Dual-mode laptops are not very new thing anymore. But that doesn’t stop them from being popular. Because people are looking for multifunctional devices, which these convertible laptops certainly are. Lenovo Flex 2 (59418265) is one of those, offering a screen that flexes from laptop to stand mode. Performance is rather strong with i7 processor and 8GB RAM. But let’s see what else there is, and if you should ultimately spend your money on this thing.
Intel Core i7-4510U is the processor here. The “U” in the end reveals it has ultra low voltage design. That means somewhat restricted performance, although any i7 is very sufficient for both casual and power users. This particular model runs on two cores, 2.0GHz base speed and 3.1GHz turbo. In Passmark tests it gets ~4000 points, whereas common ULV i3s reach around 2500.
Lenovo Flex 2 (59418265) features 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory. The configuration is two 4GB modules, occupying both memory docks. The maximum memory is 16GB so you can add more. Some users pointed out it’s hard to reach memory (and many components to that matter), so a level of technical knowledge is required if you want to upgrade.
The storage drive consists of a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive and 8GB SSD sections. The SSD part is actually a system-operated cache, you can’t decide what data you store there. This kind of set-up is still faster than a “hard drive only” system. However, if you want a full-featured solid-state drive, you must install that yourself.
Display and gaming
Lenovo Flex 2 (59418265) contains a 15.6″ screen with IPS panel and Full HD resolution. Those things are excellent, especially considering the low price. You’ll have a lot of screen estate, good colors and wide viewing angles. Touchscreen is featured too which might come handy with the pre-installed Windows 8.1 (64-bit).
It’s not unheard of to play games on this laptop. It has an integrated Intel HD 4400 chip that can run many games with low or even medium details. The popular Battlefield would run at ~40FPS on such settings. GTA V should give around 20 FPS, still playable but not optimal.
Lenovo Flex 2 (59418265) comes with three USB ports, although only one is USB 3.0. If you want to use the laptop with PC monitor or HDTV, you can do so through the Lenovo’s HDMI output. VGA monitors don’t directly connect to it, but there are cheap VGA-HDMI cables available.
Both RJ-45 (Gigabit) and WiFi (802.11b/g/n) are available, so feel free to connect to Internet with or without cable. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported too.
The laptop features a DVD burner on the right hand side. SD/MMC card reader is there as well. The built-in webcam gives 720p image and works with Skype video.
Anything else to keep in mind?
Somebody pointed out Lenovo Flex 2 (59418265) is a heavy unit. Indeed, at 5.5 pounds it might be bit more than 15-inch laptops usually are, but I wouldn’t call that extraordinarily heavy. Battery life should be around 5 hours on dim screen and light use.
The keys are illuminated on this model, good for working in dark conditions. Dedicated 10-key pad is available too. The laptop shell is made of plastic, although it looks like a metal one.
Strong sides of Lenovo Flex 2 (59418265) include the Full HD IPS display which people said is clear and sharp. Also components under the hood should be good, Core i7 processor is sweet for users demanding a lot of power. Battery life is decent, at least on web surfing and non-bright screen. So is there anything bad? Well, the display doesn’t turn 360 degrees – just 300 – so it can’t be used as a real tablet. But if you don’t require the tablet mode, this snappy touchscreen Lenovo should be worth your money.