Lenovo Flex 2 14 (59435728) Review

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November 21, 2014
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Lenovo Flex 2 14 (59435728) is, by definition, a laptop. However, there’s one thing that really differs from conventional notebooks: the touchscreen flips 300 degrees, meaning you can use the device as a laptop or a tablet with stand. However, the keyboard is not detachable so the Lenovo Flex won’t transform into a full tablet. Keeping these things in mind, let’s see if this device would benefit you in some ways.

The main things

In addition to the “flexibility” explained above, the performance of Lenovo Flex 2 14 (59435728) must be taken into account. The processor is Intel Core i5-4210U with two cores, clock speed of 1.7GHz and turbo speed of 2.7GHz. As you might know, i5 CPUs are a level up from basic i3 Intels, and offer enough performance also for the power users. In addition, the integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics chip is faster than most members in the same Intel HD family (read more below).

For RAM, you’ll get the basic 4 gigabytes. Core i5 laptops are usually seen with more, but keeping the lowish price of this Lenovo Flex in mind 4GB is rather understandable. The memory should be upgradable to 8GB, although there’s only one memory slot on the mainboard in total.

The laptop features a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive for your storage needs. As far as I know, this particular model doesn’t have an additional SSHD like some other Lenovo Flexes do. So you have to go with the slower hard drive, which on the other hand offers more space than their solid-state counterparts. Hosting all your vacation photos, musics and other small files on half a terabyte drive should be very possible.

Screen and graphics

It’s indeed the display that makes Lenovo Flex 2 14 (59435728) stand out from the crowd. It’s a 14 inches touchscreen that turns 300 degrees, essentially turning the keyboard to the laptop’s stand. It can come handy when you’re watching movies and don’t want the keyboard be in your way. As it’s a touchscreen, you’ll also have no problems using the Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

In some product specifications the resolution is advertised as 1920×1080 Full HD. However, that’s not true. In reality the display resolution is basic 1366×768, which for a 14″ screen is just acceptable. The panel type is IPS (In-Plane Switching) which should show accurate colors and have great viewing angles, compared to TN (Twisted Nematics) type panels seen in cheaper laptops.

For graphics, the laptop offers integrated Intel HD 4400. That family of graphics chips isn’t famous for gaming performance, although the Core i5 processor will contribute to a smoother gaming experience. You can probably play high-end games like Assassin’s Creed and Thief on this laptop with low settings, but FPS will be just around 25, which makes them hardly playable. For titles without big system requirements, like Minecraft, FPS won’t be a problem even on higher settings and resolution.

Connectivity

To connect Lenovo Flex 2 14 (59435728) to peripherals, there are one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports available. With the HDMI output you can connect the laptop to a HDTV or other monitor if you want something bigger than the laptop’s 14″ screen.

Both Ethernet and WiFi adapters are installed, so accessing Internet through wired and wireless connection is possible. Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported, so you can transfer data from smart phones or use devices like headphones effortlessly with the notebook.

Lenovo Flex 2 14 (59435728) is missing optical drive, so you can’t use CDs and DVDs unless you get an external DVD drive that connects to USB. That’s one of the possible drawbacks of this Lenovo, although the SD/MMC media card reader might give some relief for your data transferring needs.

The laptop integrates a 720p webcam and microphone, so having video meetings is possible on it.

Other noteworthy things

Somebody might get an impression the Lenovo weighs same as tablets, because it has some tablet characteristics. Well, it’s still a notebook, and has an according weight of 4.2 pounds. It’s still not a bad weight for a 14″ touch laptop, and in my opinion wouldn’t be problematic for on-the-go people. The battery life on manufacturer’s site is listed as 6 hours with WiFi browsing which is a good duration if you ask me.

The AccuType keyboard should come with backlit keys (as per to manufacturer’s website). There’s no numeric pad on right, which I consider a blessing because I don’t need frequent access to numbers. Your mileage may naturally vary. Just keep in mind 14″ laptops with number pad are hard if not impossible to come by.

For pre-installed software, you’ll get 30-day trials for MS Office and McAfee anti virus program.

Summing it up

Lenovo Flex 2 14 (59435728) is a laptop with flipping screen and strong performance. The turning display makes it convenient for movie watching (sort of a tablet with stand), although it stops at 300 degrees, not allowing for full tablet mode. The performance easily suffices for daily tasks, and would also be adequate for heavier use like occasional video editing. The touchscreen is a nice treat, and together with i5 CPU the Intel HD 4400 graphics chip the system will be able to run most games, at least with barely playable frame rates. All in all, if you want more performance and functionality than a basic 200-300 bucks rig can offer, going for this flipping Lenovo Flex should be worth it.


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