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Lenovo launched top-of-the-line Chromebooks of 2020 with its IdeaPad Duet two-in-one, a 10-inch Chrome OS pill with a removable keyboard and touchpad. Nevertheless, whereas its small measurement and efficiency are superior for mobility, they’re limiting if it’s good to spend hours utilizing it for work. For that, Lenovo’s 13.3-inch IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook is the higher wager. It is also a two-in-one, nevertheless it’s extra a laptop computer than a pill. With the Flex 5, you are getting a bigger show, a full-size backlit keyboard and higher on a regular basis efficiency with its Tenth-gen Core i3 processor. 

Like

Wonderful efficiency and battery life for its priceUSB-C ports for charging on each sidesUSI pen-enabled show

Do not Like

Reminiscence cannot be upgradedDisplay too dim for out of doors work

Like many Chromebooks proper now, although, the IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook (additionally offered because the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5) is in brief provide. It was initially priced at $410 however is presently bouncing between $480 and $490. Nonetheless, even at that greater value, the Flex 5 is an efficient deal for what you are getting. Within the UK, the configuration is best and dearer at £530. Lenovo would not presently provide the IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook in Australia, however my system’s value converts to AU$578.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook

Value as reviewed

$410

Show measurement/decision

13.3-inch 1,920×1,080-pixel contact show

Processor

2.1GHz Intel Core i3-10110U

Reminiscence

4GB DDR4-2666 (soldered)

Graphics

Built-in Intel UHD Graphics

Storage

64GB eMMC

Ports

2x USB-C (3.1 Gen 1), 1x USB-A, audio/mic jack, MicroSD card slot

Networking

802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) , Bluetooth 5.0

Working system

Chrome OS

Weight

3 kilos (1.3 kg)

It is a bit large to make use of as a handheld pill, however on a desk, it is simply advantageous. 

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Higher than your common price range Chromebook

Most Chromebooks which can be cheaper than the Flex 5 usually have smaller shows, all-plastic our bodies and slower processors. Spending a bit extra for this Lenovo is value it as a result of it is merely higher. The physique is barely barely bigger than 11.6-inch fashions like these generally utilized by college districts. Nevertheless, the bigger 13.3-inch show right here makes a giant distinction when scrolling via studying websites or simply everytime you want extra of your work on the display screen all of sudden. 

Whereas the show’s coloration and distinction are advantageous, the display screen is a bit dim. I discovered myself usually attempting to extend it past its max setting. This was principally once I was utilizing it in a vibrant room close to a window or outdoors. In any other case, the show was ok, and it’s USI (Common Stylus Initiative) pen-enabled and can work with Lenovo’s USI Pen. 

The 2-in-one design is sweet to have for watching movies, informal gaming and shows. 

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Above the show is a serviceable 720p webcam. The mic high quality is okay, too, so you shouldn’t have any hassle being seen and heard in your subsequent Google Meet. Just about no Chromebooks, Home windows laptops or MacBooks have first rate full-HD-or-better webcams, which is a disgrace now that everybody’s utilizing them continuous. 

Together with a USB-C port on the precise facet is a quantity rocker and energy button, all of which may be accessed in pill mode. however be careful, as a result of the ability button is simple to press by accident if you regular the laptop computer to plug one thing right into a port on the left facet. It isn’t a giant deal since Chrome asks what you need to do — energy off, signal out or lock — earlier than it does something; it is simply annoying. Lenovo did put USB-C ports on each side, although, and you may cost the Chromebook from both. 

The keyboard is simple to learn with or with out the backlight on. 

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Zipping via work to get to play

The remainder of the Flex 5 is simply roundly good. The keyboard is comfy with a delightful snappiness to it. Plus, it is backlit, which is one thing you will not discover on cheaper fashions. The touchpad is nothing particular however will get the job finished with minimal lag and is simply sufficiently big. 

Total efficiency is best than I anticipated, given the system’s 4GB of reminiscence. I did not expertise any sluggishness whereas working in Google Docs and Sheets, streaming video or music and doing fundamental picture enhancing. Then once more, I additionally maintain my variety of open Chrome tabs below 20. The largest difficulty is you possibly can’t add extra reminiscence later because the 4GB right here is soldered on. Battery life is fairly good, too, coming in at 11 hours and 22 minutes on our streaming video take a look at. For extra typical work use, I would count on round 7 to eight hours of use nevertheless it’s all going to depend upon what you are doing.

The Flex 5 Chromebook

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I performed a few Android video games from the Google Play retailer and did not expertise any slowdowns doing that, both. And if you wish to reap the benefits of Google’s streaming recreation service, Stadia, or Nvidia’s GeForce Now service, you will admire the Flex 5’s quick Wi-Fi 6 assist (although you will seemingly want a brand new router to reap the benefits of it). 

Should you want a Chromebook as a major gadget, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 ($479 at Amazon) is a wonderful choice, particularly if or when the value drops again right down to its common $410. Cheaper Chromebooks can definitely assist you to get your work finished proper now. The Flex 5’s options and efficiency ought to maintain you going longer, although, and for less than a bit extra money. 

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