The 2018 version of Lenovo’s 11-inch Flex convertible will get the job performed each as a laptop computer and pill — and at $330 (roughly £250 or AU$450), presently discounted to $263, it is a superb worth.
A caveat: The Flex is not a terrific laptop computer, neither is it a terrific pill. Nevertheless it competently combines the 2 into a tool that works moderately properly in each modes. When you’re searching for a devoted laptop computer or a devoted pill on this value vary, there are many higher choices. If in case you have an even bigger price range and like Lenovo’s 360-hinge design, take a look at the Yoga 920. After which there’s the considerably costlier Microsoft Floor Professional, which stays the gold normal on this class. However when you’re searching for a flexible two-in-one that is extra transportable and cheaper than opponents such because the Acer Spin three or Asus NovaGo, the Flex 11 is price a glance.
Be aware: Lenovo variously to this laptop computer as each the Flex 6 11-inch and the Flex 11.
Lenovo Flex 6 (11-inch)
Worth as reviewed
11.6-inch 1,366×768-pixel touchscreen
Twin core 1.1GHz Intel Celeron N4000
2GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz
Intel UHD Graphics 600
Constructed-in 720p HD digicam and mic
802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth four.1
Home windows 10
The Flex is fabricated from plastic however does not really feel low-cost or pliable, as some laptops and tablets on this value vary do. The sturdy, 360-degree hinge conjures up confidence when switching between laptop computer and pill mode, and I appreciated its agency maintain at each intermediate angle I selected.
Chopping a couple of corners
The largest downside right here is the HD IPS show. It is reflective and vulnerable to glare. Even at its brightest setting, it was arduous to make out particulars within the extra dimly lit scenes of the few motion pictures I watched. In laptop computer mode, I needed to set the display at simply the precise angle to make it viewable. Swiping and scrolling labored properly in pill mode, however I usually needed to faucet repeatedly to click on buttons or regulate settings.
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The sturdy Flex hinge makes it straightforward to go from laptop computer to pill and again.
The Flex 11 is compact, measuring roughly 12 by eight inches and simply barely a couple of half-inch thick. At 2.75 kilos, it is lighter than its glorious, higher-end sibling, the way more costly Yoga 920. It is actually transportable sufficient to journey with — however it is a bit heavy for a pill and I discovered myself laying it on my lap or a desk when utilizing it in that mode. Additionally, the keyboard, which routinely deactivates, feels a bit bizarre underneath your fingers in pill mode.
Just like the 14-inch and 15-inch Flex, the 11-inch Flex runs Microsoft Home windows 10. Be aware that Lenovo makes one other Flex convertible, the same however even inexpensive Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook which runs Google’s stripped-down working system. The Chromebook model gives higher sturdiness and battery life however lacks the Home windows version’s superior processing energy. (Additionally, I got here throughout some unfavourable opinions customers wrote in regards to the Chromebook’s keyboard. I didn’t check that one, however discovered the Flex 11’s keyboard responsive and cozy to make use of.)