The Positive Following the type of Lenovo’s slimmer, smaller Yoga two-in-ones, the Lenovo Flex 5 (15-inch) 15.6-inch display offers you extra room for work and, complemented by its audio system, makes it excellent for video, music and video games. It additionally has loads of battery life to get you thru the day.
The Imperfect Outside of its 360-degree hinges, the design is fundamental and it is a bit too massive and heavy to make use of comfortably as a handheld tablet. The exhaust followers do get loud beneath load.
The Outcome The 15.6-inch Lenovo Flex 5 makes a pleasant various to a conventional mainstream laptop computer, particularly should you’ve acquired leisure in thoughts.
Lenovo’s Yoga two-in-one laptop computer line is so diverse in sizes and configurations that it may be very tough to nail down the variations between them. To additional confuse issues, the Yoga 520 known as the Flex 5 within the US and it is available in two sizes, certainly one of which — the 15.6-inch model reviewed right here — is barely accessible within the US.
The 15.6-inch Flex 5 begins round $650 and goes as much as $1,300 (that is about £980 or AU$1,660). I reviewed an $850 configuration that could be a candy spot within the line, delivering an excellent steadiness of efficiency, options and battery life. Lenovo makes a 14-inch Flex 5, too, that is alternatively named the Yoga 520 for the UK and Australia, however none of them may be configured fairly the identical because the 15.6-inch Flex 5.
The bigger 15.6-inch display screen measurement makes it a sensible choice for individuals who wish to have one laptop for work and leisure, whereas nonetheless being transportable sufficient for throwing in a backpack or briefcase. Plus, the larger two-in-one design is nice for watching films or giving shows, and this method’s displaycrete graphics even permit some low-level gaming. That stated, if you’re going to do plenty of touring or want one thing for a each day transit commute, chances are you’ll wish to go together with one thing smaller and lighter just like the. (The 720 additionally is available in a 15.6-inch measurement, however extra on that later.)
Lenovo Flex 5-1570
|Price as reviewed||$850|
|Dis measurement/decision||15.6-inch 1,920×1,080 contact display|
|PC CPU||2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U|
|PC reminiscence||8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz|
|Graphics||2GB Nvidia GeForce 940MX|
|Storage||256GB PCIe SSD|
|Networking||802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
The 15.6-inch Flex 5’s 4.4-pound weight (2 kg) and bigger measurement make it a bit unwieldy to make use of handheld as a tablet. Set it down in your lap or a desk and the additional display screen area is very nice to have, significantly for configurations with the pen-enabled full HD display. (It’s additionally accessible with a 4K UHD-resolution display, nevertheless it does not help an lively pen and the upper decision sometimes shortens battery life.)
While the display screen’s brightness and shade high quality are excellent, it does not get fairly shiny sufficient to fight the glare off the glass panel. Trying to make use of this beneath shiny lights or exterior was irritating. Otherwise, the total HD display screen I examined was glorious for photographs and video and was conscious of each fingers and Lenovo’s Active Pen.
The 360-degree hinges paired with the bigger display screen can also be beneficial for getting the keyboard out of the best way so you possibly can deal with the display for video or shows. Or you possibly can hook up an exterior keyboard and mouse for extra of a desktop expertise. There are two USB 3.0 ports — one on both sides — and a USB Type-C 3.0 (gen 1), an SD card reader, an HDMI out and a combo mic/headphone jack, so there are many connection choices to go round, however you may want an adapter for Ethernet.