Gone are the days when you had to buy laptop and tablet separately. Because today, you can get them both in one device. Those machines are called 2-in-1 laptops. Basically, the trick is a 360 degrees turning touchscreen. Lenovo Flex 3 (80JM001PUS) is such a device, and looking at the price tag, quite a powerful one. But is the price justified or perhaps too expensive? We’ll find that out here…
Intel Core i7-5500U is a new 5th generation processor, intended to accompany high-end laptops. It has two cores running on 2.4GHz clock speed and 3.0GHz turbo. Remember, this is an ULV model, not a full-blown Core i7. The regular i7s are around two times faster than these low power ones. That’s not to say the ULV models are bad, but just something to keep in mind. Nonetheless, the i7-5500U is a good choice if you’ll be working with demanding software on a daily basis. Most applications will run without problems on it.
Lenovo Flex 3 (80JM001PUS) features 8GB RAM. The user manual suggests that adding more is not possible, as there should be just one memory slot in the system all in all. But I don’t think this is a problem. Eight gigabytes is plenty for a tablet/laptop hybrid if you ask me.
The storage solution seems to be a mechanical hard drive. It’s a full terabyte, giving you a lot of space to work with. That comes, of course, at the expense of performance. A 5400RPM drive can’t really compete with solid-state drives, so there’s a trend to replace hard drive for an SSD. It is possible on this model as well.
Screen and graphics
Lenovo Flex 3 (80JM001PUS) has a 15.6″ touchscreen that turns further than a regular laptop display – hence the tablet mode. There’s a 360 degree hinge, so the display is all times detached to the lower part. For the resolution, some sites give 1366×768 while some say 1920×1080. In my opinion, this is quite a big deal. I’ll try to find this out somewhere and post an update here.
This notebook works for light gaming. It contains the upgraded (yet integrated) Intel HD 5500 graphics engine, ready to play many older titles like League of Legends with decent 30+ FPS on medium settings. Also, games easy on the system, like Sims 4 and Dota 2 are no issue for this rig. If you’re into fast-paced shooter games – such as Battlefield 4 – you’ll end up with no more than 30 frames on low settings.
Two USB 3.0 ports are provided for peripherals requiring a fast connection. There’s also one USB 2.0 for backup. Video connectivity consists of HDMI output, meaning a modern PC monitor or HDTV can be plugged in to this laptop.
Lenovo Flex 3 (80JM001PUS) has 802.11 A/C WiFi for networking, although you can also use its Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port if you prefer cable. Bluetooth 4.0 is enabled as well.
There’s no DVD drive in this unit. So for discs, you must get a cheap 30 bucks external drive. You may also use built-in SD/MMC card slot for files on memory cards.
Chatting with your friends on Skype video works thanks to the notebook’s 0.3MP webcam.
Some other things to keep in mind?
According to manufacturer specifications, Lenovo Flex 3 (80JM001PUS) weighs 5.1 pounds. It has a 3-cell 45 Wh battery which, considering the energy saving processor, should give power for good 5-6 hours.
As far as I know, there’s no backlit keyboard. However, as with most 15 inchers, also this model contains a 10-key pad on the right.
The operating system is pre-installed Windows 8.1 (64-bit).
Lenovo Flex 3 (80JM001PUS) is a real multipurpose device. It can work as a tablet and laptop, having enough power for more demanding use as well. For example, virtual machines, image editing software and programming are activities this computer is ready for. Gaming works, too, but most titles should be played on lower details to keep decent frame rates. Display is the biggest “wildcard” here, because I can’t say whether it’s 1920×1080 or just 1366×768. If it’s the latter, I’m afraid this product is overpriced. However, if the resolution is Full HD, the laptop is worth its price.