Would it be possible to get a high quality and performance 2-in-1 notebook that does not break your bank? Might be, or at least that’s what Lenovo Flex 4 (80VE000HUS) promises: great processing power, latest technology RAM and solid-state drive. But let’s not believe these words of marketing men yet, rather a closer look must be taken first…
So how fast this thing is?
This Lenovo runs on a brand new processor! It’s the Kaby Lake based 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200U. The clock speed starts at 2.5GHz base frequency and stops at 3.1GHz when turbo boost is on. There are two cores in this processor and it gets a wonderful score in CPU Mark, around 4800 points. It’s much better than, say, the older version i5-6200U which got ca. 3900 points. So processor will be fast, good for any type of software!
The storage section is in check, there’s a 256GB solid-state drive, a 2.5″ SATA one. There doesn’t seem to be extra slots or bays, but the current drive can be upgraded (Lenovo says that only by a certified tech shop). When you get the laptop, more or less 180 gigabytes will be free for your files.
Nothing is wrong with memory, after all there’s 8GB 2133MHz DDR4 installed. The mainboard hosts one slot which is obviously taken, replacing the current one with a 16GB stick should be possible.
It’s good for games too?
Lenovo Flex 4 (80VE000HUS) is alright for older games and bad for new games. The reason is the integrated Intel HD 620 which isn’t too fast a graphics processor. You’ll do fine with games like Counter-Strike: Go, it will give +40FPS even if you use high/very high settings and 1080 resolution. On the other hand, games with fancy graphics – like GTA 5 – will hardly give even 30FPS on low settings and resolution.
Three regular USB ports are found on the sides of Lenovo Flex 4 (80VE000HUS). They are two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. Admittedly they are not the new Type-C, but you should find these standard ports good enough to plug in a few peripherals. Naturally, HDMI-output is included too, for those who want to connect a secondary monitor to this.
A Gigabit LAN (RJ-45) is offered for wired connection. Of course a wireless is included too, a 2×2 ac WiFi card with Bluetooth 4.0 support.
Optical drive isn’t installed in this model due to size limitations. But maybe you can do with the SD/MMC card reader that is installed.
What other things I should keep in mind?
Now, even though Lenovo Flex 4 (80VE000HUS) is a convertible model, its glossy screen is still a laptop-sized 15.6″ touch display. When you turn it all the way 360 degrees you’ll get a powerful if huge tablet at your fingertips. The 1920×1080 resolution support and IPS panel contribute to image quality and accurate colors. Unfortunately you can’t use this model with a pen.
Battery life is important for most people who opt for this kind of 2-in-1 laptop. The 3-cell 53Whr unit lasts around 8 hours under video playback on 50% screen brightness, so says the manufacturer. Actual user reports confirm this, saying they get ~7 hours when surfing the web.
You can use the webcam for Skype, it supports 720p video.
This model includes a keyboard with backlight. Typing in the dark won’t be a problem!
If you were to buy a bit faster convertible laptop, Lenovo Flex 4 (80VE000HUS) should be something to consider. You see, its new Core i5 processor and quick solid-state drive are a combo unbeaten, making sure that software does run fast and lag-free on this rig. Granted, you are not going to find much gaming performance, for that you should get a dedicated player’s rig. The screen is all good with 1080p resolution and IPS panel, satisfying the needs of power users. For performance and convenience, choose this Lenovo!