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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Xe, Windows 10 Home S) – Platinum Grey, (82HT0062UK)

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The lightweight build and long battery life make it a good choice for commuting and travelling, but the display is of middling quality, and some design choices, namely the trackpad, are a little awkward.

The Lenovo Flex 5 14's screen looks sharp, and while it's on the smaller side, there's still enough space to have two windows placed side by side. The Graphite Gray color scheme of our review unit is also intriguing, making the laptop darker and moodier-looking than the mostly silver schemes of other Lenovo ultraportables. Users with larger hands might struggle with the layout here, but it’s likely that in time you’d get used to the arrangement.By folding the hinge past 180 degrees, you can prop the notebook up like a tent, rest it on the keyboard portion like an easel, or even fold it completely flat and use it as a tablet. On the other hand, the HP's speakers sound significantly better, its webcam looks better, and it stays completely silent even under load. By now, you should have gathered that the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is not a high-performance machine, and so the results I gleaned from benchmarking were not exactly class-leading. Long-time tech journalist, former editor of iCar magazine and incumbent car guru for T3 magazine, Jeremy reckons in-car technology is about to go thermonuclear. You can equip both laptops with fast SSDs, but the CPUs available on the Lenovo perform much better.

Although palm rejection is good overall, it occasionally registers unwanted touches if you're near the top corners.

The webcam sits in the center on the top bezel and has a handy slider that engages the physical webcam cover. On the other hand, the Acer has a larger screen, its battery lasts longer overall, and it stays completely silent and doesn't get too warm. The IdeaPad Flex has a backlit keyboard that's more comfortable to type on, a better port selection, and a much longer battery life. You can also get the Intel i7–equipped IdeaPad Flex 5i with dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX330 2GB graphics.

It isn't an issue for casual, everyday use, but because it's only capable of displaying a narrow range of colors, it isn't ideal for any content creation, including for those working in Adobe RGB. The 94 degrees on the bottom was the peak temperature which is still cool enough to prevent cooking your thighs. The 360-degree hinge feels robust and the keyboard is stable and firm with only traces of flex and bounce. It tends to get quite hot around the top left of the keyboard under load, but on the bright side, the fan isn't too noisy. Opening up the laptop, you will be greeted with a 14-inch screen, keyboard and trackpad combo along with two front-firing speakers.The keyboard is firm, crisp and pleasant to use and it mostly looks like a much more expensive laptop than it really is. Aptly powered by AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series Mobile Processors with Radeon™ graphics, the IdeaPad Flex 5 (15" AMD) is a sleek laptop that offers excellent all-around performance, graphics, and productivity in a flexible 2-in-1 device. The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020) are very similar 2-in-1 convertible laptops, as they both have a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the screen around into tablet mode. Added mention of the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i 14 (2022) as an alternative with a better webcam in the Webcam and Microphone section.

The Ryzen 5 4500U is an efficient six-core processor, which not only offers excellent performance but delivers battery life that can be turned insane. Now, let's be clear: The Flex 5's dim screen likely helps it achieve this excellent result, since brighter pixels consume more power.While the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 shines as 2-in-1, with reliable performance and battery life, there’s more to the list which makes this a great laptop.

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