If you were considering buying a Chromebook a few years ago. You’d find it pretty hard to find one made by Lenovo. Fast forward to today and this is no longer the case. Lenovo has released a lot of Chromebooks in a short amount of time. The great news is they’re pretty decent as well.
In this review, we’ll be looking at the Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 Chromebook. It’s one of the newest laptops released by Lenovo. It’s a mid-range device, which means it will be suitable for most people.
The great thing about Lenovo is they always bring new laptops to market at really competitive prices. This is the same as the Flex 5. When you take a look at what’s on offer, you’ll be pretty happy with the price tag.
The question is whether you should be looking to part with your cash to buy this Chromebook? Well, let’s find out in this Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook review.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Flex 5 Chromebook is it looks like any other laptop. This isn’t a bad thing though because I pretty like understated looking laptops. They offer a certain elegance and class.
It’s a Hybrid 2-in-1 design, which means you can use it as a laptop or tablet. If you’re new to Chromebooks you may not be familiar with this type of design. Hybrid Chromebooks have become very popular in the last couple of years.
I’m not 100% convinced a Hybrid Chromebook is necessary. However, since Android apps became available you need to ensure it comes with a touchscreen. If you like the idea of using a laptop and tablet and only paying for one device. Then you’ll be happy with the Hybrid design on offer here.
The outer casing of the laptop is made of aluminium. This makes the Lenovo Flex 5 look a lot more expensive than it is. Inside is made of plastic, but don’t let this put you off as it’s a really well built sturdy laptop.
It’s not the thinnest laptop at 17mm thick, but the design is practical and the grey finish looks nice. It has slightly curved edges at the front, which I really like because it makes it more comfortable to carry around with you.
It weighs in at 1.35kg/2.97lbs, so it’s pretty lightweight for a laptop, and you’ll have no problem carrying this laptop around with you when out and about.
Chromebooks are run by the Chrome OS operating system. Chrome OS is known for being very lightweight and fast. So you don’t need to worry about getting a super-powerful laptop.
However, if you like to use advanced Android apps and considering using Linux apps. Then having a more powerful laptop might be the right choice for you.
The Lenovo Ideapad 5 offers all the performance you’ll need. This is thanks to the tenth-generation Intel i3 processor with a base speed of 2.1 GHz. It’s also got a turbo speed of a whopping 4.1 GHz for when extra performance is needed.
On top of that, it comes with a 4MB cache, which makes tasks the processor performs on a regular basis super quick.
This means you can do anything you could think of with the Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook. Whether you’re surfing the internet, streaming HD movies, number crunching on spreadsheets or using advanced Android apps. The processor will perform these tasks without any problems whatsoever.
However, if you’re after more power, and I don’t think many people will need more than this. There is an Intel i5 version available, which also comes with extra RAM.
RAM & STORAGE
The amount of RAM you get with the Lenovo Flex 5 i3 Chromebook is enough for most of us. The 4GB of RAM is more than enough for most tasks you’ll want to carry out. Unsure how much RAM you need? then have a read of how much RAM you need for a Chromebook.
The 128GB of storage also means you’ll be able to install plenty of Android apps without any issues. Remember the great thing about the Chromebook is it’s cloud computing capabilities. So you should be storing most of your files in the cloud using Google Drive.
You do need to use local storage when installing Android and Linux apps though. So the amount of storage a Chromebook has is important. The good news is the 128GB available is more than enough for the majority of users.
If you want to use your Chromebook for really advanced Android apps and Linux apps. Then you may want to consider the i5 model. Not only do you get a faster Quad-core processor, but it also comes with 8GB of RAM.
LENOVO FLEX 5 DISPLAY
The display size is 13.3-inch. I much prefer laptops with the smaller 13-inch displays compared to the more traditional 14-inch laptop. It makes the laptop more compact, but you’re still getting a big enough display for all your everyday tasks.
The quality of the display is absolutely fine as well. It comes with a Full HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Making it perfect for streaming HD movies from YouTube or Netflix.
The viewing angles are great and this is thanks to the IPS Panel. If you’ve ever used a laptop with poor viewing angles you’ll know how frustrating it can be. Find out more about the display to look for when buying a Chromebook.
The display is an important part of any laptop, so it’s really nice to see an IPS panel has been used here. This offers great viewing angles, which makes it easy to view the screen even if you’re not sitting directly in front of it. Making it perfect if you’re wanting to watch a movie together on the train home.
The text and images are crisp and the colours are nice and vibrant. Also, the brightness is pretty decent as well at about 270 nits. Some Chromebooks are let down by the display brightness, so it’s nice to see Lenovo offers a nice bright display with the Flex 5 Ideapad Chromebook.
The bezels around the display are nice and slim. Not the slimmest I’ve ever seen, but slim enough to not look cheap. Those slim bezels also help to keep the laptop nice and compact.
If you’re looking for a laptop to do a lot of typing on. Then you’ll not be disappointed with the keyboard on offer here. The key travel is perfect, which makes typing a true pleasure.
Some cheaper laptops are let down by a poor keyboard, which can be hard to type on. The Flex 5 is definitely not one of those laptops. You’ll definitely be happy typing away all day without too much fatigue.
Also, you can continue typing through the night thanks to the backlit keyboard. Most mid-range Chromebooks come with a backlit keyboard today, and it’s good to see Lenovo has included this on the Flex 5.
You’ll find a USB Type-C connection on either side of the laptop. USB Type-C is the latest USB connection, which is definitely the new standard. It’s nice to see you have one on either side because it makes charging the laptop suitable no matter where you’re sitting in relation to the power socket.
The great thing about USB Type-C is it not only allows you to charge your laptop. You can also use the port to connect an external display to your laptop.
Although USB Type-C is the future. It’s good to see Lenovo has also provided one USB Type-A port. This means if you’re using older peripherals that use the larger USB connection. You don’t need to worry about them not being compatible.
This allows you to slowly upgrade your peripherals over time. Instead of having to go out and buy new hardware or spend extra money on leads to convert USB A to USB C.
You’ll also find a Micro SD slot, which means you can easily add extra storage at a later date. Using the Micro SD slot on a Chromebook to add an SD card is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add further storage.
Most laptops are let down by the sound quality. This is understandable to some extent because it’s difficult to get great speakers that fit into a laptop. Luckily, the Lenovo Idea Chromebook comes with a headphone and microphone jack, so you can easily add wired headphones to get better sound.
The speakers you get are not too bad. They are front firing, so much better than laptops where the speakers are located underneath. However, don’t expect to get blown away by the speakers, which is pretty standard with most laptops today.
It looks like Lenovo has done it again. They’ve released a Chromebook, which is well priced without cutting any corners.
There isn’t really anything to be negative about here. Sure, the design of the laptop isn’t going to turn any heads. However, it’s well built and I personally like the minimalist design.
It offers great performance whether you opt for the i3 or i5 version. The i5 version might be suitable if you really need the extra performance. It’s also worth considering if you’d prefer the extra 4GB of RAM offered compared to the i3 version.
That being said, either of these models will perform without any issues whatsoever. Chrome OS is lightweight enough, so you’ll find the i3 version will perform amazingly.
The display is excellent as well. It’s a full HD and the IPS panel gives you great viewing angles. The Hybrid design also means it’s perfect for anyone wanting to use Chrome OS in tablet mode as well as a laptop.
I don’t think you’ll go wrong buying this Chromebook. In fact, I’m sure you will be thrilled with your purchase. It just offers what the majority of us need from a laptop at very competitive prices.
|Intel i3 tenth-generation
2.1 GHz / 4.1 GHz
4 MB cache
Intel i5 tenth-generation
1.6 GHz / 4.2 GHz
6 MB cache
|4GB / 8GB
Full HD 1,920 by 1,080
|2 x USB Type-C
1 x USB Type-A
|Micro SD Slot
|17 x 310 x 214 mm (H x W x D)
|1.35 kg / 2.97 lbs