IBM laptops back in the day used to be the most reliable computers. Nowadays, Lenovo continues this legacy, and it remains to be seen how great their notebooks are. Lenovo Flex 4 1470 80SA0000US is one of their newer units, and if you’ve been wondering whether it’s a good buy or not, you will find the answer below…
Lenovo Flex 4 1470 80SA0000US is laptop and tablet, the special 360 degree hinge on the display makes sure of that. The 14-inches touchscreen otherwise is pretty basic with 1366×768 maximum resolution support, but for home user it works just fine. It surely has a webcam on top for some video chatting, or even recording videos for YouTube.
Performance is enough for lightweight tasks, easily. The processor is dual-core Intel Pentium 4405U with 2.1GHz clock speed and no turbo boost available. It’s actually good for Pentium, this late 2015 model having better performance than Core i3 processors from the 4th generation. The 4GB memory is likewise decent, however you can upgrade it to 8GB (or maybe even 16GB) if you really want to.
There is no information on the battery life of Lenovo Flex 4 1470 80SA0000US, but in my experience, the 3-cell unit on this kind of system will last for 5-6 hours for light tasks such as web surfing. The battery seems to be a non-removable one.
What else can you expect for this price but a hard drive, a platter based hard drive? Well, there is a 500GB 5400RPM HDD responsible for the storage. Indeed, it has quite plenty of space for your files, but performance is far from top-notch. A skilled user can of course remove it and put a fast SSD in place. No M.2 slots are available in this unit.
The USB ports offered are two 3.0 and one 2.0. In case you want to use an external monitor there is also HDMI-output on the side.
You can connect to Internet in two ways: Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) or the Wireless-AC with Bluetooth 4.0 support.
Being a small model, DVD drive isn’t available – but you can get an external, USB-connecting one. Media card reader for SD cards is included.
As someone pointed out in the reviews, Lenovo Flex 4 1470 80SA0000US is not good for gaming. The reason is simple, it doesn’t have dedicated graphics but a feeble integrated one called Intel HD 510. It’s not going to run games such as GTA 5 or Fallout 4, the FPS will be below 20 even on low settings, and that I call unplayable. However, Minecraft and other kinds of lightweight games run on this rig.
The advantages of Lenovo Flex 4 1470 80SA0000US include the 2-in-1 screen and affordable price. Performance is not the best, but then again, a home user doesn’t need a notebook with top-of-the-line components. For web surfing and such this Lenovo is great. Don’t throw demanding games at it and you will be alright. It’s a recommended buy if you’re on budget and want a proper laptop for day-to-day computing!