2-in-1 keeps its Abyss Blue look with a hint of chrome in the Lenovo logo on the lid and keyboard deck. Although the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 has a rather daring appearance, the Flex 5 nevertheless has a more attractive design overall. The Lenovo Flex 5i, in my opinion, looks better than it costs, and it won't appear strange at a fancy coffee shop.

The IdeaPad Flex 5i 13 appears larger than it actually is, just like its predecessor. The bezels around the display are thick at the top and bottom and thin on the sides. That takes a closer look than is absolutely necessary. It weighs 2.97 pounds and is 0.67 inches thin, making it lighter than the Asus VivoBook Flip 14, which is 3.31 pounds and 0.72 inches thick.

Excellent port selection is made. Along with a USB-A 3.1 gen 1 port on the left, you also get two USB-C 3.1 gen 1 connectors that enable Power Delivery 3.0 and Display Port 1.4. Along its left edge, the Flex 5i also features a headphone/microphone combo connection and a microSD card slot. On the right edge are additional buttons for power and volume, as well as a Kensington lock. 

Display

Lenovo doesn't try to push any limits when choosing the display panel for the Flex 5i. The Chromebook's regular screen accomplishes the task without setting it apart from the competitors. The display's dimensions—13.3 inches and 16:9 aspect ratio—are typical of Chromebooks in the midrange.

Though I would love a taller screen, something like the 16:10 aspect ratio screen on the MSI Creator Z16 or the Apple MacBook Pro—both are high-end computers—the screen is big enough for work and the shape is bright enough to watch video material.

Lenovo's panels employ the standard Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, which is what most screens in this category use. With sharp-looking detail on websites and legible text in documents and spreadsheets even with small font sizes, this resolution is more than suitable for everyday usage.

Lenovo Flex 5i Keyboard

Most of the video content available on the internet and streaming platforms is visually appealing. You might find that the Full HD resolution is insufficient for intricate operations like photo or video editing.

Although it may be better, the 13.3-inch IPS LCD screen's 250 nits of brightness is adequate for this kind of gadget. The display has sufficient light for working and viewing indoors, but it will be more difficult to read outside, especially in direct sunlight.

It has a glossy appearance, precise color reproduction, and large viewing angles without glare or distracting reflections. The touchscreen is also capable of 10-point multi-touch, is responsive to input from fingers, and can be used with a stylus pen (available separately).

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Flex 5ji boasts one of the greatest decks available for Chromebooks, and its keyboard has a nice feel to it. Plus, the trackpad is excellent. The black keys on the keyboard contrast with the entire shade's blue hue, making it visually striking. The keys of the recessed keyboard surface stick out precisely the proper amount from the polycarbonate deck.

Each key's dimensions and design are precisely what you would expect from a laptop keyboard. More critically, feedback and vital travel are first-rate. The backlighting of the keys is another feature, but it could be brighter overall. Nevertheless, it's still enough to make the keys legible in any type of ambient illumination.

Although the trackpad is nice, we've seen Chromebooks with better trackpads. It never feels as though you are moving the cursor around the screen, and the size is perfect. Although it feels almost like glass, Lenovo employs mylar in place of glass. True glass trackpads are our first choice, especially for this price range. It still seems sturdy and responsive, though.

Battery life

The Flex 5i, according to Lenovo, could run for well over 10 hours between charges. The manufacturer does not specify whether such figures pertain to the Core i3 or i5, or to the LCD or OLED versions of the device. You aren't obtaining those outcomes either way. You can usually expect to get about nine hours or nine and a half hours of runtime out of the Flex. Most users should be able to get through a full work or school day with this, but if you find yourself working late into the night, it might not be sufficient.  

The Flex 5i requires approximately three hours to fully charge using the bundled 47W charger, which connects into either USB-C connector. Chromebooks that compete chug considerably quicker.

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