A Complete Review On Lenovo Flex 5

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What do you know about Lenovo Flex 5? Lenovo probably not have the biggest track record using its Windows-based laptops. But the enterprise Chromebooks have usually been brilliant. The Lenovo C330 was our first choice budget Chromebook, and currently, we provide the Lenovo Chromebook Duet an 8/10.

In this article, we’re taking a complete view of the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5. Also, a budget 13-inch Chromebook that varies in price from $360-410. So without much ado come and take a brief look on this article:

Lenovo Flex 5 Specs

Lenovo Flex 5

Processor Intel Core i3-10110U or Intel Celeron 5205U
Display 13.3″ 1920×1080 IPS 250nits Glossy 10-point Multi-touch
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics
RAM 4GB DDR4-2666
Storage 32-64GB eMMC 5.1 SSD
Connectivity 2x USB Type-C, USB Type-A, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack, microSD, Kensington Security Slot, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, 720p Webcam
Battery 51Wh “10-hour” battery
Dimensions 12.20″ x 8.34″ x 0.70″, 310mm x 212mm x 17.95mm
Weight 2.97 lb, 1.35 kg
Software Chrome OS
End Of Life (EOL) June 2028
Price $359.99 (Celeron with 32GB storage), $379.99 (Celeron with 64GB storage), $409.99 (Core i3 with 64GB storage)

WHAT’S GOOD?

Design The design quality is solid, and the top-firing speakers and webcam security screens are nice touches.
Keyboard The keyboard on this laptop looks best to type on.

WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD?

Performance 4GB RAM is not enough for Chrome OS anymore.
Display The screen seems quite good and decent during daily use. But when you try to watch movies or other sharp content, the light becomes the main aspect.

HARDWARE & DESIGN

Well, I haven’t had good experiences using Lenovo’s hardware in the past few years. But the Flex 5 looks very well-organized and well-structured. It has an aluminum build that provides it very little flex. Also, it adds to the laptop’s premium feel. There is no mixing of plastic in it.

Chromebook left side has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack, or an older USB Type-A connector, and a microSD card slot. Also, though the computer industry is heading away from USB Type-A. However, still I recommend laptops to add at least one port. Also, you don’t know when you’ll want to plug in an older accessory. From the right side, you’ll view a power button, volume controls, other Type-C port, and a Kensington lock. You can also use either Type-C connector for charging the Chromebook.

There are two stunning features of Lenovo Flex 5 that are rare on Chromebooks, especially version in this price range. Initially, the speakers are connected on both sides of the keyboard (such as on MacBooks), rather than at the bottom of the frame. Also, the quality of the audio isn’t mind-blowing. But the speaker’s sound is clean and clear than the bottom-firing speakers on some Chromebooks and other laptops.

The other amazing feature is the physical webcam security shutter. As it blocks or denies access to the front-facing camera. Chrome already explain to you which tabs and web apps are using your webcam/microphone using easily-visible notification. So the security shutter isn’t as essential here as it would be on a Windows laptop, but I still acknowledge Lenovo adding it to the Flex 5.

Webcam:

Let talk about the webcam:

The webcam has an f/2.0 lens using a maximum of 1280×720 resolution. The quality is quite good and standard for laptop webcams. That’s not good, but it’s that not quite enough for calls on Duo or Zoom. If you ever want something much better then Chrome OS works well with some PC webcams without any additional setup.

Display:

Heading towards the Flex 5’s display. The IPS 1080p panel seems good, with crisp text (except with Android apps, which looks to be a Chrome OS issue) and graphic colors. Well, light bleed at the edges is quite visible while watching dark content. There also doesn’t look to be a coating of oleophobic on the improved screen.

As its a convertible laptop. So you can easily flip around the display screen. Also, use the Chromebook like an expert tablet. The hinge feels strappy enough, but the edges of the display are quite sharp. So holding it in tablet mode is fairly uncomfortable. The screen display also compatibles stylus input, but irritatingly, Lenovo can’t add a pen in the box.

TRACKPAD & KEYBOARD:

The Flex 5 keyboard is great, and I also prefer it to the keyboard on the latest $800 Asus Chromebook Flip C436. The keys are quite clicky, using a distance of 1.4mm. There’s also a backlight, that’s quite common on Chromebooks in the range of price.

I don’t have any good feelings about the touchpad. It’s quite enough for gestures to work well, and also though taps feel a little bit shallow. Also, I don’t think that everyone has a reason to complain about it.

BATTERY LIFE & PERFORMANCE

If we talk about the exterior design of the Flex 5 might provide the impression this is an $800 laptop. However, the hardware inside does the opposite. I suggest the highest-end configuration, having an Intel Core i3-10110U processor. Also, though it’s just a refined model of the 14nm Skylake smartphone chips that Intel has been launching for the past 5 years. Also, the performance is much better than enough for Chrome OS.

Unfortunately, Lenovo has a 4GB RAM on all configurations of the Flex 5. Chrome also has a memory-hungry enough on its own, but when you merge that with a container for Android applications. Then the Flex 5 instantly executes out of RAM and has to dig into the disk’s swap space.

Also, I execute benchmarks on the Core i3 Flex 5. Geekbench 5 provides the Chromebook a single-core score of 973 and a multi-core rating of 1662. The older Geekbench 4 test gives a single-core score of 4459 and 7095 for multi-core performance. At last, the web-based Speedometer 2.0 test finished with a score of 105.

Both of the lower-tier versions use an Intel Celeron 5205U processor. However, it is quite similar to the Core i3 on paper, but providing you two threads of CPU performance. I can’t speak to real-world performance on those versions as Lenovo only sent me the Core i3 version.

Lenovo said that Flex 5 has a 10-hour battery life. But similar to other laptop battery life estimates, that is wildly optimistic. In my workload of some Chrome tabs and some Android applications, I usually reached 0% after about 5 to 6 hours of use. Battery life relies on how you’re using the Chromebook, so you might get various other results.

Software

The Chrome OS also experience quite differs from version to version, so after using any Chromebook in the past few years, you’ll feel right at home on the Flex 5. However, you’ll get the full desktop Chrome browser, the Google Play Store for installing or downloading Android apps.

Also, there is GPU acceleration for Linux apps. However, productivity apps such as LibreOffice and GIMP run well, though.

This is also becoming the first Chromebooks to get eight years of software updates, so its compatible can’t run out until June 2028. I still don’t want that Chrome OS ties software compatible directly with the hardware platform. But with only 4GB RAM, the Flex 5 isn’t extremely future-proof, to start with.

Do you want to buy it?

If the IdeaPad Flex 5 was available in a configuration using the Core i3 CPU and 8GB RAM, I would have no hesitation suggesting it as the 13-inch Chromebook some people want to purchase it. However, the Flex 5 is built quite well, and also the most costly Core i3 version is half the price of the Asus Chromebook Flip C436.

Also, 4GB RAM is the best performance. However, it becomes quite obvious after you open more than a handful of tabs. It’s a shame that Lenovo handicapped the Flex 5 by not giving enough memory for the best Chrome OS experience, using in fairness, there don’t seem to be any Chromebooks with a processor and 8GB RAM anywhere in this price range.

The less-powerful version of the Flex 5 seems like good deals on paper. Especially the 32GB version for $359.99. 4GB RAM is still becoming a sore point, but at least it can’t be as much of a bottleneck on PC performance, and you can save lots of money. However, Lenovo didn’t send me those versions, so I can’t say for sure if they are worth purchasing.

Purchase it if:

  • You need a well-built Chromebook.
  • You can’t spend an additional $100 or $200 — if so, there are choices with more RAM.

Don’t purchase it if:

  • You want a Chromebook that can handle rigorous productivity work.
  • You’re choosy about display quality.

Conclusion:

So that’s all about “Lenovo Flex 5”. If you think that it is helpful then do let us know your suggestions in the comment section below. Which one do you want to buy? Comment us below!

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