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Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onFlex 5…Some computers have power, others have more basic features.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Flex 5 compatible with internet use?
Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.A minimum quality level is important to guarantee reliability over time. It is a balance between a 1st price and the latest multi-processor designed for professionals.The key is to achieve balance with a cheap but solid laptop.You only have to take it in your hand to see that the material is of quality.
With this Flex 5, Lenovo is well positioned in relation to other competing models.With a 14 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Flex 5 on your lap. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. The engineers fromLenovo have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
The computer is equipped with one of the latest processors Ryzen 5 4500U. Knowing that the evolution of components is very fast, you will have with this model and this component, a laptop that will last a few years. In addition, this model will make your web browsing sessions pleasant and fluid. A standard equipment with 16 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
For hard drive sizing, Lenovo decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Finally, even if, like many users, you keep this computer connected, you should know that its autonomy of 9 hours makes it one of the most durable models on the market. Lenovo is among the best in terms of duration in only battery mode. A feature that will keep you surfing for a long time.
The Flex 5- the right model for streaming and videos ?
Making this Flex 5 a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Lenovo. You will benefit from an unparalleled comfort of use. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
Lenovo decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. A model with a standard template, 14 inches, and good resolution. 1920×1080. The image quality is bright and colorful, and provides an immersive experience. In conclusion, it is a well-balanced product that allows the films to be viewed correctly; and with a contained weight of 1.5 kg, it is easily transportable.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Flex 5 will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Flex 5. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
This model has one of the best processors of the moment; the Ryzen 5 4500U. The result is extremely efficient for managing multiple tasks in parallel such as watching one movie and downloading another. Performance corresponding to billions of calculations per second.
Equipped with the AMD Radeon Vega 6 graphic card, and with 16 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
A laptop usually has an autonomy of several hours.You get 9 hours of battery life, which is better than many other models. Your viewing will not be abruptly stopped in the middle of your movie, Netflix session, or any other streaming platform.
The Flex 5- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the Flex 5. Is he home-work oriented? Or will you be able to take it on a trip? These are the questions we will answer. Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
It Flex 5 is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.5 Kg. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. One of the reasons is its 14 inches screen.
Lenovo has decided to provide a touch screen on the Flex 5. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
Thanks to its processor Flex 5, the use in exclusive battery mode is one of the most important of the competition. This processor allows this laptop to be one of the best in terms of power.
That doesn’t mean you’re going to reach that figure, because it’s an average estimate indicated by the manufacturer.
Regarding the autonomy of this laptop, you will have 9 hours before having to reconnect; that is to say one of the best csore on the market.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.Thanks to this, Lenovo was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this Flex 5 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
With this model, Lenovo definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. The Flex 5 is right in the middle compared to the competition with 14 inches and an acceptable weight.
On the connector side, it Flex 5 has 3 ports. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
All in all, this Flex 5 is an interesting product for travel.
Flex 5 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. Clearly, this Flex 5corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Since the last generation designed by Lenovo, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
This laptop is efficient and cheaper than most of its direct competitors for such uses.The software suite provided on this model includes everything you need to start editing photos, videos and music.If needed, you can install more pro-oriented applications on the 256 Gb available of the hard disk.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Lenovo made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with many laptops, autonomy is a delicate subject. With 9 hours in calculation mode only on battery, you will be able to work in nomadic mode on your audio or video editing. This is the best on the market today.
For the connector part, the Flex 5has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It Flex 5 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
Flex 5 for video games?
With this model, you will be able to move quickly in any game, without parasitic elements, screen freezing or image tearing. For a long time, laptops were not powerful enough to be used to play games. With this Flex 5, the engineers of Lenovo have succeeded in balancing the right graphics chip, the processor with enough power, the screen with the right size and the cooling that goes well.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
The graphics AMD Radeon Vega 6 card and processor Ryzen 5 4500U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Ryzen 5 4500U and the board AMD Radeon Vega 6 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
With its 256 Gb of space, this Flex 5 is on a level playing field with its competitors. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With a weight 1.5 Kg and a screen size of 14 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
With an autonomy of 9 hours, it’s better than the competition.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Cheaper than many other less powerful laptops. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.
Flex 5 for office automation ?
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. Perfectly office oriented, this Flex 5 is efficient.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
Neither too heavy nor too light. In short, an average laptop with 1.5 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Flex 5. The disadvantage of this is that the same light may tire you out over time. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
About storage, this model has average space . Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
In conclusion, the Flex 5 is an excellent choice for office use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.
Flex 5 the right choice for the right use
All in all, this laptop is among the best, whatever you use it for. And it’s all at an affordable price – Flex 5 from Lenovo.
In summary, we advise this model for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks